There were an eclectic mix of styles at Birmingham City’s show. There was a sense of freedom of expression running through both men’s and women’s collections, with strong sense of self within all of the collections.
This menswear collection felt very sports luxe meets apres-ski. With jackets with fringe that dropped to the floor this collection was so unique. We loved the fur and texture as well as the huge zips that gave the collection such a fun practical vibe.
This collection played with texture and proportion. Frayed and boldly cut denim contrasted with soft pleated pieces in millennial pink. Farley put a lot of life into these clothes, and the collection felt youthful and fun.
Hutchins played with a bold palette with the highlight being orange. Flowing garments were complimented by feature eyelet details that added such excitement to these garments.
As seems to be a common theme with the students of Birmingham City, Bruffell used textures and volume in her collection. However this stood out due to the sculptural quilting in oversized jackets in pepto-bismal pink.
More used sculptural padding in quilted jackets, with some looking like fashion forward duvets- in a good way of course, who doesn’t want their garments to be comfortable !!
Playing with transparency Earle infused her collection with texture and volume. One of the stand out pieces was an ombré feather filled puffer jacket that looked so slick and desirable.
Sometimes less is more, and in the case of Meng’s collection this was the case. Beautiful elegant pieces in rich reds and cream were adorned with the most sumptuous cherry blossom embroidery that looked better than reality.
Menswear got a generation z make over. Wide pleated ensembles in traditional feminine hues rocked the runway. We loved the way that O’Connor scrapped what we know about masculinity and refreshed our thinking with his collection.
Georgia Bethan Jenkins
We love contrast over at PMHQ and we got bucket loads with this collection. The mix of sharp wide pinstripe pieces against the rich fur seen throughout the collection was a joy to behold.
All images c/o Birmingham City University