The Westminster BA Honours Fashion Design show took place last night at the basement of the University. Showcasing the 17 selected graduate collections, there was a great balance of men's and womenswear, with a subtly cohesive feel shared between all of the collections: oversized silhouettes, colour palettes and hand-painted leather.

The menswear was certainly the strongest, with a few of the designers already making a real impression in the industry. Lucy James' monochrome and heavily layered looks, with black eye masks covering the top of some models' faces, was a great introduction to the menswear that would follow.

Georgina Mottershead's modern hill-billy look, with multiple bags styled over light workwear, completed with a fresh take on flat caps, was another highlight from the show; as was Daniel McKinley's clean-cut, boxy indigo double denim overlaid with broad and distressed yellow paint.

One of the womenswear designers whose collection was in keeping with the stronger show themes was Chloe McDonald, who combined tough leather jackets in black and red, hand-painted and patched with accents of glitter, and metallic pink leathers over frayed pink and black Lurex and jersey skirts.

Likewise, Robyn Priestley's all-white menswear was a beautiful and refreshing shift from the rest. His delicately ruffled floor-length pieces in sheer silks and thick satins were fervently applauded as the last piece of his collection graced the runway.

Closing the show was Niall Cottrell, whose heavy floor-length red men's coat and asymmetric cuts on warm toned leather and wool pieces seemed the most appropriate for the finale. With weight and substance, texture and colour, his collection felt like the accumulation of his peer's visions, becoming the summarising conclusion to the show.

Words: Desi Lazarova

Image Source: Westminster Fashion