by Alexander Fury .

Fashion East S/S 2012 Line-Up Announced!

However childish it may be to state, there's always something incredibly satisfying about being able to crow 'I told you so' - especially when it comes to fashion, where spotting talent first sometimes seems like the most important thing, and hot new designers have the shelf-life of a ripe banana (and with more than a few taking a slip on their own skin).

Fashion East has been the first (hopefully peel-free) step for many a fashion star, and for S/S 2012 we can add Maarten Van Der Horst to their number - a name we sat up and noticed back at his graduation show in February. Then again, there's a process of elimination going on - he was graduating from a coveted slot on Louise Wilson's Central Saint Martins' MA (we're talking kill-your-grandmother coveting here, just to clear), and the entire audience was abuzz with his name after the presentation. For me, Van Der Horst wasn't just a stand-out from the Saint Martins show, but one my favourite collections of the entire A/W 2011 season. Kudos, Lulu Kennedy!

The Fashion East line-up for S/S 2012 also includes fellow MA grads Marta Marques and Paulo Almeida of Marques'Almeida, and the womenswear-turned-menswear-turned-womenswear-again stylings of James Long. After that graduation show that merged together pastel nylon frills and multi-hued Hawaiian shirting (think the bastard love-child of the Beach Boys and the Bolshoi ballet - or maybe 'Queen Mother meets Club Tropicana in Palm Beach', as I said on the night) Van Der Horst is the one I'm really excited to see. Watch out for that name - oh, wait, I've said that before…