There are few — if any — student shows in the world so highly anticipated as that held by London’s famed art school, Central Saint Martins, for its MA fashion students at London Fashion Week each February. That’s thanks in large part to CSM’s most famous graduate, Alexander McQueen, who was “discovered” at the 2002 show by stylist Isabella Blow — a move that brought McQueen a great deal of early attention and helped kickstart his own label. Other graduates who now run their own fashion houses — Christopher Kane, Jonathan Saunders and Mary Katrantzou among them — also made their debuts at this same event.
On Friday evening, 11 graduates showed their final, eight-piece collections at Central Saint Martins, and it was a strong outing. While the quality and craftsmanship of the collections varied, they were ripe with fresh ideas and, especially, with materials not found in your typical runway collection, manipulated to great effect. (That’s in part because these collections were not designed to be commercial or, in some cases, even wearable.)
We’ve highlighted what we think are the four strongest.