Graduate Fashion Week – 2018

Graduate Fashion Week (GFW) 2018, was every bit exciting, rebellious and innovative. Packed with lots of personality and attitude, there were over 36 leading universities showing their collections and the creativity on show was immense.

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The shows displayed a mixture of fun brightly coloured neon garments, for both men and women in yellow, pink and blue. Outerwear, bags and shoes used PVC and vinyl materials. Also shown were many stripes, geometric designs and transparent materials in classic and contemporary styles.

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GFW is such an important showcase for students and the fashion industry. Its where upcoming talent can get scouted by experts. It’s also a vital opportunity to push forward fresh talent into the industry.

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The four days of showing collections ended with a Gala Award show.

Some of the winners were:

Christopher Bailey Gold Award
Winner: Rebecca Wilson, Arts University Bournemouth
Runner up: Aurélie Fontan, Edinburgh College of Art

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Rebecca received £10,000 for herself and her university received £2,000.

M&S Womenswear Award
Winner: Aurélie Fontan, Edinburgh College of Art
Runner up: Chantelle Guan, Ravenbourne

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Debenhams Menswear Award
Winner: Hannah Gibbons, University of Brighton
Runner Up: Enki Allan, Kingston University

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Visionary Knitwear Award
Joint Winner: Fraser Miller, De Montfort University
Jacaranda Brain, Nottingham Trent University
Runner up: Penny Gibbs, Northumbria University

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George Catwalk to Store
Winner: Louise Clark, Manchester School of Art

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Swarovski International Fashion Award
Winner: Danqi Chen, Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology
Runner up: Bao Wen Chen, Shih Chien University

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Tu Scholarship Womenswear
Winner: Jennifer Healy, Manchester School of Art

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Boux Avenue Lingerie Award
Winner: Daniella Jayes, De Montfort University
Runner up: Amelia Wilson, Northumbria University

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Considered Design Showcase Sponsored by Johnstons of Elgin
Winner: Saskia Lenaerts, Kingston University
Runner up: Aurelie Fontan, Edinburgh College of Art

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Judges 2018:

Christopher Bailey Gold Award

Diane Von Furstenberg, Founder / Designer, Diane Von Furstenberg
Christopher Raeburn, Creative Director, Christopher RÆBURN
Fabio Piras, MA Fashion Course Director, Central Saint Martins
Kevin Carrigan, Senior Vice President and Creative Director, Ralph Lauren
Gillian Wilkins, Fashion Director, Elle
Gena Smith, SVP, Head of Global Creative Recruitment, LVMH
Mandi Lennard, Fashion PR and Founder, Mandi’s Basement
Nathan Jenden, Chief Design Officer& VP Creative at DVF
Duvo Olowu, Senior Fashion Director at LOVE Magazine
Tim Blanks, Editor-At-Large, Business of Fashion

Catwalk Textiles Award

Polly Lennard, Founder and Textiles Expert, Selvedge Magazine
Lizzy Bowring, Catwalks Director, WGSN
Nigel Luck, Director of MA, Fashion Design and Technology, London College of Fashion

Debenhams Menswear Award

Steven Cook, Head of Fashion & Home, Debenhams
Alistair Waite, Senior Menswear Designer, Debenhams
Jim Chapman, Blogger, Jim Chapman
Sam Carder, Fashion Editor, Shortlist

George Catwalk To Store Award

Mary-Kate Campbell, Senior Buying Director, George
Tracey Lea Sawyer, Fashion Director, Fabulous
Zahra Rose, Influencer, Zahra Rose

 

More great images from Graduate Fashion Week 2018

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All images courtesy of Task PR

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cruise & Resort Shows – 2019

I absolutely love the Cruise and Resort shows and this year they have not disappointed. Whether its the locations, the sets or the clothes, they all make these shows very special and enjoyable to watch. Here is my selection of some of these wonderful shows.

The Chanel show being the most spectacular and included a cruise ship as part of the set, Karl Lagerfeld really does know how to put on a show. The models came down the runway in tweed dresses, sailor trousers, short dresses, cropped jackets, and embellished berets.

Dior’s show was another extravaganza, with an equestrian theme in Mexico. Models wore fitted jackets, colourful cotton dresses and pristine clean white shirts paired with tiered ruffles skirts, it was a visual delight.

Louis Vuitton was influenced by the 70s and 80s, there were feathered tops to acid washed denims and intricate detailed embroidery. Assessories featured heavily from Louis Vuitton bags, thigh high boots and trainers.

Prada had a 90s feel to their collection in their New York City show. They presented a range of low waisted mini skirts and trousers. Included also were polos, backpacks and chunky loafers. Bright and neon colours made the collection stand out and trousers and skirts were paired with sweaters and jackets.

Philipp Plein’s collection was glam-rock sexy, inspired by the 70s and 80s. There was glitter, sequins and animal prints throughout. Along with pieces with palm-tree prints on bomber jackets, denim trousers and tops.

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Top 10 Fashion Brands

The 10 best brands right now are on top because they are continually coming up with designs, that impress their customers. They create a buzz around them, making themselves relevant every time. This has been all perfectly timed, through product collaborations, pop-ups and influencer partnerships.

In no particular order, below is a list of the best 10 brands at the moment.

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ALYX – Chicago-born Matthew Williams is the creative director of ALYX. He has worked with top talent from the worlds of music, art and fashion. After high school he started working in fashion production in Los Angeles. Later transitioning to designing costumes for musical artists, he found his way to Lady Gaga and then to Kanye West two years ago as the art director of Donda, West’s creative agency. He has also worked for Nike, Hood by Air, Supreme, Stussy, and founded the popular DJ and art collective Been Trill with Heron Preston and Virgil Abloh. They also launched footwear with iconic skate shoe brand Vans.

