As part of the University of Arts London group, Central Saint Martins is regarded as a hallmark of excellence in emerging creative talent – their list of alumni practically sparkles with superstar designer names, from Richard Nicoll and Mary Katrantzou to Roksanda Ilincic and Christopher Kane. Last week, Spindle got a first look at the next generation of fashion standouts at CSM’s annual BA fashion show for the graduates of 2015 – and what a show it was.
Taking place at college’s iconic warehouse building at 1 Granary Square, King’s Cross, 39 graduate collections were showcased in total, debuting the crème de la crème from courses like menswear, womenswear, knitwear, print and fashion design with marketing. Members of the press took their seats in the sun-drenched atrium – finally, a genuine reason to wear shades at a fashion show – while hoards of students crowded the windows either side of the huge catwalk space to get a glimpse of the action.
Milligan Beaumont – Print
We loved how Milligan Beaumont sent her urban-inspired styles down the runway on skateboarding models, complete with billowing print clash coats.
Susan Yan Nan Fang – Womenswear
This artistic collection transformed models into living, walking mobiles, as apparel and accessories defied gravity with objects suspended on wire.
Nathan Moy – Fashion Design with Marketing
Nathan Moy’s designs looked ready to hit the beach with OTT textured knits, striped trousers and floppy fisherman hats.
Janet Sartor – Womenswear
Mishmash ensembles created interesting combinations of print, texture and colour, while elaborate beaded headpieces were set off by flowing hair trim.
Han Kim – Print
Prior to the show, Han Kim had already been awarded the Samsung Fashion Design Fund Award, the Sophie Hallette Prize AND the Alcantara Award. With his bonkers yet beautiful 3D sculpture creations, it’s not hard to see why.
Hannah Donkin & Bianca Green – Menswear
This designer duo stood out with one of the strongest menswear collections in the show. Oversized shapes and half ‘n’ half surfaces updated casual staples with a twist, layered with strings of colourful necklaces.
Jim Chen Hstang Hu – Womenswear
Show sponsors L’Oreal handed out prizes to the most exceptional designers. Jim Chen Hstang Hu scooped the coveted Young Talent Award for his beautiful all-red womenswear collection, complete with sculpted silhouettes of silk and mesh. Martin Hanly and Pierre Campo won first and second runner-up prizes respectively.
Afterwards, we exited to discover a surprise – the show wasn’t over yet. Outside, new models lined the space around CSM’s fountains, wearing designs we hadn’t seen on the catwalk. Staged as a ‘peaceful protest’ by the 100+ students who hadn’t been selected for the press event, this equal representation showcase gave both journalists and the public the chance to see the finished creations of every BA student involved with fashion at CSM.
So, there you have it – congratulations Central Saint Martins, Class of 2015!