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Graduate Fashion Week in one of our favourite events in our calendars. This is a showcase of some of the best student fashion graduating this year.

We took our front row seat, and took it all in. Keep reading to see part one of our Graduate Fashion Week coverage.

Kelly Langridge| Brighton University

This collection blended fashion with engineering. We loved the moving parts; capes that moved using the bodies of the models, and skirts that revolved.

Quite honestly this collection was just very impressive.

Cat O’Brien | UCA Epsom

Words cannot describe how much we loved this collection, but we will do our best. O’Brien took inspiration from Victorian witch and bat halloween costumes with she distilled into the core of her collection. Her research encompassed women’s health and rights, and developed into the sexy Cat’s coven collection we saw.

O’Brien used boning throughout the pieces, giving a nod to the Victorian shapes that inspired her. This collection was impeccably well made, full of flare, incredibly sexy, and really desirable. O’Brien is set to have an incredible career, and we can’t wait to watch her star rise like a witch’s broom.

Yen Wong | Brighton University

Wong did something that many collections somehow fail to do; it made us smile. Mixing bold prints of Gingham and blue and white china prints and woven fabrics. These were then layered on top of bolder shapes with sensual draping which was divine.

The stand out for us, was the yellow gingham trench coat- really wonderful!

Alice Clarke | UCA Epsom

Underwear has never looked so good. This collection took a garment that at its core is either for function of for its sexual appeal, and made something completely unique.

Creating full lingerie looks, mixed with tailoring; Clarke created an arresting and beautiful collection that really took our breath away.

Eleftheria Stylianou | De Montfort University

This collection was effortless and elegant, which was a breath of fresh air.

Featuring hand painted motifs, the work that had gone into this collection was incredible. Layered jackets and related skirts sat elegantly on the models.

Elizabeth Whibley | UCA Rochester

This was another collection that filled us with joy, one of most cohesive collections that we have ever seen at GFW. Her collection was called Dreaming and Doing. Whibley was inspired by time in Japan, using the sights and surroundings she encountered in her collection, all the textiles were hand illustrated and printed to perfection.

We adored the delicate details on this more is more collection, and the more we looked, the more we fell in love. Accessorised by hand made earrings, and divine bags, Whibley thought of it all. After this collection it is clear that Whibley is one to watch.

Mary King | Northampton University

This was a latex dream, with metal piercing details, this was a fun and sexy collection.

Considering these pieces were not custom made for the models, they fitted like a dream, which is no mean feat. King will go far after showing a collection like this.

Gemma Abbot | De Montfort University

Belts, this was the memo of Abbot’s collection. The garments were literally dripping in the buckled beauties. Layered in panels as embellishments, making up skirts, pleated details. You name it it had a belt on.

This was a fresh take on womenswear, and we really enjoyed the collection.

Radka Blazickova | Northampton University

This collection was made with repurposed single use plastics, which a sustainable and environment aware mentality.

This is something that we have seen more of recently, which is brilliant. This was a bold and masterful use of a material that would have been hard to work with, and unforgiving.

Dorothy Williams | Brighton University

This collection transcended fashion, art and sculpture. Blending all of these mediums together, this collection really took our breath away.

The construction and concept of models bursting though canvases is something we have NEVER seen before. We were all blown away by this collection.

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