Rhea Fields, Northbrook College
Girlish sequin bibbed vests in peachy tones mixed with rubber pinstriped blazers made for a seemingly innocent parade of prettiness from Rhea Fields but with a strong subversive undertone.
Skinny trousers were padded around the thighs with armadillo-like pouches that ruched down the top of the leg or were pin tucked from the waist to add texture, balancing out the directional upper half of the body. Oversized polka dots and pussy bows kept it feminine, with just a hint of boyish playfulness courtesy of bow ties.
“We chose [Rhea as] the winner because we felt she was a skilled and accomplished designer with a strong contemporary approach to developing and realising her collection,” said Lorraine Candy, editor of Elle and GFW judge.
Mark Eley, founder of London Fashion Week label Eley Kishimoto, said: “I just loved that rubber pinstripe jacket - it was amazing. The styling was great on the collection too. My advice would be to remember to always have ‘hwyl’ [which means enthusiasm in Welsh]. Never forget that.”