A group of aspiring designers aged just 16 to 19 were the youngest to showcase their work at London Fashion Week.

Organised by Hackney based charity FAD (Fashion Awareness Direct), the 2017 Fashion Futures Final was hosted by Fashion Scout at the Freemasons’ Hall in Covent Garden on Monday, September 18.

Two finalist hail from Haringey and Tottenham, Shuqin Wang, 18, lives in Bruce Grove and attends Leyton Sixth Form and Klaudia Pochylska, 17, lives near Green Lanes and attends City and Islington Sixth Form College.

Through FAD’s Fashion Futures programme the group of 20 have benefitted from the hands-on experience, technical training and professional mentoring they need to progress into the elite fashion industry.

A panel from ASOS, All Saints and George judged the finalists’ work and winners were announced on the night.

The group were shortlisted from over 70 London teenagers who developed designs inspired by the style leaders of Europe, past and present - FAD’s #RoadToFashionWeek social media campaign charts each of their journeys in the run up to the event on Instagram at @FADCharity.

Joint winner’s prize was presented to Keir Booton and Victoria Olejniczak, both 17. Victoria created a cape and skirt inspired by Polish folk art, which the jury panel applauded for being “unique but modern”.

Keir created a hooded denim jacket with gold embroidered leaves, which the jury panel described as “brilliantly beautiful”.

Other prizes were presented for Silhouette and Textiles. The Award for Silhouette was presented to Sezuthi Islam, 17, who studies at Valentines High School. She created an original, hexagonal off-the-shoulder dress, which the jury panel praised as “both innovative and commercial”.

The Award for Textiles was presented to Tyana Hemmings, 18, who studies at Lewisham Southwark College, she created a denim printed dress with mesh detailing, which the jury panel commended for its originality and stylish finish.

This year’s Jury panel describes the 2017 Fashion Futures cohort as “inspiring, passionate, brave and reaffirming”.

The show was followed by a reception and exhibition of the finalists’ work. Many past FAD teens attended on the night along with industry supporters from George at Asda, Natwest, All Saints, Tom Ford and ASOS.