FashionCapital at Graduate Fashion Week

This week we are at Graduate Fashion Week reporting on the catwalk shows and rising talent for FashionCapital.co.uk as well as networking with graduates, tutors and industry.

Editor Jojo Isles attended the first day of shows, here are the highlights -

University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN) kick started the proceedings with some reoccurring themes that could be spotted time and time again as the day progressed. Overtly feminine, chiffon dresses layered over contrasting sportswear, an abundance of ruffles, frills and hand-crafted embellishments, pinstripe suits and power shoulders along with clashing colours and genres.

Helena Green opened for Liverpool John Moores University with a distinct nod to old school computer games, such as space invaders, combined with rave culture on a dark denim base. Jade Maule, meanwhile, took us on a clinical journey of transparent latex, pure white, clean lines styled with surgical gloves and statement syringe earrings. In complete contrast Jessica Forber gave the eye plenty to discover with her ‘recycling’ inspired collection featuring PVC check shopping bags recreated into sleeves and multi-coloured tin can tops used like sequinned embellishments. While Nadia Atique closed the show with her flavour of the Middle East meets sportswear stripes in a bold primary palette.

To read the full report from Jo click here

Development Director Jenni Sutton also attended and spent time visiting each stand talking to the tutors about how Fashion Enter can help bridge the gap between education and industry for many of their graduates. In particular the educational site visits to the Factory for students is hugely beneficial and many of the Universities already incorporate the visit into their curriculum.

GFW have now also added an industry section where retailers such as Mothercare, George at ASDA, Tu, John Lewis and Debenhams showcase and talk to students about career opportunities after graduation. We also were able to talk to the retailers about the CPPD workshops we offer to new starts about what an ethical factory looks like.