Sara Brown to show at LFW at ON|OFF X ARTS THREAD

Sara Brown

Westminster graduate Sara Brown will be showing at London Fashion Week on February 19th as part of ON|OFF X ARTS THREAD - Tomorrow's Talent. She was chosen from 100s of emerging designers to be part of our event. 

Sara said: "On|Off has supported designers who I look up to, and to be a part of their group of young talent would be a wonderful help to my career. The opportunity to show my work to any new person excites me, especially at London Fashion Week. "

"Punk centers on ideas of anti-establishment and a DIY ethic. My work echoes this through the chaotic use of colour and the hand crafted decoration and embellishment. My choice to also design for “plus size” was a move to include a group of people that are often left out of the fashion world. Reflecting Punk cultures camaraderie and its reputation for being a place for people who don’t fit into societies norm. These pieces are an evolution of Punk; they have a new aesthetic but retain its ethics."

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David Ferreira wins Fashion Scout Merit Award 2016

David Ferrieira

In winning the AW16 Merit Award, David Ferreira will receive a fully sponsored catwalk show during London Fashion Week, and showcase his work in Fashion Scout's exhibition space throughout the event, gaining exposure to international press and buyers.
David Ferreira was selected from over 200 emerging designers from across the world who applied for Fashion Scout’s Merit Award.  He follows in the successful footsteps of past winners including David Koma, Eudon Choi, Phoebe English, James Kelly, and Xiao Li.
Fashion Scout’s Founder and Creative Director Martyn Roberts comments: “David’s Westminster Graduate collection was critically acclaimed by press and media and he has such a strong vision. Fashion Scout is renowned around the world for showcasing and nurturing the freshest international talent and David will be pushing boundaries with his AW16 collection"

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Westminster to Launch Two-Year Menswear MA

From The Business of Fashion:

LONDON, United Kingdom — Ike Rust, who resigned as head of menswear at The Royal College of Art (RCA) in June, has joined the University of Westminster to develop a new two-year MA Menswear course that will launch in September 2016. “It is the first MA that was started as a Menswear course, rather than a later splinter from an existing womenswear programme,” says Andrew Groves, the course director of BA Fashion Design at Westminster and a key faculty member at the university, who has been integral to the development of the course.

“This wouldn’t have been able to happen even when I started at the Royal [College of Art]. Menswear was still in the shadow of womenswear and now it is accepted as its own fashion discipline, which is really exciting,” adds Rust.

When it launches, the MA will be the only two-year menswear design course in the world. “The Royal [College of Art] is now doing a fashion art-based MA [across both menswear and womenswear] so what we will have is three very different London MAs, including Saint Martins, the Royal and Westminster looking really different to prospective students,” says Rust.

Read more at The Business of Fashion

Roberta Einer named NEWGEN's One-To-Watch for next season

Roberta Einer, who graduated from Westminster in Mya has been named as the British Fashion Council's NEWGEN One-To-Watch designer for next season.

The recent Westminster fashion graduate will present an installation in the NEWGEN area within the Designer Showrooms. Additionally eight emerging designers will receive NEWGEN support, sponsored by TOPSHOP, to showcase their AW16 collections at London Fashion Week (LFW) 19th - 23rd February 2016, including Westminster alumni  Ashley Williams and Claire Barrow,

Ashley Williams and Ryan Lo will both host catwalk shows while the other designers will host static presentations. Both Marta Jakubowski and Sadie Williams first joined NEWGEN for AW15 and have had installations within the NEWGEN area in the Designer Showrooms for the past two seasons.

Sarah Mower MBE, BFC Ambassador for Emerging Talent, Contributing Editor to Vogue US and Chair of the NEWGEN selection commented: “Thanks to the sustained support from Topshop and Sir Philip Green NEWGEN has been London’s prime generator of exciting talent for over a decade. The long-term pattern of success was again readable at this year’s British Fashion Awards, where former ‘graduates’ J.W.Anderson, Erdem, Mary Katrantzou, Thomas Tait and Jordan Askill swept the board. Emerging Talent nominations were also won by Molly Goddard and Faustine Steinmetz, who are still in the NEWGEN scheme, and will return with their remarkable presentations in February. They’re joined by Ashley Williams, Claire Barrow, Danielle Romeril, Marta Jakubowski, Ryan Lo and Sadie Williams, as well as Westminster University recent graduate, Roberta Einer, who steps into the One-To-Watch slot.” 

Roberta Einer shows her debut collection at London Fashion Week

roberta einer ss16

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

mary benson spring summer 2016

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

david ferreira VFILES show

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