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LCF presents their 2013 BA Graduate Show

Alexis Housden, Collection of the Year

Rebecca Morter, Helena Dillon, Marie Gallagher, Fashion Innovation

Tina and Nikita Sutradhar, Fashion Innovation

Thomas Wickens

Christina Tiran and Victoria Rowley

Yunhui An

With graduate season in full swing, yesterday was the turn of the London College of Fashion to present their 2013 BA Runway Show. Showcasing the work of 49 pre selected students through 27 collections, the edgy catwalk show in the heart of Shoreditch gave an impressive account of the talent emerging from the college. SHOWstudio's Niamh White was invited to sit on a panel of judges, alongside Professor Frances Corner OBE, Dean of the School of Design and Technology Paul McNicoll and Dean of the Graduate School Wendy Malem, who were charged with finding the Collection of the Year and choosing a student to be awarded for Fashion Innovation.

Menswear was particularly strong with exceptional designs coming from both the menswear course, and from bespoke tailoring. The winner of the Collection of the Year prize was designer Alexis Housden who presented an organic series of looks which gave a thorough exploration of tactility and surface.  Housden's airy cream and beige fabrics were weighted with the occasional appearance of black leather in a collection which cleverly combined a diverse range of textiles.

The calibre of the show was also marked by the fact that the Fashion Innovation award was given to two collections.The first was a collaboration between Rebecca Morter, Helena Dillon and Marie Gallagher whose models were clothed in black leather cages and fringing combined with finely crafted leather bags and shapely under garments. Sisters Tina and Nikita Sutradhar were also honoured with the prize for producing designs which represented a trend in the show for using sharp coloured panels and oversized silhouettes. These collections showcased LCF's impressive ability to nurture creative collaboration. In offering such a broad variety of specific courses, it seems the college is able to cultivate a culture for cross disciplinary work.

Other designs worth noting were Thomas Wicker's sharp tailoring teamed with metal dog collars and cuffs, Yunhui An's painted playing card people and Christina Tiran and Victoria Rowley's flowing gowns printed with full length phallic prints. With strong creative direction from SHOWstudio panel regular Rob Phillips, and adventurous collections that maintained concise concepts, the show was a testament to the talent coming out of London now.