Graduate Fashion Week: Nottingham Trent Round-Up

Known for its avant-garde approach to design, Nottingham Trent is always one of the highlights on the Graduate Fashion Week calendar. We went along to its annual show yesterday to see what sartorial treats were in store for us this year.

Set the Scene:
Held in east London’s Truman Brewery, Graduate Fashion Week is exactly what you would expect: an industrial-esque backdrop filled with impossibly cool people all there to discover The Next Big Thing. While this may sounds daunting, it really isn’t. The exhibit, located off from the catwalk spaces, is crammed full of excitable students all more than happy to chew your ear off about their final collection.

Tell Me About the Show:
The show started off in predictably mental style with Sho Takemura sending models down the catwalk with a large crisp packet over their head or covered with Swarovski-encrusted masks. The madness (albeit very stylish) continued with a Disney-sampled soundtrack and forest print jackets by Courtney Jess Moncur. The standard of the showcase was incredibly high: take away some of the outlandish elements and you were left with some beautifully original designs you’d want to wear again and again.

Who Stood Out?
Our fave had to be Shengjia Ding who really upped the ante with her pastel collection featuring hooped skirts, pleating that emphasises your best bits and updated classics. Think origami folds on padded jackets and loose-fitting shirt dresses. Watch out for this one, we’re predicting big things from her.

Any others worth watching out for?
Olivia Andres’ dreamy feather-like collection proved knitwear isn’t just for winter while Xi Lin flew the flag for statement menswear with red tailoring brought to life by PVC panels and contrast prints. We also loved Karen Choi’s neon lace and laser-cut creations.

Any trends I can start sporting now?
You might not want to hear this but socks and sandals were a major trend for both men and women. Oh yes. They key to getting this right is by accenting your socks and going for a bold shade that will contrast perfectly with your shoes. We dare you to try it.

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