LCA Graduate Fashion Show review

We’ve been building quite a friendly relationship with the Leeds College of Art over some time, and this year, not only were many LOL! Leeds Online’s editors there for the show, but also I personally gave advice to the graduate show organizers in the months leading up to the big night. What I look forward to seeing at a graduate show is the maturity of the overall design, the completion of the collection, and just some new ideas. And here’s what I think of this year’s show.

Venue

The LCA Graduate Fashion Show took place in The Left Bank Centre this year, Who doesn’t like a good old fashion show in a church?
 
When I learned that most of the students wanted to use a big portion of their budget on building a stage, I showed them Prada A/W Menswear show, which fitted what they had; a square space with pillars. I felt a well designed floor-plan would be so much more complimentary than those stages in reality shows. When we went into the venue, I was pleased to see the students had agreed this was the best way and made a fantastic floor plan. The team also made the catwalk mirrored so guests could enjoy the marvelous ceiling while watching the show, it accidentally created a ‘water-like reflection’ effect on the garments which was a nice touch.
 
The feeling I had as I walked into The Left Bank Centre last Thursday was great, the sublime grandness of the venue made you realize immediately that it was legit. This showed how important the show was to the designers, which is the exact impression people should get every year from now on.

Design

My favourites are Roisin Allum, Hannah Wakeford, Jo Bowden, Sophie Gray and Naomi Pullan. Roisin for her nice silhouette, interesting jigsaw-like collars, freshness of colour, fabric choice and just great taste. Hannah for her feminine colour blends with low-key sequin detail, fantastic finish, and statement metallic shawl. Jo for her ability to use different colours, prints, and fabrics with a balance; her last piece of city inspired print with green plastic sleeves was a show stopper. Sophie Gray for her jaw-dropping jackets with tight gloves built in and exciting prints and colours. And Naomi, one word, professional. Her collection’s got everything, including great cohesion, all executed perfectly. Her teardrop decorations made it refreshing, and memorable.

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I gave my best scores to these designers because they reached the highest points of my expectations for graduate shows, which are cohesion, freshness, and execution. Overall this year’s show definitely hit a new high standard. I also like Nichola Harding’s lovely coats and Amelia Braxton’s incredible details and use of braiding to construct new shape for the garments as well as Rose Holohan’s armor like suit jacket (the whole range is interchangeable and adaptable) and Lauren Carande’s interesting colour choice. Stacey Hicken, the editor of Life and Style loves Danielle Goodwin’s feminine, antique lingerie style see through collections. Lee Hicken, director of Hebe gave his vote to Nicole Higson for reminding him of Y-3’s trendy sportswear.
Nichola HardingAmelia BraxtonRose HolohanNicole Higson Lauren CarandeDanielle GoodwinFinally, a shout out to the organizers, Hannah Wakeford, Sophie Gray, and Lauren Carande, they’ve done a great job from getting the sponsors, to PR and organizing the event. I’m sure they’ll have a long career ahead of them in the fashion industry. And good luck to all the graduates, we wish you a bright future.