Nottingham Trent’s Graduate Fashion Week show went back to basics and concentrated on the techniques of fashion design and how they can be developed to create new and exciting ideas. The pattern cutting was exquisite, the knitwear was sophisticated and technical and the show as a whole evoked a sense of class.
Beautiful fabrics were chosen by designers such as Rebecca Munn, whose collection was stunning and full of fluid silks and sheer fabrics. Her pattern cutting was second to none and hints of subtle prints on the bottom of the silk dresses gave the designs another dimension. The collection was accessorised with neon acrylic accessories that gave the colour palette a flicker of bright tones.
Exceptional materials recurred throughout the Nottingham Trent show; the collection from Hannah Sharp being in completely black and white but with both horizontal and vertical stripes contrasting with each other, the overall look was amazing. Gathering and pleating added a 3D element and details such as oversized pockets on the back of jackets showcased Hannah’s talent for design.
The menswear collection from Amy Terrell featured some great geometric prints with cube designs that complimented some fantastic tailoring perfectly and concluded with a stunning outfit featuring a soft, fluid jacket with a bold brown and orange print over a polo and skin-tight leggings, accentuating the jacket.
The knitwear throughout the Nottingham show was intricate and well considered. Fine gauge knits were gathered in the collection of Holly Marke to create innovative and creative silhouettes. Subtle metallic and mohair detailing gave the collection a regal sense that was chic and sophisticated.
Olivia Williams used a palette of coffee hues within an amazing combination of laser cut leathers and soft knits that provided an impressive contrast of weights and textures.
Tamsin Lakhani created knits with delicate stripes and subtle patterns imbedded within that were reminiscent of that of Missoni, with holding checks and geometrics on simple but stunning silhouettes that allowed the knits to speak for themselves.
Lastly, the collection from Yuchi Ozaki had everyone in the audience smiling with its fun, but perfectly constructed, garments. As the models came down the runway, they unzipped their jacket lapel or dress panel to reveal a stunning laser cut or folded fabric underneath, much like a fold-out birthday card. The reveal element was so innovative and only enhanced the classic tailoring that Ozaki had to offer.
Nottingham Trent showcased some amazing talent with perfect construction and sophisticated collections. The knitwear was sublime and tailoring was spectacular.
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