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Above: Amy Konig (Winchester School of Art), Veronica Peduzzi Davies (University of East London), Sarah Kilkenny (Edinburgh College of Art)

The 17 finalists for the 2014 FAD Competition have been selected and the winner will be announced during a catwalk show held during London Fashion Week this February.

Hailing from 11 universities across the UK, this year’s finalists will be presenting cutting edge designs that engage the senses in new and inspiring ways. Check out the 17 finalists below. We can’t wait to see what these sensory garments look like on the runway!

Sing Yu Chan & Tian Yuan (London College of Fashion), Alexandra Baldwin (Kingston University), Alexandra Olivier (Middlesex University)

 

Sing Yu Chan & Tian Yuan (London College of Fashion), Alexandra Baldwin (Kingston University), Alexandra Olivier (Middlesex University)

Lucia Graham (De Monfort University), Johanna Wahlman (UCA Rochester), Annie Oakes (Manchester School of Art)

 

Lucia Graham (De Monfort University), Johanna Wahlman (UCA Rochester), Annie Oakes (Manchester School of Art)

Amy Crofts (De Montfort University), Cat Potter (Manchester School of Art), Rhiannon Wakefield (Middlesex University)

 

Amy Crofts (De Montfort University), Cat Potter (Manchester School of Art), Rhiannon Wakefield (Middlesex University)

Hattie Buckwell (University of the West of England), Bryony Strange (Edinburgh College of Art), Benjamin Callery (Bath Spa)

 

Hattie Buckwell (University of the West of England), Bryony Strange (Edinburgh College of Art), Benjamin Callery (Bath Spa)

Petulia Galvin (Bath Spa), Nobuyuki Matsui & Moe Takahashi (London College of Fashion)

 

Petulia Galvin (Bath Spa), Nobuyuki Matsui & Moe Takahashi (London College of Fashion)

Amy Konig (Winchester School of Art), Veronica Peduzzi Davies (University of East London), Sarah Kilkenny (Edinburgh College of Art)

 

Amy Konig (Winchester School of Art), Veronica Peduzzi Davies (University of East London), Sarah Kilkenny (Edinburgh College of Art)

The finalists will showcase their final designs during London Fashion Week.

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Above: Yutong Jiang

On the 19th February, the quaint venue in Hertford House introduced its historical elegance along with its 18th century artwork to crowds of excited press and students alike. While anticipation grew to be seated in the heavily instagrammed foyer to see this year’s reveal of the first standalone London College of Fashion MA Womenswear show, the designers and their teams were kept busy backstage in an eager yet successful attempt to add those vital finishing touches.

Crowds were then lead into a serene white space, where the backdrop for the catwalk echoed the importance of focusing solely on the innovative collections. This year’s students included: Yutong Jiang, Meng Yu, Miao Ho, Qiwen Wu, Elly Choi, Mushroom Song, Diani Diaz, Kelly Cho, Shinhye Kim, Sisi Tang, Maria Piankov and Scottacus Anthony.

Yutong Jiang’s models were first to hit the catwalk. Sending our senses wild with a bright palette of baby pinks, oranges and valentine reds, the designs were feminine and sporty yet played on their silhouettes. Jiang’s pieces expanded cuffs, widened a-lines, and threw gingham accents throughout whilst ruching sides. However it was the accessories that further reflected the collection’s femininity with a sportswear twist.

Diani Diaz

 

Diani Diaz’s designs took an avant-garde approach through careful tailoring. Whilst carving the geometric lines in the contours, she cropped the diameters of sleeves and embellished with molded foam necks and shoulders. The beauty in this collection came from the dropped waistlines as the broadened pieces extended outlines and focused on the architectural nature of her work. It was almost as if the collection highlighted brutalism in its beauty with muted colours and solid structures. Diaz’s work mirrored design mavericks such as those like Hussein Chalayan, Gareth Pugh and Craig Green.

Mushroom Song

 

Similarly, Mushroom Song’s collection was a tailored line to be reckoned with. Sporting a variation of pristine collars, the monochromatic line depicted structured fronts and ridged capped backs. The simplicity of the fabrics in their defined composition both standalone and together illustrated the calibre of this collection. The considered tailoring of the collection showcased not only their ability to keep simplicity in trend but emphasised the craftsmanship and dedication in their work.

Maria Piankov

 

Maria Piankov’s collection featured an array of futuristic enlarged graphics, with both bold colours and motifs that certainly broke the silence of monochrome that evening. At the same time, models clasped chunky clutches whilst perspex rectangles that read Earth fixed onto the garments moved against the fabrics. This space age feel juxtaposed highly with the likes of Scottacus Anthony’s classic creations. Splashing colour in the form of baroque-esque prints he trimmed hemlines in fur and accessorised the looked in ancient elegant knots in a nod to the sixties.

With an innovative mix of talents from the London College of Fashion, we look forward to keeping an eye on where next these graduates make their mark on the fashion industry.

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