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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Paris F/W Fall Winter 2018-2019

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Chloe

Strong silhouettes and lots of dresses, came down the Chloe runway this season. There were drop-waist dresses, with knife-pleats and others with embroidery,  open V-neck shirt dresses worn with a pendant necklace. There was also, chunky knit worn with a pleated lace insert skirt, a trench coat, and jodhpur jogger trousers and blazer.

Balenciaga

The show featured a mixture of women’s and men’s wear on the runway together for the first time. There where extreme bulky layered silhouettes in the finale, inspired by 90s snowboarders layered outfits. Balenciaga have a World Food Programme initiative at the moment, from August 2018 for six months, they will donate 10% of each WFO branded product.

Miu Miu

Opening the show was American actress Elle Fanning, she wore a neck scarf and camel donkey jacket with beehive hair. There where also bomber jackets in leather, patent and one in stone-wash denim.

Saint Laurent

There were leather and velvet shorts, and mini dresses. Along with tailored jackets, cropped jeans and embroidered blouses and even a full menswear collection. The finale featured a collection of colourful sparkling evening dresses.

Givenchy

The show was a predominately monochrome palette with accents of green and metallic in some of the dresses. Givenchy are now fur free with four realistic retro looking faux fur coats opening the show. English Heritage fabrics also featured with tailored dogstooth coats.

Isabel Marant

We saw wool blanket-style coats and reversed sheepskin, a white lace blouse worn with wide-cuffed jeans and a western shirts tucked into ruched mini skirts, chunky knits with colourful quilting patterns, and short floral prairie dresses worn with thigh-high cowboy boots.

Dries Van Noten

The show opened with a collection of coats and parkas with soft silhouettes, rounded shoulders and oversized. Some were prints drawn free hand and others had glistening embroidery. Sportswear was mixed with classic tailoring and dresses. Skirts and dresses also had feathers and were worn with voluminous blouses.

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Milan Fashion Week Spring Summer 2018 Highlights

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Alberta Ferretti

Shiny silk lamé, Grecian dresses and jumpsuits graced the runway along with black swimsuits and bikinis which were cut-out in the back or had strings wrapped around the waist. The pastel trend was embraced with a collection of lamé blouses that were tied at the waist and paired with sharp trousers.

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Opening the show, the collection encompassed lingerie-inspired silhouettes which were ultra-feminine, in shades of pink and nude, with feathers and touches of sparkle. There were also leather parkas layered on top and hoodies trimmed with crystals. As well as transparent black silk, burgundy leather and leopard print layered with translucent silk for the finale.

Gucci

The Gucci show had a retro theme, with glitter and sparkle, heritage tweed and 80s shoulders. A leather suit appliquéed with musical notes and a purple sequin suit with lime green snakes, had a 70s glam rock influences.

Prada

Spider motifs and distorted zebra and leopard prints were scattered throughout the collection. A jewelled panel studded coat was the standout piece. Of note accessories were studded brogues and pointed kitten heel slingbacks worn with printed knee-high socks.

Max Mara

Maxi skirts slashed into strips of fabric and worn with neat knitwear were followed by sharp jumpsuits. Printed on leather or a sand coloured trench coat were woven heritage logo motifs. Also floral spray prints appeared across suits, coats and bags.

Fendi

Light dresses and bowling skirts were worn with skinny knits, there was also a ribbon draped blouse and an off-the-shoulder denim dress. The green coat with flowers inlaid into the leather was a really great piece.

Sportmax

Cotton T-shirts were worn with full skirts gathered by sporty straps. Dresses and parkas had plant motif on them. The highlight was a white trench coat with oversized angled pockets. There was also a yellow jumpsuit and a bold green mac with strap fastenings.

Moschino

The collection encompassed incredible floral pieces as well ballet inspired outfits. Particularly the biker inspired ballerina. Model of the moment Kaia Gerber came out in a pale blue tutu, biker jacket, hat and boots.

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Men’s New York Fashion Week 2017

In its fifth season now, more than 50 brands showed their Spring 2018 collections. Unlike Milan and Paris, New York fashion week has become known for its eclectic mix and emphasis of brands from all over the world.

Established names showing again this year were Todd Snyder, Robert Geller and Raf Simons. But the must see’s were Willy Chavarria, Dyne, Jahnhoy, Raun Larose, You As, Death to Tennis and Grungy Gentleman. The up-and-coming brands were Krammer & Stoudt, David Hart, Bristol, Daniel Hechter, Wood House and Head of State. New to Men’s New York Fashion Week were Teddy Ondo Ella, Sanchez Kane and CH24 Los Angeles.

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