Xiao Li S/S 2014 by xplusyequals.
A rainy Sunday London Fashion Week afternoon was spent uncovering a treasure trove of new talent at the Fashion Scout Graduate Presentation at Freemason’s Hall. Here is an insight into what the finest fashion graduates in the UK are producing during the early stages of their career.
Neon floral spacesuit by Angus Chiang.
Maiko Takeda by Saara Karppinen.
The selection varied immensely, from a bold giant floral spacemen by Angus Chiang from the Shih-Chien University in Taiwan, to the architectural spiked perspex head pieces by Royal College of Art graduate Maiko Takeda.
Xiao Li by Rose Petal Deer (Emily Katherine Reader).
But it was the knitwear that really stood out to me, with two graduates in particular pushing this traditional craft into modern new realms. Plump pastel knitwear by Royal College of Art graduate Xiao Li had a wonderfully voluminous shape, combining innovative materials and head turning proportions to make a real impact. Who says wrapping up has to be just about comfort?
Xiao Li, photography by Kerry Flint.
Jaimee McKenna, photography by Kerry Flint.
Jaimee Mckenna by Esther Hong.
Central Saint Martins graduate Jaimee Mckenna had also produced a striking collection of cobalt blue knit dresses that stood out in the dimly lit hall. Closer inspection revealed intricate pleating and multiple layers of knitted lambswool that had been expertly crafted by Jaimee Mckenna to form strong rigid structures that still had movement.
Close up detail of dress by Lauren Smith from Edinburgh College of Art.
Intricate textured fabrics by Carrie Ann Stein from Central Saint Martins.
Dress by Min Wu from the London College of Fashion.
Amazing red metallic A-line maxi dress by Sadie Williams of Central Saint Martins.
This well curated showcase of work by the best UK fashion graduates was an arousing insight into the rapidly changing future of the fashion industry, and for now, it seems, the future is in knit.
All photography by Amelia Gregory unless otherwise stated.
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