Gracie Wales-Bonner was crowned winner of the L’Oreal Professional Talent Award at Central Saint Martins’ graduate show in London last night. The fashion design and marketing student’s 70s-inspired collection was dominated by flared trousers in dark denim and camel, bouclé jackets and large jewels.
Wales-Bonner’s feminine lines – accentuated by silky materials, garish jewellery and wide-brimmed floppy hats – were worn unconventionally by male models, sparking a conversation about gender boundaries in fashion. Read our Otherness report, part of our Fashion in Flux Design Direction, for more on gender redefinition in fashion and culture.
Womenswear student Asai Andrew Ta came second place with a grungy, punk-rock collection that relied heavily on ripped and fringed material, torn and deconstructed jeans, and plain white T-shirts. Fiona O’Neill’s bright, fluid print pieces in summery Monet pastels also stood out, netting her third place.
Our full coverage of London’s Graduate Fashion Week, including shows from the University of Westminster, the Royal College of Art, London College of Fashion and Central Saint Martins, will publish in June.