Thursday, 7 June 2012

Fashion's Future Stars at Graduate Fashion Week

No rest for the wicked as they say and having just returned to the delights of some very British weather (I'd created the drowned-rat-jetsetter look before even leaving Gatwick), I'm already getting excited about Graduate Fashion Week, starting on the 10th June. has released a preview of the talent we can look forward to and who will be judging the young designers for that prestigious £20, 000 George Gold Award. This year's panel includes the likes of Daphne Guinness, Christopher Bailey and Suzy Menkes.

Rory Longdon and his winning collection
Rory Longdon's elegant armour won him the award last year. Now he has taken that love for knitwear experimentation from Nottingham Trent University to the Maxmara group in Italy and already been interviewed for the assistant knitwear designer position at McQ Alexander McQueen!

The next generation from across a range of universities nationwide will be just as eager to prove their potential and it'll be great to see the new ideas that they bring to the forefront over the coming week. I already love the modernism in Northumbria University graduate Emily Edge's menswear collection and the intricacy involved in Deimante Meilune's tailoring (Colchester School of Art). 

Emily Edge applies colour and print for a contemporary take on classic menswear design.
Deimante Meilune's detailed and structured designs.
Claire Barrow's customised leather jackets have already been seen on the likes of Rihanna and Jessie J.
Exhibition tickets can still be bought for just £8 (with a £2.50 booking fee) but if you can't make the event, never fear, I'll be on stand-by with a few write-ups about the shows and who to watch out for in the future.

In the meantime, I'll just be learning how to use my camera (models still refuse to stand still for me on the catwalk) and preparing my feet for the fashion work-out in heels.

The first ticket has arrived!
Of course, it's all worth it-such creativity makes you proud to be British...cold and damp with the potential to evolve an umbrella as an additional limb perhaps but still British!


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