Best of the rest from Graduate Fashion Week
Queen of prints Ludmila Maida unveiled a collection of striking ethnic and ikat prints that, when combined with neon woven-mesh bustiers with criss-cross straps and cutaway panels, had a strikingly contemporary look. The silhouette was skinny on the leg, contrasting with voluminous layers swaddling the body, with floaty jumpsuits adding more movement to the collection.
University of Northampton
Undoubtedly the most wearable collection at GFW, Alex Newton’s tousle-haired models sashayed down the runway in leaf green and rose pink watercolour-print dresses, evoking a forest nymph-cum-1950s prom queen look. Full-on petticoats sat under circle-skirt dresses, and neck ties completed the Stepford Wives reference. It was the cohesive colours and strong print theme that hung this offering together so well.
Twists and turns of black and white leather were studded and prickled with shards of mirror and glass by Naomi New, and pulled into cartoonish shoulder spikes echoing the Lady Gaga effect permeating through high-end designer collections. Tiny white playsuits were finished off with horse hair, while gold and silver rivets snaked down the sides of jet black body-con mini dresses.
Nottingham Trent University
Showing a versatility beyond her young graduate designing years, Samantha Brooke played with the spectrum of knitwear facets in her collection,
from super-fine-gauge mini dresses stretched across the body through to cobweb cable-knit tank tops which added grandiose texture.
Pulpy-looking shoulders were also created using Brooke’s chunky cable-knit technique.
The Amsterdam Fashion Institute
Not for the faint hearted, Roya Hesam’s sheer fabric-dominated outfits left little to the imagination as diaphanous playsuits with suggestive button-down fronts were layered with equally opaque shirt-style blazers and peekaboo waistcoats. Gauzy cappuccino trousers were slit from thigh to ankle while unfinished trims gave an edge to charcoal and midnight blue-hued outfits.
University of Central Lancashire
Sara Wadsworth made the most of the country’s patriotic fervour ahead of the football World Cup with a set of London landmark prints rendered in a simple faded black and white colourway with splashes of navy and banana yellow. Repeat-print Union Jacks decorated a mini skirt, Big Ben’s face was distorted onto a draped-front sleeveless dress, and a London Eye-print dress was attached to a flag-covered cape.