Monday, 11 June 2012

Class of 2012: Graduate Fashion Week

Like many fashionistas I am excited about Graduate Fashion Week and the aspiring fashion designers that have been preparing for this moment for the last three years at fashion college and are now ready to unveil their own unique creations to entire fashion world. These graduates future career in the fashion world hangs in the balance and their show at GFW could shape their path into the exciting world of fashion. Its all very exciting and I am hoping to take a trip to London this week and swing by one or two of the shows but failing that I have got a sneak peak and heads up on who to look out for this year....thanks to the Evening Standard...check it out

Class of 2012: Graduate Fashion Week

Graduate Fashion Week has become one of the most important events in the calendar for all parts of the industry. Karen Dacre explains why and looks at five rising stars

For a hard-nosed fashion cynic there can be few more fulfilling events in the year than Graduate Fashion Week. What better opportunity for a full-blown bitch-fest about the ridiculous extravagance of fashion than at a four-day event which has form in sending three-legged romper suits and dresses entirely crafted from beeswax down the catwalk?
Of course for fashion enthusiasts and those who count the £21 billion the British industry is worth as a valuable addition to the UK’s economy, the annual graduate fashion showcase is among the most important events of the year. And understandably so. Encompassing some 40 universities from across the country and more than 1,000 students, there can surely be no better place to spot the design stars of the future.
It’s little wonder then that so many industry big-wigs are eager to get involved. In addition to a host of major players in retail — everyone from the event’s sponsors George at Asda to Mulberry has put their name to this event — Graduate Fashion Week has enlisted Christopher Bailey to help judge this year’s Collection of the Year award. And truly, there  couldn’t be a better — or more appropriate— choice than Burberry’s chief creative officer.
Particularly when it comes to silencing the critics. When Bailey scooped the Collection of the Year award at Graduate Fashion Week in 1992, he was an unknown twentysomething from Yorkshire. Now, having transformed Burberry from a fledgling fashion house to the global powerhouse it is today, that once unknown student is sitting comfortably at the helm of Britain’s only billion-pound luxury  business.
Here, we introduce five of the graduates who are expected to cause a stir at this year’s event. Cynics, take note.

1.Antonella Commatteo
University of Wales, Newport
At 49,  mature student Commatteo may be older than her fellow graduates but she’s certainly not out of touch. Inspired by deconstruction and with a desire to reveal seam details and use rustic finishes, Commatteo has named her first collection Threads.
Having already completed work experience with fellow countryman Julien MacDonald, the  graduate hopes to create a name for herself in the fashion industry.
2.Aimee Ward
University of East London
Taking sea anemones as her starting point, 23-year-old Ward from Suffolk has great craft skills, visible in her edgy eveningwear offering. She has already designed samples for Giles Deacon and worked on costumes for the Royal National Ballet. Her next objective is to score a job at a luxury fashion house.

3.Hannah Duckworth
University of Westminster
A former intern of Christopher Kane, Hannah Duckworth wants to design for “influential women with a slight masculine edge”. Born in Tyne and Wear, the 23-year-old’s USP  is her ability to toy with a striking range of colours. While this snapshot might suggest otherwise, Duckworth’s work is relatively low-key.

4.Penelope Tucker
Kingston University
Tucker, 22, began her collection by photographing skateboarders at locations across the capital. With her clothes, she hopes to capture the illusions of gravity she captured on the street. A former intern at All Saints, Shropshire-born Tucker dreams of one day being able to launch her own label.
5.James Greig
University of Salford
Inspired by free-style climber Alain Robert, 21-year-old Greig has created a collection based on tailored sportswear. Focusing on function, these colourful offerings are as wearable as they are diverse. Born in Lytham St Annes, Greig will travel to China to intern for Hong Bang tailoring following the completion of his degree.

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