Wednesday, 25 July 2012

GFW: UNIVERSITY OF SALFORD


 Report for The Style Column



Finishing the first day of Graduate Fashion Week was the University of Salford, based in Manchester. They certainly put on an explosive show with plenty of impact and displaying the work of many very talented students.
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CAMILLA HOLMES
The Salford show kicked off powerfully with an Airforce inspired collection featuring plush aviator jackets and voluminous bombers worn over comfy jersey trousers and the occasional garment made from wetsuit material. Styled with classic flying masks, goggles and an all important pilots hat, this set the show of to a flying start!
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KATE MARSLAND
A symphony of colours is probably the best way to describe this collection. A rainbow of circular op art patterns were printed on the experimental circular and curved silhouettes with oblong ovals shapes protruding from the body. In addition to this there were gathered waists and further circular cleaves all in an array of multicoloured stripes.
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JESSICA WOOD
This sharp collection’s most noticeable aspect was most definitely its large pointed shoulders, held in place by stings attaching them to the bottom of wide brimmed hats. Silhouettes were tailored and long in a neutral palette of black, white, grey and nude.
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ELLIE BROOKS
Inspired by the feeling of harmony and opportunity, Brooks showed a collection consisting of sleek, romantic lines and delicate shapes as well as streamlined silhouettes in beautiful pastel shades.
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GEORGINA  BETH KENNEDY
From Kennedy’s collection description notes, it told us her work was about youth and living to the full while you’re young and free. On the catwalk this translated into an urban collection of chunky knits, lightening printed and metallic leggings, baseball caps worn beneath hoods and high top trainers.
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JORDAN SHACKLADE
This collection’s intention was to embody the ‘All- American’ girl, from LA to New York, street style cool but with a twist. Casual ensembles were given a glamorous edge thanks to heavy sparkly embellishments.  Dresses were subtly sexy in sheer fabrics hinting  at the feminine body beneath.
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YINGXIN JIANG
Exploring  dual personalities, Jiang produced a collection of contrasting bright yellow and  dark subtle greys with cream oversized jackets and long a-line skirts. Formal and smart, yet playful thanks to the canary yellow.
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CLAIRE RUSBY
Inspired by the sporting legend and fashion icon Suzanne Lenglen, Rusby designed a collection of modern and  almost space aged looking casual sportswear.
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ASHLEA WILLIAMS
Williams showed a collection of youthful  innocence juxtaposed with dark surroundings. Petticoat  dresses and long skirts with delicate embroidery represented the innocent side meanwhile a deep burgundy made darker references.
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CHARLOTTE JONES
Questioning whether perception enables or baffles our understanding of the world around us, Jones showed a collection of bright knits in block colours layered over pleated skirts and cropped trousers in a very busy and baffling manner with attractively aesthetic results.
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DAVID JOSHI
Focusing on classic tailoring, Joshi’s collection was delicate and refined with subtle detailing which instilled a playful offbeat elegance. He re-invented some of the classic codes of menswear through use of colour and seductiveness, while keeping things deceptively casual – yet smart and chic.
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SOPHIE SMITH
This collection was all about self expression and certainly didn’t hold back!  There were neon brights, fringing, feathers, lace, tie dye, metallics, tulle skirts and sequins – you name it and this collection most certainly had it!
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GEORGINA NORBURY
‘An aesthetic voyager’  was how the women portrayed in this collection were described  as inspired by the novel Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer.  This was a very outdoors-y collection with patterned poncho style pieces and practical rain macs. The key piece was a big green camping back with wheels which unzipped and folded out into a fully wearable anorak.
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BETHANIE ELSA JACOB
Investigating in to the extremes of subculture and how it effects our identities, Jacob’s collection was a casual ensemble, with urban and sporting references. Graffiti prints were accompanied by metallics and block coloured sections of clothing on oversized baseball jackets work with leggings and sheer mesh tops. Oversized pockets were a key detail as well as quilted pieces.
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NATALIE O’HARE
Experimenting with the idea of layers of perception. Tailoring was soft and contrasted with unexpected, subtle geometric shapes that challenged the perception of beauty and flattering lines.
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JAMES GRIEG
Inspired by the free climber Alain Robert and his own personal move from a rocky landscape to the city, Grieg created a very colourful collection of tailored and formal looking sportswear. Turned up shorts were worn with bright jumpers over buttoned up shirts, adding a touch of formality while neon detailed rain coats kept things practical.


Words by Kate Sinclair
Photography by Debora Palazzo

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