2011’s London College of Fashion show was not one to be missed. Aesthetically beautiful and deeply conceptual, the shows collections took reference from various cultural areas, such as traditional Russian embroidery, Spanish matadors and the 1920’s New York gangster scene. With 25 collections on show in total, there was hardly time to bat and eyelid and we were overthrown with blitzing colour and highly technical tailoring. Angela Brandy’s garments were that of the ‘Harajuku’ girl style, showered in bright popping blues, pinks and greens. Kitsch gold chains and furry pom poms decorated shiny PVC vests and plastic skirts, combining smart shapes and contemporary fashion design.
Jaeho Choi’s overcoats and cropped trousers hit the top in the style stakes. Chic and oh so elegant, his cream and black garments were testimonial to sarafi-esque style tailoring with an element of New York gangster. Understated impact wowed the seated masses and left the audience gleaming with approval.
Charlotte Barry, the well deserved winner of The Barnett Lawson Trimmings Award dazzled us with an immensely tactile collection in deep golds and yellows. Tassled shoes swayed as the models swooped down the catwalk in knee length dresses in classic ladylike cuts.