Nottingham Trent University brought to the runway a collection of the best up-coming designers for the catwalk of Graduate Fashion Week 2019. Displaying their collections, nine 3rd-year graduates demonstrated authentic original material throughout the event acting as just one of multiple fashion universities around the UK showcasing at the event. Nottingham Trent university saw these up-coming designers present their final collections.
Describing her collection as ‘Beauty Without Borders’ Lydia Jackson displayed her sustainable work at the graduate fashion show, bold colours and bright ruffled headpieces made a drastic statement on the runway. Making full use of brightest eccentric colours each design followed her unique design style, incorporating the same outstanding range of tones throughout the collection. Her line stood out as one of the most exotic coloured and most originally accessorised.
Mixing deep-sea blue tones with netted oversized knitwear Megan Uren combined cosy casual wear with sustainability in her collection titled 'Shortline Redemption'. Using the oceans as an influence throughout the collection, Megan stands out with authenticity among the other designs, representing ocean waste as a primary focus, the designer projected her own thoughts on the current environmental issues associated with ocean waste within each design. Orange and blue tones featured throughout a number of pieces, resembling the over pollution of plastics within our sea taking her opinion and stance on the matter further.
Pom-pom detailed knitwear was projected on the runway from Jessica Webster, managing earth-like tones such as green and purples her designs demonstrated a high-end take on comfortable knitwear. Playing with alternating lengths and layering, Webster mixed and matched each look with, cleverly crafted pom-pom accessories, including necklaces, headpieces and belts. Showing determination each look made a flawless impact on the runway.
Floral prints and female attitudes were granted by Isabelle Pennington, introducing popular fashion trends such as oversized blazers combined with typical 1950s styles. Isabelle modified the designs to represent a stereotypical floral female attitude relating to her aim of the collection; demonstrating the ‘Windrush generation and her grandparent's journey to Britain in the 1950s. The collection was cleverly manipulated to bring a fresh stance on the typical vintage looks from the 1950s, solidating the concept behind her collection.
Taking a lighthearted turn on knitwear was Harriett Hill, presented fluffy and sparkled pieces layered on one another, showing a creative flexibility achieved by Harriett. Relating her designs to fun and arty childrenswear the collection pushed the boundaries of conventional women knitwear. Multicoloured pastel scarves and knitted bags were used within the collection symbolising how knitwear can be pieced together in order to create a friendly, fun looking style.
Displaying a collection named the ‘Dapper Rebels’ Elle Barclay incorporated mustard colours and layered pattern fabrics on the runway, giving a fresh and finalized stance on male fashion. Using key accessories including a large black hat and a half on half off jacket, the collection demonstrated lighthearted sophistication within the male stance challenging how men can dress within their day to day appearances.
War on the female body, bagginess and male fitted designs displayed by Eleonora Christodoulou, with camo fabrics and white painted text, her collection was memorable. Using typically male fitted designs such as large oversized trousers and bomber jackets her collection focused on war-related political issues. Upcycling military surplus from Cyrus, she named her collection ‘Young Energy Will Change The World’ conveying a number of messages through the printed text on her designs.
Naming her collection ‘Bars to Barbers’ Anna Death created checkerboard red patterned designs to send down the runway. Showing different stylized male designs the collection included exciting elements of summer shorts and cropped jackets, creating an element of authenticity within male fashion. Having different types of checkered prints the designer created amazing one-off pieces, bring the collection together as a whole, with each models projecting the image of desirable fashion.
Dramatized sleeves and berry coloured designs were advertised within Amy McCann’s collection, presenting frequently feminized fits including long and short dresses the statement pieces fluttered along the runway. Naming her collection ‘CONTORTION’ she demonstrated layering and contrast within the looks, bringing each piece together with oversized sleeves and blossom like frills.
Photography by Georgia Slack