The ON|OFF PRESENTS program features an exclusive group of three designers hand-selected by Lee Lapthorne to showcase their emerging work during London Fashion Week. Often considered a precursor to the NEWGEN Award from the British Fashion Council, it’s an important milestone for many aspiring visionaries.
Jayne Pierson took womenswear with an aggressive spin using hand-painted garments that felt bad-ass. Confident and untouchable, these pieces exuded attitude and grit without having to do much else. Decked with cracked acrylic headpieces and pom-pom heels, Luke Anthony Rooney brought back the fab to fashion. While the garments themselves were kept relatively understated, it allowed surface embellishments to shine: embroidered bead work in ice-cream shapes were absolutely carefree and girly. A bit of a 180 degree turn, Timothy Bouyez-Forge took a modern art approach using automotive, mass-manufacturing techniques in his garments. Chrome finishes and what appears to be molded latex set the mood for a futuristic fantasy of human advancement in a technological era.