Graduate Fashion Week kicked off for another year yesterday opening with a show from UCLAN (University of Central Lancashire). Graduate Fashion week has moved to a new venue now taking over Earls Court 2 which is literally bursting with young, talented graduates just waiting to jump in to the fashion design scene.
The level of skill on show from UCLAN was higher than ever with original, creative pieces that were still very wearable. The show (well, the whole week) opened with Maria Manfredi's collection of nautical dresses with bunting ruffles and hints of a union jack flag. They were flatteringly cut with many being backless complete with plenty of ruffles and bows.
Karlie Whitehead also produced an intriguing collection using pastel and neutral shades for feminine knitted dresses. Her line was followed by Nicola Cook's imaginative line of dresses using quilted black fabric, and sharp shapes for an architectual collection. It was quite vampish with box applique.
Stephanie Berresford's pieces stood out introducing a reoccurring GFW theme but creating variations on the jumpsuit. Hers were produced in coral from loose fabric holding their shape with an ankle bangle. She also introduced another key trend for the day, the bubble hem.
Photos by Kirsten Borst