THE FUTURE OF FASHION - GFW 2017

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Graduate Fashion Week showcases the work of the leading fashion universities. Having your work walk here has enormous potential to launch anybody's careers. It's a hive of fashion activity, home to raw creativity and endless inspiration, and is something I look forward to attending every year. From various student portfolios to attending talks hosted by the legendary Hilary Alexander OBE and the many catwalk shows, this place has something for everyone. It is always a particular interest of mine to attend the Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) show. Firstly because I have a close relationship with Norwich and secondly because I am already acquainted with some of the students. I first met a handful of them last year at one of the exhibitions they were displaying towards the end of their second year and since then we've kept in touch. The NUA show started as it meant to go on with strong, powerful and bold collections that truly showed just what Norwich has to offer. Lily Brady showed us that sometimes less really is more with her chic and clean-cut collection, contrasted with metallic detailing. A question we must all ask ourselves once in a while is can we ever wear enough black? That question was answerd with a firm no in Sophia Lemondine-Martins collection which showed that if something is done correctly with good taste, then you can never have enough of something. An all male model cast appeared in the work of Jack Wildish who brought something new to the table with a flamboyant style and diverse colour scheme, something that certainly turned the heads of the audience. This had a slighlty gender neutral expression to it which I believe the industry is wanting to see more and more of. Last and certainly not least with Mary Sinclair who did not dissapoint as she closed the show with her collection that partnered elegant with edgy in different textures and materials. Her garments varied from oversized to fitted with specific attention to detail including ear cuffs and bronze footwear, something that really caught my eye. This show was everything I wanted it to be and more, a representation of the talent that puts NUA nad Norwich in a league of its own. This was a captivating day that gathered the industry together to witness the next generation and to see the exciting future of fashion.

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