Inspiration from all over the world featured in both the Bournemouth and Northbrook graduate shows at Graduate Fashion Week today.
Kick-starting Northbrook’s show, Hope Scrivener presented a collection inspired by ancient Iran and erosion, with tunics, intricate mosaic patterning and textures including cow-hide and vintage sarees which were meant to reflect the distressed element of the collection. Set to Bollywood music, this collection transported the packed theatre to a far away land.
Reflecting her interest in all things high-end, student Heena Mulji ‘s collection had a distinct sense of luxury, with diamond detailing on floor-length gowns. Inspired by gothic architecture, crystals, cave and corsetry, one pleated, tiered black gown made a statement with a rounded structured bodice.
A wacky collection inspired by religious iconography by Sacha Kreeger made its mark on the audience with fantastic print designs featuring Mary, Jesus and also pennies! Attention to detail was key with these designs- carefully placed zips on the backs of garments and bronze lurex leggings added the perfect finishing touches.
Bournemouth similarly presented a diverse range of designs which demonstrated great talent and craftsmanship. Sophie Rice got the audience whispering with her leather and wool swimcap-style headpieces, teamed with retro designs which featured splatters of mint and metallic.
Polly Walter’s ‘Old Salt’ menswear collection revolved around the fisherman theme, with chunky knitwear (including wool ankle warmers), aprons, braces and dungarees all with a modern twist to them. A wool jumper morphed into a shirt halfway down, emphasising the playful use of texture in the collection.
And finally Shauni Paulley took an original turn with her ‘Little Ganesha’ collection, sending out some very cute (and excited) girls wearing Indian inspired garments which were rich in colour and detailing. The main words to sum up this show- Inspiring and very impressive.