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Free Range Graduate Shows 2012: Somerset College BA Fashion Design Review

A couple of standout colletions from the graduating fashion students at Somerset College - particularly loved Rocea Greenway, Sunniva Nybo, Jade O'Hanlon and Jennifer Riley.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Rocea Greenway by Adam Pryce
Rocea Greenway by Adam Pryce.

And so the graduate shows return for business once again… starting with a burst of catwalk displays at the Truman Brewery as part of the 12th Free Range exhibition… where for the first time I attended a student fashion show. This was thanks to an invite from student Jennifer Riley, and made possible by a fortunate confluence of circumstances: my partner was off work and able to watch Snarfle for an hour, and I live moments away just off Brick Lane… a handy spot to reside for many many reasons!

Nipa Yamjamnan Somerset college by Geiko Louve
Nipa Yamjamnan of Somerset College by Geiko Louve.

Somerset College is part of the Plymouth University: what a wonderful part of the world to study. Their 2012 graduates showed a polished series of collections which featured more than a few recurring themes: extravagant tailoring, dusky and murky shades, bondage inspired detailing and metres of sheer fabrics. Here are my favourite outfits from each student…

SOMERSET COLLEGE BA fashion 2012 -photo by amelia gregory
Nipa Yamjamnan opened with jewel coloured evening dresses slickly styled with twinkling wine glasses and jewelled arm cuffs.

SOMERSET COLLEGE BA fashion 2012 -photo by amelia gregory
SOMERSET COLLEGE BA fashion 2012 -photo by amelia gregory
SOMERSET COLLEGE BA fashion 2012 -photo by amelia gregory
Rocea Greenway Somersetcollege_by_Geiko Louve
Rocea Greenway by Geiko Louve.

One of the strongest collections was presented by Rocea Greenway, whose Tribal Goddesses wore frilled waterfall bodices and swooshing trains held up by shaped leather strips.

SOMERSET COLLEGE BA fashion 2012 -photo by amelia gregory
SOMERSET COLLEGE BA fashion 2012 -photo by amelia gregory
Georgina Beaton by Adam Pryce
Georgina Beaton by Adam Pryce.

There was beautiful laser cut detailing on the wedding dresses created by fashion textiles graduate Georgina Beaton.

SOMERSET COLLEGE BA fashion 2012 -photo by amelia gregory
SOMERSET COLLEGE BA fashion 2012 -photo by amelia gregory
SOMERSET COLLEGE BA fashion 2012 -photo by amelia gregory
SOMERSET COLLEGE BA fashion 2012 -photo by amelia gregory
Cables were the theme of the day in bold knitted dresses from Sunniva Nybo, who created svelte high belted dresses with folksy details inspired by Catalan styles. One of my favourite collections.

SOMERSET COLLEGE BA fashion 2012 -photo by amelia gregory
SOMERSET COLLEGE BA fashion 2012 -photo by amelia gregory
SOMERSET COLLEGE BA fashion 2012 -photo by amelia gregory
Holly Harmes presented caped and strapped coats created from varied textures – earthy tweeds, shiny satins and ribbed knit.

SOMERSET COLLEGE BA fashion 2012 -photo by amelia gregory
Emma Sothcott also paired popular bondage leather detailing with fluid and structured fabrics.

SOMERSET COLLEGE BA fashion 2012 -photo by amelia gregory
SOMERSET COLLEGE BA fashion 2012 -photo by amelia gregory
Tom Evans presented the only menswear collection – with some splendid illustrated t-shirts.

SOMERSET COLLEGE BA fashion 2012 -photo by amelia gregory
I like the use of an oversized pearl necklace worn over one of Lydia James‘ wedding dresses.

SOMERSET COLLEGE BA fashion 2012 -photo by amelia gregory
Nickie Bush contrasted draped plum and fuchsia fabrics with darker tones, and was also notable for utilising print.

SOMERSET COLLEGE BA fashion 2012 -photo by amelia gregory
SOMERSET COLLEGE BA fashion 2012 -photo by amelia gregory
SOMERSET COLLEGE BA fashion 2012 -photo by amelia gregory
Zeta Thorne showed an elegant series of slate grey and wine red bias cut ruffled evening dresses.

SOMERSET COLLEGE BA fashion 2012 -photo by amelia gregory
Donna Ralph used shades of turquoise and plenty of brown check for her casual jumpsuits and cropped trousers.

SOMERSET COLLEGE BA fashion 2012 -photo by amelia gregory
Katie Oliverio worked with contrasting panels.

SOMERSET COLLEGE BA fashion 2012 -photo by amelia gregory
Connie White combined sheers with yet more leather buckle detailing.

SOMERSET COLLEGE BA fashion 2012 -photo by amelia gregory
SOMERSET COLLEGE BA fashion 2012 -photo by amelia gregory
Intriguing sculptural pocket details and fiery prints by Lucy Symons.

SOMERSET COLLEGE BA fashion 2012 -photo by amelia gregory
SOMERSET COLLEGE BA fashion 2012 -photo by amelia gregory
SOMERSET COLLEGE BA fashion 2012 -photo by amelia gregory
Jade O’Hanlon used shades of khaki, sand and russet to create a sophisticated country inspired collection, given a contemporary feel with lace panelling

SOMERSET COLLEGE BA fashion 2012 -photo by amelia gregory
SOMERSET COLLEGE BA fashion 2012 -photo by amelia gregory
SOMERSET COLLEGE BA fashion 2012 -photo by amelia gregory
SOMERSET COLLEGE BA fashion 2012 -photo by amelia gregory
Lastly, Jennifer Riley showed a confident collection based on a simple egg like silhouette that was inspired by a trip to Milan. All outfits were created entirely from upholstery fabrics. Clever and wearable, she should go far!

Structurally Romantic by Jennifer Riley
Structurally Romantic by Jennifer Riley.

Find out more about Free Range Graduate Shows in my listing here. All photography by Amelia Gregory.

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4 Responses to “Free Range Graduate Shows 2012: Somerset College BA Fashion Design Review”

  1. t says:

    truly gorgeous photos

  2. Amelia says:

    thanks, I try!

  3. barb mann says:

    Hi stopped by to see what’s up based on Sam Parr’s suggestion and she is right on . I enjoyed my visit and the music was great, and the fashions superb and so was your writing. thanks Amelia,
    a new fan
    barb mann

  4. Amelia says:

    brilliant, that’s what I like to hear!

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