We took our seats front row at the Royal Academy of Arts yesterday to view the SS13 LCFM show: the new design initiative from the London College of Fashion displaying the work from emerging designers and LCF alumni.
Asger Juellarsen, Matteo Molinari, Domingo Rodriguez and Oliver Ruuger all presented collections – here’s what we saw.
Industrial and androgynous, Asger Juelarsen’s menswear offering included the two-piece printed we became so accustomed to last season, updating the collection with details such as zipped utility pockets, criss-crossed cord lacing and use of reflective black luxe textures.
A particular favourite was Juerlarsen’s skull print bomber jacket in shades of turquoise – ultra wearable – and perhaps by both a woman and a man.
The SS13 collection from Domingo Rodriguez was deceptively simple. With layered combinations of sports luxe separates, subtle use of print and the sort of ‘holey’ knit you’d expect to see from Mark Fast in his womenswear collections mean there is more than enough interest here.
Flattering tailoring punctuated with hand made Italian lace made Matteo Molinari’s collection perfect to close the show. The suit in dramatic scarlet red was certainly a striking highlight; whilst more day-appropriate sets in muted hues maintained a casual balance.
Bridging the gap between accessories and art installation, Ruuger’s intricately decorated briefcases were a delightful display of the talent that British-trained designers have to offer.