Texture, colour and volume ruled supreme at the University of Westminster Fashion Design BA degree show last night, launching graduate fashion season with a colour pop. The place was packed to the ceiling with creative energy, and no one was left disappointed.
Seventeen students showcased their designs, with womenswear being the main focus, and variety was most definitely the spice of life.
Standout moments? Tom Guys galactic space odyssey, which felt like we were embarking on tea time with the Jetsons (who wouldnt want to have tea with the Jetsons?), and the to-die-for coats of Chloe Bayles hot fuchsia, zesty orange, royal blue and neon pea green, complemented with ruched trimmings of Perspex.
Attention to detail was particularly impressive in the graph-paper clutches of Sophie Nuttall and cow bell shoes of Holly Penfold, both of which added pizazz to a show that really proves the talent of tomorrow is going to be big.
Philli Wood revived the puffa with amazing use of texture and colour in her hooded cocoon creations, as did Louise Alsop, whose patchwork inspiration and slouchy shapes were one part Peruvian nomad, one part grandmas quilt an awesome combination. A similarly cool, grungy vibe was apparent in Victoria Rowes collection, while sportswear collided with a gothic flavour in Louise Alsops layered pieces.
Blinded by iPhone snaps as we were, it is probable that Instagram is alive with many a picture from last night. And so it should be: these young designers have set the bar high for graduate fashion season.
Bring on the rest.