Graduate Fashion Week 2017 – ones to watch

Ravensbourne fashion design graduate Sophie Hampson

Graduate Fashion Week 2017 is imminent and it always takes me back to that heightened drama of my deep distant final student days. I swung by the GFW PR offices a few weeks ago where chosen graduates were still dropping off their just-finished outfits to be shot for the PR campaign seen here. As they all but collapsed onto the tables with their half broken hanging bags, pouring out tales of sewing all-nighter and tech malfunctions, I just wanted to give them a cuddle. (And I’m so not the maternal type…)

Here’s a sneak preview of what you can see at Graduate Fashion Week over four days from 4-7 June 2017 at the Old Truman Brewery in Shoreditch. From my vantage point in the thick of the action, it seemed that overblown statement dressing will be the overarching theme, with lots of inventive takes on down-filled outerwear and a focus on painstaking handcrafted finishes.

Below: Maddie William, Edinburgh College of Art
Maddie Williams fashion design graduate from Edinburgh College of Art

Below: Jamie Backshall, UCA Epsom
Jamie Backshall fashion design graduate, UCA Epsom

Below: Kate Clark, Kingston
Kate Clark fashion design Kingston

I particularly love the deep indigo texture mixing by Sophie Hampson from Ravensbourne (top). Other design graduates to note include Elina Pagett from Birmingham City University and Susan Forrest from Manchester Metropolitan.

But GFW doesn’t just focus on design. Each year I make a point of checking out the marketing, fashion promotion and journalism students. As well as seeing the work of the next generation of influencers, it’s a way to understand where the minds of young people are today.

For more info and tickets for Graduate Fashion Week, click here

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