University of Westminster Menswear Collections

The brightest and best young UK designers were out in force for the University of Westminster MA Menswear Runway Collections. Peter Gray reports.

Hot on the heals of Graduate Fashion Week, the second cohort of MA Menswear students from the University of Westminster chose this weekend’s London Fashion Week Mens event to showcase their new work.

The University of Westminster Menswear collections showcased a dazzling array of the institution’s best and brightest creative talent.

The graduates, who are under the direction of Liliana Sanguino, gave a breathtaking snap shot of the future of fashion, with cutting edge style and innovative tailoring to the fore.

With previous participants including Dublin born menswear designer Robyn Lynch, who is now showcasing her work as part of Fashion East, as well as the winner of the 2019 H&M Design Award, Priya Ahluwalia, the University of Westminster’s menswear course is one of the most prestigious on offer in the UK.

Students at the university benefit from Westminster’s incredible Menswear Archive, which consists of over 1800 garments from some of the world’s most successful designers, including Alexander McQueen, Jean Paul Gaultier and Kim Jones.

Some of the highlights of the day included:

SAN KIM

UNIVERSITY OF WESTMINSTER MA MENSWEAR San Kim

Mixing wit, style, charm and sophistication, San Kim’s collection referenced the sculptural work of artist Paul McCarthy in order to investigate Freudian ideas about psychosexual development.  Whilst Kim’s cute inflatables grabbed a great deal of attention, it was the designer’s clever yet playful mix of contemporary influences that resonated most strongly with the assembled fashion bods.

Lola Van Praag

University of Westminister MA Fashion Lola Van Praag

Inspired by the ’70s and 80’s surf scene in California, Van Praag’s collection cleverly incorporated and at the same time deconstructed old wetsuits. The purpose was to investigate and interrogate the work of leading surfing companies like O’Neill and Rip Curl. Seams and joins took on a much more central role as the designer highlighted the beauty of such normally invisible and inconspicuous details. The exotic flowers at Kew Gardens were another key reference for Van Praag’s impressive collection.

Curtis Wu

UNIVERSITY OF WESTMINSTER MA MENSWEAR Curtis Wu

Decadence was the subject matter for this brilliant collection from young designer Curtis Wu. The designer’s fascination with the subject saw Wu create a series of stunning pieces which explored luxury, excess but also decay. Throwing down the gauntlet to more conventional interpretations of masculinity, Wu offered up floral swimsuits and embroidered dresses dripping with elegance and refinement. German photographer Heinrich Heidersberger was another key influence on the innovative young designer.

More information on the University of Westminster’s MA Menswear S/S20 Runway Collections can be found here.

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