Archive for June, 2013

The best of Graduate Fashion Week 2013

June 6th, 2013

As the room buzzed with anticipation, the chatter among the room was filled with enthusiasm as everyone awaited the first designer, Anna Wilhelmina. The lights dimmed and everyone found their seat.  The sharp white lights cut through the dark, and the first model glided on to the runway. The bright neon colours of the sporty American attire contrasted against the white setting. The model clutched a football helmet. The graduate fashion week had started…

The graduate fashion week started on the weekend of the 2nd and it runs through until 5th of June 2013 at Earls Court 2 in London. All the amazing work the students have put together will be judged and the battle for the top prize commences. During the week there will also be more emerging BA fashion graduates from all over the world, as well as, 40 UK Colleges and 16 international Universities. With graduates coming from countries like Pakistan, New York, Turkey and Taiwan, there is definitely a mixture of culture to hit the runway.

The idea’s and imagination that were brought to life on the runway were phenomenal. From the beautifully appliquéd and embroidered flowers to head covering pieces with sheer, tile printed dresses. There was a huge contrast, but what remained the same throughout the show was the cheering and bright flashes from camera’s that couldn’t get enough of the designs.

The highlights were from graduates like Syed Hamma Sohail Sadiq, from the Pakistan institute of fashion design. The audience were presented with an inspiring collection with eye popping bright colours and beautiful modern prints.

Also Chisung Ihn from Bunka Fashion Graduate University, Japan proved to be an unusual but headline grabbing designer. Her work presented dramatically curved capes with obvious modern straight lines and dresses that were made with digital prints and leather. Best of all from the collection was the dramatic Swarovski helmet which added a Gothic edge.

The Graduate’s work didn’t stop there, an exhibition also took place and showcased fashion portfolios and students work, which were on display so people could get an understanding of how the designs were produced from drawings. There was a real excitement as everyone walked around admiring the work and socializing about the show.

Isabella Blow exhibition at Somerset house

June 3rd, 2013

Somerset House will be hosting a major exhibition – Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore! – dedicated to the late British patron of fashion and art, Isabella Blow.

This autumn The Isabella Blow Foundation and Central St Martin’s will both stage over 100 pieces owned by the Iconic fashion editor. Isabella Blow is known for (amongst many other things) discovering models like Stella Tennant and Sophie Dahl, as well as also being credited for discovering fashion designers Alexander McQueen and Philip Tracey.

The exhibition will present Blows aristocratic background, growing up at her family home in Cheshire as well as her love for the British countryside.  It will also feature mannequins wearing bespoke Isabella Blow outfits to demonstrate her distinctive and extravagant style.

Daphne Guinness who purchased her wardrobe following Blow’s suicide in 2007 said of the exhibition, “I do believe that in choosing to exhibit them (Blow’s clothes) we’ve done the right thing – and that it is what she would have wanted.  I am doing this in memory of a dear friend, in the hope that her legacy may continue to aid and inspire generations of designers to come.”

The exhibition is set to take place from 20 November 2013 to 2 March 2014.  We will definitely be checking out this inspiring piece of fashion history!