Graduate Fashion Week20:11
(Sorry for the late post been awfully tired) Being lucky enough to get free tickets to graduate fashion week, I got the chance to attend to Northumbria and Ravensbourne! Graduate Fashion Week (GFW), is a showcase for BA students, to show off their fabulous work, and there is a Gala at the end for winners, including the Gold Award, Best Womenswear, Best Menswear, Zandra Rhodes Textile award, and more ( which will be announced tonight).
Northumbria's Fashion show was this Sunday, on the 6th June; opening of Graduate Fashion Week. Northumbria had a great accompaniment of music to accompany the wonderful garments ( including the amazing Florence). Northumbria ha everything from 'Paris chic', 'Phycadelic Robots' to 'Punk'. The garments were edgy, and fun, and an enjoyable show with 25 students showing. Opening the show was Niomi New, who is shortlisted for the Gold Award; futuristic punk, with studded embellishment, and massive shoulder pads shaped like studs, fringe added an edge; though I have seen this type of style done before, but never the less it was strong and bold, and beautifully made. Faye Chamberlain produced a beautiful collection of jumpsuits, with futuristic phycadelic prints, a mix of Mathew Williamson and Alexander McQueen in some aspects. Personally I absolutely was intrigued by Gemma Williamson's collection, magnificent, a complete surprise to the show. A biblical theme, with strong music, an enjoyable collection, symbolism, bold and Gothic, and with colourful textiles, very creative. Though those into the cutsey vintage look would have liked Hannah Casen-Seawright, chic and cute, very much like the 1940's with some beautiful tailoring.
On the 7th June, I went to Ravesbourne Graduates' show, I have been to a few before and preferred the other years, but this show had a few who stood out to me. Though before that Ravensbourne had a guest who attended their show, the iconic Vivienne Westwood, who as ever looked rather edgy, with her bright ginger hair and pretty cute face (it was AMAZING!). Including a mixture of beautiful tailoring (such as Carly Brown's collection), to bright coloured and metallic, to architecture fashion. Menswear as ever was very strong for Ravensbourne including Bobby Abley, menswear, a funky cartoon twist, with bold colours, and animal theme crossed between bondage accessorised round the face. Then Thomas Crisp fro menswear who was shortlisted for the Gold award, tailoring with segmented metallic, which stood it out from the crowed, beautiful menswear. In womenswear two strong collections for me were Amy Addison and Camilla Frydenberg. Amy Addison was bright and bold, based on 'Cockney rhyming slang', included brightly coloured boxing gloves, with a variant in the style of each garment, and amazing bold patent boots! Camilla Frydenberg was completely opposite, classy and sophisticated, a black collection, with beautiful tailoring, emphasised by the silk fabrics, and the pleating was amazing, used to symbolise angel wings, the backs of the garments were amazing, shame there aren't many pictures of that!
Both shows had a trend of using fake hair in some of the other garments, which was interesting.
Images courtesy of CATWALKING
Images courtesy of CATWALKING