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INTERNATIONAL DESIGNERS AT GRADUATE FASHION WEEK 2018

INTERNATIONAL DESIGNERS AT GRADUATE FASHION WEEK 2018

The International Fashion Award Show 2018 saw a stimulating array of designs and incredible talent. The award show, sponsored by Swarovski, named the winner Danqi Chen from Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology. Chen showcased a collection of animated pieces that displayed true craftsmanship and imagination. Bold yellow and scarlet red ankle-length trench coats were paired with matching accessories that projected a playful but minimalist feeling. Oversized puffer coats created irregular silhouettes and worked alongside the innovative headwear that won her the prestigious award. 

Photography by Deborah Smith

 

Bao Wen Chen’s intricate designs demonstrated a reinvention of artistic flare within pattern. His rebellious designs contrasting one another were an example of how awe-inspiring the talent within this award. The eye-catching shapes and designs of Surya Pratap Singh were distinctive and bold. The primary coloured collection introduced avant garde silhouettes and ideas surrounding body image and gender. The bright red pieces had accents of colour to illustrate female body parts that were embodied as part of the cloth. 

The experimentation of texture and colour by these designers was exciting to witness as the designers from renowned Asian Universities and schools across Europe brought a assortment of forward-thinking concepts and contemporary designs.

 

Words by Ellie Pinder

HANNAH WALLACE CHOSEN FOR HOUSE OF PERONI INCUBATOR

HANNAH WALLACE CHOSEN FOR HOUSE OF PERONI INCUBATOR

Menswear designer, Manchester School of Art graduate and GFW15 Gold Award Winner, Hannah Wallace has recently been selected as one of only eight emerging designers to participate in the 'House of Peroni' initiative. 

The new residency program, created by Italian beer brand Peroni Nastro Azzurro awards eight talented young designers the opportunity to receive a seven-month residency at its start-up in London and showcase during London Fashion Week next February.

Hannah is known for championing practicality and wearability, by using breathable fabrics throughout her work- finding inspiration in the protective garments worn by rioters and astronauts. Since winning the GFW Gold Award in 2015, Hannah has been freelancing for Topman and working as a Menswear Designer for COLLECTIVE. 

A huge congratulations to Hannah, who alongside Joel Boyd, Kyle Lo Monaco, Rose Danford-Phillips, Pelin Isildak, Daniel Crabtree, Matthew Duffy and Stacey Wall, will relocate to East London and begin designing her collection. 

The emerging designers were chosen from hundreds of applicants by The House of Peroni’s creative council, which includes designer Jonathan Saunders, journalists Pandora Sykes and Alexander Fury, and British Fashion Council co-curator Anna Orsini.

USING FASHION TO PROTEST - A TALE FROM GFW18

USING FASHION TO PROTEST - A TALE FROM GFW18

Through 2017-18 we have seen a dramatic rise in the catwalk being used as a space for protest. From Public School standing against Trump in their AW17 show to Vivienne Westwood showing a fashion film with an underlying Brexit theme in place of a catwalk at her 2018 London Fashion Week Men’s show, protest has been a talking point for fashion. Political challenges shone through in many of the collections we had the chance to view at GFW18, indicating that the catwalk will continue to be a stage for creatives to express their political opinions through their art. 

ELIZABETH WELLAND ON HER TIME IN THE DEBENHAMS STUDIO

ELIZABETH WELLAND ON HER TIME IN THE DEBENHAMS STUDIO

At Graduate Fashion Week 2018, design graduates were given the opportunity to pitch their work to Henry Holland, in order to win a two week placement at Debenhams, in the graphic t-shirt department. Elizabeth Welland impressed the pop art designer with her prints, inspirations and concepts and was named the winner of the placement!

'BE PATIENT, BE CONFIDENT, BE YOURSELF' DAISY RATCLIFF

'BE PATIENT, BE CONFIDENT, BE YOURSELF' DAISY RATCLIFF

Daisy Ratcliff, Northumbria University graduate and GFW18 Fashion Marketing Award Winner, has a refreshingly honest perspective on design - a voice much needed in the industry. With an award winning project that takes the numbers away from sizing and looks to approach clothing experiences for young girls as a positive experience, Daisy hopes to alter the preconceived notions surrounding childrenswear, and the space between clothing for kids and that for teenagers. 

STREETSTYLE IN THE TRUMAN BREWERY

STREETSTYLE IN THE TRUMAN BREWERY

Whilst the SmartFocus catwalk welcomes the conceptual final collections created by graduates from around the world, the guests that come to see the portfolios have an inventive style of their own. GFW18 saw some uniquely styled guests, expressing their identities through their clothing choices.

CARYN FRANKLIN MBE ON FILM AT GFW18

CARYN FRANKLIN MBE ON FILM AT GFW18

During Graduate Fashion Week 2018, we welcomed many ambassadors, experts and industry professionals, to see the work of graduates from around the UK and the world. Caryn Franklin MBE, is a Fashion Commentator and Agent of Change, and a Professor of Diversity at Kingston University. We caught up with Caryn to hear what she thought about the 27th edition of the largest showcase of graduate talent in the world!

SWAROVSKI ON SUSTAINABILITY

SWAROVSKI ON SUSTAINABILITY

Swarovski, principle sponsor of Graduate Fashion Week 2018, held a popular stand during the event. Whilst with us, Dax Lovegrove, Vice President of Sustainability at Swarovski, spoke with our team- find out why they put sustainability at the core of their practises. 

A NEW GENERATION OF SUSTAINABLE DENIM DESIGNERS USING LENZING FIBRES

A NEW GENERATION OF SUSTAINABLE DENIM DESIGNERS USING LENZING FIBRES

In the months before Graduate Fashion Week 2018, designers were spending their days and evenings working in their university studios, preparing for the catwalk and creating pieces that represent their ideas and passions. Before GFW18 begun, we collaborated with many brands to offer competitions, and the designers shortlisted in the Lenzing Sustainable Denim Competition, are the pioneers of tomorrow. Find out more about their work here.

THE UPCYCLED DESIGNS OF THE GFW18 M&S WOMENSWEAR AWARD WINNER

THE UPCYCLED DESIGNS OF THE GFW18 M&S WOMENSWEAR AWARD WINNER

As the awards were handed out at the Gala Show at Graduate Fashion Week 2018, the top 25 graduates held their breath awaiting the results. Aurelie Fontan, graduate of Edinburgh College of Art, was the recipient of the M&S Womenswear Award, with her six piece collection. The designs were dominated by bronze and gold tones, black highlights and a shimmer, with an aesthetic made up from upcycled materials.