“Blink” New Designers: LCF BA14 Design and Technology Graduate, Anne Westhoff

The next LCF BA14 graduate collection we are spotlighting is this amazing jewellery from Anne Westhoff.

Combining artfully sculpted sections of wood, complete with bark, and blending that with a resinous material that looked very much like amber, these are a beautiful study in organic texture and mixed materials in an utterly sophisticated and thoughtful way.

LCF BA14 graduate collections, Anne Westhoff

LCF BA14 graduate collections, Anne Westhoff

LCF BA14 graduate collections, Anne Westhoff
LCF BA14 graduate collections, Anne Westhoff

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“Blink” New Designers: BA14 Cordwainers Footwear, Product Design and Development Graduate, Sofie Birkin

Next we look at the wonderful work of LCF BA14 graduate, Sofie Birkin. We had the pleasure of meeting Sofie at the exhibition and learnt about her approach and inspiration. Her intricately detailed collection of shoes is inspired by the Salem Witch Trials. Every shoe is dedicated to one of the women who was killed, with the heel containing something specific to each individual. The leather is also delicately inscribed with imagery related to the events, creating an almost Egyptian hieroglyphic effect. These are so much more than beautifully crafted footwear.

LCF BA14 graduate collections, Sofie Birkin

LCF BA14 graduate collections, Sofie Birkin

LCF BA14 graduate collections, Sofie Birkin

LCF BA14 graduate collections, Sofie Birkin

This is Sofie herself, wearing a beautifully mystical headpiece that she created for previous project. Utterly, brilliantly unique.

LCF BA14 graduate collections, Sofie Birkin

LCF BA14 graduate, Sofie Birkin

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“Blink” New Designers: LCF BA14 Design and Technology Graduate, Qian Yang

On from our introductory post, we now start to get into the nitty gritty of some of our favourite collections from the London College of Fashion graduates.

This exhibition was specifically focused on presenting the work of the accessories students, but actually this stunning collection of jewellery could also be considered mini sculpture I suppose. Thoroughly innovative and perfectly executed by Qian Yang.

LCF BA14 graduate collections, Qian Yang

LCF BA14 graduate collections, Qian Yang

LCF BA14 graduate collections, Qian Yang

LCF BA14 graduate collections, Qian Yang

LCF BA14 graduate collections, Qian Yang

LCF BA14 graduate collections, Qian Yang

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“Blink” New Designers: LCF BA14 Design and Technology Graduate Exhibition

Here’s the first in few posts that we are bringing you to showcase the graduating talent from the London College of Fashion. These BA students’ work was presented in a really beautiful static exhibition in East London and we were delighted to be invited to attend.

I have the great pleasure and privileged of teaching as a visiting lecturer at LCF, as well as mentoring some of the pre-graduation design students, so seeing the product of their hard work crystallized in these final collections is always a huge treat. I also got to meet Rob Phillips, Creative director at LCF and the individual who has the inenviable job of deciding which of the graduating students will be included in the final show. In this graduating group he has selected a diverse selection of deeply talented individuals who we feel sure you will be hearing more about as they progress within the fashion industry.

LCF BA14 graduate collections

LCF BA14 graduate collections

LCF BA14 graduate collections

LCF BA14 graduate collections

LCF BA14 graduate collections

LCF BA14 graduate collections

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Graduate Fashion Week: Amy Becker-Burnett

Amy Becker-Burnett has been an invaluable part of the “Blink” team for some time, so we are delighted to feature her graduate collection on the “Blink” blog. Between her internship at Gareth Pugh and her course work at LCF, we were very lucky to have Amy contributing to our streetstyle research and festival coverage. Now over to Amy and her brilliant collection…

About My Work
For me fashion is part of an escapism from reality. Fashion provides the opportunity to become someone or something different, injecting an element of fantasy into everyday life. I want my designs to reflect this notion and for the collection to be a celebration of colour, texture and style.
The collection was based around the Mexican Festival, Dia de Los Meurtos, and references the idea of making something dark into something bright, decorative and fun. I was inspired by the overly ornate and kitsch imagery from the Day Of The Dead and it’s focus on traditional crafts.The concept of my work was juxtaposing the tough and sinister with something softer and more feminine.
I am drawn to the exploration of delicate sheer fabrics against heavy duty and unusual textiles.The pieces in the range translate my love of collecting odd and mundane objects to create something beautiful and unique. In addition to this I developed the idea of producing hand embellished pieces using nuts and bolts and unexpected components, again referencing the hand crafted aspects of Dia de Los Meurtos.

The video look book was created to capture the mood behind the collection, romanticize the garments and generate interest around the brand. The story behind the video was loosely based around the idea of stirring from death and reflects my love of styling and fashion film.

The pieces I design are garments for stylish, confident and experimental women. I want the collection to symbolize understated elegance with harder more unconventional undertones.

After graduating I am interested in working more in styling and Creative direction and hope to gain as much experience through freelance work and personal projects over the coming year. For collaboration on styling or art direction you can contact Amy at amybeckerburn@hotmail.com

For more great coverage from graduate fashion week, click here. If you’d like to read about more new designers, just click here. Enjoy!

Graduate Fashion Week: London College of Fashion, BA Graduates Show

Here we are at the final post featuring last Tuesday’s London College of Fashion BA Graduate show, featuring the work of 25 designers selected from the womenswear, menswear and surface textiles degree courses. Today there are only a couple of images that we wanted to feature. I’m sure that’s probably a relief after so many image heavy posts over the past few days!

