This was my first year sitting for this show and it is the last show of new collections for the year. It was great to see how the best of the best beyond our shores translated their trends and cultures into their craft. There were definitely a few standout collections among the group.
Temina Pogosyan - British Higher School of Art & Design
I really liked the potential of this collection, with some modestly Asian influenced menswear style pieces. The shoes are also great and the model's tattoo here works well with the outfit.
Diana Aparo – Accademia Costume & Moda
There were some pretty sculptural pieces in Diana's collection, taking some traditional details and super-sizing them.
Liadan Scott Keogh – Limerick School of Art and Design
Liadan's collection was overall fairly simple except for these great trench coats. Overall, this was a pretty commercial collection.
Alice Wood – LISSA L’Institut Supérieur des Arts Appliqués
The African inspiration of this collection was more subtle, and the bright tones, optic whites and prints came together to form a commercial collection.
Charles Ams – SCAD Savannah
Charles' collection was right up my street, with the black, leather and asymmetry reminiscent of Boris Bidjan Saberi or Incarnation. This would fit right in in the showrooms I visit in Paris.
Xingnan Song – Istituto Marangoni Milano, The School of Fashion
So you know those plastic things that attach tags to clothes at the store? Yeah, that's what the details on the sleeves are made from and they looked oddly amazing. The silhouettes and golden prints of the collection were also stunning.
Lyudmila Sullivan – Pratt Institute
The silhouettes of the collection were nice and the mix of fabrics was interesting.
Indu Rai – Raffles Design Institute Hong Kong
I can definitely appreciate where this collection is going, especially the print detail on the shirts.
Olga Chernoschekova – Saint Petersburg State University Industrial Technology and Design
There was no surprise when I saw that this collection comes from Russia with all of the fur!. It was an interesting interpretation of urban style.
Marina Li – Raffles Design Institute Guangzhou
Unfortunately, the fits on these pieces were not great but the prints and pleats could have been really stunning.
Zhikai Yang – École Supérieure des Arts et Techniques de la Mode Paris
This deconstructed menswear collection was very well crafted.
Aida Mosquera – Univeristy of Vigo, Escuela Superior de Diseño Moda de Galicia
The garments in this collection were fine on their own, the addition of the sun hats and children's mobile accessories was an interesting choice.
Yu Liang – Bunka Fashion College
The shoes in this collection were amazing, shapes I've never seen before. While there was a lot of bling and detail, this was a great mix of McQueen and Van Herpen with some futuristic details.
Frederike Stanitzek – University of the Arts, Berlin
The sheer floral body suits were perhaps not my favourite but the additions, like this pastel yellow dress, were great.
You-Lun You – Department of Textiles and Clothing, Fu Jen Catholic University
The bright primary coloured accents were a modern addition to this new age take on old world style.
Thamali Dharmawardena – Academy of Design
There were a lot of bells and whistles on Thamali's activewear collection. There was some interesting texture.
Shambav Mudgal – FAD International Academy India
I was expecting colour from India and I was not disappointed! This mix of bright colours with the silhouettes and gathered details totally worked.
Yuxue He – Sichuan Fine Arts Institute
This Picaso-esque Chinese iconography patchwork on these utterly casual styles oddly felt more toned down from many of this week's collections.
Emelie Cleveland – The New School Parsons
These voluminous silhouettes were great and the bright hand painted fabric was inspired.
Austin Jonathan Nelson – SCAD Atlanta
The athletic bodysuits mixed with the casual outerwear and suiting pants were an odd mix, but it kind of worked.
Yao Yao – Donghua University College of Fashion and Design
These dresses were AMAZING for something like a New Years’ Eve party! Obviously, we'd like more designers to go sustainable but these pieces were aesthetically pleasing.
Iryna Demanchuk – Istituto Marangoni Paris, The School of Fashion
This collection looked like it was designed with Posh private school lads in mind with a natural colour palette and a bit of Parisian chic.
Diego Salerno – Istituto Europeo di Design
Diego's designs had a very strong Rick Owens vibe, from the draping even down to the shoes.
Tatiana Griegoreva – Artfuture Design School
Tatiana's collection of knitwear and dusty rose was very safe.
Cristina & Margarita Ng Ng – Fashion Institute of Technology
This collection started out looking a bit like it was inspired by aviator attire, with a bit more colour and a lot more shine.
Jasmine Lam – SCAD Hong Kong
The colour palette of red, black and white along with the digital prints in the collection were quite striking.
Shahar Avnet – Shenkar College of Engineering and Design
The big frilly pinkness isn't usually my thing, but to see the details in this collection was awe inspiring. The long bomber jacket in the first image above was the best; on first glance, it appears white with black print, but the print was, in fact, expertly placed threads.
Minori Isomichi – Marronier College of Fashion Design
The mix of east and west was really strong with this collection, using modern shapes with brilliant embroidery, gita sandals under sneakers and a bit of old world alongside a bit of new.
Po-Chieh Chiu – Shih Chien University
Similar to Ludmilya Sullivan's collection above, there was a lot of different technique and texture throughout Po-Chieh's pieces that were a bit of an update on 1940's dandy style.