As East London is somewhat of a trendy hipster haven, it was great to feel the buzz of anticipation from the audience. Everyone expected the show to deliver everything that East London represented: creativity, diversity, hip, cool, swag – and the Class of 2014 didn’t fail to deliver! The show opened with Krasimira Ivanova-Stoneva who had an amazingly colourful collection. I’m usually cautious with Graduate Collections as some students get carried away with creativity and compromise on wear-ability. However, I didn’t feel this with Ivanova-Stoneva’s collection, although styling was to an extreme, I felt as though each garment could be individualised to make a statement piece for the daring fashionista. She played on so many factors such as colour, texture and layering that I believe that the pictures speak for themselves.
Kamara Appleton introduced some bold pieces in her menswear collection that I truly adored. The bold geometric patterns used on her jacket were striking enough for me to imagine the average metro-sexual male wearing them today.
Other designers that deserve a shout out for the creativity of their collection include Leanne Bell for her cute pastel inspired outfits and Leanne Beckford for her comfortable sports luxe range. I loved it because the designs were unique but also everyday enough for me to imagine it on sale at a high street retail store.
Emma Long boasted a beautiful minimal collection. The tops were made unique by playing on creases and twists and being paired with well tired bottoms. I loved the styling of the items as well, especially the Nike socks and heels.
Nicole Da Silva was the first designer to really take my breath away as her designs were so feminine and light. I remember her first piece being a comfortable maxi dress with lovely bubbles. The collection plays with different materials and contrast which makes Da Silva a new student to watch in the future.
My most favourite collection for the entire weekend goes to Hollie Tarrier because her final garments were a true collection! There was a theme of consistency among her clothing and the items were structured absolutely beautifully. Her garments belong in the luxury market. It was a very well thought out project and I really hope to see more of Tarrier in the future.
Finally, I’ve added some images of Luiz Lula Filho and who had some beautiful evening gowns. The University of East London really set the standards for the first day of Graduate Week and I was amazed by the creativity of students from this establishment.