So, here we are with the show finale and the awards presentation. Firstly came the award sponsored by Barnett Lawson for ‘Best Use of Trimmings’. This was won by Charlotte Barry, and deservedly so. her collection was stunning in its balance between subtlety and sophistication while also being incredibly decorative and textural. Charlotte didn’t come forward to have her photo taken so instead we’ve swiped an image from her online portfolio.

Charlotte Barry's winning collection

Next was the Biddle Sawyer Silks award for ‘Innovative Use of Textiles’ and this was won by Stine Riis. This was a particularly proud moment for our Creative Director who was recently mentoring Stine. The collection was absolutely beautiful, although it was amongst the collections that featured real fur (sponsored by Saga who work with incredibly high ethical standards). See more about Stine’s winning collection here.

Stine Riis, winner of the 'Innovative Use of Textiles' award

Finally there was the award for the ‘Collection of the Year’, and we didn’t know which way this was going to go. There were so many exciting and innovative collections to choose from, all of which had been incredibly beautifully realized. We certainly didn’t envy the judges their job! The award went to Wun Wun Nova Chiu for her colourful, textural and energetic collection that was inspired by undiscovered Chinese cultures blended with architectural references, titled ‘Shangri-Ladida’. Read more of her inspiration behind this gorgeous collection here.

Nova Chiu accompanied by models in her winning collection

Graduate Fashion Week: London College of Fashion, BA Graduates Show

So, day 3 and we still have loads of great LCF BA graduate show coverage for you. At this point I guess it would be wise to add a disclaimer: If we have mis-named any of the shows I am incredibly sorry. Just let me know who, what, where and we’ll amend it ASAP!

Yingzhi Luo- Chi Chi

Yingzhi Luo- Chi Chi

Yingzhi Luo- Chi Chi

Yingzhi Luo- Chi Chi

Yingzhi Luo- Chi Chi

Stine Riis, winner of the Biddle Sawyer Silks award for 'Innovative use of Fabric'

Stine Riis

Stine Riis

Stine Riis

Stine Riis

Stine Riis

Yumiko Isa

Yumiko Isa

Yumiko Isa

Yumiko Isa

Yumiko Isa

Wun Wun Nova Chiu, winner of the 'Collection of the Year' award

Wun Wun Nova Chiu

Wun Wun Nova Chiu

Wun Wun Nova Chiu

Graduate Fashion Week: London College of Fashion, BA Graduates Show

We spend the night of Tuesday 7th in a really quite fabulous location in Paddington Central, marveling at the collections from the 25 selected Fashion BA students from LCF‘s womenswear, menswear and surface textiles courses. I have to say that the standard of the collections was incredibly high, incredibly innovative and really inspiring. Congratulations to all of those who showed. We managed to capture some shots from the event, but to see more (and better!) coverage of each collection all of the designer’s portfolios are available online, so just click here! We’ll be featuring a selection of designers every day for the rest of the week, so lots and lots of inspiration for you to enjoy.

The LCF show location in Paddington Central

Lien Bui

Lien Bui

Lien Bui

Lien Bui

Nano Aoshima

Nano Aoshima

Nano Aoshima

Nano Aoshima

Nano Aoshima

Brett de Jager

Brett de Jager

Brett de Jager

Brett de Jager

Charlotte Barry, who won the Barnett Lawson 'Best Use of Trimmings' award

Charlotte Barry

Charlotte Barry

Charlotte Barry

Events: Ravensbourne

“Blink” attended the BA Degree show for Ravensbourne University last Thursday in the old Truman Brewery’s ‘Boiler House’. This was a showcase for 29 students graduating from the womenswear, menswear and fashion textiles courses. We’ve chosen our six, quite diverse favorites from the catwalk show.

Agnes Sarosi’s use of strong colours and a fresh take on tailoring context created a very powerful look. Bobby Abley’s very experimental mixing of S&M leather strapping in kiddy colours with teddy-bear detailing was almost scary. Carly Brown’s collection was all about the shoulders and abbreviated variations on classic cuts in pastel colors.  Jess Norman’s collection quite a bourgeois leisure look. Jessica Holmes collection was a modern take on a prim ladylike look. Last but not least, Rachel Hall’s knitwear was just stunningly colorful and in a scale that almost swamped the models.

We also captured a couple of shots of the very stylish crowd.

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Agnes Sarosi on the left. Bobby Abley on the right.

Carly Brown on the left. Jess Norman on the right.

Jessica Holmes on the left. Rachel Hall on the right.

more from Rachel Hall.

The very stylish crowd at the Ravesbourne show.

The very stylish crowd at the Ravesbourne show.

Blink Events: Graduate Fashion Week

Graduate Fashion Week is fast turning into a major event on the fashion calendar in London. Its the opportunity for universities to showcase the cream of their graduating crop. Aside from the catwalk presentations there is a static exhibition featuring the work of around 50 different universities from around the UK. We headed down to Earls Court for a bit of style spotting and to check out the exhibition space. Thanks Asta and Amy for your help on pulling this post together.

Here are some of our favourites for you…

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Croydon College

Nottingham Trent University on the left, Ravensbourne University on the right

Graduate Fashion Week, Earls Court

Graduate Fashion Week, Earls Court

Graduate Fashion Week, Earls Court

Graduate Fashion Week, Earls Court