The Japanese born CSM graduate has worked for Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood so a designer influenced by my hero and heroine of fashion raised more than a little excitement.
Presenting the BA final collection entitled ‘Book-a-holic’, the young designer’s eclectic printing skill were debuted in their full finery. Delicate book pages are exposed in a wash of deep blue onto crisp linens and cottons and delicately complimented by leaves and flowers.
My favourite piece was the above pictured dress with its intricate leafy overlay evoking the natural, feminine romanticism of the collection.
Further international influence infused in the week was the offering from Greek designer Yiannis Kariotoisis with his SS13 collection - UTOPIA.
The passionate yellows and endless flow of material running through the collection emulated the ripples heat of a far Eastern paradise. The trail of drapes and capes lead the imagination through a bustling Moroccan market or the tiled corridors of an Arabian palace and conjures the warmth of a strong summer season collection. The little variation between pieces and highlights of shimmering material emphasises continuity in a hazy mirage-like blur.