I only received one invite to the 2015 edition of Graduate Fashion Week, so I was excited to attend the Kingston University graduate show at the Truman Brewery and get a brief glimpse into the talent that is leaving college this year. The venue was absolutely packed and I did not have a prime photo-taking spot, so I’ll apologise in advance for the quality of my images – Matt Bramford took a far more stunning set last year, which you can see here.
There was a wide variety of styles on show, and a good smattering of menswear (I love that it is such a burgeoning field in UK fashion) but as ever I was attracted to the more gregarious and colourful designers, joyfully blending colours and textures.
Pippa Harries played with the textural contrasts of striped knitwear and sports fabrics.
Emma Johnson focused on layers of knit and striped patchwork, creating a snuggly yet sophisticated gyspy feel.
Grace White used ominous knitted snoods to hide faces, worn with heavily draped woollen constructions in a juicy patchwork of colours.
Bianca Saunders’ menswear collection showcased metallic quilting and patterned crop pants worn with clashing socks. Humorous whilst still being desirable, her clothing was inspired by the typical interior of a first generation British West Indian home.
But the undoubted star of the show was Josh Read, who I have since discovered has landed a plum role at Dior after winning the LVMH Graduate Prize. His collection was inspired by the elegance of everyday 50s clothing; sharp tailoring paired with sweeping A-line shapes and juicy shades of orange, red and blue. Absolutely gorgeous. His website showcases some beautiful look book images, go take a peek here.
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