Yesterday I attended the final day of London’s Graduate Fashion Week 2017 to see the ‘Best of GFW 2017’ show. This consisted of a series of collections from various universities which had been shortlisted for awards. The standard of the collections were amazing and all so creative, as well as getting inspired for the garments in my final collection next year, i also wanted to see how the collections were presented as a whole. The stand-out collections to me were from Sarah Louise Francis, Abisola Akanni, Sarah Rafferty and Irene D’Antonio.
“Today 25 lucky students were shortlisted to show at ‘The Best of Graduate Fashion Week’ show to display their brilliant menswear and womenswear collections on our SmartFocus catwalk. British commentator, Caryn Franklin, introduced the show – not forgetting to raise a round of applause for both the tutors and technicians at the universities. Without them, this would not be possible.
Edinburgh College of Art came up top and snagged five of the slots, including Irene D’Antonio’s oriental inspired womenswear collection and Maddie Williams’ over structured polyester shapes. The University of Salford’s Sarah-Louise Francis showed one of the most striking collections, with her avant-garde dresses, tops, trousers and skirts made in contrasting black, white and red.
The menswear was incredibly diverse, ranging from Zexi Yu’s (Kingston) satin pink and green embroidered pieces, to Sarah Rafferty’s ‘Money is Power’ collection with an interesting take on the classic pinstripe. The thing that stood out the most had to be the graduate’s interesting way of using unusual objects. From Kasubika Chola’s use of rice packets as accessories, to Claire Tagg’s use of airplane seatbelts as a means of fastening – the creativity of these 25 was clearly something quite outstanding.” -graduatefashionweek.com