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Friday, 18 June 2010


Lois Cheetham reports on the Gala Show at Graduate Fashion Week 2010:

Some of the many highlights of Graduate Fashion Week (GFW) include the multiple catwalk shows that are staged. With collections coming from 22 universities there are always a few to really watch out for, however the hottest show has to be the Gala Show which featured the best collections from this years' graduates in a superb stage production.

Not only does this event showcase the hottest talent at GFW it also gives us the opportunity to see the work of the ten candidates nominated for the River Island Gold Award. One of the FAB prizes for this award includes two years aftercare from the Graduate Fashion Week mentor team, an invaluable prize for any designer.

This years' Gala Show saw many trends coming through. Jackets were a prominent feature in both the female and male collections, ranging from the classic fitted jacket – occasionally with large structured shoulders – as well as individual, quirky pieces. As well as the jackets there was a large range of tailored trousers and shift dresses all made to fit with a classic style.

It also appeared that another popular trend formulated in the style of sheer, with tops, dresses and leggings all made from a transparent material. Colour wise, monochrome appeared often with white being the main colour in several collections, including the one by Gold Award winner, Rebecca Thompson. Prints have also stayed popular however this year they take on more of a tribal feel, featuring bright yellows, oranges and turquoises.

With the lights bright, the music loud and this years designers on top form, the 2010 Gala Show was certainly one to watch!

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