Velveteen street urchin, new reptilian textiles and op-movie sidekicks dripping in jewels: our top ten CSM graduates
Forty graduates from the world-renowned Central Saint Martins BA Fashion course presented their final collections last night in a show dedicated to the memory of Professor Louise Wilson OBE. Here, Dazed fashion editor Elizabeth Fraser-Bell selects her top ten favourites – including L'Oréal Professionnel Designer of the Year winner Gracie Wales-Bonner.
GRACIE WALES-BONNER - L'Oréal Professionnel Designer of the Year Winner
Iced sidekicks from an 80s cop movie.
How they wore it:
High-waisted dark denim, leather macs, Chanel-esque boucle suiting – plus tonnes of jewel-dripping attitude.
A bulbous reptilian skin of woven neon ribbons, coiled tape and net.
Musical clackers fixed to the heel of rope-woven platform shoes set a disconcerting ‘clack clack clack’ beat.
Velveteen street urchins in frilled aprons, pink ruffle waistcoats and a patchwork of blue.
The sombre models’ walk through the shadowy CSM venue – as rain clattered on the roof and dripped onto the stands below – sent us straight back to a Dickensian London.
The first look? A sweat-glistened runner sprinting the catwalk in silence.
To the gym:
Towelling drapes, high-tech finishes, and super low-waist, trousers ‘slipping’ from the hips to reveal neoprene underwear.
What mum wanted you to wear – lumpy knits in murky colours, too-big flared trousers and cute bucket hats.
Eyes, limbs and teeth, distorted into prints that looked like organisms or cells under a microscope.
Squished, scrunched and slipping off shoulders – topped with a towering Pharrell hat.
Tank tops over shirts, felt grey skirts, patch pocket pinafores, and Bardot-style off-shoulder satin prom gowns.
The city banker’s uniform got hijacked.
How they wore it:
Graffiti scribbles over slick shirts with outsized collars, comically big ties and houndstooth overcoats left to drag on the tarmac ground.
Granny took a trip.
Fraying carpet bag florals scattered over lurex glitter skirts, embroidery patterns blown up over yellowing wool cardigans, and giant metallic lacing through laser cut suede.
Gossamer suiting for fantasy Far East business trips.
Neat florals in shocking pink, teal and earthy browns – the rainbow colours of spices you find in markets in India.
Into the digital garden.
Perspex flowers scattered over loose knits, clattering giant floral beads hanging by threads, and open weave panels that peeped at the skin beneath.