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MEET STYLIST & MOON MAGAZINE FOUNDER VERITY PEMBERTON

MEET STYLIST & MOON MAGAZINE FOUNDER VERITY PEMBERTON

AFTER PARTICIPATING IN GFW09, VERITY PEMBERTON TRANSITIONED FROM A DESIGNER AT URBAN OUTFITTERS, TO FREELANCING AS A CREATIVE CONSULTANT AND STYLIST. NOW AN ART DIRECTOR AT BURBERRY AND EDITOR OF MOON MAGAZINE, VERITY SHARES HER MULTI-HYPHENATE CAREER JOURNEY.

DANIEL RYNNE X DEBENHAMS

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DANIEL RYNNE X DEBENHAMS

Graduate Fashion Week alumnus from 2017, Daniel Rynne has finalised his collection for Debenhams, where he was working for the past year. The brand, known for supporting new design talent, announced Daniel’s ‘pop-up’ Autumn Winter 18 collection in September 2018. 

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CHLOE JONES, ESTABLISHED HIGH STREET DESIGNER, ON UNEXPECTED OPPORTUNITIES

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CHLOE JONES, ESTABLISHED HIGH STREET DESIGNER, ON UNEXPECTED OPPORTUNITIES

As a designer for the high street, we caught up with Chloe Jones, alumni of GFW 2012 to learn more about her opinions on the sustainable fashion movement and why she’s living and working for the present moment. Imploring that the journey through a fashion career “might not always be how you expected it to be”, we discussed the innate differences between luxury brands and high street, and why Chloe feels the high street provides the opportunity for creativity to continually bloom.

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MIKE KEY ON BRAND DEVELOPMENT AND WORKING WITH LIAM HODGES

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MIKE KEY ON BRAND DEVELOPMENT AND WORKING WITH LIAM HODGES

Mike Key, has explored many different facets of the industry, from brand development to production, since showcasing at GFW in 2016. From working in mentoring and education to managing production for Liam Hodges, Mike is learning how to navigate the global industry in a post-Brexit world.

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LOUISE CLARK ON WORKING IN CHINA AND EMBRACING MISTAKES

LOUISE CLARK ON WORKING IN CHINA AND EMBRACING MISTAKES

Louise’s collection was influenced and encouraged by the power print and significance of silhouette. Her love for the Chinese calligraphy and the dramatic, abstract marking unfolded when she completed a three month internship in China. Find out more in our interview!

RORY LONGDON, 2011 GOLD AWARD WINNER, ON WORKING IN ITALY AND NEW YORK

RORY LONGDON, 2011 GOLD AWARD WINNER, ON WORKING IN ITALY AND NEW YORK

From his bold relocation to Italy and working with MaxMara group as a recent graduate, to moving to New York to produce and design knitwear for Belstaff, Rory has taken each opportunity presented to him and forged his own path. We caught up with the industry pioneer and Graduate Fashion Week alumni to learn more about the conception of his brand MRC Knitwear , how his university taught him the technicalities of knitwear and what it’s like to design internationally.

RYAN BROCKBANK ON DESIGNING FOR THE EVERYDAY MAN

RYAN BROCKBANK ON DESIGNING FOR THE EVERYDAY MAN

Having founded an exciting new label titled Tailored Casuals, Ryan Brockbank doesn’t do things by halves. From watching his graduate collection saunter down the runway in 2017 a few moments after his daughter was born, to launching his own label to the interest of Saville Row , Ryan has mixed a realistic perspective with a talent for understanding the aesthetic of his consumer.

AMY BRAY ON HER BBC DEBUT AND HER FOOTBALL INSPIRED WORK

AMY BRAY ON HER BBC DEBUT AND HER FOOTBALL INSPIRED WORK

Plymouth College of Art alumni, vibrant designer and mother Amy Bray, spent her time backstage at Graduate Fashion Week 2018, not only styling her pieces but being filmed by the BBC. Amy’s collection, “SIT DOWN SHUT UP!” and her journey to Graduate Fashion Week was filmed by the BBC, as one of the first ever fashions segments to be included on the ‘Inside Out’ local feature.

ERICKA SANTIAGO ON SELF CARE AND INTERNING AT CELINÉ

ERICKA SANTIAGO ON SELF CARE AND INTERNING AT CELINÉ

We caught up with Ericka as she considers her future in the industry, from specialising in print and textile design and prioritising self care during the creation of your graduate collection to individual designers responsibility to the betterment of the industry and monopolising your time to expand your skill set beyond university.

THE INFLUENCE OF THE NEW ROMANTICS ON MARCUS DEAVILLE

THE INFLUENCE OF THE NEW ROMANTICS ON MARCUS DEAVILLE

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.