The small but mighty 13 designers from Bournemouth couldn’t have created collections that were more dissimilar — giving the presentation a fresh, beating pulse. The audience was on their toes guessing what the burgeoning talent would send down the runway next.
Clare Harman set the scene for a fantastic show with her Meld collection. The hyper sheen of her kelp and crimson toned materials were extrapolated into dresses, jackets and even a pair of high waist trousers. The smart combination of soft fabrics with the rigidity of plastic gloss showed a mature design sensibility.
The street cred that was accumulated during Ricky Moakes‘ runway portion couldn’t have made a more wearable splash. Drop crotch jeans and oversized shirting encouraged the audience to ‘play with me’ as the guys stomped the catwalk. Rope detailing and covetable accessories made this collection a must-have for potential buyers. The question is, “Are you cool enough to give it a go?”
Leave it to the kids to bring some vivacity back to the GFW catwalk. Sarah Brigginshaw made even the sternest fashion faces in the crowd crack a delighted grin with her range of childrenswear. The tykes skipped in bright cranberry, lime and soft yellow outfits that will surely prove to be as cool as their parents. Brigginshaw also dressed the kids in statement t-shirts for the finale that echoed the sentiments of her collection. “Don’t sexualise our kids.”
Meg Cornwell wowed the audience with her structured baby doll dresses, inventive pleating and lustrous silver jackets. The models looked confident and well put together in her cleverly abstract prints. There is definitely something to be said for her ability to complete a look.
Denim is usually hard to pull off in a graduate collection, but Emma Brown handled it brilliantly. The menswear looks were casual cool with no-fuss tops and outwear that could seamlessly translate to the streets. Speedy orange and slate blue gave the guys a sportswear edge and the tailoring let you know that they were serious about personal style. Features like leather shirt yolks made the most of the down-to-earth vibe. Where can I get those jeans again?
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Image credits: Photography by Simon Armstrong