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Graduate Fashion Week 2010: Middlesex

There was modern menswear, patchwork and Americana at the Middlesex University Graduate Fashion Week Show, on Tuesday 8 June…

Written by Jemma Crow


Rebecca McClure, illustrated by Alli Coate

There was more than one graduate show going on during Tuesday evening… it was time for some Middlesex action. After Northampton, they had some stiff competition to beat – but they pulled it out of the bag…

Hannah Ellis: A menswear collection almost turning the grown models back into child like beings in their long shorts. There were even braces, man capes and some stunning shirts cum cardigans all in beautiful hues of midnight blue and off white that made the whole collection slightly romantic when teamed with the pulled up socks and deck shoes. Perfect for a stroll along the river then a spot of croquet (or maybe I’ve been watching too much Brideshead Revisited). 

Liesemarie Schulte-Kitzing: This was a conceptual collection with a real vision. Mantilla-inspired headpieces veiled the models’ faces, complimenting a collection of intriguing design including a smooth, shapely vinyl waistcoat which had the apperance of wood. Accessories in the form of square rucksacks provided a refreshing change, as did shapeless floor-length smocks, with each piece embellished with a laser-cut flower pattern.

Jessica Shaw: Shaw’s collection was full of patchwork effects made up from a multitude of sheer fabrics. Some were big oversized checks and others were big and small polka dots but together they managed to complement each other. Throw in some sultry long dresses and chunky knits and the look is a whole collection of ambiguity.


 
Malene Oddershede Bach: This was a rocky look and do you know how we could tell that? The chunky black fringe extensions that the models were made to wear turned them into a mix between Karen O and Agyness Deyn. But the clothes made it too with printed maxi dresses teamed with a cropped biker jacket and oh so mini dresses complete with cut-out detailing on the arms. Even the longer skirts were sheer to add to the “so don’t give a damn” attitude. Rock and Roll indeed. 


Malene Oddershede Bach, illustrated by Pieter de Groot

Helen Carney: Carney’s collection featured fashionable muted colours and had a distinct industrial feel, glamorised with the addition of techinical yet soft exaggerated ruffs, which entombed one model from neck to waist and provided enhanced shoulders on another. Sophisticated, yet sexy.

Rebecca McClure: Special commendation needs to go to Rebecca McClure who designed American style mail box head pieces and even a white picket fence skirt. Maybe not so practical for the morning commute but the headpiece is definitely going straight on my ‘need not want’ list. 

The students at these shows have worked so hard and the collections they have produced are inspiring and beautiful. It looks like there’s a lot of good vibes for the future of British Fashion.

Images courtesy of catwalking.com

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