On Tuesday night four days of new talent at Brick Lane’s Truman Brewery culminated in the Graduate Fashion Week awards show. 25 of the week’s best collections walked the runway, with Grace Weller of Bath Spa University taking the coveted George Gold award, which includes a £10,000 cash prize.
Her Erdem esc collection of navy and orange lace floral gowns also took home the Womenswear award, while Menswear was picked up by Nottingham Trent University’s Aimee Dunn; also of Nottingham Trent, Rebecca Swann took the Stuart Peters Visionary Knitwear award, while Manchester School of Art’s Camilla Grimes won the Creative Catwalk award.
Amongst other Clash favourites were Junaid Nasar (UCA Epsom)’s vinyl paneled menswear, Veronica Peduzzi-Davis (University of East London)’s teddy inspired sportswear, and Rebecca Rimmer (UCLAN)’s trompe l’oeil brights.
Later in the week Fashion East announced their new installation participants. Taking place at London Collections: Men next weekend, the platform has again partnered with Red Bull Catwalk Studio for the event, bringing rapper and producer Rejjie Snow on board for a live performance.
“We’re delighted to be partnering with Red Bull Catwalk Studio again,” said founder Lulu Kennedy, “their support for our young talent is so crucial.” Said talent for SS15 includes jewellery designer Alan Crocetti and Edward Crutchley who specialises in texiles.
Returning for their second menswear collection is the Portugese duo Marques ’ Almeida, while Martine Rose – formerly of MAN – will present as a special guest.
Finally, Matthew Miller debuted his AW14 campaign last night with a special exhibition at OTHER/shop.
Available to view at the Kingly Street store for the next week, Miller hooked up with Studio Baron (the creative direction of erotic title, Baron), for a project titled ‘The 13 Apostles’ which collides the designer’s collection with funeral like wreaths spelling out the designer’s name.
The 13 photographs pull inspiration from the AW14 theme of ‘emotional anarchy’, which explores varying ideas on anarchy, sentiment and death in the global portraits of freedom fighters.