(Reposting from www.thefashionscout.com )
The Fashion Scout is renowned for championing creative design talent, Fashion Scout have scouted and presented in London and Paris, a whole generation of designers including Peter Pilotto, Felder Felder, David Koma, William Tempest, Eudon Choi, Pam Hogg, Fyodor Golan, Craig Lawrence, Baartmans and Siegel and Agi & Sam.
Alongside the Merit and Ones To Watch awards, the Graduate Showcase was chosen by a panel who unanimously decided on the collective, including Hilary Alexander, Robert Cavell-Clarke from Not Just A Label, stylist Rebekah Roy and Fashion Scout Director Martyn Roberts. This seasons completed line up is made up of 11 Graduates, Anita Hirlekar; Camilla Grimes; Charlotte Knowles; Emma Hardstaff; Grace Weller;
Holly Jayne Smith; James Kelly;
Luke Bullen; Ondrej Adamek; Rebecca Swann and
A launch pad for new graduate talent, the Graduate Showcase as well as Fashion Scout, is a platform to raise the profile of emerging talent. Following Graduate Fashion Week, Fashion Scout is one of the first places to see the very best new UK Graduate talent. Graduate Showcase will take place in Fashion Scouts venue at the Freemasons’ Hall in Covent Garden during London Fashion Week.
The winning graduate was announced as Grace Weller from Bath Spa University, with Philip Treacy OBE presenting the GFW Womenswear Award to Grace Weller.
Anita Hirlekar, Previous designer of the Vogue X Muuse collaboration, her collection included complex textural architecture which was balanced beautifully by the simple bold stokes of color throughout.
Holly Jayne Smith from Birmingham City University featured high hats and bold prints along with monochrome stripes and cut-out details.
Charlotte Knowles collection saw dark, structured gowns offset with ethereal, sheer chiffon and thousands of tiny pins, created a picture of dark creatures as she graduated from London College of Fashion.
Emma Hardstaff, having previously studies at Edinburgh University and upon Graduation in 2012 won the David Band Textiles Award at GFW. Now having completed her Masters’ at the Royal College of Art in London, she show her latest collection with the Graduate Showcase.
Rebecca Swann of Nottingham Trent University, offered a textured collection of monochrome woven knits with a tactile quality, and was presented at GFW 2014 with the Stuart Peters Knitwear Award. Swann is amongst some of the most notable graduates from Nottingham Trent with Aimee Dunn, Natasha Gilliland, Nga Wun (Kitty) Mok, Haomeng (Vicky) and Deng.
James Kelly has a huge interest in the strange, dreamy and ambiguous, with his collection including strange textures and shapes.
Camilla Grimes was awarded the Creative Catwalk Award by Not Just A Label’s Stefan Siegal, for giant pink jackets, and amazing faux fur pieces.
Luke Bullen from LCF’s collection contained delicate white sheets with unfinished hems, with the models’ faces only just visible underneath these unique creations. His collection looked a mix of the ethereal, dark, and the ghostly.
Ondrej Adamek had colorful, oragami-like creations that often towered above his models’ heads or obstructed their faces entirely. He was awarded with the L’Oreal Professionnel Creative Award, whose judging panel included designer Christopher Kane at the Central Saint Martins’ graduate show.
Quoi Alexander, Central Saint Martin’s graduate, collection contained an array of pieces made from woven neon ribbons, coiled tape and net.
(text by Lauren West)
(Images, courtesy of the designers)