Sunday, 23 June 2013

Ravensbourne Graduate Fashion Show 2013

A moment of some excitement and not a little frenzy occurred last week when RAJE were invited to the Ravensbourne Graduate Fashion Show.  We wasted no time in accepting the invite and so come Thursday, J and I, along with our partner in crime, ND, skipped off to Greenwich to the stunning new building in which the university is housed.  Ravensbourne has a reputation for producing graduate collections of a high standard and has an impressive list of alumni including furniture designer Emma Hill; Jay Osgerby, co-designer of the 2012 Olympic Torch; Stella McCartney; and Bruce Oldfield, so our expectations were high.

After being treated like royalty in the VIP room (Prosciutto anyone?  Oh, you mean Prosecco!  Don't mind if I do...) We were ushered down to the show and waited with baited breath for the show to begin.

Twenty eight collections were marched down the catwalk, sometimes at breakneck speed, and not one of them was alike.  Each student had successfully created a unique, visually engaging and professional looking collection.

The ensembles ranged from sleek, clean, sports lux, through ethnic inspired prints and layers, touched on some sci-fi pieces, via street-wear in bold, brash colours and back again.  Some of the highlights were...

Lydia Kraus seamlessly blended sports lux pieces in sorbet shades with ultra feminine, 20's flapper-esque silhouettes and kept it fresh with pops of neon orange.

Neon was prevalent across the collections, and was used as a highlight to bring life to a modest palette of black, navy and grey by Myvany Everett who kept it modern with sleek, bodycon pieces layered with oversize bomber jackets.

Usually a controversial colour in fashion, yellow was used by more than one student, and to great effect in Juliette Auger's collection where it lent itself to the ethereal feeling of the clothes.  Kept from being too sickly bright on a base of black, and accessorised with delicately lasercut acrylic necklaces, it was grown-up goth.

The mens collections were a mixed bag of deconstructed classics, fun and whimsical and verging on the just plain scary.  Emma Newbrook's models were sent strutting down the catwalk in everything reinvented.  Proportion and cut were chopped and changed but the colour palette of classic navy, black and taupe kept the whole collection refined and masculine.

Emma Harriet's collection highlighted the innovation in digital design that Ravensbourne boasts.  Hers was a riot of carefully constructed prints and colour, with images and shapes from nature and ethnic patterns worked together to create a world town vibe, and all in wearable, form fitting shapes.

Possibly the most charming collection, full of bunny rabbits and neon brights, was Colin Moore's menswear.  A range of well-executed knits in retro apres-ski shapes stepped confidently down the catwalk to a hip-hop soundtrack and reminded us that fashion is fun.  (And I want a bunny jumper.)

Across this hugely varied output, a few trends emerged.  For menswear, the shapes were deconstructed and outfits accessorised with fur and a backpack, with many of the collections exploring the concept of masculinity.  For women the palette was overwhelmingly neutral and pale, with neon highlights, and silhouettes were modern, space-age almost, with an underlying femininity and touches of whimsy here and there. 

For more photos and information on Ravensbourne, head to their website.

Not only was it inspiring to see the incredible creativity coming out of a London college, but also exciting to think that these students will soon be making their was into the industry, bringing their fresh ideas and talents with them.

Watch out London!  And thanks, Ravensbourne, for having us!

A x

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