Raw energy: Students peel back the layers

20 : 02 : 2012 Wood : Stripped-back : Screenprint

London – This year’s Central Saint Martins College graduate students went back to basics, using cottons and workwear fabrics, paper, found objects and raw materials such as wood. Overall, the general mood was for stripped-back, utilitarian, layered garments with a focus on hand craftsmanship.

Charlotte Helyar crudely recreated classic imagery from 18th-century paintings on cotton layers. Helyar screenprinted CMYK coloured dots and printer marks by hand, producing the illusion of digital prints. We will explore this digital aesthetic further in our forthcoming Netstalgia macrotrend.

One of LS:N Global’s Fashion Ones to Watch and L’Oréal prizewinner Craig Green took a reverse approach. He developed digital prints from hand paintings in natural earthy colours. Green’s collection carried a pilgrimage narrative and addressed the notion of spirituality in fashion. His use of workwear fabrics is a progression of our Revived Rustic from New York’s spring/summer 2012 shows.