Here at The Fashion Careers Clinic, we're only just recovering from 5 full days of fashion madness - we love fashion, but 5 solid days of it made us want to crawl into our plainest, comfiest anti-fashion clothes!
Anyway, sorry our daily update didn't go quite as planned - we were fit for nothing after late nights and early mornings took their toll on our scrambled brains! So, what impressed us at GFW? Well, the Gala Show last Wednesday night was as slick as it always is, beginning with a fantastic dance display from Britain's Got Talent winners, Diversity! I'm not sure the uber cool fashion crowd were really into their performance, but I thought they were pretty good.
Clothes wise, there were some really polished collections, but as always, my favourite didn't win the top prize of the River Island Gold Award (given to the person the judges deemed to be the overall winner of GFW, and who received a humungous cash prize of £20k!). Everyone I spoke to thought that Anna Lee from De Montfort University deserved to take the top prize with her beautiful womenswear collection featuring rainbow colour prints and amazing statement necklaces with huge tiger faces! (I WANT those tiger faces, as do about a hundred others!). Anna didn't do badly, deservedly scooping the Zandra Rhodes Textiles Award (no surprises there - it was such a Zandra style collection). However it was a very different collection - inspired by the white shirt - which won the Gold Award for Rebecca Thompson, a graduate from Manchester Metropolitan University, who was presented with her award by judges including top Italian designer, Alberta Ferretti.
Congratulations to all of the winners from the Gala, and to ALL of the students who presented their final collections at Graduate Fashion Week - there was a huge amount of talent on show, and everyone should be really proud of what they achieved.