If you’re going to see a student show, Central Saint Martins is the one to see, and this is the show that kicked off London fashion week for me. Louise Wilson, who, according to the Telegraph, is in her 20th year as course director of the esteemed design school, sent 18 graduating MA fashion student collections down the catwalk.
CSM has churned out some of the greatest talent in British fashion (Alexander McQueen and Christopher Kane, among many others), so the student work is pretty celebrated–and scrutinized. But CSM alums Roksanda Ilincic and Gareth Pugh were there to support them, and so were a lot of proud family members. In the end almost 200 looks went down the runway, and boy, was it fun.
The show opened with Luke Brooks (co-winner of the L’Oreal Professionel creative award) showing an Olympic headdress and took off from there. Notable (and wacky) looks included: dresses with arm and neck holes that looked like they were made out of bike inner tubes; plastic bag shorts that puffed out right where the dreaded saddle bags would be; and Craig Green (the other creative award winner) showed men carrying huge three dimensional geometric shapes and fitted with frames. On the wearable side, there were beautiful knits, lots of innovative draping, and creative prints.
We’ve picked out the best and most memorable looks from each student’s show. Click through to see the fashion stars of the future.