Graduate fashion week 2015. The newest generation of young design graduates are given an amazing opportunity for their garments to take centre stage.
Saturday 30th May.
I travelled to London hoping to see new and exciting ideas on the catwalk. It was a beautiful sunny day and the Truman Brewery venue was a hub of fashion fans. Inside the event were tonnes of university stands, showing portfolios, garments and showcasing student’s work. Along with this, there was a live photography studio, 3D printing room and talks with designers and bloggers throughout the day to give advice and inspiration to the audience. To top this all off, upstairs, and a new addition this year, was the bar. A chance for gatherings to take place and prosecco to be drank, a cool and quirky spot for all.
I managed to go and see the Rochester and Birmingham City university shows.
On the whole, I found many garments unique and interesting from both shows. Prints were a vibrant feature with some beautifully illustrated designs, teamed with heavy bass music it proved an exciting show. However many were very wearable and simple; In my eyes a catwalk is for over the top, exaggerated fashion that could be filtered down to the high street and to gain inspiration for trends. So I will admit that I was a little underwhelmed with some collections. I love to see inspiring pieces that are unique, eye catching and push the boundaries but I believe this year collections have been dramatically toned down.
Below are some of my favourites from the shows I managed to go to.
1. Love the print scales and layering of this collection. It’s a classic girly dream with glitter and sequins on pretty silhouettes.
2. I really like the colour palette of this collection and particularly the masculine and oversized garments. The placement prints also added interest to the garments and gave them depth. 3. Inspiration of maybe America or Las Vegas, this collection seemed literal but had lots of impact. The models were turned into human signs with colourful slogans and wording. It was unique and humorous. 4. One of my favourite garments so far, the interesting mixture of textures saw a simple silhouette but amazing skill. I love the colours and matching shoes! 5. Embroidered mustard leather featured intricate work and skill. Again, a simple silhouette which left all the attention on the detail. 6. I really love this piece, a fine line between wearable and wonderful but the exaggerated pleating works really well. The floral print also compliments the fluid design.
7. Stripes and spots? No, stripes and flowers! Love this collection. The prints were beautifully placed and the vibrant colours left this being my Number one lasting impression collection.
Stay tuned for my round up of the best of the best over the complete four days of the shows.
Who do you think should get an Award this year?