The final part of my Graduate Fashion Week experience involved the exhibition – where I could literally have spent all day admiring the innovative, colourful and quirky creations. It was great to find out about the talent coning from Fashion Schools that I was not previously familiar with, especially Nottingham Trent and Northumbria University. I also attended the International showcase bringing together the worlds best emerging design talent. Graduate experience is always the highlight of my fashion year and am already counting down to the next one!
Grace Weller of Bath Spa University was selected as the George Gold Award winner last year and this years winner was Hannah Wallace’s.
A favourite from last years award show
Amanda Roughley was shortlisted for an award in association with the Ethical Fashion Forum
These one pieces by Sally Jane Atkinson Lyon had me dreaming of being back in the Caribbean
Even though the fashion calendar has swiftly moved on and I’ve currently been enjoying London Collections Men, LCM SS16, I still want to share the amazingness of my Graduate Fashion Week experience. My second show was the Ouverture / Centro school of Fashion in Mexico. Due to the vibrancy of Mexican culture I expected a colourful, and energetic show which is exactly what I got. There was a range of luxurious fabrics from floaty chiffons to cosy tweeds plus sculptural shapes and prints to suit all tastes. The only thing missing was a beach and Tequila!
Me in a Textiles Federation dress at the Royal College of Art
The last few weeks have been the most exciting time in the fashion calendar with Graduate Fashion Week. Its a time of great innovation and the birthing of the future’s fashion greats! With over 20 shows in total and lots going on in my life atm I sadly missed a lot of it but what I managed to catch was mesmerising. My first show; UCA Rochester, courtesy of Lewis and Leigh PR, set the bar high and I clearly had an enhanced view 😉 !
I attended the Graduate Fashion Week Awards Gala before I went on holiday last week and this amazing sartorial experience as well as GFW as a whole made my holiday shopping experience in the US comparatively dull. Innovation was everywhere and I have the utmost respect for all of the students who were able to create such striking and innovative designs. The Awards which were presented by Hilary Alexander, Philip Treacy, Zoe Hardman and judged by British Fashion Council‘s Sarah Mower; designers Peter Pilotto, Philip Treacy and Louise Gray; Sara Maino of Italian Vogue; and Fiona Lambert, vice-president of George at Asda. I think the students were able to get the right balance between wearable pieces that still wowed on the runway. My highlights are below- if I had space for a hundred more pictures I would have included more or less everything I saw but I managed to bring it down to this;
Anne Tyrrell, Former lecturer at Royal College of Arts was honoured with Hilary Alexender presenting her award.
Grace Weller of Bath Spa University, was presented with the womenswear award by Philip Treacy and also won the Gold Awards
I’ve spent the past few days in my element discovering emerging and new designers at Wolf & Badger boutique, who I’ve just started guest blogging for, and at Graduate Fashion Week which ended with a bang today. I’ve had a break from my blog as have been busy writing for one of London’s finest boutiques, according to Vogue. However I had to take the time to share the amazing talent spotted at GFW. I’ll also be sharing what I’ve been up to for the last few months soon as its been pretty exciting times- a blogathon is coming after my holiday to Atlanta this Friday! For now I’d like to share my highlights from the UCA Rochester graduate fashion week show and the exhibition. I’m always amazed at the extent of design talent abiding in the UK and its great to see stars from some some of the unsung places outside of the capital. As a Londoner it easy to forget that creativity is alive and well in other parts of the UK and often in the most unexpected places. I’m truly grateful to Graduate Fashion Week for an eye opening experience.
So here’s my last post on graduate fashion week and am glad am writing it a little while after the event finished as its refreshing to remember just how amazing the showcase was. My last day was particularly exciting because industry veteran Colin McDowell interviewed one of the most iconic UK based designers, Mary Katranzou. It was great to learn more about her background and learn interesting facts like her mother being an interior designer and owning a factory in Greece. Also her structural designs are no doubt influenced by her year spent studying architecture before she pursued a career in fashion.
Once again the talent from graduates seemed never ending and I got lost in a world of funky prints, quirky shapes, bold colours, varied textures, surreal shoes and even found a cool magazine created by students. I truly believe I witnessed some of the best designs I’ve ever seen at Graduate Fashion Week and I look forward to hearing about the graduates I met in the future as I hope and expect that a lot of them will definitely be making their mark in the fashion industry.
University of Edinburgh College of Art
De Montford University
University of South Wales Newport
University of Northampton School of the Arts
Liverpool John Moores University
UCA Rochester who created the beautiful Geist magazine with Shingai Shoniwa f the Noisettes on the cover
Instituto Marangoni London