Johnstons of Elgin showcased new cutting edge lightweight textiles and knit innovations with their SS19 collection during London Fashion Week at the Waldorf Hilton Hotel. Johnstons of Elgin is a Scottish cashmere brand with a woollen mill in Elgin, especially concerned with the preservation of traditional craft, and ensuring the conservation of special and increasingly rare skills.
Marcus Deaville, student at Birmingham City University, was recently awarded the newly created ASOS Future Talent Design Award for Level 5 students at GFW 2018. Taking inspiration from the New Romantic movement of the 80’s that encapsulated the styles and music of Adam Ant and Boy George, his illustrations and menswear designs took the ASOS teams by storm.
Jennifer Healy, graduate of Manchester School of Art, was awarded the Tu Womenswear Scholarship at GFW 2018. With a penchant for the 1960's and charmed by the abstract movement in the art, Jennifer worked digitally to retain the essence of a brushstroke, and keep the individuality of handcrafted pieces in her final collection.
We caught up with graduate of LJMU, Helena Green, to find out what she's been up to since receiving the Superdry Outerwear Award in Truman Brewery this June. Helena’s work was originally inspired by the 1950’s teddy boy subculture with statement prints inspired by the iconography of astroid and space invader games prevalent in the 1980's.
Charlotte designed her menswear collections using inspiration from Baz Luhrmann’s interpretation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and the retro beach setting for coach. Read how Charlotte used the pastel colour palette taken from Beate Gutschow’s work, to create a straightforward and relaxed Spring Summer collection with a delicate 70s touch.
Lucy Nolan, graduate of Northumbria University, won the Boux Avenue Swimwear Award at the 27th Graduate Fashion Week this summer! We caught up with the emerging swimwear designer to hear more about how the technicians at Northumbria expanded her skill set, aiding her creative development, and why marketing goes hand in hand with design.
The esteemed Gold Award Winner at GFW18, was Arts University Bournemouth graduate Rebecca Wilson, who received the prestigious prize this June. Inspired by the photographs of Victorian working class families, taken by August Sander and Horace Warner, Rebecca set out to create a collection that combined traditional and contemporary techniques.
In a world where freelancing is an ever increasing segment of work, and creatives may lend themselves to several different job titles, Smin Smith has embraced this multiplicity, through pursuing curation, styling, marketing and writing.
Whilst at GFW18, NTU graduate Emma Mitchell spent her time at her university stand, in the catwalk hall and exploring the exhibition space. After being selected as finalist for the Fashion Marketing Award, Emma reminds us of her day at Graduate Fashion Week, in this 'My Day At GFW' diary.
After graduating from Nottingham Trent University, Amy Carter felt ready to pursue a career in the knitwear industry. Armed with the technical skills, creativity and passion, Amy landed a position British Knitwear brand John Smedley. Responsible for heading up designer collaborations and showcasing these at international fashion weeks, Amy has exploded onto the knitwear scene.
We caught up with the young designer on why developing a signature style is crucial to the success of an emerging designer, how a learning curve at Kingston University taught her how to believe in her vision and work with integrity, and where she's going next.
We caught up with the University of Brighton graduate to hear more about how her university experience taught her to trust her creative judgement, why 1980's clubwear and beach silhouettes are the basis for her aesthetic and why wearable shelters are the way forward.
Judged by Rose Forde, Stylist, Phoebe Lettice, Creative Director at Illustrated People, and Amy Bannerman, Fashion Director at Cosmopolitan, GFW18's Styling and Creative Direction award was a demanding category. India Wright, graduate of Leeds Arts University, was awarded the accolade this June for challenging gender roles for her project 'It's a boy thing'.
Here at Graduate Fashion Week, our ethos is to ease the transition from education to employment. Below, we have a new opportunity available. Make sure to closely follow the instructions of the lister, by sending portfolios to the listed email address.
Recently, the quirky accessories, stationary and gift brand Caroline Gardner, filled their window in Marylebone with the designs of talented and creative designers from GFW18, Lucie Sperry and Penny Gibbs.
Saskia Lenearts, winner of the first ever Considered Design Award at GFW18, recently went behind the scenes at the Johnstons of Elgin textile mill in Elgin, Scotland. Saskia took us round with her on our instagram, where we were witness to the extensive yarn store complete with over 6500 shades in the colour library, the clock tower and the warping and weaving departments!
Encouraged by the discovery that the West's problematic relationship to clothing has a damaging environmental and social effect upon the rest of the world, Saskia Lenaerts began to design with a particular consciousness. Recognising the multi-cultural world in which we live, Saskia used her creative pursuits to explore the remnants of colonisation, otherness, the way in which we form our identity.
We caught up with the winner of the first ever Level 4 ASOS Future Talent Communications Award winner Lauren Roberts, to hear more about her photography and styling projects, and her university experience so far. From finding endless inspiration in modern female magazine The Gentlewoman to the relationship between art and fashion, find out what inspires the emerging stylist and why network network network is always on her mind...
We caught up with the emerging designer to find out how her time at Arts University Bournemouth taught her to have more self confidence, learning to use the Lectra software and why she chose to go out of her comfort zone with her designs...
The final show, the scuttling to seats, the whispers of excitement, it must be the Gala Show. The most prestigious catwalk of the 4-day event revealed multiple designs, styles and techniques fashioned into the selected designers collections.