Annest Gwynedd by Gaarte.
Last week fashion students at Middlesex University held their 2013 internal fashion show, featuring work from over 100 graduating students. Some of them were then chosen by fashion world luminaries (including Louise Gray and James Long) to showcase full collections on the catwalk during Graduate Fashion Week this June: an exciting event to look forward to. Due to a mix up in timings I sadly missed the collections from the first 25 students to show: but here’s the best of those I did see, all of them possible stars of tomorrow. What a wonderful diversity of work on show!
Ethical menswear by Annest Gwynedd hit a contemporary nerve with useful pockets adorning aqua and coral coloured tailored coats, and chunky knitwear details.
Rachel Chapman‘s exotic urban look saw men sporting neon wristband ruffs, appliquéd 3D flowers on shirts and prints inspired by ancient stone carvings on parka coats.
I.R. Walcott‘s models wore dip-dyed high-tops to match distressed devore garments inspired by the textures of the urban environment.
I loved the elegant appliqué detailing on sleek dresses by Anna Giles: in this dress the green lobes remind me of a prickly cactus.
Grace Peverall went dotty with layered body con dresses that reminiscent of all over body painting by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama.
Marion Doreau styled her menswear with some great papermache animal heads which provided a striking focal point on the catwalk.
Kirsty Anderton by Gaarte.
I don’t believe there can ever be enough over the top knitwear, and Kirsty Anderton‘s skull shaped knitted dress was a major highlight of the show.
Luke Anthony Rooney successfully mixed wild colours and textures in his sculptural outfits, topped with tiaras.
I loved the simple styling of Abbie Ridler‘s oversized mens’ jumpers, which were resplendent with abstract motifs inspired by African designs.
Sophie Chiesa by Chetna Shetty.
Sophie Chiesa by Cathy Hookey.
Sophie Chiesa‘s discharge printed catsuit was a riot of colour, styled to great effect with over the top hair extensions that would not look out of place on a Barbie doll.
Anita Tetteh‘s tapered powder pink harem pants were worn with cream chiffon and a pencil skirt and scalloped crop top in bold monochrome stripes were a lesson in understated elegance.
Tailored menswear by Shiri Elmekless featured beautiful oversized shirts with clever layers of folds and beautiful button detailing.
Sylwia Szyplik took inspiration from relaxed 80s style in her cream and dove grey collection.
Scalloped sculptural cutaway shapes were combined with geometric triangle detailing and fringed mohair by Christia Charalambous.
Read my next blog to discover the best of the rest. You saw them here first!
- Middlesex University Graduate Fashion Designers 2013: Preview Part Two
- Kingston University Fashion MA Graduate Catwalk Show Review 2013
- London Fashion Week S/S 2011: best of On/Off static stands
- Free Range Graduate Shows 2012: Somerset College BA Fashion Design Review
- London College of Fashion Ba Hons Graduate Catwalk Show 2013: Review part two