There has been an explosion of British talent in recent years with our young designers David Koma, Christopher Raeburn, Sophia Webster and Holly Fulton taking the fashion world by storm. And the future of British fashion looks equally as bright if this week’s Graduate Fashion Week is anything to go by! We were simply blown away by the sheer talent on display from the innovative and original designers of the future that took to Earl’s Court to showcase their designs.
Graduate Fashion Week is the world’s leading event for fashion graduates. Showcasing the work of over 1,000 graduates from some of the most influential UK and international universities, including University of East London, Istituto Marangoni London and Manchester School of Art, the event is an opportunity for graduates to show their work to key fashion industry professionals including top retail executives.
“GFW is an important platform for retailers and editors to spot young, emerging talent at an early stage. We look for those who understand their customer and have a strong identity. I look forward to seeing what GFW presents not only for us as a retailer and champion of young talent but also as a consumer,” said Carmen Borgonovo, fashion director of My-Wardrobe.com, speaking with Drapers, the industry fashion magazine.
Wigsandgowns fell head over heels in love with Naomi Lobley’s knitwear collection. The De Montfort University graduate was the winner of both the Knitter of the Year award 2011 and the Knitted Textile Designer of the Year in 2012 at the Clothes Show Live and her graduate collection lived up to the high expectations of the audience. Forget any preconceptions you had about frumpy knitwear. This collection is a seriously stylish and dare we say sexy way to keep warm. Other highlights included Ravensbourne’s Clio Peppiatt who showcased a kooky collection featuring hamburger handbags and metallic jackets.
But who were the judge’s winners? These are the ones to watch - the fashion stars of tomorrow. Just ask Christopher Bailey, Stella McCartney and Giles Deacon, all of whom are former winners!
£20,000 George Gold Award: Lauren Smith, Edinburgh College of Art
The Karen Millen Fashion Portfolio Award: Emma De Vries from Ravensbourne
Fashion Innovation: Hannah William from UCA Epsom
Best Stand Award: University of Nottingham Trent
Mulberry Accessories Award: Amy Davidson from Manchester School of Art
Ethical Award: Rosy Dobby from Northumbria University
Menswear: Shauni Douglas and Olivia Creber, both from Edinburgh College of Art
Womenswear: Hannah William from UCA Epsom