Central Saint Martins
February 17, 2006 London
If there were trends, they were in the collective fascination for folds, knots, and pleats, and for experimenting with the classic trench (Molly Grad, Diasuke Okuyama, Lisa Pritchard). But it was the sheer conviction of these graduate students that was truly impressive. Menswear designer Dennis Jansson, for one, sent out such a believable gang of dirty-denimed bikers that they might've parked their Harleys outside. As for the prizes in this vintage year, they were swept up by Christopher Kane. The 23-year-old Glaswegian showed a series of extraordinary short dresses made from intricately worked frills, stretch lace, and lashings of nylon jingling with gold ringsa look that pushed good/bad taste to a whole new frontier. Afterward, Kane's pieces were shipped directly to Harrods, where they will be stopping window-shopping tourists in their tracks throughout the week. The next generation of young British fashioncrazed with creativity and boasting an astonishing level of professionalismhas just taken off.