The first day of London Fashion Week 2013 closed with the annual Central St Martins’ MA show for a preview of new, up and coming designers to watch.
One of the most prestigious fashion academies in the world, Central St Martins is the only school permitted to feature their own show in London Fashion Week. And with an A(lumni) list consisting of the biggest names in the fashion industry—John Galliano, Zac Posen, Alexander McQueen, Riccardo Tisci, and Christopher Kane to name a few—its no surprise, Central St Martins is in the business of churning out the best and brightest for the future of fashion. As Daily Telegraph’s fashion correspondent Hilary Alexander said, “it would be impossible to put a monetary value on the school’s contribution to global fashion.”
Among the few to watch was Elish Macintosh. Securing two spots in the line-up, both of Macintosh’s collections were tied together with the common theme of rope experimentation. Her first collection was reminiscent of 50 shades, clean cut, strategic, and casual bondage, consisting of simple black maxi jersey dresses, clean-cut lines, and peek-a-boos, contrasted and enlaced with cords of white rope. The simple, sleek silhouettes of her first collection was contrasted by the boxy, oversized, vinyl cut-outs featured in her second. Her versatility paid off and won her the night’s Professionel Creative Award.
Two more names to watch were Jaimee McKenna and Elena Crehan. McKenna presented structured cobalt blue cocoon pieces, textured with perfectly bouncing pleats. Crehan also drew quite some excitement from her audience with her smock-shaped sweater dresses, which were intricately woven by a combination of fur and lace. The cheering could also be partly attributed to the fact that her models were male. In fishnets.
Aside from the individual pieces, it would seem that pleating, structured smocks, and edgy-bordering-bondage would be the thing to take away from this year’s show.