Graduate Fashion Week takes place in London every June. The acclaimed exhibition showcases the work of over 1,000 fashion graduates to more than 20,000 guests every year. This year we saw winning displays – and catwalk footage – from the University of East London, Kingston University and the University of Westminster, plus more fashion news from London College of Fashion.
The University of East London kicked off this year’s show with 17 collections. Charles Chambers’ menswear range mixed classic British tweed with performance cycle-wear, while Ayumi Morita embroidered zeroes and ones onto monochrome styles for a robot-inspired theme.
Fashion insiders were impressed. Hatti Owen from Diesel said: “I thought the UEL show was really inspiring and proved a really good showcase for all the students’ hard work.”
Christine Kinson from Kingston University completed a placement with New York’s Brooks Brothers in 2012. She unveiled her range of bright knitwear and clashing patterns at the show, too.
“I’ve used classic cuts but really played with textures to funk up their appearance,” she explained. “I love traditional materials, so I’ve incorporated a version of dogtooth check throughout my work, but I’ve played with the scale and blown it up.”
The University of Westminster show had VIPs such as Alasdair Mclellan, Lulu Kennedy, Will Young and Princess Julia in the front row. The Westminster graduates have already interned for fashion giants including Alexander McQueen and Stella McCartney. Westminster television production students filmed the action on the catwalk, and backstage:
Georgie Stone, BA (Hons) Fashion Management, said: “I’ve learned that marketing is absolutely essential. This whole project has been really useful in terms of building all sorts of skills for the real business world.”
Also, US lifestyle brand Anthropologie has invited second year LCF fashion retail branding and merchandising students to design an installation at its prestigious Regent Street store – for the second year running.
In 2012, a design created by LCF’s Sacha Molyneux and Qian Koh stayed on display in the shop all year, inspiring this year’s entrants to step up their design efforts and impress Anthropologie.
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