Images: Luke Archers S/S14 collection De L’Ocean, photography by Ian Cashman
Afternoon lovelies! A few weeks back I wrote a post on my decision on going to university and how it has changed my career and also helped my blog. If you haven’t read my post you can do so here – my blog post was in partnership with Middlesex University as we wanted to show how degree courses can better your future.
In the second part to this blog post I have an interview with Middlesex-graduate-come-fashion-designer Luke Archer. In February Luke even won joint title of Alfa Romeo Young Designer of the Year 2013 which he can now add to his achievements!
I’ve picked out some key questions from the interview in which Luke explains his inspiration for the collection, when he started designing and how he see’s his future shaping up. I found this interview really inspirational and it’s just more proof that university really can help your career. In no way am I saying people should study as I completely appreciate that everyone learns in different situations, just that university helped me focus in on what my strengths were and has benefited me today. Middlesex has a great range of designs courses, you can see the fashion course here for more details.
particularly animals. For this collection, the focus was specifically on
colour-changing ocean animals, looking at cephalopods such as octopus and
the way they change colour and expand to create interesting patterns. I
combined this with other sea life for motivation throughout my collection.
hair on their bodies and nearly transparent skin. I used colour-changing ink to
represent these effects and give a glow to the clothing. I also used
translucent materials, combined with digital print and intricate beading, to
create the same expression as their bodies.
though I appreciated textiles, I was more focused on graphic design. In the
second year of my course I got specialise and originally was going to focus on
graphics, but I was persuaded by my tutor to take textiles as my speciality.
almost an obsession. I went on to do a foundation course and then to Middlesex
University to do my BA. I don’t think it really clicked until I left Middlesex
and then the whole process fell into place. This collection was a chance to
show how I’ve developed as a designer.
than the previous. Progression is really important for me as a designer and to
show as part of London Fashion Week would be such an achievement. We have some
potential collaborations coming up for the next show, which I can’t say too
much about, but they are really exciting opportunities. I’d like each
collection to keep growing every year, keep the standard high with additional
funding, and develop season upon season. The ultimate dream would be to show in
Paris in front of my peers.