Manchester School of Art | Graduate Fashion Week

Manchester School of Art university displayed unique simplified and sustainable fashion designs alongside the incorporation of modern trends. The dynamic, vibrant designs with a sleek edge, the creativity embodied within the show highlighted Manchester's artistic talents when displaying their work at graduate fashion week. Here are some of the most memorable designers from the event.

Leo John Caligan demonstrated his tenacity for fashion with a flair, memorable to every audience member. Extreme races of print panelled his designs, highlighted by a variety of vibrant block colours of yellows, fire red and ocean blue, all nodding to the streets of South East Asia. We were briefly transported to the market streets of the Philippines, the clothes themselves calling out traditional home cooked foods and locally grown veg only briefly visible as the models propelled the garments across the runway. As if trying to bring the smells and sounds of this world into GFW, Leo has inspired the industry with dynamism for culture and emotion whilst staying relevant to contemporary London fashion. Fanned out sun-hats and silver buttoned blazers embroidered his designs suggesting inspiration from designers such as Versace, elevating his designs whilst incorporating a familiarity to British fashion.

Rafaella Konstantinou's designs mixed up the scene by integrating fruit imagery and foraging tones. Using bright colours resembling fruity tones, Konstantinou's collection was perfectly fitting, authentically original and fresh to the youths eye. Keeping the style mutual and persistent throughout, the collection resembles Konstantinou's forming signature design technique, both personal and original.

James Siddons showcased his menswear designs with a contrasting yet subtle colour schem following the effervescent pop of Lee John Caligan’s designs. His experience with knitted garments at the Protest Fashion Show made an appearance throughout his looks; with more understated green and camel, tones to resound the cool atmosphere of British summer/ autumn time alongside snaps of orange and deep earth tones to celebrate the zing of London culture. Siddons paradox of materials soothes the runway. Male models welcomed the runway with earth-inspired knitted fabrics draped over black flared trousers covered in green geometric designs. As well as this Siddons presented trademark embellishments with more detailed patterns, peacefully weaving this minimalist colour scheme into play. With each design came more insight and depth, notably his use of layering, giving the material life of its own thus thrusting energy down the runway. He presents an exciting vision for fashion with comfort and sustainability.

Straps and tightened headpieces flooded the runway in Lily Parker's collection, mixing up classic fashion designs using both genders, making the collection inclusive and attractive to all, following the typical fast-forward fashion trends that are popularised today. Contrasting neon greens with earthy greys and beiges the collection also demonstrated sustainability within the style of the designs. Creating a layered look bound with silver clasps the accessories brought the designs to a whole other level of slick sophisticated genderless fashion.

Photography by Georgia Slack

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