Rocea Greenway by Adam Pryce.
And so the graduate shows return for business once again… starting with a burst of catwalk displays at the Truman Brewery as part of the 12th Free Range exhibition… where for the first time I attended a student fashion show. This was thanks to an invite from student Jennifer Riley, and made possible by a fortunate confluence of circumstances: my partner was off work and able to watch Snarfle for an hour, and I live moments away just off Brick Lane… a handy spot to reside for many many reasons!
Nipa Yamjamnan of Somerset College by Geiko Louve.
Somerset College is part of the Plymouth University: what a wonderful part of the world to study. Their 2012 graduates showed a polished series of collections which featured more than a few recurring themes: extravagant tailoring, dusky and murky shades, bondage inspired detailing and metres of sheer fabrics. Here are my favourite outfits from each student…
Nipa Yamjamnan opened with jewel coloured evening dresses slickly styled with twinkling wine glasses and jewelled arm cuffs.
Rocea Greenway by Geiko Louve.
One of the strongest collections was presented by Rocea Greenway, whose Tribal Goddesses wore frilled waterfall bodices and swooshing trains held up by shaped leather strips.
Georgina Beaton by Adam Pryce.
There was beautiful laser cut detailing on the wedding dresses created by fashion textiles graduate Georgina Beaton.
Cables were the theme of the day in bold knitted dresses from Sunniva Nybo, who created svelte high belted dresses with folksy details inspired by Catalan styles. One of my favourite collections.
Holly Harmes presented caped and strapped coats created from varied textures – earthy tweeds, shiny satins and ribbed knit.
Emma Sothcott also paired popular bondage leather detailing with fluid and structured fabrics.
Tom Evans presented the only menswear collection – with some splendid illustrated t-shirts.
I like the use of an oversized pearl necklace worn over one of Lydia James‘ wedding dresses.
Nickie Bush contrasted draped plum and fuchsia fabrics with darker tones, and was also notable for utilising print.
Zeta Thorne showed an elegant series of slate grey and wine red bias cut ruffled evening dresses.
Donna Ralph used shades of turquoise and plenty of brown check for her casual jumpsuits and cropped trousers.
Katie Oliverio worked with contrasting panels.
Connie White combined sheers with yet more leather buckle detailing.
Intriguing sculptural pocket details and fiery prints by Lucy Symons.
Jade O’Hanlon used shades of khaki, sand and russet to create a sophisticated country inspired collection, given a contemporary feel with lace panelling
Lastly, Jennifer Riley showed a confident collection based on a simple egg like silhouette that was inspired by a trip to Milan. All outfits were created entirely from upholstery fabrics. Clever and wearable, she should go far!
Structurally Romantic by Jennifer Riley.
Find out more about Free Range Graduate Shows in my listing here. All photography by Amelia Gregory.
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