London College of Fashion MA
Back in the day, while the internet was still a baby, I applied and was offered a place at the London College of Fashion, ( I still have the letter of acceptance, tucked away somewhere safe, like a ‘get out of jail free card’ ). I didn’t accept though and chose instead to go to the University of Westminster. What can I say, since then London College has come on leaps and bounds and yesterday saw them host their very first, MA Menswear Catwalk show.
Anders Sølvsten Thomsen
For a first show by anyone, let alone a disparate group of mature students, it was a huge success. They were helped in this by the show’s curator and stylist Anders Sølvsten Thomsen, who worked closely with the students to help shape and produce the collection. Anders Sølvsten Thomsen, was raised in Kolding, Denmark. In 1998 he relocated to London and studied Fashion Photography and Styling at London College of Fashion, before leaving early, in favour of a position at POP. He later went on to work as Fashion Director at LOVE , where he currently resides, having worked with a myriad of fashion’s elite, including, among others, Louis Vuitton, Nina Ricci, Loewe, Juergen Teller and Glen Luchford.
There were strong collections from all 12 graduates but Trend Illustrated’s personal favourite from the those selected to show on Friday was Gebei He. Gebei is a Chinese Canadian student whose collection was inspired by the colour and shape of Sichuan cuisine and combined with research into the Chinese mythical beast “Taotie” who is a symbol of desire.
We loved the fabulous skull hats, the strong colour and in particular the eastern twist on the Ecclesiastical theme which we have seen last season from the likes of Craig Green and Juun J, among others. It was a beautifully understated collection, no bells and whistles, just a great understanding of cut and colour and an underlying maturity and humility, which maybe is explained in Gebei He’s plans for the future which he said were,
It must be difficult when working with so many different designers and ideas to present one unified collection, but Thomsen proved his worth and managed to pull together a diverse and clearly talented bunch of creative individual collections, into one coherent whole, with the result, a resounding success.