There were two designers at Central Saint Martin's BA 2014 graduate show who stood a head above the rest - Grace Wales Bonner (winner of the L'Oreal Professional Talent Award) and Ed Lee. To focus on the latter, his interpretation of the modern 20s translated into delicate sequins and intricate embroidery on tasselled skinny scarves and apron-style waistcoats paired with beautifully tailored pinstripe-flared-trousers, brushed silk scarlet shirts, duster jackets and devoré velvet.
When Ed first sent me the look book of his new collection, I couldn't stop scrolling - back and forth - several times. It is beautiful. His AW’15 collection is just as texturally rich, exciting and further developed with a 70s hint in the cut and contour. The sensuality remains; an aesthetic increasingly popular among menswear.
Hackney-based Lee's cultural exploration was also reflected in his street-cast model, whose effortless interaction with the garments makes them that much more desirable. It's safe to say that both men and women would be able to enjoy Ed's creations, as gender is not an important element to his designs, which is good news for all.
I should also mention that Ed is the sweetest guy you'll meet.
Ed Lee AW15 Lookbook
Words: Desi Lazarova
Photography: Greta Ilieva
Styling: Harry Lambert