Fashion graduation shows are in full swing now with the Royal College of Art, Central St. Martins BA and Instituto Marangoni (*slap on the wrist* I queued outside the V&A for about half an hour but left to see Joe Strummer instead…. who else haplessly clicked on those Marangoni banners on vogue.co.uk to get an invite only to find the queue monstrously long?) shows in London all done and dusted and with Graduate Fashion Week coming up this Sunday. However the real top notch shows to be looking at are both in Belgium in June.
The thing I love about the shows at both La Cambre in Brussels and the Royal Academy in Antwerp is that all students, from first year to final year get to show their work on the catwalk. I also find the Belgian schools to be a bit more imaginative with the actual catwalk show set-ups than say British schools so there’s the visual treat factor. Last year, I made the trip to Antwerp for the Royal Academy show, but this year I’ve opted to go to Brussels for the La Cambre show to see some familiar faces and friends who are showing their work. So if you happen to reside in the low countries or you’re able to take advantage of cheapo Eurostar fares (¬£24.50 one way….get in there!) or you may even be a passing through Europe tourist, June seems to be the month to go take a gander in Belgium (you can also have a waffle as well….).
P.S. A gratuitous side note. Without meaning for this to be a shameless plug, I am genuinely blown away by the La Cambre poster, photographed by Pierre Debusschere who I also happened to meet in Hyeres – a cool dude with a killer taste in music but with an even more killer portfolio.