Graduate Fashion Week (or GFW as it is tagged) is arguably one of the most important dates in the British fashion calendar. The unrivaled enthusiasm for design from blossoming graduate designers results in a whirlwind week of showcasing of the most eccentric and bizarre yet beautiful creations. Approximately 1000 graduating students as young as 21 are given the opportunity to present in shows and exhibitions seen by over 30,000 visitors! Whilst the majority of students slave over a dissertation to define their University career, the fashion-design tycoons of the future have the opportunity to show the world their creative edge combined with 3 years worth of hard-work, straight after they graduate.
For the young innovators, there is no platform more worthy for self-promotion than GFW. Some of the world’s most well-renowned designers, including Christopher Bailey (chief executive at Burberry), who was the winner of the first Graduate Fashion Week, Stella McCartney, Giles Deacon, Matthew Williamson and Julien Macdonald came out of this very event. Essentially as a fashion designer, this is your first shot at success.
Below are a selection of our favourite pieces from each day including the winners as judged by the likes of Victoria Beckham, Alber Elbaz and Claudia Schiffer, whom have all been on previous judging panels.
But who would you be appointing creative director for your design house? And which looks would you be purchasing ready for next season? Day 1 shows a selection from Birmingham City University where extreme layering, interesting hemlines and an earthy palette are just a few of the trends we’re coveting for this A/W ’15.
It was a similar story on Day 2, where designers from Epsom University again showcased neutral colours and layered looks. Statement coats, jackets and capes were the order of the day incorporating cool metallics and subtle patterns.
The final day brought an awards ceremony, as if showcasing your work wasn’t exciting enough, there was a chance to win £10,000 to put towards future collections and a paid internship with the George Gold Award. Hannah Wallace from Manchester School of Art was lucky enough to win this award with her futuristic menswear collection (see image below), which featured tech-inspired ski wear and (extreme) oversized coats – we wouldn’t be getting cold in these this A/W ’15. Let these trends inspire you to get ahead with your new season wardrobe and check out the men’s and women’s outwear available now at Jules B!