As always an array of alumni and CFE supported brands featured at London Fashion Week Men’s – there’s so many to mention but below we feature our top three stories from this season.
MA Fashion Design Technology Menswear alumna Bethany Williams presented her latest collection No Address Needed to Join at Charing Cross Library. The collection celebrates recycled organic materials from the publishing industry and uses waste product from Clay’s of Suffolk, one of Hachette UK’s printing partners. This waste has been recycled and woven into textiles, with a donation of 20% of profits to support The Mobile Library Charity.
Vin + Omi
We launched our Bin 2 Body collaboration with Vin + Omi, an initiative to turn single use plastic water bottles into fabrics to be used in their next collection. Read more about on the blog.
Charles Jeffrey unloaded the contents of his brain on to the LFWM showspace for SS19, creating a landscape that blended the future with the past and rejected gender binaries. Drawing on his own layered illustrations and patterns, Jeffrey created giant tin foil space-age props attached to ropes and to performers who snaked across the catwalk. A full choir wearing tin foil head pieces brought musical accompaniment, while amorphic digital shapes were projected on the walls. The clothes themselves, on a gaggle of unidentified model-come-aliens with bearing prosthetic noses or body paint, were as varied, and a rejection of one aesthetic ‘style’ but with strong eighties undertones, mixing quasi-sportswear looks with true Jeffrey DIY tailoring. There was voluminous prom dresses, military inspired tracksuits, beautifully illustrated rose print trench coats, as well as the signature (Jeffrey is Scottish) punkish tartan and scribbled denim pieces. The whole thing wailed of the DIY culture and club culture that Jeffrey hails from. He recently said in an interview for LCF that he feels more like an artist than a designer and never was this better articulated.