Amelia’s Magazine | Raw Talent University of the Arts Graduate Fashion Show: Review

Jeyanthy Balakrisnen by Ruth Joyce
Jeyanthy Balakrisnen by Ruth Joyce.

Raw Talent kicked off their graduate design exhibition at the Hoxton Gallery with a catwalk show featuring hand selected designers from the University of the Arts. Despite a shaky start and numerous amateurish glitches (poor lighting, dodgy models & questionable styling, stop and start music, no designated photographer’s pit) I was glad I stayed until the end, for there were a few really promising collections on show.

Raw Talent fashion show 2013-cindy zhang
Cindy Zhang of the London College of Fashion creates delicate leather accessories.

Raw Talent fashion show 2013-seung youn lee
Raw Talent show Seung Youn Lee by Rebecca Elliston
Seung Youn Lee by Rebecca Elliston.

From Central Saint Martin, Seung Youn Lee‘s Dr. Gentle and Mister featured pleated paper skirts and ruffs inspired by historical costumes.

Raw Talent fashion show 2013-dian luo
Raw Talent fashion show 2013-dian luo
Dian Luo of Central Saint Martin‘s jewellery course showcased beautiful light up LED necklaces, inspired by the shape of cactuses.

Raw Talent fashion show 2013-Lorna Doyle
Lorna Doyle was inspired by hoarding to create dishevelled pleated dresses covered with abstract prints.

Raw Talent fashion show 2013-Jeyanthy Balakrisnen
Raw Talent fashion show 2013-Jeyanthy Balakrisnen
Raw Talent fashion show 2013-Jeyanthy Balakrisnen
Raw Talent fashion show 2013-Jeyanthy Balakrisnen
Raw Talent fashion show 2013-Jeyanthy Balakrisnen
My favourite collection of the evening was a colourful ruffled affair from Jeyanthy Balakrisnen of the London College of FashionLost and Found was inspired from a plethora of sources, including the streets of India and the Amish communities of America.

Raw Talent fashion show 2013-Lena Strelets
Raw Talent fashion show 2013-Lena Strelets
Raw Talent fashion show 2013-Lena Strelets
Raw Talent fashion show 2013-Lena Strelets
Lastly, Lena Strelets of London College of Fashion showed a collection inspired by Russian icons. She’s previously showed in Russia and clearly has some cash behind her for this was full of beautiful embroidered details and delicate stitching. Lena took a turn on the catwalk at the end, wearing extremely high sparkly heels that vied for attention with the extravagant wigs worn by her models.

Read my review of the rest of the Raw Talent exhibition here.

Categories ,2013, ,Central Saint Martin, ,Cindy Zhang, ,Dian Luo, ,Dr. Gentle and Mister, ,fashion, ,Hoxton Gallery, ,Jeyanthy Balakrisnen, ,Lena Strelets, ,London College of Fashion, ,Lorna Doyle, ,Lost and Found, ,Raw Talent, ,Rebecca Elliston, ,review, ,Ruth Joyce, ,Seung Youn Lee, ,University of the Arts

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Amelia’s Magazine | London Fashion Week A/W 2014: Off Strand exhibition at Hoxton Gallery

Mury print scarves

During London Fashion Week I popped in to the off schedule Off Strand presentation at Hoxton Gallery in East London, a well curated and beautifully presented show organised by Anna of the Pitchouguina label. First discovery: the beautiful abstract print scarves above, by ethical accessories brand Mury.

Niza Huang ring

I have previously admired jewellery by Niza Huang at Somerset House, but her new range looks even better: riffing on the ever popular roughly hewn look. I was very sad to hear that someone had stolen one of her pieces shortly before my visit (what a bastard, but small comfort that at least he had good taste). I am sure she will do well, especially with a number of delicate new pieces currently in the pipeline.

Arlette Ess scarves

Arlette Ess is a former model, graphic designer and mother who is now applying her illustrative skills to a range of gorgeous scarves.

