Graduate Fashion Week: University of East London
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The standard of Graduate Fashion Week has so far been high. That, coupled with the geographical fashion heritage of The University of East London, meant that expectations surrounding their show at Earls Court on Monday were high. The fifteen collections exhibited however, did not disappoint.
Prevalent themes included futurism, which was best represented in Melanie Cullinane's PVC detailing, and Tartan, as seen at Henry Holland's Spring/Summer 2008 show, which was featured on fitted, fish tail dresses by Bridget Leslie Farquharson, and Military Jackets and Celtic inspired wraps by Natalie Jacobs.
Also using Tartan was Sasu Ehanire who in addition used Top Hat's to added a playful, Music Hall feel to her collection which was characterised by stiff Victorian necklines.
Playing on classic Masculine/feminine parallels was Julia Reimann who mixed the distinctly masculine Tuxedo jacket with sheer fabrics and a ballerina cut skirt. Reimann's highlight piece was a tasseled 'lampshade' shaped skirt, which added some quirky individuality to her collection.
For me, the stand out collection from the University of East London was by Gadon Liu, who lent a dark edge to powdery pastels by overlaying the fabric with dark sheers and spidery black brocade detail. Fluffy Mohair, with loose bubble cuts, added textural variety to the collection, while black bowler hats added a dark Clockwork Orange feel. The collection was therefore softly feminine and sultrily sexy at the same time.