I love GFW because everyone just seems so (to bluntly put it) KEEN!
There is none of the jaded "been there and done that attitude" which you can sometimes see at London Fashion Week and everyone is very optimistic about the new wave of talent coming out of the UK's top Universities.
As a result there is a good buzz about the show and on the first day it was packed as usual.
I started my day off with the first catwalk from the University of East London and was instantly blown away with the maturity of some of the collections. Clearly these designers had thought about the buyers, the press, their end customer and everything in-between.
Two of the graduates showing with University of East London came from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) in Singapore where they partner with UEL to offer a BA(Hons) Fashion degree, 2012 seeing the first graduates of this course.
I then went on to the University of Central Lancashire show before my camera died (apologies for the blurry images) where i found more of the same. Sculpture and beauty from Samantha Messias, prints from Steph Cunningham, including a baroque jacket I just have to have, and the two were combined by Xiaoping (fiona) Huang to great effect. Accordion trousers anyone?
Below i have highlighted some of my favourites from today's opening shows and I'll be back tomorrow with more looks from the likes of De Montfort and Nottingham Trent. Enjoy!
University of East London
|Felippe Johan |
|Tiffany Baron |
|Lulu Ghebre |
|Uma Kangai |
|Aimee Ward |
See more from the catwalk after the jump
University of Central Lancashire
|Xiaoping (fiona) Huang|
I'll be back tomorrow with more coverage from the second day of Graduate Fashion Week.