First up on the lastday was De Montfort University and boy did they put on a show. It was quite literally a bomb of colour, with even the catwalk having a vivid red strip being painted through the centre and a general theme of Lego. The show was awash with structured outfits and bold coloursand a great use of matierials, as well as featuring the winner of the Zandra Rhodes Catwalk Textiles Prize, Anna Lee for her striking Chinese Dragon themed collection. (I have NO clue how the models worked those amazing boots!)
Anna Lee's winning collection
Next up was Liverpool JMU which was mainly made up of natural tones and earth colours, with a dash of colour (and clown) in the odd collection, nothing too much to report!
After a short interlude with a performance from Tinie Tempah, Nottingham Trent followed with a very sheer catwalk, lots of flesh was on show, and a great selection of knitwear, and one of their students (Phoebe Thirlwall) knitwear designs was showcased in Rankins fab photo shoot which you can see in Fashionista!
Left & Center: Heewon Park, Right: Tahlia Goodwin, NTU
Bournemouth and Bath shared the runway next. Bournemouth kicked off the show and showcased the first kidswear collection of the week, from student Anna Tiesen, and it was of course adorable to watch (not sure if anyone actually paid much attention to the clothes!) Cute kidswear aside, is was a black and white affair from many of the collections as well as a pallette of neautral tones; a theme which seemed to carry through to Bath’s collections meaning the two universities worked well as a catwalk collaboration.
Anna Tiesens kidswear collection, Bournemouth. They look like tiny pixies!
Manchester School of Art was the big hit of the week, especially applauded for their chiffon creations and the overall winner of the River Island gold award, Rebecca Thompson (see her advice for future students in Fashionista!) Many of the Man Met's collections featured on trend wearable designs and cute dresses in ice cream shades, all in flowing fabrics that just wowed the crowds.
Rebecca Thompsons winning designs,
a personal favourite of mine from the week.
Next up was Northampton, whose collections had bags of personality and were very different in their own way. Some featured heavy colour and bold designs, whereas others opted for more nude colours and lighter fabrics. Students were faced with front rowers including reknowned blogger Susie Lau, Barbara Hulaniki from Biba, Betty Jackson and countless talent scouts from The Future Lab.
A girlie, yet easy to wear collection from Alice Cleary, University of Northampton.
Last up for the day and for the week, was Middlesex. These students went for the wow factor and really put on a dramatic show. Veiled brides and skeleton masks, to name but a few of the weird and wonderful designs gliding down the catwalk.
Lucy Kenny's unique designs from Middlesex University
What's your favourite collection from the week?