Graduate Fashion Week 2012

20 June 2012

Earls Court Two Graduate Fashion Week 2012

My, how time flies. The year since graduating has flown by at rocket speed and I find myself watching the current crop of fresh talent, whilst my room has barely recovered from the influx of yarn and extra furniture I brought back with me.  Watching the Nottingham Trent show at Graduate Fashion Week brought back a few choice memories of the eventful final year, so it was nice to go into a show without having witnessed all of the drama behind the scenes (but also strange as I could remember the feeling of anticipation before seeing my show last year).  I spent most of the hour filled with the amazement that I get when I see a jumper with an interesting detail or a dress made up of intricate stitches, trying to work out how it might be done in my head before giving up entirely.

Emma Walsh Graduate Fashion Week 2012
Emma Walsh Graduate Fashion Week 2012
Shin-ici Murata Graduate Fashion Week 2012
Lily Mason Graduate Fashion Week 2012
Hannah Sharp Graduate Fashion Week 2012
Stacey Bevan Graduate Fashion Week 2012
Tamsin Lakhani Graduate Fashion Week 2012
Lucy McLoughlin Graduate Fashion Week 2012
Lucy McLoughlin Graduate Fashion Week 2012
Graduate Fashion Week 2012 Kimberly Wilson
Daw Byn Lee Graduate Fashion Week 2012
Hover over the photos to see the names of the students

There was an almost equal mix of Fashion and Knitwear students, the latter being what I automatically focused on with my trusty Canon, though you might notice a few woven collections have slipped through.  I did cheat somewhat by seeing a hint of the collections on a friend's Facebook page prior to the show, but the experience of being two rows away and having the extra styling touches made me appreciate the work more than through a computer screen.  I normally filter out menswear, yet somehow couldn't help loving the poppy brights and contemporary styling of Lucy McLoughlin's collection, which wouldn't seem out of place on the catwalks at the recent menswear shows.  My photos of Tamsin Lakhani's collection didn't capture her sophisticated patterns as I would have liked, but luckily the images of her controlled stitches and colours are etched into my mind.  See more photos (from the front) here (plus Ashanti's amazing shots) and admire for yourselves.

Graduate Fashion Week Gala Show 2
Graduate Fashion Week Gala Show 2
Graduate Fashion Week Gala Show 2
Graduate Fashion Week Gala Show 2
Graduate Fashion Week Gala Show 2 James Walker
Graduate Fashion Week Gala Show 2 Chloe Jones

I didn't quite realise how many awards there were when I sat down to watch the Gala Show, but reassured, GFW has every discipline within fashion covered.  My seat wasn't ideal for catwalk photography (turns out that Row F is the back row) so I made the most of not blocking anyone's view by grabbing these pics standing up.  Luckily the designs still had impact from afar, with the surreal nature of James Walker's accessory inspired collection and serene cloak-like dresses by double-winner Chloe Jones becoming firm favourites.

Graduate Fashion Week Gold Award winner Chloe Jones

Have you been following any of the graduate shows this year?  I'm overwhelmed by some of the ideas out there and maybe it's inspired me somewhat to create something else.  Hopefully the next year won't go too quickly and I'll have a more suitable lens for next time.

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12 comments:

  1. I actually love the way they did the model's hair here, it's beautiful!

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  2. Time certainly does fly!!! It has been 3 years since I exhibited, i can't believe it. I remember like it was yesterday. x

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  3. Your photos are beautiful! :) I loved the talent this year.

    xo,
    Lela
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  4. I can't believe it's been a year since your graduation show! SO nice you went to see what the next year of grads had to offer though!

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  5. i couldn't make the gala show as i had to come home for work, bit gutted after it as from what i've seen it's just top quality with some great ideas and vision. Chloe Jone's cloaks looks brilliant. did you see hollie win the award then?

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  6. I've been visiting the graduate shows here in Holland and have seen so much fresh young talent. GFW seems amazing though! Wish we did that over here.

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  7. I can't believe it has been a year! I love these, the ombre jumper is lovely!

    Maria xxx

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  8. I would have liked to have visited this year but I just didn't have time. Your shots are lovely though and I bet it was strange to be back there but this time checking out the next crop of graduates!

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  9. There are so many beautiful pieces! <3 I really love the strong presence of yellow; it's my absolute favourite colour!

    x
    Lost in the Haze: a Fashion Photography Blog

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  10. Looks like you had a great time at fashion week!

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  11. such beautiful inspiring pieces...ive never seen student works this good since my mothers stuff in the 80s!

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