Graduate Fashion Week – Final Day Recap

Our final day at Graduate Fashion Week 2018 was well spent taking the time to talk to more of the talented students gracing the space throughout the week. We used the relatively quiet period of the morning to talk to a few students about their pieces and what we can expect to see from them in the future. First up, Charles Mein from the Arts University Bournemouth walked us through his collection of technical commuter accessories and complementing jacket.

We also spoke to Joe Ling, a footwear design student at DeMontfort University, whose work took inspiration from his love of skateboarding and the layered storytelling element of flyposting.

Mel Earl, whose catwalk show we managed to see yesterday, as she talked us through the inspirations for her skatewear-meets-military collection and the various materials that went into making it.

We’ll be publishing more detailed articles about the students in the coming days so stay tuned to read more about the interesting work they’ve produced as part of their final major projects.

Gary Aspden passed through and spoke to Alex and Morgan about his time at university and the work he’s done since leaving school. As a creative consultant for the Three Stripes, Gary has a plethora of experience that he kindly shared with attendees at the GFW Live space.

To finish off the day, we headed to the catwalk for the final time this year to attend the ‘Best of Graduate Fashion’ showcase, where we also handed out the size? Fashion Photography award to Natalie Campbell from Heriot Watt University.

It’s been great spending the week scoping out the next wave of UK talent coming through the ranks, and there are definitely a few names worth keeping an eye out for in the future. Having met a bunch of like-minded people and many fellow footwear enthusiasts, we’re definitely looking forward to next year to get another first-hand look at the future of footwear and fashion.

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