22 September 2015
by Niamh Tuft
We've spotted a few of our International Fashion Showcase alumni around London Fashion Week on the catwalk, in showrooms and doing exciting things in general. Here's a round up of what they are up to!
Three IFS designers showed on schedule at London Fashion Week. Richard Malone, a new addition to Fashion East's line-up, brought his outspoken charm to his presentation in L'Esgargot which cast friends and family as models who chattered above the soundtrack of Sylvia Path poetry. Inspired by the way that his mother and other women in his native Wexford dressed and made with fabric doomed for the waste bin, Malone marked himself out as a designer with a voice. Rejina Pyo's showed a relaxed collection with Matisse-style prints creeping into the pieces against the backdrop of Luke Diiorio's sculptural canvases. Min Wu brought the science of colour to her A-line silhouettes, culottes and shifts in the BFC Presentation Space at the Institute of Contemporary Arts. Rods of flourescent lights introduced pops of colour as Wu's fashion film Adjusting/Healing came into view, focusing on the fragility and strength of the human body.
From J Koo's decollage prints, to Portuguese collective KLAR's technological knits and Mich Dulce's recognisable millinery IFS designers were hosted in the Designer Showroom space at Brewer Street Car Park. Elswhere, Irish milliner Laura Kinsella brought her elegant bespoke headwear back to London as part of the Unfold showroom of Irish designers with a beautiful set designed by The Decorator's Suzanne O'Connell.
Austrian-born, Sabinna showed in the exquisite Freemason's Hall with Fashion Scout combining knits and striped shirting in a relaxed but refined collection. Three Serbian designers - George Styler, Ana Ljubinkovic and Ivana Pilja - returned to London after showing at IFS 2013 to unveil new collections on the catwalk.
At On|Off two IFS 2015 designers joined the ranks of On|Off presents, Markéta Martišková from Czech Republic and Caoimhe MacNeice from Ireland. Martišková reimagined angels through history and MacNeice played with construction and cutting in a collection of sinuous lines in an immersive evening of performance, fashion and fun at the Vinyl Factory in Soho. J Moon joined the On|Off troop, showing a collection inspired by escapism.