Fashion Scout has once again showcased some of the most talented emerging designers in the industry today.
On Friday 12th, the Ones To Watch fashion show was held in the Freemasons Hall in London. Here the culmination of the graduates work was brought to the fore in a celebration of their fresh new aesthetics and design techniques.
One of the freshest styles present on the catwalk was the joyful and colourful creations of Cassandra Verity Green
This designer is a graduate of Central Saint Martins having completed her studies with the highly acclaimed school last year. She has also won Grazia’s ‘FashFactor’ competition and has gained sponsorship from SpinExpo and Santoni Shanghai and her work featured in publications of Elle, Dazed and Confused, Hunger and i-D Magazine.
Cassandra’s work involves highly technical and labour intensive techniques which she combines with the manufacturing processes of Italian seamless knitwear specialists Santoni to create a fresh and energetic handcrafted aesthetic.
Also presenting a collection of colour and playful forms was womenswear designer Min Wu.
The designer graduated from the London College of Fashion last year and has since been working tirelessly to produce her collections to the highest standard, as she explains in an interview with Fashion Scout :
” It is very important to me to ensure that the finishing on all of my garments is perfectly faultless and so it is important that I utilise techniques which will help to make my pieces look good. I work very closely with my machinist and we discuss the ways in which we can manipulate each fabric to look the exact way that we have envisioned it to be within the collection. All of the little details are so important to the overall continuity of the collection.”
Japanese designer Keiko Nishiyama also graduated from the London College Of Fashion last year after completing the MA in Fashion course. Keiko originally studied for her BA in Fashion and Performance in Tokyo before completing her studies in London.
The designer has shown great skill in the form of her garments but her most beguiling skill lies in the intricate hand drawn illustrations that make up the digital and hand-drawn prints on the fabrics of her collection. In her interview with Fashion Scout she explains her design aesthetic :
“I am intrigued by beauty and fantasy. When I see women I look to their personal and individual charm rather than just seeing their immediate aesthetic beauty. When thinking about my design and print work, I strive for it not only to look aesthetically beautiful but also to have a somewhat bizarre element of intrigue to it. I like it when things look slightly mad! To me this is beauty. When I design, I always think about the combination of the detail and the fabrics that I use as I like them to clash in an almost unexpected manner in order to achieve my desired unconventional aesthetic.”
Youjia Jin is another designer who has graduated with an MA in womenswear from the London College Of Fashion this year. Originally from China where she was awarded a top 10 menswear design award in China, Youjia first studied at Central Saint Martins and the Beijing Institute of Fashion and Technology. Her work has been featured in top UK and international press, including that of British Vogue, British GQ, i-D and iLOOK Magazine.
For her show at Ones To Watch, she presented a sharp, sleek collection that started in all-white garments before gradually darkening through grey to black.