Graduate Fashion Week 2019

The talent at Graduate Fashion Week in London was incredible. Just when you think there can’t be yet another original and outlandish design, you stumble across a dress made out of mens shirts or dresses made from wood.

The event started with a bang on Saturday 1st June and carried on the same way thereafter. I joined GFW for the day on Monday with Mothercare, where we looked after visitors to our booth and got chatting with all of the talented graduates and their mentors.

The display at the Mothercare booth at Graduate Fashion Week

Kesia Archer, Debbie Le, Caroline Hesford and Suzanne Bailey

The day started with the “Mothercare Presents” panel, which I was lucky enough to host. The discussion began with an introduction from Suzanne Bailey, The Head of Global Marketing for Mothercare, followed by my interview with fashion blogger and influencer, Debbie Le aka The Fashionable Pan who has 37k followers on instagram, and also Kesia Archer who was the face of Mothercare’s Body Proud Mums campaign.

The contrast between the two ladies made for good debate and showed the graduates the diversity amongst mums. Kesia is 21 year old, full-time mum, and Debbie, 41, has made a successful career for herself in fashion and blogging whilst being a mum to two.

Edinburgh University Catwalk

Edinburgh University Catwalk

Not only were there a series of panel discussions for the rest of the day including one from Gok Wan, but also a series of incredible catwalks including the winner of the “Collection of the Year” award, Edinburgh University.

Some of the designs were so innovative and outlandish that you couldn’t help but sit and observe in awe. From some seriously futuristic designs whereby the models wore clocks as their eyewear, to models wearing photo frames as their outfit.

On the catwalk: Debbie Le, Daniel Lismore, Caroline Hesford

There were so many influential people there, including the “living sculpture” as described by himself on instagram, Daniel Lismore. Daniel Lismore is a British fabric sculptor, designer, and campaigner. Described by Vogue Magazine as “England’s Most Eccentric Dresser” he is best known for his flamboyant dress sense serving a form of statement, sculpture and even armor.

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