Graduate Fashion Week: Northbrook College & Arts University College Bournemouth
Graduate Fashion Week 2012 is in full swing, and today team Catwalk Queen took our seats for the Northbrook College and Arts University College Bournemouth show, a double-whammy catwalk extravaganza showcasing the work of dozens of talented fashion students.
Graduate Fashion Week always offers up an interesting mix of styles, and this show ran the full gamut from edgy and conceptual to pretty and wearable.
Top of our watchlist was Emma Claire Scott from Northbrook College, who showed a 40s-inspired mix of draped silky prints and structured bold-shoulder creations, including a stiff jacket and dress with a tie front that reminded us of the Spring / Summer Valentino Couture collection.
Meanwhile, Jo Sexton's moth-like graphic prints looked ready for the high street - simple vests teamed with leather trousers had a rock chick look that we know plenty of people would snap up, and touches of neon also nodded to current trends.
Over in Bournemouth, Becky Weerasekera teamed gothic oversize crosses and black fringing with sporty hoods and neon touches (the blue ankle boots really worked - kudos on the show styling) while Ellis Currie went more diaphanous with printed maxi skirts and soft touches. Heather Sheppard and Holly Bhakar both went for a more juxtaposed feel, layering up prints and textures over coloured or printed hosiery.
We love Graduate Fashion Week and look forward to it every year, but this year in particular we have an extra special reason to be there. We're recruiting! As part of our plan to make Catwalk Queen bigger and better than ever, this week we're launching a new section of the site - the Student Space.
It's in beta at the moment as we tweak and shape it based on what we learn from the students we're speaking to this week, but as the area grows, we hope to make it a unique space for students to share their work and get advice and help on hunting down opportunities after graduation.
If you'd like to find out more or get involved, check out the Student Space page here.