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Prêt-à-porter; Graduate Fashion Week 2017

(June 01, 2017)

Isabelle Herring

Preview: Graduate Fashion Week 2017

Graduate Fashion Week logo

This year's Graduate Fashion Week is fast approaching; the event taking place from 4 to 7 June 2017 at the Truman Brewery in Brick Lane, London. The annual exhibition is a brilliant opportunity for fresh, fashion design graduates to show off their final year collections. This year’s event is now in its 26th year - it is clear that the exhibition is really making headway within the fashion industry.

Dozens of top fashion universities from all over the world are due to show their latest graduate work at the event – including from: Australia; China; Cymru-Wales; England; France; Germany; Hong Kong; India; Ireland; Israel; Italy; Japan; Russia; Scotland; Sri Lanka; Taiwan; and the USA.

Representing Cymru-Wales are: the University of South Wales – Prifysgol De Cymru; and Ysgol Gelf Caerfyrddin - Carmarthen School of Art.

Personally, I think it is great that fresh, young designers at Welsh creative institutions are being given this amazing opportunity to get noticed and seen by industry professionals, showing that they are respected as equals of the best fashion schools in the world.

Following on from that, lets have a sneak peek at some of the work which is to be featured at Graduate Fashion Week at this year’s event!


Liam Falcus; Northumbria University

Liam Falcus - design for Graduate Fashion Week 2017

Liam is one of the emerging designers from this year’s selection of fashion graduates, who have been spotted from the crowd in the lead up to Graduate Fashion Week 2017. This is an example of the final menswear outfit from Northumbria University attendee, Liam Falcus. This is definitely going to be a fashion collection that stands out, with this unusual but bulky ensemble. It is very interesting to see the almost Picasso-like illustration on the bomber jacket – a unique touch, which I haven’t really seen before. The jacket is paired with a khaki coloured plain t-shirt and some long shorts that remind me very much of designs by the brand Kenzo with the tiger themed embroidery. I look forward to seeing Falcus' full collection in the coming weeks – I think it will be something to remember.


Sara Gwenan; Ysgol Gelf Caerfyrddin - Carmarthen School of Art

Sara Gwenan - design for Graduate Fashion Week 2017Image: © SJ Webb Photography

Here is another example of a graduate collection showing at Graduate Fashion Week this year, this one coming from Ysgol Gelf Caerfyrddin - Carmarthen School of Art student, Sara Gwenan. The image featured shows one of the outfits within her final collection. Sara has created some unique work from her final year theme of Discarded. Looking into items that are usually thrown away for her research such as broken electronics, this outfit shows the model wearing a V-necked transparent top with the clever addition of recycled wiring for the straps. To complete the featured outfit is a matching printed skirt, which subtly portrays the theme. Overall, I think Sara is another designer who is one to watch.


Kate Clark; Kingston University

Kate Clarke - design for Graduate Fashion Week 2017

Another amazing example of a collection being featured in this year’s event, which has been created by Kate Clark at Kingston University. I think the outfit featured in this image is truly fantastic. It is on the edge of being completely insane – but I love it! The outfit consists of an oversized multi-layered dress, which has puffed sleeves and a childlike print. It appears that Kate was inspired for this collection by childhood toys, which is really unusual and quirky. To finish the outfit, she has accessorised with a wedding-like veil that contains a Barbie doll’s head. Absolutely nuts!


Kelsey Arpino; Southampton Solent University

Kelsey Arpino - design for Graduate Fashion Week 2017

The final collection featured comes from Southampton Solent University graduate, Kelsey Arpino. This is definitely one of the boldest outfits I have seen from the selection of previews so far. I personally really like this collection, as it is very bright, with vivid colours and shows a lot of personality. In terms of the outfit, it seems to be an extremely multi-textural, with the printed panels on the top, large knitted sleeves and PVC style trousers. I love the way that Kelsey has experimented with different fabrics for this outfit as well as playing around with colour schemes. I am genuinely excited to see what the rest of her final collection entails – I think it will be good.


Overall, it is fascinating to see who will be exhibiting their collections at the Graduate Fashion Week event this summer. It honestly shows that more talented young designers are emerging and are set to become huge stars within the fashion industry! I am really excited to see other fresh designers' work and will hopefully have a chance to see of all the exhibitors collections in person during the event at some stage.

What was your favourite outfit? Do let me know.

Isabelle Herring, June 2017

If you liked this, you will enjoy these from Isabelle too:
     London Fashion Week A/W 2017; March 2017
     Cardiff Fashion Week 2016; December 2016
     Cardiff Fashion Week 2016 preview; September 2016

     Role models, September 2016
     Fashion Week Australia S/S 2016, June 2016
     New York Fashion Week F/W 2016; March 2016

     bloggers and vloggers; December 2015

     Review: Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty; October 2015
     Festival essentials; June 2015

     New York Fashion Week F/W 2015; March 2015

     Does size really matter?; December 2014
     Looking for value?; September 2014

Isabelle blogs on fashion as Isabelle Rachel!

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