Graduate Fashion Week: Day 2

Graduate Fashion Week: Day 2

This week we’ve been at Graduate Fashion Week in London’s Old Truman Brewery, uncovering some of the world’s best emerging fashion talent. Having spent day one judging The Tessuti Sports and Leisurewear Award, we headed for the runway on day two to view a few more collections from students across the UK. Here’s what we saw:

 

Manchester School of Arts: Our first show of the day proved something of a highlight. It was an excellently curated show, paced and choreographed with an air of effortlessness. Once in action the collections displayed continued in that vein with an emphasis on print running throughout many of the pieces. As the pace of the music picked up the spectacle grew into a menagerie of colour and texture. It is worth noting, however, that though boldly creative, Manchester’s collections rarely fell into excessiveness. The audience were left with the sense that this was an esteemed group of students who were encouraged at every stage to take decision making seriously and leave no stone unturned. It was a real highlight of the day.

 

 

Edinburgh School of Arts: Our second show of the day was the Edinburgh School of Arts, which a presented a more eclectic range of influences and outcomes. The show’s curation appeared to highlight contrast between alumni, oscillating carefully between monotone and colour-heavy ensembles. Kate Macmahon’s collection of vivid blue dresses etched themselves into our memories not simply for their colour but their softly sculptural silhouettes. But it was the playful Rosa Cameron who caused a stir with her decision to use altered lampshades as hat-cum-visors for her models in what was a striking collection of contemporary tailoring. Overall the show was a huge success that managed to balance a diverse range of styles without much difficulty.

 

 

Ravensbourne: The last show of the night was a foray into fashion’s avant-garde future, with Ravensbourne. The show demonstrated that fashion need not always be wearable, and like any art has potential to have an impact in it’s more conceptual form. Waranya J Leiper was evidence of concept at work sending her models down the runway in masks and backpacks slung across their fronts which, in comparison to the minimalist outfits, appeared to be a focal point of the collection. Her fellow student Camelia Di-Maccio also chose to give her focus to accessories, with a series of spectral nap-sack style bags forming the stand out pieces of her collection. It became clear quickly that this was a show of bold ideas and brave execution, demonstrating that fashion has a pool of readily available ‘ideas people’ at it’s disposal. It rounded of a spectacular second day in style.

 

Find out more about Tessuti at Graduate Fashion Week on our blog series.

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