Roberta Einer shows her debut collection at London Fashion Week

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Roberta Einer who graduated from Westminster in May 2015, showed her debut runway collection in the Café Royal. Having worked with Olivier Rousteing at Balmain during her internship year, her debut collection reimagines and refines Americana staples such as logo emblazoned jackets and cheerleader skirts, using intricate embroidery and beading.

Hand-dyed sequins form illustration on tulle net dresses. Irreverent, intense and youthful, the collection adopts traditional craft techniques and weaves together a wealth of contradictory reference from soviet pop art to create their own narrative. 

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Mary Benson's shares her Love Letters at London Fashion Week

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Mary Benson,who graduated from Westminster in 2014, showed her SS16 collection called Letters From The Darkest Corners Of My Heart at LFW this week. Themes of heartbreak with an abstract vision reoccur with opulent colour splashes, ‘The prints consist of watching eyes disguised as weird florals’. Behind luminescent prettified patternage lurk the subtexts and hidden depths of drama that Mary Benson is known for. 

‘Love sick intoxicated feelings’, her evocative take on love lost, trust and relationships are strangely dark and twisted with a very pretty and feminine execution. ‘Handwriting going from sane to insane, aggressive manly hands clutching delicate wilting flowers squeezing the life out of them, romantic ribbon writing, broken hearts, everything is dreamily surreal.’ This season Mary Benson collaborated with milliner Stephen Jones, jewellers Tatty Divine and Melissa shoes to create a full on rhapsody of fashion euphoria.

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Ashley Williams is in a Bad Mood for SS16 at LFW

Ashley Williams, who graduated from Westminster in 2012, show her SS16 collection “Bad Mood” on Tuesday at London Fashion Week.

Bored of surface, bored of jokes and bored of being bored, Ashley decided to scratch the veneer on her previous sartorial world, peopled with impossibly perfect princesses. it was time to expose the decadence and darkness within. for spring/summer 2016, she’s questioning good and bad taste, teetering at the edges of good manners and decency whilst being very, very good at being very, very bad.

 The new Williams anti-princess is a beautiful carcass, a morbid angel, channeling Morticia Adams and Elvira on a night out at studio 54. The silhouette is glamorous, the prints are gross. dresses are bias-cut and asymmetric with elongated scarf draping. look closer and flies swarm all over them, feasting on the rotting cannibal corpse underneath. these girls hang out with Laura Palmer’s beautiful, blue bones, but there is also a sense of playful fun to the menace. the collection is a bouffant headbutt from the suicide squad’s Harley Quinn. when this girl hits you, it feels like a kiss.

A sense of menace looms over the collection like a thundercloud, with the stark black-and-white colour palate, taxidermy patches, dripping blood tiaras, black metal pointed hoodies and fishnet prints signaling a harbinger of doom. a black swan kicked out of ballet class for channeling her inner Camden Market goth, she danced right out of the womb and into the tomb. ballet wraps, tutus and pirouetting pumps appear throughout the collection in Emily-the-Strange stripes of red, pink and black.

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Claire Barrow shows 'Broken Machines' at London Fashion Week

On Sunday at London Fashion Week, Westminster alumni Claire Barrow presented at her new collection ‘Broken Machines’ at the Institute of Contemporary Arts. The collection focussed on our ever-increasing reliance on technology, and our darkest fears about what will happen if it breaks down. 

The garments imagined a culture where everything has been taken to an extreme, which is reflected in Barrow’s processes. The collection comprised both glamorous silk evening gowns and suits that could have been left behind in the fall, nestling amongst the heavy leather, denim and stretched, thick jersey that survived. Hand knitted wire jewellery and beautifully constructed leather handbags accessorise the knee-high printed socks and tights, played out against a clashing colour scheme of greys, blacks, pinks, lilac, blues and greens. Denim pieces skew the concept of ‘distressed’ - washed with stones and sand in a cement mixer in Claire’s back garden.

See the whole collection online at Vogue.


David Ferreira opens NYW Fashion Week with VFILES Show

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Westminster BA Fashion Design graduate David Ferreira has opened New York Fashion Week with his debut collection being shown as part of the VFILES runway show this week. 

David who is originally from Portugal, graduated from the course in June. His runway collection featured intricately beaded evening wear in a mixture of chiffon, wool, and shearling all in a shocking palette of bright yellow with accents of red and black. 

The New York Observer said “If you were to cast a casual eye over the collections shown at Wednesday night’s VFILES Made Fashion presentation, Portugal-born David Ferreira’s yellow and black confections would likely be named as the most high fashion or luxury. And with good reason; the couture creations made one’s mind go to designs from the likes of Giambattista Valli and John Galliano. Mr. Ferreira himself cited Orlando and Empress Dowager Cixi. “All the inspiration is really in foot binding and mixing in the Victorian corsets from Europe,” Mr. Ferriera explained. “All the embroidery is inspired by the 1,000 cuts that Cixi made illegal in China. I really wanted to take that dark and ugly side and make it gorgeous and glamorous.”

THE New York Times called Ferreira’s debut “…. a textured collection of outrageously feathery black and canary crinolines that had taken a turn down Sesame Street.”

MTV News said “Closing out the show, David Ferreira showed a VFiles Made Fashion first: BALL GOWNS. Gloriously Big Bird-ed ball gowns, drenched in yellow fur and ruffles. This is what happens when the downtown cool kids get a hold of evening couture, and it is awesome.”

