A few weeks ago I was kind enough to be invited to the Solent Graduate Fashion Show at St. Mary’s Football Stadium organised by the lovely Jessica Duke and Shannon Diment. Upon arrival at the stadium we followed the crowds up to the show room containing displays of work from various courses within the fashion show. There was the opportunity to browse through some of the final projects of various fashion courses and to meet some of the students before heading onto the main event.
We made our way into the main suite where we were greeted by refreshments and a show guide for the evenings events. After a quick stop for raffle tickets after eyeing up some of the amazing prizes on offer we quickly resumed our seats, eagerly awaiting the start of the show. The fashion show was a chance for final year students to showcase their final collections exclusively to their fellow students, industry professionals, friends and family.
The show opened with Jessica Barton’s colourful collection of clashing and contrasting prints layered with different textures and vibrant, energetic colours. I love the colour palette used in this collection and need to get my hands on a pair of these sandals asap! The showcase continued with a variety of different concepts used for both men and women with some extraordinary designs that every single student should be proud of. The collections were all in themselves refreshing and individual and there was little I didn’t like. The glamorous day to night look created for the catwalk by Bobbi Brown complimented each collection perfectly with fresh glowing skin, a glossy eyelid and paired down lip. The show itself ran perfectly with absolutely zero flaws and a very professional feel: Jess and Shannon should both be incredibly proud of what they have achieved as the show was packed and ran like clockwork. Congratulations to all students involved in the event and thank you for inviting me along to such a fabulous evening.
My favourite collections of the evening are from Xinya Li and Lauren Hawkins as I just love every single piece within each of their collections and think the pieces are a lot more wearable and fluid. The pieces would all comfortably fit into my style and I think both collections are completely unique of anything else available in stores at the moment. Its safe to say I would’ve purchased several pieces had I been given the opportunity.