Posted by: on Jun 2, 2013 | 2 Comments

Graduate Fashion Week, London’s Official showcase of student design talent, opened at Earls Court Exhibition Centre today – and Gossipdrip headed down to check it out.

Shows on day one of the four-day exhibition included Northumbria, Edinburgh and Central Lancashire Universities (UCLAN), kicked off by an unforgettable opener by Arts Unversity Bournemouth (AUB).

Here were some of the highlights:

Gala Award nominee Georgina Mulholland welcomed us into her fairytale ‘Senescence‘ world of ethereal lace, nudes and floral garlands with her womenswear collection from AUB.

Speaking about her inspirations, Georgina said: “I made the flowers last night to make sure they were fresh. I take lots of my inspiration from natural, raw beauty so this one was based on the decay of flowers.”

Georgina, 27, from Bournemouth said her collection was made with individual buyers in mind, not a high street collection but more bespoke pieces designed for red carpet events.

From UCLAN, Chloe Givnan exhibited a sports luxe range of geometric prints and neon brights characterised by their strong oversized shapes.

Chloe’s was a stand out collection from the UCLAN show, an of the moment collection which she says began with the silhouette and later acquired its story.

Twenty-one-year-old Chloe said: “I brought in inspiration from David Bowie‘s exhibition at the VMA. The print was very last minute, it’s gone along a vintage sportswear route with lots of block colours and shapes.”

Chloe’s work is a culmination of trends around her and the things she dresses herself. She said she believed it was key to create wearable collections with her own taste in mind.

Hold tight for day two at Graduate Fashion Week.