When it comes to Fashion we are always looking for new talent, enter Graduate Fashion week, the Worlds largest showcase of Graduate Fashion with nearly 30,000 students work on display. This is the hub for all things new in fashion. We always get so excited for the amazing and unique experience that GFW offers. We attended and were blown away, picking our favourites was so hard, but we have managed to narrow it down, thus follows the first part of our picks from this year’s Graduate Fashion Week.
Rosa Cameron | Edinburgh College of Art
Cameron brought a well-edited collection mastering print, materials, colour and fun. This collection stood out from the head down, with unique lampshade hats which topped off innovative ensembles. Pops of red shone in vinyl details across the collection – which had the hallmarks of a great student collection as it was unique yet wearable.
Amy West | University for the Creative Arts Rochester
This collection came from the Atelier pathway at Rochester, and it was obvious with the attention to detail in the cut and fit of this collection. West created a bold and wearable collection of pieces that work beautifully together but would have just as much if an impact worn separately. A rich buff colour was constructed with acid hues of blue, pink and yellow and was the standout of the show.
Alexander Jones | University for the Creative Arts Epsom
Inspired by a fishing village, this collection presented an elevated nautical theme that had a luxurious feel and looked so well made. Jones collection was sponsored by the BFC, so this shows the level of talent showcased. We loved the dark neutrals mixed with the bold check prints and the vintage fishing creels used added to this runway collection.
Beth Duhigg | University of Brighton
This collection of beautifully tailored pieces gave us 1980s vibes as well as modern-day YSL, with so many references this collection still felt very original and unique take on feminine pieces for strong women. We loved the authoritative walk and the powerful stance the collection gave the models.
Tabby Coaker | Bournemouth University
We 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 us 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 our breath away.
Erin Heeks | Birmingham City University
The 80s is having a redux in fashion right now and Heels tapped right into this zeitgeist. Her collection was a stunning array of prints in vinyl, faux fur and leather. Metal rings and flame details topped off the lineup. This collection checked all the boxes.
Susan Campbell | Northampton University
Prairie chic is oft overused, however, Campbell’s collection was just this, mixing sweet floral prints with ruffled tea dresses and denim this lineup had a nostalgic vibe that we loved. Add the hats and these were fully considered looks that worked from head to toe.
Jack Capstick | Bath Spa University
This men’s collection was sexy, there is no other way to put it. We 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 we were getting hot.
We saw so many amazing collections, we have had to split out coverage- make sure you check out our second part of GFW18.
Cover image from left to right, Beth Duhigg, Rosa Cameron, Jack Capstick, and Tabby Coaker.