Ravensbourne Fashion BA graduates impress with confident, coherent and exciting show.Impressed as we were by last year's show, our hopes were set high for this years crop of graduates from the Ravensbourne Fashion BA.
Set up slightly differently from last year, the focus was all on the catwalk show and the clothes. The collections spanned the scale of inspiration from industrialist chic, to rainbow doll cute, pyjama party fun and right through to urban princess and almost everywhere in between.
Touches of the kawaii and nods to fancy dress abounded at the show, from princess crowns by Malex Christadoulou, Care Bears and fur by Min Cho, evil bunny backpacks by Chang Li through to more subtle dolly girl silhouettes and frilly socks (join the queue!) from Wei An Chen.
Some very grown-up and retrospective collections paced the catwalk, with nice clinical deconstruction from Gabriela Sena, 90's minimalism and mules from Rachel Kempsell, streetwear from Fatima Rahman and luxe lounge wear by Lauren Field.
In stark contrast to the muted palette of last year's show, the students had gone all out on colour. Colours were bright, textures were rich, and the textiles were well-considered and brilliantly showcased. Geometric brights in structured-but-girlie shapes by Wei An Chen were followed by intricate textures - embroidery, print, ruffles, metallics - that Zoe Neilson Thakway had clashed beautifully. Hope Wyatt then layered everything on top of everything to create a lovely world traveler look.
It was clear that the student body had each forged their own creative paths and created quite individual collections. Influences here and there of the current street and catwalk trends were obvious, but these were used cleverly and knowingly, rather than slavishly adhered to.
All in all a really exciting show which at times had me gasping like a schoolgirl. Judging by the standard of the work shown and some of the esteemed alumni of the university, we'll be watching the careers of these graduates with interest!