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Class of 2017: Graduate Fashion Designers - 10 To Watch

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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

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.

Rachel Currah Nottingham Trent

2. Meg Callery, UCLAN

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.

Meg Callery UCLAN

3. Ellena Hristova, Northampton

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.

Ellena Hristova, Northampton

4. Shannon Grayson, Northumbria

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.

Shannon Grayson Northumbria

5. Charlotte Murray, University of East London

Charlotte Murray, Uni 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. 

Charlotte Murray, Uni East London

6. James Anderson, Kingston

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.

James Anderson, Kingston

7. Claire Areskog, Bath Spa

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.

Claire Areskog Bath Spa Uni

8. Sophia Lemondine-Martin, Norwich

Sophia Lemondine-Martin

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.

Sophia Lemondine-Martin

9. Dion Cheung, UCA Epsom

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.

Dion Cheung UCA Epsom

10. Sarah Louise Francis, Salford

Sarah Louise Frances 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.

Sarah Louise Frances Salford

Image credits: Maps Studios, Kerry Curl, Luis Calow, John Bucknall Photography

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