Another day, another exciting line-up of GFW live! Talks at GFW 2017. The first talk took place in the morning with members of the buying team at BOOHOO. Sophie Rycroft (Lead Buyer) and Janine Smith (Head of Buying) shared insights into working as buyer within the competitive fashion industry. They shared the four qualities boohoo looks for in its buying staff: passion, agility, creativity, and teamwork. Despite the old cliché, Sophie and Janine insist that “passion for fashion” still is the fundamental element for success in the industry.
The votes for the People’s Choice Award ended on Sunday night and with just under 4,000 entries, we're really pleased to be able to announce the winner! This year's Graduate Fashion Week was filled to the brim with creative ingenuity, collections as platforms for making political points and expert craftsmanship.
We had an exciting selection of GFW Live! Talks on Monday 5th June with topics ranging from “The Art of Creative Catwalk Production”, to “Macro and Micro Trends that Influence the High Street”, as well as helping everyone to “Get Dream Job Ready”.
The Swarovski International Catwalk Competition took place on the final day of GFW and the audience spent the afternoon eagerly anticipating the winner announcement. As is always the case, it was difficult to bestow the award upon just one young designer, as the 32 university strong show, was refreshing, energetic and eye opening.
From an interview with creative and managing director of Graduate Fashion Week, Martyn Roberts, to behind the scenes tutorials with 3ina and London Beauty Artists, there was a lot to Graduate Fashion Week 2017 that you haven't seen yet...
The first day of GFW 2017 kicked off with Where Are They Now? A talk where GFW Alumnus Hazel Symmons (winner of 2016 Christopher Bailey Gold Award) and Genevieve Devine (winner of 2016 Tu Womenswear Scholarship) sat down with us to talk about their ventures post Graduate Fashion Week. Both graduates have been busy with the challenging process of establishing their identities in fashion, however, both ladies reflected at their journeys with gratitude, especially Genevieve, who had great fun releasing her capsule collection for TU with British Designer Holly Fulton as mentor.
Yan Ting Kwok from Norwich University of Arts was announced as the winner of the Little Black Dress Celebrity Gown Competition, live at Graduate Fashion Week. Alesha Dixon named Miss Ting Kwok the recipient of the award and the Britain’s Got Talent Judge will wear Yan’s dress to a high-profile red carpet or TV event.
Every year, Graduate Fashion Week celebrates the most extraordinary talents from UK and around the world, ushering them into spotlight as they take home the most prestigious awards given to graduates in fashion.
This year, our judges couldn’t help but notice one graduate in particular for her work’s impeccable visual impact and originality- Halina North from Edinburgh College of Art, whose womenswear collection won both the Christopher Bailey Gold Award and the Hilary Alexander Trailblazer Award in partnership with Swarovski!
We know the rest of the UK is caught up with a different voting process at the moment, but here at Graduate Fashion Week we would love you to exercise your right to a voice one more time!
For the first time, in partnership with SmartFocus, we're hosting a People's Choice Award! Many of the collections that hit the catwalk during #GFW17 were absolutely astounding, and we feel that it's time to recognise collections outside of the experts favourite.
The Best Of Show happens every year on the last day of Graduate Fashion Week, where the best collections from the whole week, across both UK and International universities, gather on one stage. Top industry and media members and professionals fight for the show’s tickets as it truly condenses GFW’s vast talents into its most concentrated, elite few.