The YKK Showroom is a unique resource and platform for emerging designers, students and customers. With the showroom based in the heart of Shoreditch, visitors can get the chance to speak to industry professionals, have instant access to YKK’s latest products, catalogues and collections and purchase limited edition items and samples.
We caught up with the emerging designer to learn more about her vision for the future of fashion, how integrating into an established design company works and how her award winning graduate collection has a mind of it's own.
Claire Tagg, the runner up for the GFW17 M&S Womenswear Award, has had an exciting few months. Since showing an artistic occasionwear collection comprised of classic silhouettes and sequins, the young designer has had the world at her feet
This year at Fashion Scout during London Fashion Week, showcased three of our Graduate Fashion Week alumni's pieces. The designs were in full view along the red carpet entrance to the Gallery catwalk in Freemasons' Hall. Each designer had mannequins displaying their work through the exciting 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.
We caught up with Alannah Cooper, a star student from Graduate Fashion Week and the outstanding winner of our Fashion Photography award. Alannah fell in love with photography at the young age of 14 and has pursued her creative passion ever since.
Looking through the versatile collection’s textured, raw-edged, heavy duty pieces, it is easy to see a process of development and a story from the designer’s side. We spoke with Po-Chieh to learn more about his inspirations, and find out what went into his collection, the competition, and what it was like to win such a prestigious award.
It is safe to say that the last few months have been somewhat of a whirlwind for Sheffield Hallam graduate Hattie Crowther. Having clearly turned a number of the (right) heads at Graduate Fashion Week this year, subsequently picking up the ASOS Future Talent Award – she has now been approached by a number of the big names including Vivienne Westwood, Hunger Magazine and Cass Art.
It’s only been two months since Catherine Watts left Graduate Fashion Week, with two impressive awards in her hands, after captivating the judges with her childrenswear collection on our SmartFocus Catwalk. Catherine was announced the winner of the Mothercare Childrenswear Award as well as the Dame Vivienne Westwood Sustainable and Ethical Award, and is now working with the likes of Mothercare and Lenzing Materials. We caught up to discover what life has been like since Graduate Fashion Week, her thoughts on the experience and what the future holds for this exceptionally talented graduate.
It was inspiring to see such a refreshing take on menswear at Graduate Fashion Week 2017. Almost every university showcased a men’s collection, but several graduates stood out by challenging the conventional ideas of menswear, using ‘feminine silhouettes’ and fabrics like silk, lace and sheer fabrics. We also saw a more diverse selection of models, with Ellen Fowles’ collection modelled entirely by older men at the Ravensbourne show.
It was a pleasure to welcome back the amazing L’Oreal Professionnel team at Graduate Fashion Week and to have L’Oreal Professionnel as our official sponsors once again! Hair has always been an integral part of fashion and essential when creating a total look, so naturally hair stylists play a crucial role backstage at catwalk shows.
After the huge success of the Gala Awards show, we are delighted to have some of our finalists show at 'Graduate Fashion Week Gala Roadshow’ this July! The bringing forth of graduate creativity doesn't stop when the Truman Brewery closes it's doors- we're dedicated to discovering and recognising the movers and revolutionary spirits emerging n the industry all year round.
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 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.
Christopher Bailey Gold Award
The winner of the renowned Christopher Bailey Gold Award is Halina North, from Edinburgh College of Art! She has won £10,000 and Edinburgh College of Art win £2000!
The runner up was Abigail Coop from Nottingham Trent University.
Our first GFW Live! talk of day three took place this morning with members from the talented team at Boohoo