Graduate Fashion Week 2011 - The GALA Show
The most important and culminating event of Graduate Fashion Week; the Gala Show happened on Wednesday night at London's Earls Court. The evening showcased the most talented graduates from around the world alongside their final year collections.
With an array of awards on offer, the young designers' collections span from the lust worthy rock chic aesthetic by Ume Sacraine, to the exotic glamazonian prints by Shirana Chavda and wonderful whites by Cindy M Warsono. A real show stopper proved to be Rachel Cogly with her hair textured collection including long blonde wig jacket and Afghan hound dog bag (weird I know).
Hosted by former Clothes Show presenters Caryn Franklyn and Jeff Banks, fashion's most influential industry professionals, including BFC chairman Harrold Tilman, the Telegraph's Hillary Alexander, Laura Bailey, Sophie Ellis Bexter and celebrity stylist Grace Woodward, were in attendance to present the sought after awards. Marissa Owen from the University of Central Lancashire was awarded the Womenswear Award, and was commended for an "intelligent concept that was playful, exuberant and beautifully executed in vibrant colours and print". Whilst the Menswear Award went to Felix Chabluk Smith from Edinburgh College of Art.
The award on everyone's wish list was the The Graduate Fashion Week Gold Award. With a hefty £20,000 prize attached, ten handpicked students selected from all the shows at Graduate Fashion Week sent their collections down the runway in vie for the award. Presented by designer Amanda Wakely and George Brand Director Fiona Lambert, it was Rory Longdon from Nottingham Trent University who was presented with the prestigious award to a reception of gold confetti on the runway. You can view his collection below, a real stand out set of designs consisting of sheer knits, layered lengths and metallic textures.
Click on the image below to see the gallery of the show