London College of Fashion officially launched its LCFBA16 series of events last night with a catwalk show in Shoreditch that highlighted sixteen collections of the most innovative and creative collaborations from this year’s graduating cohort.

The event took place at the Nicholls & Clarke building on Shoreditch High Street. The former Builders Merchants’ once known for its Glass, Lead and Oil has been transformed from its 17th century origins to a space for events and exhibitions. Students from BA (Hons) Fashion Design and Development to BA (Hons) Fashion Jewellery collaborated on collections that were shown to a press and industry audience, and live streamed globally. The eagerly anticipated show was a sell-out, and was captured by Dazed Fashion in the build up.

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Designers again stretched their imaginations to draw inspiration for this season’s catwalk, ranging from an artistic statement against gender definitions to a collection that fully embraces traditional working class men as a reaction to high-end fashion not being representative of ordinary people. LCF News recaps on the catwalk that brought a diverse range of visions together for LCFBA16.

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BA (Hons) Fashion Design and Technology: Menswear student Sam Thompson and BA (Hons) Fashion Sportswear student George Oxby, were awarded The Collection of the Year Award for their collaboration at last night’s LCFBA16 catwalk. Photo credit: Roger Dean.

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Sam Thompson, BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Menswear; and George Oxby, BA (Hons) Fashion Sportswear for LCFBA16. Photo credit: Roger Dean.

BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Menswear Sam Thompson and BA (Hons) Fashion Sportswear George Oxby’s collaboration of over-sized layers was their interpretation of clothes defining body attitude, instead of the garments’ shape being dictated by the body. The conceptual starting point came after noticing how people’s attitudes were reflected in how they wore their clothes.

BA (Hons) Bespoke Tailoring student Neil Xuhao collaborated with BA Fashion Textiles: Embroidery student Jessica Jasmine for their LCFBA16 collection. Neil’s inspiration came from wanting to construct different methods of modern product design, and how they modify traditional methods of tailoring into something new and fresh.

South Korean BA (Hons) Fashion Design and Development student (Kwangman) Andrew Ko draws inspiration from vintage garments, styles and art, after picking up an old Japanese fashion book from east London’s Broadway Market. Find out what inspired his final collection and his plans for the future here.

BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear students Maria Edwina Tjandra and Orel Brodt collaborated on their collection for LCFBA16.

BA (Hons) Fashion Design and Technology: Menswear student Wei Yao Lin and BA (Hons) Fashion Design Textiles: Knit student Cheng Qian collaborated on their collection for LCFBA16.

BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear student Olga Tytarenko, BA (Hons) Fashion Textiles: Knit student Emily-Louise Coveney and BA (Hons) Fashion Jewellery student Nina De Marco, all collaborated for their LCFBA16 collection. Emily said she wanted to “create a texture that was as beautiful as fur, without actually using fur.” She managed to source lots of amazing yarns, each with their own personality.

BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear student Andreas Bucher and BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Menswear student Haimin Cui, worked together for their LCFBA16 collection. LCF News asked Andreas to tell us about her final collection, she said:

My collection is inspired by human communication processes and Paul Watzlawicks communication axioms. I tried to analyse the use of the human body, as one of the strongest communication methods, and challenge that by blocking off parts in order to create miscommunication between the wearer and the audience.

BA (Hons) Fashion Design and Development student Joseph Standish created a collection as a response to high-end fashion not being relatable to normal people. Originally from Wolverhampton, Joseph grew up following Japanese cartoons but was surrounded by Midlands men who he said, ‘have had the same denim jackets for nearly five decades.’ Find out more about his collection and what inspires him here.

BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear student Jane Allcock presented her collection last night at LCFBA16 catwalk show. LCF News spoke to Jane recently about her time at LCF and her future plans. Read the full interview here.

BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear student Georgina Johnson and Jin Kim, BA (Hons) Fashion Textiles: Embroidery collaborated on their LCFBA16 catwalk collection.

Womenswear by Hanni Yang, footwear by Qingqing Yu and head piece by Shaila Irfan. Photo credit: Roger Dean

Womenswear by Hanni Yang and head piece by Shaila Irfan. Photo credit: Roger Dean

BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear student Hanni Yang, and BA (Hons) Fashion Jewellery student Shaila Irfan came together for their collection last night.

Henrietta O’Connor of BA Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear, and Yumi Kim, of BA Fashion Textiles: Print created a collection that made use of materials such as PVC, suede and latex. Read what inspired their final collection here.

Working together, Gayane Arzumanova from BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear, Beth Wilson from BA (Hons) Fashion Textiles: Embroidery and Yui Jiang from BA (Hons) Fashion Jewellery, have combined their very different skills and expertise to create their Class of 2016 collections. Read the full interview here.

BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear student Joanna Berling, collaborated with Jade Gellard from BA (Hons) Fashion Contour for their catwalk collection.

South Korean BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear student Hyone Chi and Scottish BA (Hons) Fashion Contour student Flora Murray collaborated for LCFBA16, read their Class of 2016 interview here.

Jaewon Sophie Kim, of BA Fashion Design and DevelopmentFotini Handra, of BA Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear; and BA Fashion Textiles: Print student Sarah Forgie, collaborated on their beautiful collection for Class of 2016. The group started with different visions of their final collection; Sarah wanted to challenge masculine and feminine stereotypes, Jaewon shaped hers around John Chamberlain, while Fotini’s evolved over recent months. Despite having different starting points, they were all able to merge ideas together. Read the full interview here.

Jaewon Sophie Kim, Fotini Handra and Sarah Forgie. Photo credit: Roger Dean

Jaewon Sophie Kim, Fotini Handra and Sarah Forgie. Photo credit: Roger Dean

All catwalk images by: Roger Dean