Graduate Fashion Week: University of the West of England, Bristol
Day three of Graduate Fashion Week saw the stylish students of the West Country's most fashionable outpost - UWE - showing their collections. It was an eclectic mix of bright, bold textiles, clever construction and dramatic statements, with most of the designers choosing to steer clear of the classic and go towards something altogether more dramatic or bright.
Jennifer Vincent's memorable mix of textured textiles and (what we hope were recycled) furs made a statement about the use of skins in the style world. Brashly styled models with skirts dipped in red 'blood', lacy leggings and freakish clown masks wore cropped fur coats or had full fox pelts strewn around their necks in a collection that - perhaps controversially - drew one of the loudest cheers of the week...
There was also a memorable swimwear collection from Marie Elise Llagas, who created sporty numbers in neon brights, accessorised with huge oversize retro sunglasses, massive baubles and bananas, and - in one instance - chunky floats around the belly, like a child going armband free for the first time.
Also memorable was Katie Buglass's beautifully constructed pieces in autumnal shades, trimmed with leather waistcoats and accessories, and stitched in all manner of exotic quilted and rouched patterns. Hers was a collection of texture and volume, and it looked fantastic on the catwalk.
Graduate Fashion Week's favourite look - luxe sportswear with an 80s / 90s twist - was represented by Cathy Craig and her splattered prints, while Loh Wei Lim mixed the ever-popular white with gold leather trims, resulting in one of the few understated collections to hit the catwalk.
The closing collection, from Debbie Waygood, was a fitting finale. Skintight trousers in PVC and sequins had us wondering how on earth the models got them on, while oversize baubles - a bit of a trend at GFW this year - finished the look. Add spandex ski masks, potato-esque prints and bright shades of purple, gold and neon-splattered back, and you're done!