Graduate Fashion Week Finale
Last night saw the glittering climax of the 21st Graduate Fashion Week with its prize-giving gala finale. Viewed as the world’s largest platform for the design talent of tomorrow, previous award winners include Stella McCartney and Christopher Bailey. This year more than 20,000 people have headed to Earl’s Court 2 for a glimpse of fashion’s future as the collections of over 1,000 students from 40 universites were displayed.
Presenting the award for Best Menswear Collection was Lyle & Scott’s Head of Design Carolyn Massey, who judged the category alongside Matthew Murphy from B Store and Luke Day from GQ Style. The prize went to Riona Horrox of Edinburgh College of Art for her striking collection (three looks below) comprising of overized denim, huge furry hoodies and flame prints.
Also celebrating was Chloe Jones of Bath Spa University who walked away with the highly prestigious Gold award as well as this year’s womenswear accolade. The knitwear award went jointly to Jousianne Propp (Manchester School of Art) and Caitlin Charles Jones (Kingston University), whilst the Textiles award went to Xiaophing Huang from the University of Central Lancashire.
The biggest cheer of the night was for photographer Chris Moore who picked up a special lifetime achievement award. The man behind catwalking.com, Chris is a legend in the industry having photographed the catwalks for over 40 years.