The Skinnydip London team are always on the lookout for fresh new talent, and what better place to find some than at Graduate Fashion Week! Last week we headed to Earls Court in West London to check out what the new graduates have come up with during their final year of study. It gave us a chance to rummage through portfolios, catch a show or two and chat to students about their work and design inspiration. Although the unflattering yellow glow of Earls Court casts a strange light onto work, it didn’t put us off snapping a few pictures!
Fans of Skinnydip London know that we love a bit of bling and Jeetinder Sandhu’s menswear collection didn’t disappoint! From Instituto Marangoni he created a beautifully bold collection and combined eastern and western dress with jewelled turbans. Indian heritage was a main theme; this could be seen through the printed artwork across the ultra-modern tailored blazers. A real man loves bling, but we love bling even more! A jewelled turban is definitely on our wish list this summer!
We fell in love with the mix of textures on this oversized top by Jane Naomi Wainwright from De Montfort University. The purple metallic shoulder and sleeve panels really complimented the main grey marl body. The hand generated print with overlaid jewels brought fun into the garment (including the sporadic ‘Guns and Roses’ text) and the red and white gingham shirt underneath reminded us of our school days (in a good way). You could really tell that there was a lot of thought put into this piece, the placing of embroidery and jewels make it.
At the Northumbria University exhibition there was a lot of great work from both Fashion Marketing and Communication students. With a mix of collections and publications there was a lot of work to get through on this supersized stall.
Stephanie Rachel Young from Fashion Marketing had a super fun collection of textiles work. Vibrant colours mixed with neon furs and screen printed images of cats and poodles created eccentric garments which really brightened up the room! How much would you love to see her ‘Trixie’ poodle print on a Skinnydip London product? We definitely would!
Whilst at GFW, a highlight was Northumbira University’s graduate show. With around 20 students showcasing six to seven looks there was plenty of new innovative designs to take in and be inspired by.
Kathryn Hewitson’s womenswear collection was effortlessly cool. Nominated for the prestigious George Gold Award which is judged by the likes of Roland Mouret, David Gandy and Henry Holland the designers pop of multicoloured leopard print mixed with lace and leather created ladylike elegance with an edge. Her fabrication was futuristic and her collection was topped off with a beautifully made leopard print wedding dress. What’s not to love?
Sally Hewett showcased a wonderfully sleek collection at GFW. The talented womenswear fashion design student (who has already won a design competition in conjunction with the British Fashion Council to join the Topshop head office design team) created garments that were straight out of a dream. Creams and nudes set the subtle tone and our favourite look? It had to be the incredible oversized reindeer mittens of course!
Daniel Fradgley closed the show with a really strong menswear collection. The leather kilt was a personal favourite and the mix of burgundy, blacks and browns set the tone for the collection. Oversized bomber jackets with felt baggy trousers created an industrial feel and really showed the true craftsmanship that went into all of his designs.
GFW is a brilliant showcase for fashion students from all over the UK and a few selected international institutions. It was great to see such a variety of fashion courses producing a range of different projects from fashion communications, journalism, styling to marketing. The people showcasing at GFW will be the future of the fashion industry and I for one can’t wait to see how it shapes up.