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GUCCI – The fashion house sales have continued to grow and aligned itself with Gucci Ghost, Dapper Dan and MR PORTER with exciting exclusives which created more of a buzz.

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A-COLD-WALL* – Founded by the London designer Samuel Ross in 2015, his collection merges British working-class uniforms with elements of Savile Row tailoring.  After graduating from De Montfort University in Leicester with a degree in graphic design and illustration, Ross contacted a range of companies across the UK and the US. Samuel Ross was once the ex-assistant and now the consultant of OFF-WHITE founder Virgil Abloh.

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Stone Island – is an Italian high-end men’s apparel brand from Ravarino. Massimo Osti started his first label C.P. Company in 1974. Stone Island was a secondary line or diffusion collection of his main label. The brand specialized in surface treatment of fabrics and dyeing techniques. They have an ongoing relationship with Supreme, and plans to build new stores in Tokyo and Venice this year.

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Palace – Founded in 2009 in London by Lev Tanju. Palace takes its name from what was originally the skate crew Palace Wayward Boys Choir, the Palace part nicknamed the houses he was living in which were in no way fit for a king! Palace now produce everything now from skateboards to hoodies and with numerous notable collaborations, especially Adidas.

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Balenciaga – Notable moments for the brand were the release of the IKEA lookalike bags, the introduction of the Speed Trainers and the Triple-S sneakers last year. They expanded their Athleisure 2.0 trend and added a new kids line.

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Off-White™ – Virgil Abloh’s brand had collaborations with names, such as Nike and Moncler. Opened new stores in New York (EM PTY Gallery), Hong Kong, Shanghai, Taipei, Seoul, Kuala Lumpur and Sydney.

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Supreme – The power move was collaborating with Louis Vuitton. The other big one was their investment deal with The Carlyle Group.

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Raf Simons – With the awards CFDA Menswear Designer of the Year last June and International of the Year by The British Fashion Council, the brand is riding high. collaborating with the Woolmark company, his knitwear politically-inspired designs had fans very excited.

10.

Vetemets

The actual collaboration between DHL and Verments happened in November last year, with a pop up shop. Other notable collaborations were Reebok kicks, Maxfield dry cleaning pop-up and clothes pile display at Saks Fifth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Milan F/W Fall Winter 2018/2019

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Gucci

The Gucci show featured 80s inspired suits, the New York Yankees logo on oversized bomber jackets and a tweed suit with NY monogrammed on it. There were also balaclavas in knit and lace and fringed embellished headpieces.

Prada 

The show had a wonderful mix of fluorescent hi-tech colours and sportswear and digital prints alongside very feminine elements, bows, flowers on tulle, sequins and corsetry. Prada’s standout pieces included strapless cocktail dresses, tweed skirts and amazing coats.

Fendi 

Silvia Venturi Fendi and Karl Lagerfeld’s collection featured skirt suits in prince of wales checks and slim tailored coats. They reintroduce the Fendi double-F logo which appeared over everything  from sweatshirts to tights to and baguette bags.

Moschino

The models were turned into Jackie Onassis and Marilyn Monroe lookalikes, the 1960s tailored cape and jacket skirt suits were the main feature of the show. Previewed at the Moschino show was Jeremy Scott’s collaboration with the illustrator Ben Frost, the selection ranged from t-shirts, jackets, caps, to covers for i-phone. The collection was animated by cartoon prints and ironic graphics that evoked pop-art.

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The show opened with an embellished lingerie-like dress, worn with a parka. There were also mohair knits and lumberjack shirts worn with vinyl trousers and skirts in off-colour tones.  Notably, shrunken knits were worn with a military trouser with crystal stripes running down the side.

Tod’s

The collection of sporty leisurewear featured oversized fleeces, layered over hi tech fabric tops, worn with leather trousers and was tucked into shearling boots. Also featured soft leather in buttercup and toffee tones, leather shirt dresses and a suede tracksuit. Standout key pieces were patent leather coats, rain macs and parkas.

Sportsmax

There were wide shoulder puffer jackets, layered hi tech fabrics, sporty knitwear and jersey, contrasted with wool checks. We also saw pleated skirt and intarsia performance knitwear. Each silhouette came with a removable quilted hood, in bright yellow, green and colbalt blue on coats jackets and knitwear.

 

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I have now added a Shop section to my menu, where you can find fashion books and DVDs. Below is a selection of books and DVDs that I have personally purchased and love. They have served as an endless source of reference that I treasure.

I hope to add more to the collection as time goes on, but for now I hope you enjoy them as much as I have.

Books

Champagne Supernovas: Kate Moss, Marc Jacobs, Alexander McQueen, and the 90s Renegades Who Remade Fashion by MAUREEN CALLAHAN

In Vogue: An Illustrated History of the World’s Most Famous Fashion Magazine by NORBERTO ANGELITTI and ALBERTO OLIVA

Harper’s Bazaar: Greatest Hits by Bailey, Glenda, Gan, Stephen (2011) Hardcover

One Hundred Years of Menswear by Cally Blackman (2009-09-16)

The Fashion Book by PHAIDON PRESS

Fashion by Dorley Kindersley Books

Fashion That Changed the World by Jennifer Croll (Illustrated, 1 Sep 2014) Flexibound

DVDs

The September Issue [DVD] [2009]

The First Monday in May [DVD]

Dior and I [DVD]

Diana Vreeland – The Eye Has To Travel [DVD]