Last week I strutted round to Marylebone Rd after work in my blue, suede, shoe-boots to be blown away by the sheer talent, audacity and hard work from Westminster Uni’s BA Hons fashion students ahead of Grad Fash Week.
The eclectic collections showcased at Ambika P3 featured textiles, menswear (OMW! loved!) and tailoring so there was a lil suttin’ suttin’ for everyone. They repped the UK/London institutions hard!
Before the show I caught fantastically-fancy- dressed front row regular Philip Sallon who was with Stik, that cool graffiti artist from Hackney…
And then it was #showtime! My favourites included Jack Byne (debut), Pip Paz-Howlett, Leah White (debut) and Yasemin Cakli (also debut). The students have interned with major labels such as Dior, Mary Katrantzou, McQueen and Burberry and they clearly learned a thing or two.
As fashion shows like these are so exclusive I’m always keen to give y’all insight from my camera (as always- no filter) so here are the best of the best from the night for you to enjoy- with pro pics from official photog Simon Armstrong!
I Told you the menswear was fierce! These students don’t ramp. Here’s more of my fave pieces from the catwalk…
I also loved this Lydia Smith coat with leather gun-sling detail!
And this was my fave from Liam O’sullivan. Prob the only womenswear piece that made me go- ‘yup, that’s me!’
It was also great seeing the students’ family/friends on the #FROW with fashion names and A-list bloggers, the space was well utilised with people upstairs looking down the aisle.
Andrew Groves, Course Director said “With the international fashion industry currently going through a period of change, instability and upheaval, our graduates have shown a variety of different responses to the challenges that this demands…Incredible mixture of creativity paired with excellent technical skills which offer hope and show where fashion will be heading in the future. “
I caught up with some of the models after the show to congratulate them, as a fellow model I know how hard these guys prep and I detest seeing crap models on the catwalk…paid. It makes me KMT big time #justsayin
The guys put on a solid performance- some of the expressions on the dudes were a show in itself!
I also caught Max Mara’s creative director, Ian Griffiths who was on the #frow for his thoughts and as he couldn’t give too much away, he was clearly impressed saying passionately …”Fantastic.It was pure theatre”.
As I write this I’m already planning my schedule for the official GFW which starts this afternoon- I’m meant to be at Uni of East London’s show however after the sh!t weather this last few weeks my FOMO is for the sun. It’s finally 25Ds. I’m getting half naked for my Vit D hit while I can! #blackgirlstan
Miss Brown says…Well done Westminster! ;D