The next Alexander McQueen? It’s (nearly) Showtime!

There’s been a distinct and lively buzz in the back alleys around Farringdon this week, with folk in natty glasses and interestingly-coloured attire sporting distinctive bright pink lanyards, which can mean only one thing - Clerkenwell Design Week in full swing!

 Hand knitted mask by Jasmin Reif @judascompanion

Hand knitted mask by Jasmin Reif @judascompanion

This fixture on the interiors and product design calendar - so much more than furniture, lighting, carpets - is always a signal that a round of summer exhibitions is about to kick off, and another clutch of eager, spectacularly talented folk are going to be hunting for their first jobs in the design world.

Graduate artists, designers and creatives of all shades are getting ready to peel off the masking tape, don their best (home-made, natch!) frocks and show the world what they are made of - yes, it’s Graduate Fashion Week from 3 June.

This is a great time of year to catch up on the zeitgeist, get a feel for new trends and directions, and try to spot the stars of the future - even bag a future classic, as Isabella Blow did in 1992 buying the whole of Alexander McQueen’s MA collection.

Meanwhile, there’s still time to catch edgy new work by emerging talents at The Sarabande Foundation in Haggerston, set up to honour the legacy of Alexander McQueen. We’ve been watching Central Saint Martin's alumna Judas Companion’s recycled leather clothing, styled with post-Punk knitted face masks with interest - on until Sunday...