Catwalk Report: Central Saint Martins BA (Honours) graduate show

Central Saint Martins College presents fashion's faces of the future

With alumni that include John Galliano, Alexander McQueen and Stella McCartney, Central Saint Martins has produced some of the most exciting British design talent of all time.

So when watching the esteemed college’s BA (Honours) graduate show, you can guarantee that you will be spotting fashion’s faces of the future.

2008’s group of forty BA (Honours) graduates, who presented their final collections last night at Bethnal Green’s York Hall, did not fail to live up to the high expectations.

Knitwear was particularly strong, with highlights including Orla Savage’s quirky hot-pink fringed minidresses and the aqua-hued cocoon knits of Andrew Yates.

Ingrid Hass is surely a name to watch; her beautifully intricate tapestry shift dress made a stunning opening look. Liberty print bubble skirts and country-scene knitted tees completed the collection, which had us lusting for English spring gardens (and for Hass’s sweet stripy cashmere!).

The knitwear department also provided the first runner-up for the evening’s other purpose – the presentation of the L’Oréal Professionnel Award for young talent.

Rachel Chan’s delicately embellished minidresses, in Aztec style knits, proved a worthy first runner-up, although the prize was reserved for Alithia Spuri-Zampetti, whose oversized graphic headpieces teamed with colour block body-con dresses won over the prestigious judging panel.

Final mention must go to Vega Zaishi Wang, whose ethereal pure white collection was delicately illuminated by concealed panels of soft green light. A beautiful spectacle, which brought an atmosphere of instant calm to the East London venue.

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