We’re excited to announce that the Julien MacDonald tote bag, created in collaboration with Matalan and GFW is out now! Coming in two colour ways — pink and green snake print inspired by the ladies swim prints from Julien MacDonald’s recent LOVE collection — the tote bags can be found in all Matalan stores and online!
We’re excited to announce that De Montfort University graduate Mariah Esa has been chosen by the public as the winner of the People’s Choice Award X SHEIN for GFW19! Selected from 28 other collections, Mariah repurposed labels thrown away in the fast fashion industry to create her garments.
This weeks Inside View guest is Nav Gill, editor of HYPEBAE, the women-centric arm of streetwear platform HYPEBEAST. After studying both design and communications at university, Nav found that her passion for writing and creating content gave her the most enjoyment and thus, lead her on the path to her current role. Nav has some great advice to share with aspiring writers on how to cut through the noise to create unique and quality stories, as well as discussing the unrelenting speed of the media landscape.
Ever wondered what fashion recruiters — the people who connect the best talent to the biggest fashion houses — get up to on a normal day? This week we speak to Emma Davidson, the Managing Director of fashion recruitment company Denza, specialists in entry-level roles, to understand what her job involves.
Meet Tom Winbow — Managing Director at Ralph — a London-based Digital Creative and Production agency, that specialise in making interactive, personalised and entertaining digital content for the entertainment industry. Having built a career in advertising, Tom has a wealth of knowledge about the industry — what skills you need and how you can break into it.
In the news this week, designers and editors give their advice on how to win a fashion prize, BoF analyses the importance of a mentor in rapidly changing fashion industry, while Fashion Network reports on haute couture turning its back on fur - real and fake. Over on Quartz, do people really care if their clothes are new anymore?
There’s something in the water at the Edinburgh College of Art — the largest and oldest art school in Scotland — which took out a host of awards and runners up at GFW19. So what is it that makes the school and its graduates so highly regarded? We spoke to Mal Burkinshaw, ECA’s Programme Director of Fashion at the School of Design, as well as judges who picked the winning graduates, to hear their thoughts
For a journalist, the process of interviewing a subject one of the most exciting and fascinating aspects of the job. A true skill, your interviewing style comes with lots of practice, but a few wise words from seasoned fashion journalists never hurt. Fashion journalist Andrew Tucker shares his top tips to master one of the most exciting, and sometimes intimidating, parts of a reporters job: interviewing.
We’ve all been there, waiting on a call for a job we really wanted, or checking our email obsessively to see if we got into a course. Inevitably, everyone faces rejection in their career, but how you deal with it is defined by your outlook and attitude. We’ve teamed up with Kate Hogan, a therapist and coach who spent over a decade working in fashion recruitment, who shares her advice on how to handle rejection.
In the news this week, beauty brands increased campaigning around Gay Pride month makes us question their marketing strategies and transparency, Valentino’s SS19 casted a record amount of models of colours sparking a debate on inclusivity in house couture, while Stylist started their series of articles on how money is linked to our wellbeing.
This week we catch up with Alexandra Fullerton, freelance stylist and writer who has been Fashion Director a Large for Glamour Magazine for the past year. Having worked in fashion for 18 years, Fullerton has been Fashion Director at Stylist, as well as contributing to some of the biggest publications in the industry. We spoke with the accomplished fashion multi-hyphenate to get her advice on how to break into fashion and find your voice.
This week, our GFF Talent is Erica McLure, a textiles graduate from the Edinburgh College of Art! Erica’s inspiration for her final project came from a performance by the band Tame Impala, fused with her interest in marine life. The resulting textiles were transformed into psychedelia-tinged street wear and festival wear created using CAD embroidery machines.
When it comes to sourcing fabric for your final collection, there’s a lot to consider. There’s questions around the cost versus quality, what city you buy your fabrics, whether they’re sustainably made, and if what you can afford is in line with your vision. Is there any truth in the bias that fabric stores in London are better than the rest of the country? GFW contributor Alexandra Hodgson shares her experience, and gets some handy pieces of advice about how to source fabrics for your next collection!
With the rise of Instagram has emerged a new generation of companies, run by young designers, who have shown that it’s possible to go independent from a young age. GFW contributor Amy Reast spoke to Emily Houghton of Em’s The Label, Joel Pereira of Focus Sports Apparel, and Ramona Gohil of Rani & Co., who did just that. They talk about their experiences, and offer their advice to young people considering taking the same approach.
In the news this week, Glamour reviews GFW19 sustainable collections, British government rejects a new plan to tackle the environmental impact of fast fashion, while Underpinned urges the importance of mental health in freelance work.
Our GFF Talent this week is Ayliffe Scott Cumming, a Fashion Communications and Branding graduate from Arts University Bournemouth. Hailing from South Africa, Ayliffe was inspired by her home country in her final project, a showroom and website which aim to promote and provide a platform for young African designers who struggle to find a market at home.
Did you check out the Considered Design Hub Powered by Farfetch during GFW19? The space hosted three days of workshops, discussions and screenings hosted by an impressive list of guests. Sustainability within the fashion industry was the topic of interest, with different perspectives shining a light on the future of fashion. Check out our highlights from the Considered Design Hub, powered by Farfetch below!
Meet Claire Barrow, a young London based designer who started her label before she had left university. Claire shares her advice for starting a brand out of university, diversifying your skill set for the future of the industry, and staying true to yourself.
In the news this week, Hypebeast wonders why we don’t create more inclusive fashion, i-D examines what is means to be a designer in 2019, while Girlboss has your back on writing a killer LinkedIn summary.
This week we meet fashion design graduate Frankie Spry from UCA Epsom. Frankie’s final collection was inspired by her experience as a physical training instructor in the British Army, which she did alongside her fashion degree. Aesthetically, her menswear collection experiments with urban camouflage, while her conceptual focus revolved around recycling and salvaging materials otherwise destined for landfill. Frankie’s ultimate message is to encourage consumers to put down their phones and become weekend warriors.