THE FASHION KIDS ARE INVADING EARLS COURT…

Its been Graduate Fashion Week here in London and its spilling out of Earls court. It’s so surreal to see all of these fashion followers in the random setting of posh suburbia…I LOVE it! Susie Bubble has put me to shame with her on the spot blogging, I’m almost a week late with my posts!!

My first day scouting for NOTJUSTALABEL.com began with the embarrassing ordeal of not being allowed in the event, my Uni lets me down once again. Till the lovely Stefan came to my rescue with a shiny Press pass, YEY for free champagne!! 🙂

First day at GFW looks a promising one with the likes of Kingston, Edinburgh and Northumbria on the bill. Its also the day of the long awaited Bournemouth show. I’ve been dying to see Harald’s collection after his success at Festival D’Hyeres…and I must say, it was well worth the wait! Big furs seem to be a trend this year but Harald’s is a winner for me,  and THAT cork fabric enticed an ooh out of all who were close enough to realise

Harald HelgesenKingston boasted an impressive show, with 24 students packing at least 8 outfits in each!! You can tell GFW was happy to see Kingston returning from a spat of independent showing. Although there were some awesome collections, the whole show was let down by technical problems and bad production. To fit in with the allotted time structure some collections suffered, and had all the models walking down the catwalk together, My notes at these points turned out to be pointless scribbling.

AkousaI can’t say I have a particular favourite from Kingston but I love this piece from Akosua Afriyie-Kumi’s collection. Her seaming is exquisite and the colours  remind me of a 70’s living room, for all the right reasons!!

Grace Melville

And, well lets face it, what kind of ‘Planet Earth‘ nut wouldn’t like this jumper dress?   Grace Melville really hit my ‘Sunday afternoon watching gorilla’s groom each other’ spot with this one!

Northumbria was a show I was anticipating and it really did deliver. I had been helping out with the 4th years for the past few months so have been in the midst of the graduate show buzz. To see it from a press point of view was very unsettling. I was torn; on the one hand it all looked quite commercial and high end sellable, on the other – I knew how well made some of the collections are and the brilliance of their detailing.

Alison Winstanley

My favourite for its wear ability has to be Alison Winstanley’s…

I’ve loved her collection ever since I saw the beginnings of it at the brochure photo shoot. It just looks so comfortable and lovely to wear, without compromising on the feminine. Her colours and fabrics were well picked to compliment the silhouette.

Charlotte Levy

Another one I’ve been shouting about to anyone who will listen. I first noticed this jacket in its toilling stage and it had me questioning what it was for weeks. It wasn’t till I saw it in this state, complete with fetching eyelashes that i realised….I have two words for this jacket – ‘MUST HAVE’

I love how well this collection reflects the designer, You take one look at Charlotte Levy and know instantly she’s behind this cartoon style glamour 😉

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