London Fashion Week S/S 17 unveils itself today – with over 50% of designers having studied at UAL.
Four UAL Colleges are once again represented on the catwalk this season, with the largest contingent having studied at the world’s number one fashion school, Central Saint Martins (CSM). London College of Fashion (LCF) also has strong representation, with Chelsea College of Arts and London College of Communication also seeing their alumni light up the shows with their designs.
The S/S 17 shows have been dubbed the ‘season of change’ – with many houses introducing new creative directors, from Saint Laurent’s Anthony Vaccarello, as well as Maria Grazia Chiuri for Dior. In addition, brands such as Tom Ford, Burberry, Rag & Bone and Bottega Veneta are collapsing the gender boundaries and are presenting their mens and womenswear collections together. And in a move to ensure the fashion industry responds to increasing consumer demand – brands such as Tommy Hilfiger, Burberry, Tom Ford, TopShop and Marks & Spencer will be offering Buy-It-Now components to their collections.
The constant in this new wave of change is the design talent produced from UAL that continues to fuel London Fashion Week.
Central Saint Martins
Rising fashion stars featured in this season’s Topshop supported NEWGEN line up includes Molly Goddard, an alumna from CSM – the College which has year-on-year produced the bulk of talent that has lit up London Fashion Week.
The new platform supports new designers in staging their shows. Former NEWGEN alumni include Central Saint Martins’ alumni Alexander McQueen and Christopher Kane – who will be celebrating 10 years in the industry.
Goddard will be joined by fellow London Fashion Week S/S 17 designers and CSM alumni, including Gareth Pugh, Simone Rocha, J.JS Lee, Emilia Wickstead, Maison Margiela, as well as Mary Katrantzou, amongst others.
London College of Fashion
LCF alumni showing at London Fashion Week S/S 17 includes JW Anderson, Sophia Webster, Ryan Lo, Shrimps and Charlotte Olympia.
For the second year running, LCF kicked off London Fashion Week with a celebration of sustainability in fashion. LCF’s Centre for Sustainable Fashion collaborated with H&M, which challenged students to design capsule womenswear collections, using garments and materials provided through H&M’s in-store garment collecting scheme. The eight winning collections were selected by an expert panel of judges and are on display in H&M stores across London.
Chelsea College of Arts
Knitwear designer, Helen Laurence, alumna of UAL’s Central Saint Martins and Chelsea College of the Arts will be showing a guest film as part of the BFC Fashion Film event in association with River Island.
London College of Communication
UAL’s London College of Communications alumnus, Henry Holland of House of Holland fame will also be showcasing his new collection at this year’s shows.