[M]aking your mark as a newbie designer fresh out of fashion school is tricky business in 2018. In an age of Instagram hysteria and political dressing #trending, there’s a desire to throw everything on the table and hope someone, somewhere, is listening.
But is this really the best tact? Presented authentically, yes. The University of Westminster, like Central Saint Martins and co, is a fertile breeding ground for some of the most exciting and radical talent of tomorrow (alumnus include the queen of punk Vivienne Westwood, Christopher Bailey and Ashley Williams).
The Class of 2018 wanted to break sartorial codes with a more-is-more approach; from underwear as outerwear, a physical exploration of gender to reimagined menswear translated into enormous shapes. At times, however, the collections felt chaotically overdone rather than commercially sound. Amongst the chaos, there were designers who showed promise; be it seventies Northern Soul-inspired garments, elevated party dresses and eco-luxe textiles.
Here’s Hunger’s verdict of the key ones-to-watch from Westminster’s graduate fashion show this year…