2017 has been an eventful year and one that saw LCF alumni making news headlines across the world, from JW Anderson winning at the Fashion Awards to working with Uniqlo, Nadia Lee Cohen and Marie-Therese Hildenbrant being triumphant winners at Berlin Fashion Film Festival, and Irene-Marie Seelig being a runner-up in the Mayor of London Entrepreneur Prize, to name a few. Here, we are shining the light on our recent alumni that have been cooking up a storm in their industries this year.

Positive change with Charlie Craggs 

“Craggs has emerged as an immensely popular and positive figure while breaking down stereotypes and creating allies,” said Fader Magazine about the BA (Hons) Creative Direction for Fashion alumna. Charlie is a trans activist and the founder of award-winning national campaign Nail Transphobia. Charlie was ranked #1 on the Observer’s 2016 New Radicals list, a list of radical social innovators in Britain, and was also named one of the most influential and inspirational LGBT people in the UK by both the Guardian and the Independent on the Rainbow List and Pride Power List. She has starred in campaigns for Selfridges, the Victoria & Albert Museum and Stonewall, and regularly writes and speaks about trans issues for numerous publications, on the news (BBC, ITV & Sky) and even at the Houses of Parliament. Plus released her new book ‘My Trans Sister’ two months ago, Charlie has set 2017 on fire with her work and looks set to make a bigger impact on 2018.

The rise of Dorateymur

Turkish designer Dora Teymur has been the name on the tip of everyone’s tongue in footwear. Since graduating from BA (Hons) Cordwainers Footwear, the designer arguably launched the shoe of the past year and propelled his label into one of the most sought-after in the industry. One of the stars of London Fashion Week AW17, Dorateymur has been on an incredible rise and seen his label being stocked everywhere from Browns to Selfridges to Opening Ceremony. He has made his name by deconstructing and reinterpreting the square toe and chunky low heel, bringing the style together with mules, Cuban inspired boots and ankle huggers. His rise and applause will only grow next year.

Kojey Radical is the next big name in music

Fashion Illustration alumnus Kojey Radical has been unstoppable in 2017 having been nominated for two MOBO’s, dropped his album ‘In Gods Body’, walked during London Fashion Week for YMC and became the founder of creative collective PUSHCRAYONS and the art director of menswear brand Chelsea Bravo. He hasn’t stopped for a breath and has been altering people’s perception of UK hip-hop and Grime music with his thought-provoking music videos, poems and lyricism. The musician and artist is tipped for greatness, using his work and creativity to explore issues of identity, race, class and social unrest. He has made the news both in music, fashion and art this past year as he continues to grow into a household name.

Norwegian designer Edda Gimnes develops style with Alber Elbaz

After winning the 2016 Designer For Tomorrow Award, Edda Gimnes received guidance from Alber Elbaz, former creative director of Lanvin, and has caused a ruckus in the media with her spontaneous doodles and spurts of colour and patterns that have become part of her brands DNA. The BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear alumna presented her ss18 womenswear collection at London Fashion Week as part of Vauxhall Fashion Scout, which showcases emerging talent. Edda has taken Alber’s advice on and transformed her brand into a favourite with the press through the elements of surprise she incorporates into her designs. Her admiration of 1950s fashion and icons like Madame Yevonde and Edwina Mountbatten has made her style uniquely wonderful and eye-catching. She has now set up production in London to build on last year’s success, undoubtedly becoming one of the stars of 2018.

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Coco Capitan and Gucci 

Gucci and Coco Capitán have been the love story of 2017 and you may have already seen our feature on her last month. The BA (Hons) Fashion Photography alumna has been popping up all over the world with her murals in New York and Milan. Her tee-turned-tank top has been worn by musicians and celebrities, essentially becoming the item of Coachella Music Festival. The artist and photographer has become a household name in the industry this past year, and a highly sought-after collaborator for brands and agencies. Having exploded onto the scene in 2017, Coco Capitán is set to make an even bigger impact on 2018.

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