Graduate Fashion Week: Stars of Tomorrow

5th-8th June 2016

After a landmark 25 years of bringing the most innovative and exciting young new designers to the world’s attention, Graduate Fashion Week once again showcases the fashion stars of tomorrow with a four-day event in London. Graduate Fashion Week is now as established, as it is influential – it is the ultimate platform for new design talent in the UK, while also throwing the spotlight on exemplary practitioners in creative direction, communication and all aspects of the modern business of fashion. Graduate Fashion Week is the engine that fuels the future of the fashion industry.

Alumni of Graduate Fashion Week include the likes of Christopher BaileyAntonio BerardiStella McCartneyGiles DeaconJulien MacDonaldChristopher Raeburn and Sophie Hulme. Now in its 26th year, the class of 2016 is assembled from the most celebrated fashion courses around the country.

Ahead of the summer event, London-based photographic talent Hanna Moon was invited to capture a studio portfolio of work by nine of the most talented graduating designers. Here are two of those chosen. “The pieces shot by Hannah reflect the strength and the breadth of what’s being produced across the UK in some of the world’s most respected academic institutions,” says Martyn Roberts, Director of Graduate Fashion Week.

Graduate Fashion Week is one of the most essential fixtures on the fashion calendar. Book tickets now for the shows taking place at the Truman Brewery from 6th-8th June at http://www.graduatefashionweek.eventbrite.com

Courtney Simon, Northumbria University

Courtney Simon’s Real Reflective Roots’ collection is as tough as it is colourful – a patchwork of black contemporary history. Her starting point was an exploration of her family’s Grenadian heritage, the flights of apartheid and the hip hop of the 1990s and 2000s that was omnipresent in popular culture, and which represents a celebratory counterpoint to all that went before. “I wanted to represent the struggles which people went through,” she explains, “but in a new, fun and exhilarating way.”

Louis Trainor-Selwyn, Manchester School of Art    

‘The Bowie’ is a collection that explores the notion of the British dandy, refracted through the lens of Versailles as well as modern street style. When Trainor was on a research trip to Premier Vision in Paris – the fashion industry’s ultimate annual textile showcase – he took time out to visit Louis XVI’s iconic Palace. “I’d always wanted to go, because of the opulent interiors,” he says. “It then inspired me to look at the historical costume of the time. That’s how I subsequently discovered George ‘Beau’ Brummell and the dandies that followed in his footsteps.” Trainor updates the aesthetic of dandyism with élan and rock and roll flair, incorporating bright red fleece and sequin sheen.

Golden Globes 2015 Fashion

Golden Globes 2015 Fashion – Kerryn’s favourite looks

You can always rely on Cara Delevingne to give an occasion a bit of cool-girl edge, and her Golden Globes Thierry Mugler dress didn’t disappoint. With her model-perfect proportions, that navel-grazing plunging neckline with caged front is just the right side of bondage chic (if you need to wear a bra then don’t go there!). That front split is also pretty risqué, but that nonchalant face is completely unfazed by any potential wardrobe malfunctions. While the dress is relatively simple, it still makes a statement, which Cara recognises, therefore keeping her accessories to the minimum. I can’t get enough of initial necklaces – I have the cutest tiny K pendant from Laura Lee Jewellery, and I want to add one of her initial coin designs to my collection – Cara’s version is bold with a subtly gothic vibe going on, which works perfectly with the dress.  Her black peep-toe ankle boots and smoky eyes are the perfect finishing touch to this cutting edge ensemble (and check out her red-carpet to after party make-up switcheroo – natural lips at the start of the event are vamped up to a dark plum party perfect pucker).

I have a very serious girl crush on Emma Stone. She can do no wrong. Talented, funny, not afraid to make fun of herself, and those enormous, cat-shaped eyes… But today we’re talking about her clothes (which she also does to perfection! One of my favourite pastimes is Googling Emma Stone Outfits. You should do it, it’s not a sad as it sounds). Emma is doing her Diane Keaton thing again, rocking a real menswear-inspired beauty. This Lanvin jumpsuit is the perfect combination of red carpet glam and sleek androgyny. How gorgeous is that embellished bandeau top? I love the contrast between all that metallic detailing and the simple cigarette trousers. And that huge sash and bow to the back is just fabulous, adding a gorgeous couture element to her look. She too has kept accessories to a bare minimum, with just a pair of super sharp point toe court shoes, and soft waves in that glossy auburn bob. Now, excuse me while I go and Google search her again…

Wow, this girl. Red carpet dressing for Hollywood young’uns is a minefield, but Hailee Steinfeld cracks it every time. This Stella McCartney gown is no exception. I love the fact that, like all girls her age, she’s doing the mid-riff thing, albeit in a slightly more sophisticated manner with cut-away lace panelling. She stands out in a sea of sparkles with this graphic print and contrasting fishnet detailing. It’s bold and fun, and, dare I say it, ‘age appropriate’. No boobs, not even any leg, just bare arms and that flash of flesh around her waist and lower back. The longer length train is ideal for this kind of event, still giving her something to swish. The only part of her look I don’t love is the shoes. I think I would have gone for something a bit tougher, maybe some caged shoe boots or multi-strapped heels, but otherwise, she’s an absolute vision of cool youthfulness.

Kerryn Grady

#INSPIRED EVENING DENIM

Doesn’t Kylie Minogue look just fabulous at the Stella McCartney Christmas light switch on in this evening denim look? Boyfriend jeans and court shoes will always be a winning match in my eyes, and she dresses the jeans up perfectly with the lingerie-inspired cami and that gorgeous sequinned blazer. Oh God, comfy jeans and sequins, my dream combo!