Whilst Womens Wear Daily noted “… David Ferreira closed the show with grand, structural gowns and capes covered in furry material and ruffles. Everything came in a bumblebee pantone of black and yellow."

American Vogue interviews graduate Roberta Einer

From American Vogue:

Meet the Breakout London Designer Who Scored a Job at Balmain During College

Even in these days of super-driven, high-achieving millennials, it’s rare for a fashion student to land a job at a fabled design house ahead of graduation. But such is the brilliance of Roberta Einer that the London-based designer spent a year in Paris as a print and embroidery assistant at Balmain before even completing her Westminster University degree this summer.

To say that the opportunity to work alongside wunderkind Olivier Rousteing was life-changing is a bit of an understatement, of course, but proved especially pivotal in helping Einer define her own fun-filled troupe of candy-colored sparkles: “At the time my aesthetic was minimal and monochrome, but at Balmain there are no limits—it’s all about adding more. It gave me the courage to really go for it.”

Next month the designer unveils her first stand-alone Spring collection with a presentation at London Fashion Week. “It’s a more wearable and sellable version of the graduate show,” explains Einer, whose unconventional evening shimmer is sure to be snapped up come fall when it will be available to buy on her online store. “Now I’ve had time to figure out how the pieces work on the body, and really get everything right—from fit to finish.”

Read the whole article here: American Vogue

2015 BoF Global Fashion School Rankings

The results are in from the Business of Fashion Global Fashion School Rankings for 2015 and Westminster has been ranked 3rd in the UK and 7th globally for fashion.

Additionally Westminster was ranked:

•    1st globally for our internship programme
•    1st globally for our fashion resources and studios
•    1st in the UK for teaching; 3rd globally
•    1st in the UK for alumni networking
•    1st in UK for careers; 2nd globally

The BA Fashion Design course works extremely closely with the fashion industry and students undertake internships with the world’s leading fashion companies, including Alexander McQueen, Celine, Burberry, Tom Ford, Marc Jacobs, Alexander Wang, Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior, Balmain, Jeremy Scott, Lanvin, Givenchy and Balenciaga.

For more details of the survey results click on the following  link: Business of Fashion

Graduate David Ferreira to show at New York Fashion Week

David Ferreira who graduated from the BA Fashion Design course at Westminster in June 2016 has been selected by VFiles to show his new collection at New York Fashion Week in September. 

David told American Vogue:  “As a newcomer in this competitive industry, having the opportunity to just have a profile on VFiles is amazing exposure,” up-and-comer David Ferreira said. “The feedback I’ve had since creating my profile has exceeded my expectations. Having a platform that links like-minded people is like a burst of confidence, and as a young business, the opportunity to showcase in New York is incredible.”

Westminster alumni announced as NEWGEN winners for S/S16

Two of recent alumni of the BA (Hons) Fashion Design course at Westminster have been announced as the latest recipients of The British Fashion Council sponsorship award to showcase their SS16 collections at London Fashion Week (18 – 22 September 2015) from NEWGEN sponsored by TOPSHOP. 

Ashley Williams will be given runway sponsorship whilst Claire Barrow will receive presentation sponsorship.Both were stars of the Westminster runway show in 2012 and have since seen their designs being worn by the likes of Rihanna, Harry Styles, Pixie Geldof, Alexa Chung, Alice Dellal and Julia Sarr-Jamois.

Ashley Williams is currently stocked by Selfridges in London, Colette in Paris and Joyce in Hong Kong. Whilst Claire Barrow is socked by Penelope in Italy, V Files in New York, USA and Concento in Japan.

Sarah Mower MBE, BFC Ambassador for Emerging Talent, Contributing Editor to Vogue US and Chair of the NEWGEN selection commented: “The NEWGEN initiative has an unrivalled reputation as the scheme which has seen countless designers through to London Fashion Week and success in selling globally." 

Since its inception in 1993, NEWGEN sponsorship has acted as a promotional launch pad for young designers, attracting media profile, orders and investment whilst offering encouragement and support for new talent. Previous NEWGEN winners include Alexander McQueen, Christopher Kane, Erdem, Jonathan Saunders, J.W. Anderson, Marques’Almeida, Mary Katrantzou, Nicholas Kirkwood, Roksanda Ilincic and Simone Rocha. 

DEUX HOMMES: Westminster Collections: The Class Of 2015

New talent is a welcomed change in the world of fashion. Who better to represent a fresh perspective than those among the University of Westminster’s newest graduates of 2015?

As chic as black-on-black may appear, nothing represents the vibrancy of life better than color. Chloe McGeehan and Niall Cottrell make full use of color in all its glory. McGeehan’s layered, free-form shapes are like fluid paint, pooling together at the bottom of every garment. Cottrell’s primary colors take on a more graphic quality, grounding themselves as shapes amid black backgrounds.

Though colorful, Roberta Einer’s and Kate Britain’s work take on a more organic nature. From beading to embroidery, Einer’s heavily textured, pastel creations are reminiscent of coral reefs and the creatures found among the sea floor. Britain’s brilliant technique of combining leather and knits is just as intriguing. Equal parts whimsical and monstrose, the rippling edges of the knitting appear almost fungal, as if growing on the leather’s smooth surface.