在这次眼花缭乱的时装周中，五位小鲜肉设计师的作品首次登上舞台。不管是灵感来源于女权运动的 Hope Hudson 设计的轻便女装，还是以战争艺术电影为主题的 Chi Wu 设计的男装，他们的灵感来自于最近的作品中各方各面。
Su Jeong Paik 在听闻祖父母辈关于朝鲜战争的故事后设计了黑白纯色风格的时装。这一时装的发布把这位24岁的来自韩国的设计师的思绪再度带回了他的家族史。在看着发黄的老照片时，她深深地被那时人们的穿着所吸引：由于不时搬来搬去，当时的人们穿着为藏匿一些必备的的生活用品和私人物品而风格内敛的衣着。为了应用这一灵感，她设计的中性时装有着大大的口袋。她这一融入了韩国传统服饰与现代防水防风面料的设计意在向她的祖父母辈人的智慧和韧性致敬。
这几位设计师的课程导师 Andrew Ibi 提到现在多样化的市场可以让他的学生们将自己的想法和时尚名人有机地混合，他说：“时装市场有着丰富的文化，伦敦时装继承了独特它的文化和独特之处。时装秀提供了一个舞台，允许英国金斯顿大学的年轻设计师去接近他们的潜在客户，未来的雇主等对他们的作品感到兴趣的人。在我们的日常教学之外，可以在伦敦时装周上展示自己的作品使我们的服装设计专业的学生对时尚的认知更深刻、更广泛，更具信心地探索这个产业的灵魂。”
Kingston University's latest crop of MA Fashion students rekindled the buzz of London's famous 1980s fashion markets when they launched their new collections in the heart of Soho. Celebrating the heritage of iconic clothes emporiums such as Portobello and Kensington, the class of 2015 received a rapturous reception as they flaunted their wares to fashion experts and key industry figures on market-style stalls at the Vinyl Factory on the eve of London Fashion Week.
Amidst the hustle and bustle, collections by five of the young designers premiered on the catwalk. From floor length, suffragette-inspired silhouettes of Hope Hudson's ethereal womenswear to an explosion of colour created by Chi Wu's martial-arts-movie-themed menswear, the students took inspiration from far and wide for their latest work.
Su Jeong Paik developed her monochrome black and white collection after hearing her grandparents' stories of life during the Korean War. This set the 24 year old from Seoul in Korea on a journey back through her family history. Looking at old photographs, she became fascinated by the way people fleeing the conflict adapted their clothes to enable them to stash essential supplies and secrete personal treasures as they moved from place to place. To reflect this, Su's androgynous garments are covered in large pockets and hidden compartments. She has blended the shapes of traditional Korean garments with modern waterproof and windproof fabrics to create a catwalk collection celebrating the ingenuity and resilience of her grandparents and their peers.
Course director Andrew Ibi said the market-style event allowed the students to showcase their work to an eclectic mix of fashion luminaries. "The market represents a rich cultural experience and an environment unique to London fashion heritage," Mr Ibi said. "The show's market stall format allowed Kingston University's young designers to get closer to their potential customers, future employers, stylists, journalists and others interested in their work. It reinforced the way we teach Kingston University's MA Fashion students to think freely and broadly about the context of the subject and develop the confidence to articulate this with key figures within the industry."
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