Alexa de Castilho necklaces

Pineapple and palm tree spinning disc pendants have a definite 80s vibe, designed by Alexa De Castilho. Her display featured a pair of gold ceramic prancing horses, found for a song in a car boot sale. Jealous, moi?

goodone bomber knit

I was really happy to discover that Goodone (who vanished for a year or so) is back again, this time with a range of brilliant jumpers, dresses and bomber jackets that feature remnants of upcycled aran jumpers. These are manufactured in their Bulgarian factory, which also offers sustainable manufacturing to other brands. Designer Nin Castle is currently pregnant and now living in Spain but her collection looked better than ever. Amazing stuff. And I so want one of those knitted bomber jackets.

Gina Melosi jewels

I loved the use of fair trade raw gems and recycled metals in elegantly displayed jewellery by Gina Melosi.

pitchouguina bryksenkova collaboration

Finally, but of course by no means least, it was ace to see the last two Pitchouguina collections, which combine unusual colours and fabrics to create unique but highly wearable garments. I immediately homed in on a new piece that featured a beautiful and instantly recognisable illustration, by none other than our much loved Yelena Bryksenkova, who has of course worked with Amelia’s Magazine for many years. You can read my recent interview with Anna here.

You can read my review of the exhibition stands at Somerset House here.

Categories ,A/W 2014, ,Alexa De Castilho, ,Arlette Ess, ,Ecofashion, ,ethical, ,Gina Melosi, ,goodone, ,Hoxton Gallery, ,London Fashion Week, ,Mury, ,Nin Castle, ,Niza Huang, ,Off Strand, ,Pitchouguina, ,Report, ,review, ,Yelena Bryksenkova

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Amelia’s Magazine | Raw Talent University of the Arts Graduate Design Show: Review

raw talent performance art
Last week I went along to the opening night of Raw Talent at the Hoxton Gallery in Shoreditch, hosted by We.Create International. Alongside strange goings on such as the sight above (mostly naked silver painted man with a strawberry on his head, anyone?) I discovered a host of interesting new talent from across the University of the Arts.

Viola Yoo raw talent jewellery
Viola Yoo ring
My favourite finds, rightly given pride of place near the entrance to the show, were a set of stunning and unusual jewellery designs titled Multiplicity by Viola Yoo. In close up the exotic coral formations reveal miniature metal traps filled with jewels. Viola has had an illustrious career prior to completing an MA in jewellery design at Central Saint Martins, winning a host of competitions. I’ll be intrigued to see how she translates these beautiful designs into saleable items.

Silent Propaganda by Sam Woolf
This man with a monkey head was part of a collaged papercut series named Silent Propaganda by Sam Woolf.

Fascinating World by Lucinda Chang
Fascinating World by Lucinda Chang (Chelsea College of Art & Design) featured a ceramic tableaux inspired by the plight of the coral reefs.

Joe Mallender
I wasn’t sure if this pretty lady was created as a fashion illustration, but she sure works as one. By Joe Mallender.

Ceramics by Kevin Iat Sien Yeung
These architectural ceramics are by ‘Kevin’ Iat Sien Yeung.

Dennis Song brass jewellery CSM
Dennis Song brass jewellery CSM
Dennis Song brass jewellery is extreme and possibly unwearable, but looks great in photos: apparently this mouthpiece is inspired by surrealism & the beauty of death. He is another graduate of CSM.

raw talent nibbles
Finally, special mention must go to the home made nibbles laid out in foil trays at Raw Talent – I highly recommend pretzels stuffed with peanut butter & dipped in chocolate!

Next up, my review of the in-house fashion show. If you are a creative graduate and wondering what to do next, don’t forget to check out Amelia’s Award, there are a few days left to enter! Follow me on instagram to see my graduate finds first.

Categories ,2013, ,Amelia’s Award, ,Central Saint Martins, ,Chelsea College of Art & Design, ,Dennis Song, ,design, ,Fascinating World, ,graduate, ,Hoxton Gallery, ,jewellery, ,Joe Mallender, ,Kevin Iat Sien Yeung, ,Lucinda Chang, ,Multiplicity, ,Raw Talent, ,review, ,Sam Woolf, ,Silent Propaganda, ,University of the Arts, ,Viola Yoo, ,We.Create, ,We.Create International

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