Grad Season 2013: Royal College of Art
Being an MA course the students can really hone their signature style and skills to reveal super-slick collections that offer a tad more commercial / creative balance than their BA counterparts.
Over 30 students specialising in menswear, womenswear and knitwear showed their final collections on the catwalk, and an additional 8 students presented their footwear and accessories in a static display.
This year the grads revealed a real penchant for layering and mixing textures in unexpected ways. Silhouettes for the most part remained graphic and strong with texture, drape, layering and strong colour modernising the look. In particular Joseph McGee (right) combined pops of intense colour with arty prints and boxy forms while Harriet De Roeper combined unstructured simple silhouettes with the most gorgeous surface texture that combined lace with print and metallics. Elsewhere there were plenty of references from the far East with relaxed full-length kimono’s along with the cropped collarless variety.
The menswear collections proved as equally strong with the likes of Liam Hodges patch-working a hotchpotch of references from historical costume through to today’s street culture – and it worked. It was interesting to note that almost half of the graduates this year had specialised in menswear which reflects the current growth in the UK menswear market.
Finally, a quick shout out for Maiko Takeda’s sculptural millinery and accessories reminiscent of rainbow coloured sea anemone’s these pieces were not to be missed!
Pop back for more news and reviews from graduate season and Graduate Fashion Week this week.
Ana Del Pinal Saenz Harriet De Roeper Maiko Takeda