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GFF Talent: How Jogaile Zairyte Made a Zero-Waste Collection

GFF Talent: How Jogaile Zairyte Made a Zero-Waste Collection

This week’s GFF Talent is Jogaile Zairyte, a Fashion and Textile Design graduate from the University of Portsmouth. Jogaile’s final collection, inspired by Japanese culture, is an exploration of zero-waste design concepts. Having experimented with natural dyes, repairing and hand stitching, Joagaile’s collection aims to show how sustainable techniques can — and need to be — incorporated into the fashion system to safeguard its future.

GFF Talent: Hannah Morley says "Disco Ain't Dead!"

GFF Talent: Hannah Morley says "Disco Ain't Dead!"

This week’s GFF Talent is Hannah Morley, a graduate of the Fashion Design course at the University of Central Lancashire. Hannah’s final collection, “Disco Ain’t Dead” is a celebration of the golden age of disco, and aims to remind us to have fun, let our hair down once in a while, and not take life too seriously.

GFF Talent: Erica McLure's Psychedelic Currents

GFF Talent: Erica McLure's Psychedelic Currents

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.

GFF Talent: How Ayliffe Scott is Supporting South Africa

GFF Talent: How Ayliffe Scott is Supporting South Africa

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.

GFF Talent: Frankie Spry's Weekend Warriors

GFF Talent: Frankie Spry's Weekend Warriors

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.

GFF Talent: Rochelle Lambourn Redefines Normal in "Body Over Being"

GFF Talent: Rochelle Lambourn Redefines Normal in "Body Over Being"

This week, our final GFF Talent to share before GFW19! We meet Rochelle Lambourn, a final year Fashion Management and Communication at Sheffield Hallam University. Rochelle’s final project is a trend book that delves into the world of body modification and the future of identity expression. “It’s well known that people choose to express themselves through the choice of clothing, but what if altering the body through science and technology became a form of self-expression?” she questions.

GFF Talents: Gloria Ogunyinka Explores Being Mixed Race

GFF Talents: Gloria Ogunyinka Explores Being Mixed Race

This week’s GFF Talent is Gloria Ogunyinka from Norwich university of the Arts. Her final collection — which happens to be the first collection in her brand GLRGNYNK — explores her experience as a mixed race girl growing up in Liverpool. Gloria’s collection, called SPOT THE REAL THUG, seeks to challenge preconceived ideas about what the media and society deem to be thugs, looking particularly at football hooligans.

 GFF Talent: Hannah Shaw's Modern Day Fairytale

GFF Talent: Hannah Shaw's Modern Day Fairytale

This week our GFF Talent is Hannah Shaw from Manchester Fashion Institute. Her final collection is all about social media: the value of sharing a true reflection of yourself online vs. a curated image of perfection. Read on to find out why Hannah is passionate about showing your honest self online.

GFW Alumni Harriet Eccleston on Showing at Fashion Week Russia

GFW Alumni Harriet Eccleston on Showing at Fashion Week Russia

Recently, GFW17 alumni Harriet Eccleston was invited to Moscow to present her designs at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Russia, as part of a Global Talents initiative. She tells us how this opportunity came about, what she’s up to next and the biggest lesson she’s learnt in starting her label.

GFF Talent: Shakeem Hart's Underwater Aliens

GFF Talent: Shakeem Hart's Underwater Aliens

Our GFF Talent this week is Shakeem Hart from Coventry University. Inspired by marine life as well as the current political and social climate in the UK, Shakeem’s message is simple: “Wear whatever you like — be brave, take risks or don’t take risks — just be you,” he says.

GFF Talent: Gwen Harris' Teenage Dreams

GFF Talent: Gwen Harris' Teenage Dreams

This week we meet Gwen Harris, a final year fashion design student from Nottingham Trent university. Gwen’s final collection is a nostalgic trip into a teenager’s bedroom, tapping into her memories of her own bedroom replete with stacks of CD’s, posters and band tees which celebrates the “awkward teenage years that help us become who we are as adults.”

GFF Talents: Eve Mossman's Millennial Mindset

GFF Talents: Eve Mossman's Millennial Mindset

This week we meet Eve Mossman, a fourth year student at Heriot Watt University in the Scottish borders. Eve’s final collection is inspired by Millennials, and aims to break the stereotypes attached to the generation. Using social media motifs and unexpected but recognisable details throughout her streetwear-inflected collection, Eve wants to prove that there is much more to her generation than meets the eye.

GFF Talent: Phoebe Constable's Bio-Plastics

GFF Talent: Phoebe Constable's Bio-Plastics

This week, our GFF Talent spotlight hits Norwich University of the Arts where Phoebe Constable is experimenting with creating innovative bio plastics that look to redefine fast fashion. Phoebe is aiming to make sustainable fashion relevant, colourful and creative.

GFF Talent: Hillary Marerwa's Deconstructed Denim

GFF Talent: Hillary Marerwa's Deconstructed Denim

This week we meet Hillary Marerwa, a final year student at Norwich University of the Arts, who caught our attention with her unique knitted denim. Hillary’s been salvaging denim jeans, transforming around 500 metres of fabric by cutting them into strips and knitting them into entirely new creations.

Designer Joel Boyd on Diversity, Resilience and Restlessness

Designer Joel Boyd on Diversity, Resilience and Restlessness

This week we catch up with Joel Boyd, founder of London menswear brand JOBO. The GFW14 graduate discusses how he’s incorporating his passion for music into his work, the importance of creating a more racially diverse fashion industry, and the anti-climatic start to his career.

GFF Talent: Yuxuan Zhou's Otherworldly Illustrations

GFF Talent: Yuxuan Zhou's Otherworldly Illustrations

Meet GFF Talent Yuxuan Zhou, a second year fashion design student at University of the Creative Arts, Epsom. Alongside design, Zhou’s passion is for illustration — a skill that she’s been honing since childhood. Inspired by Anime and life drawing, she combines styles to create something entirely unique.

Lobbying for Paid Internships With Jasmine MacPhee

Lobbying for Paid Internships With Jasmine MacPhee

Meet Jasmine MacPhee, a fashion promotion graduate of Ravensbourne who won the GFW15 New Media Award. Since graduation, MacPhee has freelanced as a graphic designer and in 2018 launched Find Your Intern, a platform which not only advertises paid placements in fashion, but also creates guides and templates to help young creatives put their best foot forward as they start their career.

GFF Talent: Anna Lowe on International Women's Day

GFF Talent: Anna Lowe on International Women's Day

To celebrate International Womens Day, we meet Carmarthen School of Art student, Anna Lowe. Studying fashion design and construction, Anna’s graduate collection ”Cohesion” is inspired by female fighters and protectors, aiming to celebrate and empower women.