Amid the London Collections: Men weekend, Istituto Marangoni's London campus rolled out its latest batch of BA fashion students at the Royal Courts of Justice. Expecting fashion shenanigans at a student show today is increasingly rare despite it being a time for aspiring designers to harbour a distinct point of view, free from commercial pressures. And yet to bemoan the professionalism is unproductive; especially when in some cases, the amount of craftsmanship packed into one garment is commendable.
Dazed Digital editor David Hellqvist, Former Telegraph Fashion Editor, Hilary Alexander, and Simon Burstein of Browns were part of a panel of judges who picked Andrea Langa out of 19 students, as winner of the Fashion Atelier project. Her stormy, ethnic-inspired collection made use of meticulously sliced leather, effective when set against piles of printed chiffon. Other highlights include Claudia Gamba's bold architectural designs that felt at once retro and current, echoing a constructivist past against a contemporary sensibility. Another stand-out collection came from Pinpanee Israngkun Na Ayudhaya's modern fusion of couture-inspired techniques such as Madame Grès' pleating and Cristobal Balenciaga's cocoon structures. Without doubt, the level of glamour - likely so imbedded in the Italian school of thought - will surely earn them success hot off graduation.