Leesa Butler, a member of judging panel, was a bright splash of blue amidst the black.
It was great to see this colourful trio did not succumb to the lure of the little black dress
Last year this woman and I turned up wearing the same dress, not so this year! I was wearing my strapless red leather dress over a t-shirt, and a jacket (do I have any photos, of course not...).
A New York style runway was installed in the second floor of Museum London
If the designs from the sixteen graduating students whose collections were in the evening show were any indication, we will see lots of high-waisted pants and shorts, shift dresses, and jumpsuits next Spring.
Morgan George's pieces featured muted colours and classic shapes
George's fitted dresses featured pleated detailing and demonstrated excellent tailoring skills
Samantha Ingram used creative leather manipulation to add visual interest to her earth-toned garments. I loved the skirt with the rippled leather overlay!
These two jumpsuits had the most flattering fit of any in the show. Several designers used thin, silky fabric for their jumpsuits and the lack of structure was not particularly flattering on the rail-thin models. The patterned jumpsuit on the left was designed by Hilary Hantjis, the white one is by Paige Riviere.
The draped neckline and structured waist made this jumpsuit by Cassie Smith my favourite. I would probably wear it with a wide leather belt.
The models wore their hair pulled back which allowed all the giant neck bling they wore to be seen to the best advantage.
Megan Sheppard used bold patterned silky fabrics in her designs. The high-necked trapeze dress was one of the pieces in the show I would love to have for the summer.
Ciairya Deshane (l) and Kristen Kinzinger both used colourful prints for the low-cut blouses that were part of their collections.
The only male designer in the show was Sebastian Taborda Guarin, and his pieces were extremely well done. His collection was inspired by the city of Medellin in Columbia - the innovative architecture, the fences in Biblioteca Spain, and the orchid flowers.
I liked the modern shape of the top and the visual interest of the "cage" overlay on the skirt in this outfit by Guarin.
Another piece in the show that caught my eye was this tucked and gathered skirt by Jessica Haster. It would not be flattering to someone with larger hips but the added fullness would be welcome on someone with fewer natural curves like me.
Either of the above dresses would work for a special occasion where you want to feel "dressed up" without resorting to a lot of sparkle or frills. The leather dress is by Paige Riviere, and the plum one by Ashley Gennuso.
I liked the combination of white and grey in this outfit designed by Kali Samlal. The bolero would also look cute worn over a simple dress.
Grey and white was also featured in this dress by Courtney Kane
The pastel, clean-lined pieces in Monica Liu's collection were both pretty and professional. The pale yellow worked very well with the powder blue.
Liu was the only designer who walked the runway with one of her models at the end of her collection. I thought the simple shapes of her garments were very fresh and modern. Each outfit had a pop of bright colour tucked under a collar, lapel or hem.
Congratulations to all this year's graduates, and I wish them well in their designing careers!