There are so many beautiful camisoles available, and as Miss Minogue proves, they work just as well with a pair of scruffy boyfriend jeans as they do with smarter eveningwear (think cigarette pants or a leather pencil skirt), so don’t fret about spending a bit more on one, it’ll ensure you get a top quality product that you can wear over and over. The secret is to look out for interesting and beautiful detailing. I love this satin wrap design by 3.1 Phillip Lim. The unembellished fabric is sleek and modern, while the layered wrap around adds a nice bit of swish (yes, that’s the technical term, honest). If you do prefer a more textured finish, then take a look at this lace and washed silk number by CLU. I love the delicate sheer lace eyelash trim at the hem, and the more demure cut of the neckline. On the high street, Zara has done this gorgeous velvet version at a much more purse-friendly price point.

Now, I think it goes without saying that this sequin jacket is something of a hero piece! I love the slouchy oversized cut, and she’s kept it really chilled out by rolling up her sleeves. The first thing that came to mind was this fabulous H&M kimono top. Okay, so it’s not sequinned, but the tinsel fibres are so sparkly and really something a bit special. I snapped mine up the moment I saw it, I don’t think these babies will stick around long. But if you’re a die-hard sequin devotee, then the magpie Mecca does have this little beauty to offer you as well: full on high octane glitz in a shorter, more fitted shape.

Isn’t finding the perfect pair of jeans every woman’s bug bear?? Jeans shopping is probably my least favourite of all the types of shopping, and I’ll be honest with you, I’m always just one pair away of finding that perfect fitting, super flattering pair. Just one pair away… One of my favourite brands is MIH Jeans. They do fantastic cuts in a selection of washes. Alas, my budget just doesn’t stretch that far. If your does, however, then try out their Tomboy Jean. Cut with a flattering slim leg, it’s not a super relaxed design, but definitely appropriate for evening soirees. And as Kylie demonstrates, you don’t even need a particularly dark wash to look suitably done up, so this mid-blue colour (or New Original) is perfect. Of course, Levi’s are the original denim masters, and they have an excellent choice in boyfriend jeans. The best pair I ever owned were actually my BOYFRIEND’S jeans, a pair of shrink to fit 501s that had been naturally faded with some gentle wear and tear, and they look AMAZING! But if you don’t have a minion waiting at the sidelines to commit to shrinking, softening and fading your jeans to perfection, then head straight to the womenswear department for these classic 501 Jeans For Women, in Vintage Indigo. You could cheat, and get a worn in style like those pictured by choosing the Washed Up finish, but wear any jeans long enough and that distressing will come naturally and authentically (can you tell I live with a jeans purist?).

Kerryn Grady

#INSPIRED in winter whites

I have an unfortunate obsession with white clothing. I’m clumsy, messy and it’s so unforgiving to wear while I need a lot of forgiveness! Winter whites are NOT compatible with lumps and bumps, and I have more than I’d care to discuss. However, this German boutique owner and buyer appears lump free and oozes poise and sophistication. Brave too, she’s wearing the whitest of white. Outside! She looks so crisp and fresh, with that lovely slouchy silhouette that stops her looking uptight. Almost as if it would be no big deal if that gorgeous Carven coat got a nasty dirt mark on it… Hmm…

So, if you trust that you have a protective invisible force field around you and want to fork out for a fabulously expensive pair of wide leg white trousers, look no further than Net-A-Porter. They have a great selection, including this gorgeous Stella McCartney crepe pair. If I were taking the plunge I’d probably go for these wide leg Marni culottes. They’re a slightly less predictable fashion choice (although culottes are currently the style du jour, they’re not that easy to wear – I’d definitely stick to heels over flats). These rose gold cracked leather courts from Topshop are a bit wonderful, don’t you think? And the hems won’t drag and get all grubby! For a much more purse (and washing machine) friendly option, try these full-length babies from Next.

Everyone knows Gap is the master of the white shirt, but why not mix it up a bit with this sleeveless collared top for a slightly more casual twist on the tailored look. I love the sleek clean lines, giving a more minimalist finish. But, as I already said, I’m not a neat, sleek kind of person, I’m much more comfortable in something sloppy and oversized. This MIH oversized shirt is my perfect shirt, and currently has 15% off at My Wardrobe.

Now, that coat. My goodness, I need to get my priorities straight and stop frittering away my earnings on rent and bills and focus on buying something as glorious as this white coat. Net-A-Porter and My Wardrobe both stock a gorgeous Carven wool number, but if you get in there quick you can get the 15% discount at My Wardrobe saving a massive £140 (okay, £141). To be fair, this heavier fabric will actually keep you warm throughout the winter months. Will it last you forever? I guess that depends how mucky you’re likely to get… But fear not! The high street has some brilliant options, and H&M never fail to disappoint on the coats front. This is the perfect alternative to the Carven bank breaker, coming in at well under £100. Who can argue with that when it comes to chic, sophisticated outerwear? If, like me, you like to add a bit of texture into the mix, they also have an awesome shaggy faux fur jacket , and if the yeti look isn’t quite your thing, this lovely bracelet-sleeve quilted-textured coat in a soft ivory colour, which is a little less harsh than pure white. I love the subtle ovoid shape, which I always think looks a bit more editorial and cool. I can actually see myself throwing caution to the wind and purchasing this little number for myself!

Kerryn Grady