Masha Ma S/S12

Showing her third LFW season, the CSM graduate impressed the Vauxhall Fashion Scout audience with a collection inspired by the renovations of the Château de Versailles

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Debuting her first collection post-graduation just a year ago, Masha Ma has survived impossible global economic climates and the luxury consumer's radically slashed expenditure to come out the other side stronger, established and one of the most promising Central Saint Martin graduates in years. Her collection shown this season echoed the electric atmosphere gathering around this young designer as she transformed the catwalk in a hothouse of perennial motifs of modern femininity and constructional prowess. This season's ideas of craftsmanship was born from the renovations of the Château de Versailles.

In an intriguingly minimalist collection, snow white pieces fluttering between worlds of diaphanous body-con and sensual draping, only the smoky hues of duck-egg blue and exclamation marks of deepest navy broke the blisteringly cool offering. An eclectic selection of fabrics, from sand washed silk to wafer thin lambswool cast Ma's hand made 3D lace into high relief and made for a wonderfully coherent display that Ma meant as a cross-cultural breeding of London and Parisian fashion tribes. Whether she achieved that or not, Ma has written a thrilling next instalment to a saga she hopes will rewrite the very foundations of femininity.

Images by Christopher Dadey

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