I had the pleasure to attend Graduation fashion Week, and as always I was thrilled to see so much talent on and off the runways. I have rounded up my favourites below.
Billy Tempest-Radford | University of Brighton
I loved the bold colour choices made my Tempest-Radford, choosing bold splashes of orange, green and pink. The mastery behind this collection was the use of alternative materials, with tops and bags made out of a rigid plastic mesh that looked retro and modern at the same time. Tempest-Radford also used bold styling touches with oversized bows and huge shoulders accentuating the looks.
Jack Capstick | Bath Spa University
This men's collection was really sexy, there is no other way to put it. Besides the models, I loved the latex details riffed with the formal tailoring. Floral patterns were bedfellows with sheer red panels that shouldn’t have worked but Capstick’s models rocked. Thank goodness there was air-con on the runway because Capstick’s collection was seriously hot.
Aaron Challis | University for the Creative Arts Epsom
Saccerine is often a word used negatively, but in the case of Challis’ collection, it is used to describe an exemplary showcase of talent. Bold head to toe looks in green, white, yellow, purple, pink and baby blue. This collection was more than just clothes, it was exceptionally styled with all details considered. Based on this collection, Challis is set to go far.
Charlotte Weaver | Bath Spa University
This collection definitely used the more is more manual with feathers, bold patterns and bright colours the lineup was busy, but I loved it. Weaver certainly has a strong aesthetic and presented a youthful and flamboyant collection that we adored.
Hannah Gibbins | University of Brighton
This menswear collection had immaculate tailoring that would suit everyone. Beautiful embroidery added to the well-cut collection, as well as the use of interesting materials such as linens and a burlap-like checked fabric used in trousers and a stunning coat. Gibbins is certainly one to watch and was awarded the Debenhams Menswear Award at the Gala show.
Anastasia Olga-Gutnyk | University of Brighton
This was a stunning display of print play. Mastering the use of prints and texture. The highlight of this collection was a sumptuous rose printed faux fur jacket that took my breath away. Adding in other colours and prints Gutnyk displayed a talent for editing whilst keeping the collection vibrant.
Mojadesola Ayemobola | Northampton University
Modern for modern's sake can sometimes be grating, however, Ayemobola added a modern flair to traditional African textiles using her heritage to create a forward-thinking and stylish collection. Bold prints sat happily together in both flowing and tailored garments.
Tabby Coaker | Bournemouth University
I saw a lot of prints at GFW, but checks were prominent, Coaker dipped into the check family and displayed a masterful use of gingham. Layered prints made for a fun and zesty collection, that had a playful feel right down to the ruffled socks- gingham has never looked better.
Georgina Carman | Norwich University
Many other designers used lots of colours, but Carman used 3 offering a refined and elegant collection. Jumpsuits, jackets and dresses walked the catwalk. The designer used poppy motifs offering a feminine twist on the otherwise androgynous collection, which took my breath away.
I enjoyed GFW18 so much, and this may have been the best year yet! All I know is that we can’t wait for GFW19!!