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When shows are off the main schedule, you know there is something good to see. We certainly felt that as we headed to Soho’s Vinyl Factory to watch Southampton University’s Winchester School of Art show at Graduate Fashion Week.

The show offered us the collections of 20 future designers. We saw so much talent and we were blown away by the attention to detail and the levels of excellence shown.

We picked our favourite 6 designers from the show who really grabbed our attention…

Ruji Aktar

This menswear collection had a stylish quirk to the fit, which was oversized. This highlighted the excellent way the garments had been cut and shaped to create the overall looks. We loved the sharp shoulders, full and structured backs and the cinched waists. This collection was strong with a powerful feeling that we loved.

Becky Chandler

Chandler offered us a feminine and modern collection. Ruffles, layers and mixed materials made up an elegant collection of dresses. Sheer panels added a viewpoint many garments do not offer. We enjoyed the fun and youthful approach to designing and it made for an enjoyable collection to witness.

Abigail Skrentny

This collection had a sports luxe meets evening wear vibe. The silken garments had a sheen that looked expensive, with the stand out piece being a sweet pink ruffled shirt dress that looked bold and flirty. The styling of this collection was executed perfectly with strong bold sandals and statement gold earrings and necklaces, finishing the looks wonderfully. 

Ashleigh Cameron

With this collection, it seems that ruffles are definitely on the main menu for the season ahead. This collection was certainly darker, with an inky blue and black palette. The hardness came from metal rings and sheer panels that gave this collection an edge and made it feel very sexy.

Holly Baxter

Baxter’s collection offered us a modern take on tulle that was sexy and playful. The volume of the full and tiered skirts was balanced with delicate sheer panels that made the collection feel very fluid and tailored at the same times. And as we all know opposites attract, this is a designer worth keeping a note of.

Grace Haggerty

A jewel-toned collection wafted down the runway, all silken garments were stunning to behold. This menswear collection from the front looked elegant and contemporary. From the back, we saw sewn on shirts and jackets, that poked fun at the perfect finish the collection had and felt humorous.

This showcase was so fun, we love seeing so much optimism and fresh talent that shows us that fashion is going in the right direction forward. Until next year, Winchester!

Thank you to the gorgeous team at POP PR, Portia, Ryan and Jaimie, for the images and the production of this show.