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.
Patrick Li, a Chinese born London based designer completed a fashion design and business studies BA at the University of Brighton. He then did a Womenswear course at the Royal College of Art, and has worked with Hussein Chalayan and Viktor & Rolf.
His specialty is to combine organic shapes with strong structure, keeping a feminine line.
His autumn/winter 13/14 collection contained beautiful architectural lines, fabric layering, a clean colour palette of blacks and whites and a little green and maroon sneaked. Each mixed beautiful fabrics of velvet, leather and splashes of glitter.
Ones to Watch next rising star designer Hana Cha is a London of College graduate that not only won the womenswear collection of the year, but also presented her last collection at the V&A.
Her design philosophy is to combine opposites, whether it be style, colour, or beautiful fabrics. I loved this beautiful monochrome collection. The detailed beading on the fabrics and the prints on the back of the fabrics were stunning, I love outfits that are stunning 360 degrees!
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 . 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.