Class of 2017: Graduate Fashion Designers - 10 To Watch
Graduate Fashion Week 2017 has come to an end and what a year it has been for emerging talent. Seriously, there was such an incredible range of ability and creativity this year that you’d have been hard pressed to establish whether you were watching a graduate fashion show or an emerging designer show at a mainstream fashion week. The talent pool was vast and we struggled to narrow down 10 student designers to feature. So, in addition to the Gala Winners we featured previously, here are 10 graduates to watch.
1. Rachel Currah Nottingham Trent
Fashion knitwear design and knitted textiles student Rachel produced a collection that gave us colour, shaping and movement that was a sunny delight - plus pom poms.
2. Meg Callery, UCLAN
Bold prints, bold silhouettes, bold lengths and hemlines - everything about Meg Callery's final collection was striking and gloriously unsubtle. We especially loved the belted high waists and the lemon yellow colour vein.
3. Ellena Hristova, Northampton
Ellena's designs had a touch of the confectionary about them - the elaborate layering, the Colgate colour scheme and the tailored shapes were sweet and delightful.
4. Shannon Grayson, Northumbria
Innovative shapes and the boldest of colour palettes made us fall head over heels with Shannon's menswear collection. Could you feel sad in one of these cosy creations? We don't think so.
5. Charlotte Murray, University of East London
A new take on sporty style from University of East London graduate Charlotte Murray. We loved the unconventional textures, the oversize shapes and all the added movement.
6. James Anderson, Kingston
You can't go wrong with a floor sweeping design for impact and a memorable entrance. James Anderson's dramatic, oversize coats, complete with textures, ties and a totally satisfying pink, navy and grey palette made quite the statement.
7. Claire Areskog, Bath Spa
Claire's collection played with cool shades and asymmetric lines with curves and draping, hoods and layers crafting sporty jersey garments around models' bodies. And then there were the monochrome sockettes that every model wore - we loved these with an inexplicably powerful passion.
8. Sophia Lemondine-Martin, Norwich
Gothic, textural and all grown up, the designs from third year fashion and textiles student Sophia Lemondine-Martin had some serious movement. The all-black palette was perfect for those of with an aversion to bright colours who still enjoy diversity of design.
9. Dion Cheung, UCA Epsom
Where would fashion be without designers who blow everything out of proportion? Dion Cheung's final collection took a dim view of traditional silhouetting, preferring instead to distort sizes and inflate edges to create perfectly stylised pieces.
10. Sarah Louise Francis, Salford
We are total suckers for polka dots and sheers and Sarah Louise's collection had both, in volume. The designs cleverly balanced the ladylike with the controversial, to great dramatic effect.