The eagerly anticipated Central St Martins MA show brought the first day of London Fashion Week to a close, announcing Luke Brooks and Craig Green as the joint winners of L’Oreal’s Professional Creative Award.
After defeating the queue, which rivalled that of a high street-designer collaboration’s first morning, you instantly became aware of the buzzing atmosphere of those hankering for new talent filtered through to their seats. It’s important not to forget that the show has previously exposed the likes of Christopher Kane, Jonathan Saunders and many other world-renowned designers.
Brookes, Chloe award winner and recipient of the AHRC Bursary, opened the show with a tattered 2012 Olympic headdress, baggy, paint splattered tunics alongside creepers fringed with tassles and archaic looking knitwear.
Menswear designer Green, who first attended Central St. Martins as an aspiring artist, sent the final models to the catwalk clad in tie-dyed cotton tops and slacks. Wooden frames and paper mache shapes were strapped to the models, demonstrating his dark inspiration of cults and sects.
Also worth a mention is womenswear designer Perta Metzger whose extensive use of PVC and futuristic, Balenciaga-esque headwear reminded the audience of the stark potential of these emerging designers.
Words: Millie Cotton