Graduate Fashion Week 2018

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With graduate fashion week turning 26 this year, we saw another round of aspiring graduates take on the career propelling catwalk at the Truman Brewery.

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A highlight of the week was the prestigious award by Christopher Bailey, the Gold Award, which was won by Edinburgh College of Art student Halina North. Halina’s work displayed a strong interest in sustainability which is looking to be a very important trend over the next few years and its lovely that this is celebrated and awarded at graduate level also.

Here is a look at some of the designers who stood out from a print perspective during the week:

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Coral Smith explored the deconstruction of working class menswear. Her prints were influenced by an industrial landscape and traditional male roles. The print being the main focus of this collection, was vibrant and exaggerated, really challenging these masculine notions.

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Louise Clark – Manchester School of Art

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Awarded the George Catwalk to Store award, Louise Clark’s whimsical collection showed great commercial potential. She used feminine fabrications such as devore and flocking to add depth to the already enchanting prints.

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Zara Byford, Sheffield Hallam

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Zara Byford took inspiration from her hometown of Skegness to create her luminescent collection. She looked at the arcade and fair culture that makes Skegness memorable for all the wrong reasons. The oversized checks are inspired by the Burberry check which is a popular fashion statement in the seaside town.

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Zainab Fazal, University of Lanchashire

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Lemon yellow and zingy turquoise, such a fresh colourcombination to sit back with dark denim. Geometric patterns placed upon the garments in various shapes and repeats adds to the collections intrigue.

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Fraser Miller, De Montfort University

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Bold and bright are words not usually used to describe menswear design but Fraser Miller certainly broke this mould. A brave mix of vintage floralsand cut-about knitted stripes, Millers collection was innovative and playful. The colourful pallets was complimentary with bright hues sitting back to camels and burnt rusts.

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Evelyne Babin, Epson University of the Arts

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Voluminous, daring pattern and colour, Evelyne Babins runway collection had it all and was one of the favorites among the judges. Inspired by East African culture, the collection was a beautiful mixture of hand crafts and pattern from this corner of the world. Banana-leaf craft, woodblock printing and broderie-anglaise were all techniques used to execute this vibrant collection.

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With thanks to the GFW press team

All images curtsey of Graduate Fashion Week

Graduate Fashion Week 2015

Graduate Fashion Week was full of the weird and wonderful. From electric brights to gothic lace, every collection wowed the crowd. Here are some more of our top picks.

Manchester School of Art

Hannah Wallace won the coveted Creative Catwalk Award and the George Gold Award for Collection of the Year for the technical skill shown in her innovative collection.

“One of her gigantic padded and quilted ‘astronaut coats’, that appeared to have been inflated like a helium balloon, looked perfect for immediate launch” – Hilary Alexander, The Telegraph.

Wallace used classic sportswear shapes such as leggings and pushed them into the future. The abstract photography prints with the different fabrics and graphic patterns created a collection ready for space.

Photo: Lucy Young

Photo: Lucy Young

Edinburgh College of Art

Melissa Villevieille was named the winner of the Womenswear and the Catwallk Textiles Awards for her “embellished eveningwear, featuring intricately beaded bodysuits and floor-sweeping skirts” – Emma McCarthy, The Evening Standard.

Villevieille took the classic Breton stripe and gave it a modern twist, with shimmering jewels and ruffles. Each new outfit brought a new shape – from oversized sleeves and skirts to jacket panels that touch the floor. Another designer creating fantastic, new ways to look at the silhouette.

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Photo: Lucy Young

Photo: Lucy Young

Photo: Lucy Young

University of Northampton

Rebekka Johnson put together a lovely silk collection. The gentle layers of waistcoats and scarves draped over shoulders add to the soft, whimsical effect. The dreamy purple hues and circle patterns create a collection fit for a modern princess.

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The bold accessories in Martha Adams’ collection stood out – the geometric shapes and different materials used make an adventurous design, and the soft hues of blues, teals and pinks come together for an eye catching collection.

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The University of Northampton Catwalk - Graduate Fashion Week 2015 - Martha Adams

The amazing, bright colours of Ashleigh Wise‘s collection really captured the imagination. Her mosaic effect was a different way to celebrate colour. The quirky shoes were the perfect finishing touch to the outfits.

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The University of Northampton Catwalk - Graduate Fashion Week 2015 - Ashleigh Wise

Winchester School of Art

Amy Carlin’s collection really caught the eye with the unusual colour combinations, as well as the face print on her unique designs.

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Photo: Simon Armstrong/Vogue