Graduate collections are always very unique and I believe most of the time the most beautiful collections designers ever do.
There is no money and selling aspect involved yet, only creativity of the personal mind.
Jessica Leclere graduated recently from the Chelsea College, London, UK and reading her interview with Composition two this would be definitely also her goal: working for creativity, not for the money.
Her graduate collection speaks about nature, the aesthetic of Nordic coastlines. Things we find on deserted beaches, drifted wood and washed up ropes, natural colors collected to one main inspiration.
All the pieces are handmade, from dying the yarn, to knitting, cutting and linking all the pieces together. (amazing work)
Quirky statuesque humorous Romans decorate ESPRIT‘S limited edition t-shirts. The artist, a young American, Andy Rementer has not done only the two prints but decorated also the limited edition designs of the winningRCA students Julia Mackenroth, Ryan Mercer and Rachel Hall.
Graduating RCA students were asked to create a collection that broached the question of whether fashion can be truly sustainable. The collection was also to reflect the zeitgeist of the students’ generation.
The first thing which came in my mind when I saw this collection on Trendland was Mary Katrantzou’s changing of the color print for s/s 2012. A coincidence also that the first name of the designer is also Greek (Xenia).
Xenia Laffely is from Switzerland and a new graduate in Fashion Design Collection with menswear from HEAD Genève. Her graduate collection is wonderful but the thing I can’t get enough from, is the way she layouted her lookbook images.
A girl which creates men fashion, strong colored and bold printed combined with unique cuts…and an amazing talent in creating a piece of art on paper. You don’t have to be only a designer these days, you need to be a creator in any kind of “materia” to be recognized as a new talent in fashion, as Xenia Laffely.
“The father in classic suits and the religious man in ceremonial dress. They have haunted me through the process of this collection. I borrowed some attributes of each one, to build on their ashes a third figure ; my own icon, the unworthy son, rebellious, flamboyant. The witness of my emancipation. I designed him a new skin, the beards have become prints, interspersed with embroidery of or- thodox cassocks and woolen masculine suits. Then cut along the lines of classical suits. And I colored the scarves, leggings and jackets with Stabilo, to bring him to life. A graphic and sentimental character, wacky and unpredictable appeared. My own icon.”