LFW A/W 13/14 – Carlotta Actis Barone

Carlotta Actis Barone is an Italian born Central Saint Martin’s graduate, who already has five collections under her belt. She’s worked with the likes of Stella McCartney, Balmain and BCBG Max Azria… all very different brands with different looks and aesthetics to theΒ CarlottaΒ Actis Barone woman.

The collection was highly modern, with elegant long dresses with sheer skirts. The silhouettes of the 30s skimmed down the runway, with pleated and sheer fabrics to give glimpses of the woman underneath.

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LFW A/W 13/14 Ones to Watch – Yulia Kondranina

Ones to Watch, who we can thank for introducing us to designers like Peter Pilotto and Eudon Choi, introduced us not only to Patrick Li , but also selected Russian-born designer Yulia Kondranina to showcase her collection, another Central St Martins graduate.

Her collection featured fringing throughout the collection but done in a fresh more tailored manor, with sculptural bodices underneath to create a beautiful elegant silhouette. The fluidity and movement of the dresses as the models walked was breath taking.

The collection started with a monochrome palette that brought the focus of the collection to the structure of the pieces, and closed with a bold combination of primary colours for a more dramatic effect.

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LFW Ones to Watch designer – Hellen van Rees

Ones to Watch are known for selecting the next “IT” designers to showcase their collection at LFW at the Vauxhall Fashion Scout. One of the four designers selected was Hellen Van Rees, a graduate of Central Saint Martins .Β Hellen combines recycled materials with an innovative approach to fabric manipulation.

This collection, similarly to her AW 12 collection, was inspired by the tweed fabrics used by Chanel and plastic-like fabric, a straight silhouette of 1920’s flapper girls and 3-dimensional artworks by Anish Kapoor and Rachel Whitebread.