This week, Latest Sale starts the first in a series of three articles covering Graduate Fashion Week 2016 for the Latest Sale, Fashion, Business Directory. Was it all worth it? It certainly was! We were happy to receive our Industry invitation to attend this event and did so with no preconceived ideas or huge expectations.
The GFW team’s advertising promised that this event would be “The next big thing in fashion” and the “World’s largest showcase of fashion graduates.” Inaugurated on Sunday 5th June 2016 and showcasing fashion talent in the UK until Wednesday 8th June 2016, industry insiders and fashionistas were treated to a feast of designer trends for the season that are sure to rival any catwalk show. Graduate fashion designers from all over the UK, destined to be international superstars dressed their models in exuberating designs as they strutted across the catwalk.
Taking place in the heart of London’s trendy district Shoreditch, this year’s fashion fest took placed at the Truman Brewery on Hanbury Street, London E1. Thousands of graduates from 66 leading UK and International Fashion Universities participated in this year’s event that welcomed over 30,000 guests to the venue, including over 5000 registered industry members scouting for Fashion’s rising stars.
A highly comprehensive programme that enabled guests to access an immense exhibition featuring the work of 40 leading Fashion universities and 24 catwalk shows certainly deserved the attention of key Industry buyers, press and retailers, Graduate Fashion Week 2016 stretched the boundaries highlighting designer trends from students who have been exposed to a wide range of subjects including,
- Fashion Design
- Digital Media
- Fashion Photography
- Brand and Retail Management
A charitable event in its 25th year of operation conceived by President and Founder Jeff Banks, Graduate Fashion Week 2016 continues to attract a wide range of supporters including Telegraph Fashion Editor Hilary Alexander and more recently Dame Vivienne Westwood who in its 25th year became the GFW Lifetime Patron.
Graduate Fashion Week has been a former showcase and launch pad for some of the greatest in British talent including Chief Creative Officer of Burberry, Christopher Bailey MBE, Giles Deacon, Matthew Williamson and Julien MacDonald. So what holds for Autumn 2016? Who are the designer hopefuls who impressed us the most?
Graduate Fashion Week 2016 continued to inspire and excite and the Latest Sale Founders were given Priority Access and the best front row seats to the 22 catwalk shows. In our next Fashion, Business Directory blog Latest Sale will highlight just how the inspirational talent of British designers spread their wings and which we feel are the true talents to watch out for in 2017.