Clothes Show Live: Image Catwalk Graduate Talent
The Clothes Show Live is Birmingham’s premiere shopping and beauty destination every December, but is more known for its incredible catwalk show and celebrity appearances than supporting emerging talent. Yet the Clothes Show has hidden depths – two catwalks celebrate the best of graduate and emerging talent, while shoppers buy face to face from sellers at ASOS’s Graduate Marketplace, including Molly Trubody and her amazing fluff-ball earrings, Heba and Sade Farrell.
In the first of two blogs, the Clothes Show Image Catwalk, in association with Company.co.uk, featured graduate designers from institutions across the country, showcasing conceptual collections, incredible creativity and design talent. These diamonds in the rough may have a little technical skill to polish before they make their solo catwalk debut, but their experiments with texture, silhouette and print show huge potential.
University of Derby’s loose menswear suiting looked just as sexy on the female Clothes Show models, with coral accents and muted metallic waistcoats. The womenswear portion followed suit with metallic fringing and sliced scallops underlaying miniskirts and crop tops.
University for the Creative Arts boxy oversized knits were a standout on the catwalk, mixed with raw materials and sheer panels. Midi length ombre gilets, asymmetric hip fringes and sleeveless polo necks push knitwear in exciting new directions.
South and City College Birmingham played with floral embellishments and appliqué in a near all-black palette, complete with a buttercup yellow cape with black flower epaulettes. A moody collection where depth came in the form of faux-leather skirts and sheer joggers.
Camarthen School of Art were the masters of print; cartoon colours and tie die mingled with glitter leggings and satin stripe pockets; architectural monochrome lines decorated almost bucket-like pockets; and painterly watercolour reeds adorned satin-soft evening gowns.
De Montfort University continued the colour theme with their youthful dungarees, loose trousers and deconstructed sportswear, the latter realised in dove grey and mustard. Racer stripes run the length of shoulders and legs, while toggle-tie rain macs are worn with basketball shorts.
University of Wolverhampton surely reference Christopher Kane with their geometric prints and silhouettes, triangular panels on banded crop tops and a-line skirts that extend away from the body. A monochrome scheme also plays with illusions and body shaping.
Plymouth College of Arts showed more oversized knits, this time in four sections; the first, 80s inspired in pink and blue peplum shapes; the second in rainbow hippy hues; the third more muted, with sleeker lines in grey and apricot; and finally, a moody palette of greys and inky black.
Coventry University put forward a mature collection of loose, ruched shapes pulled together with concertina straps. Abstract painted pockets punctuate the white collection of three piece looks.
Heart of Worcestershire College stuck closely to the 00s revival the fashion world is undergoing right now, showing knicker shorts and high-neck crop vests or deep-v pedal-pusher jumpsuits with tulle explosions at shoulders, ankles and hips. Cute, sexy and fresh.
Brighton Fashion Week Online Editor
Images: The Clothes Show
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