Eco-friendly fashion has been on the rise over the past few years. More fashion designers are becoming savvy to the increased demand in sustainable clothing, particularly among millennials. Established brands are turning their attention to creating new ethical clothing lines, and new brands are also emerging to compete.
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Graduate Fashion Foundation, the charity behind Graduate Fashion Week in association with UK Fashion & Textiles Association (UKFT), hosted an exclusive reception at the Houses of Parliament on Tuesday, celebrating their strong ties with leading industry experts, bringing together fashion’s brightest young graduate talent and key policy makers.
Today marks the beginning of Anti Bullying Week in the UK. Often concentrated on schools and educational institutions, the week seeks to bring attention to this particular behaviour and encourage those that are being bullied to seek support, raise awareness and work with communities to eradicate bullying. It is a common misconception that bullying is something that stops once you leave school environments, as it is as much a behaviour you may encounter in the workplace, after leaving university.
The Graduate Fashion Foundation charity is delighted to announce that from 12th – 16th November we will be running series of national masterclasses in partnership with Ralph Lauren. During the GFF tour we will be visiting five host universities and colleges across the UK and in total 20 Graduate Fashion Week member universities will have the opportunity to benefit from the advice and information presented.
The appointment of Louise Trotter as the Creative Director for Lacoste is revolutionary for the French brand. As the first female Creative Director in Lacoste’s 85-year history, expectations, for the new chapter she’s going to write, are high. Louise Trotter, will replace the Portuguese designer, Felipe Oliveira Baptista as leading the creative direction of the company. Trotter has big shoes to fill, as Oliveira Baptista his coined with establishing the popularity for the honoured Lacoste Polo.
For the latest in our advice column series, The Inside View, where we ask those in the centre of the industry to offer their view on fashion at the moment, we sat down with Emma Firth, the Online Fashion Editor at Hunger Magazine. With a penchant for karaoke and a mean knowledge of pop culture, here we bring you what it’s really like to work in fashion media, and how to start working toward that dream role, now.
Looking for somewhere to submit your work? These publications provide a base to share their work, collaborate and get inspiration from. The platforms not only help young creatives with development of their skills, but also give them confidence by publishing their work. If you’re interested in having your work showcased and get support for your practice, here is a list of few magazines and links for submission.
For the latest feature in celebration of Black History Month, we caught up with emerging designer Tihara Smith, to find out more about her Windrush inspired collection, and the influence of social history and political slogans in her work.
INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE OF COLOUR MAKING WAVES IN THE FASHION INDUSTRY, IN CELEBRATION OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH
Fashion has long held a bad reputation for its whitewashed runways. But thankfully ethnically diverse model casting has been at the forefront of the agenda for some time now and the value of diversity is increasingly being recognised. There is a lot more visibility for Black models, but for other Black people within the industry– not so much. Yet the industry thrives from having ethnically diverse figures, because they contribute alternative perspectives to fashion - making it more creative, inclusive and more varied.
Our ambassador Christopher Raeburn is known for his sustainable ethos and ethical credentials. Having always focused on his Remade collection, the designer has now announced a community building project, that teaches his customers the skills of repairing, and offers the chance to meet similarly like minded people.
We asked our award winners, alumni and industry members what they would say to themselves in first year. From taking time for yourself to interning to gain that industry exposure, here are our top tips for excelling from the moment you arrive at university, from those that have been there!
This is the first in our new series of advice from industry experts, when we’ll be putting the questions you want to ask, to varied experts in their fields, from trend forecasters to digital marketing managers, and everyone in between. Find out their professional advice and ideas for how to pursue a career that you love, below.
Fashion From Nature, the first UK exhibition to explore the complex relationship between fashion and nature from 1600 to the present day, is currently on at the Victoria & Albert museum in Central London. The Graduate Fashion Week team attended a conference surrounding the exhibition on Friday, to learn more about the ethical ethos behind the exhibition, and why the prestigious museum commissioned a forward thinking project focused on design.
House of Holland SS19 related to the women of London. Any woman who has been in a rush, run out of time to dry their hair or felt they had to touch up their makeup on the tube can be held responsible for inspiring this collection. The suitably named ‘Pull in Emergency’ showcase paraded Henry Holland’s response to the London girl aesthetic; attitudes, cultures and mind sets alongside, obvious urban sportswear and 1980s influences.
During London Fashion Week, Richard Quinn, the designer that skyrocketed to fame after the Queen sat front row, took a new approach. With high expectations following his AW18 show, Quinn used his front row to positively protest against the current governments policies regarding changes to fashion in education.
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.
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.
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!
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...
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.