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Generation Next

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The graduates of the biggest fashion universities around the world recently showcased their final collections, and many of these unique works resonated with the environmental effects that are so present in the current global consciousness. Two strong stories overshadowed the rest in London: a quirky romantic look coalesced among the graduates of the London College of Fashion, and surrealistic looks similar to Maison Martin Margiela emerged from the group at Central St. Martins. Asymmetrical dresses in printed silk flowed down the runway at Hong Kong Polytechnic. Hard-edged looks emerged in Antwerp, where students at the rigorous Royal Academy of Fine Art created geometric fragments on dresses similar to cut diamonds. In contrast, students at Parson School of Design in New York layered furs over knits, forming a nomadic story for women on the move.

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