During Graduate Fashion Week there is tons of amazing graduate talent in one space and I sometimes feel as though every single collection is churned out on to the Internet without any quality assessment being put behind it. I decided to do a later post this year and have assessed over 5000 pictures to get to my decision!
FashionClutter has now evolved into a lifestyle blog but I always prioritise quality over quantity especially in the fashion department (where it all began!!)
When looking at Graduate collections there are three aspects I assess:
Creativity – how is your collection different to others?
Uniformity of collection – does your collection tell a story? Do the garments fit well together?
Wearability – will people go out and be happy spending money on your clothing?
This year I have been highly selective and found two designers – both from Northumbria University –who met all three of my key aspects.
I loved Julia Barstow’s designs because of the clean cut shapes she used. However, what caught my eye was the abstract vivid print and bold colours present on a majority of the garments. It had a summary vibe with tran-seasonal pieces which is why I associated it with a designer resort collection.
Second up was Allana McGowan. I was attracted to her collection because of the use of textures– it was very slight but she used some light translucent materials and also soft wool. The different textures contrasted but also complemented each other really well. I loved that the shapes used for the collection were quite minimalistic, making it easy for anyone to wear. The use of white throughout the collection kept each garment fresh and ready for spring /summer.
I’m hoping that Barstow and McGowan continue with the creation of their own line as the work they are producing is very high quality (and it’s still early says). Even if they go on to fashion houses, I’m sure they will make amazing contributions to the fashion industry.