Fashion designer driving on a highway to success

03 April 2013

George Jenkins & Luke Archer with one of their winning designs

Car inspired fashion grabs industry attention

Rising star Luke Archer is making waves in the fashion industry after being crowned Alfa Romeo Young Designer of the Year, featuring in the media and creating an innovative 20 piece collection to be shown during London Fashion Week.

The Middlesex University fashion graduate who only left university in 2012 scooped the stylish Italian car brand’s fashion competition in front of more than 1500 attendees at the UK’s largest student-run fashion show with his five-piece collection created with fellow Middlesex graduate and millinery designer George Jenkins.  Their collection featured dresses with hats and clutches made from materials including neoprene, metal and even LED lighting.

The talented duo were awarded first place from hundreds of entries and won praise from the judging panel made up of the fashion press, Alfa Romeo UK and St Andrews Fashion Show.Luke Archer 2

Luke is now ploughing his efforts into a bold 20 piece collection to be shown during London fashion Week later this year.  His ambitious women’s collection will use unusual technologically advanced materials.

Middlesex University fashion graduate Luke Archer (23) said: “It’s been a bit of a whirlwind since graduating.  I worked hard on the Alfa Romeo pieces, but as the competition was so high I was stunned to have won.  Since then I’ve started my new exciting collection which will push boundaries, while I balance teaching fashion textiles at a local college.”

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Homepage: Three models wearing Luke and George’s designs. Photo by Benoit Grogan-Avignon

Top: George Jenkins & Luke Archer with one of their winning designs. Photo by Janet Finlayson.

Bottom photo: One of Luke and George’s designs on the catwalk. 

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