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Graduate Fashion Week Gala – What A Performance!

Graduate Fashion Week Gala – What A Performance!

 

Graduate Fashion Week Gala: What a Performace! FashionBite

Fashion Reporter, Sian O’Donnell

All eyes were fixed intently in the direction of Earl’s Court for the never disappointing, always spontaneous Graduate Fashion Week and yet again, it proved itself to be the best in the world.

FashionBite was invited to the Final Gala Show, where we were absolutely blown away by the exquisite designs, the amazingly ridiculous ideas and the outstanding creativity that these young students are displaying.

Graduate Fashion Week Gala: What a Performace! FashionBite

From kilted ninja suits, Germanic S&M burgundy leather, David Lynch inspired ‘Mullholland Drive’ cowboy yellow outerwear, punch bag arm accessories and skyscraper maxi prints to hip hop karate kids, a homage to bad taste sunflower suit, surrealism fringing, sultry low back knitwear, metallic scales shoulder pads and even childrenswear, we saw it all.

Graduate Fashion Week Gala: What a Performace! FashionBite

Throughout the week, students from Universities across the country and Europe have been displaying their work in the exhibition centre, with the best being chosen for the catwalk Gala where awards were given out for the most superb and decadent designs.

The biggest ‘Gold’ award of the night was handed to Chloe Jones from Bath Spa University for her incredible medieval inspired collection. Unearthly, slate grey gem encrusted pieces that envisioned sheer, swooping skirts under monk-like, hooded jumpers giving a chilling, Tudor Queen before the beheading tower feel, when the models graced mournfully back down the catwalk. Stunning.

Graduate Fashion Week Gala: What a Performace! FashionBite

The award, which has been won by Christopher Bailey previously, presents the winning student with £20,000 to kick start their career. The event, sponsored by George and in its 21st year, helps students by not only showcasing their designs, but mentoring and guiding them into the industry with advice, support and encouragement.

Graduate Fashion Week Gala: What a Performace! FashionBite

Other favourites from the night included the primary coloured, jack in the box, accordion masterpiece by Lancashire Student, Xiaoping Huang, who won the Zandra Rhodes Textile Award. The Russian doll detailed black, white and gold gorgeous embroidery from Northumbria’s Amelia Smith and UCA James Walker’s eccentric tweed creation, that included actual instruments designed within the clothes, to a sultry Bob Dylan slow drool soundtrack. Bonkers, mad and utterly brilliant.

Graduate Fashion Week Gala: What a Performace! FashionBite

Presenters from the night included Matthew Williamson, Julian McDonald, Suzy Menkes, Bip Ling and Daphne Guinness… who had a little trouble with her speech. Only in fashion eh!

FashionBite xx

Emily Seares is an award-winning magazine editor and journalist and the founding editor of FashionBite. She was featured in VOGUE's Digital Powerlist Top 100 and is a quoted style expert for most national newspapers and magazines.

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