Monday, 24 June 2013

GFW - My Personal Favourite

Rebecca Howarth - Manchester School of Art 
Rebecca Howarth collection was my personal favourite this year. I loved her use of volume and layers bringing some what of a more subtle collection to life. Her collection was mainly inspired by antiques and vintage clothing.

Carmina Blank - ESMOD Berlin
The collection had two opposing inspirations:
1) Manufactured perfect geometrical shapes - creating the structure of the garments
2) Natural - nude colours and wooden prints 
The contrast between both these inspiration points is what makes this collection so visually exciting and the reason why it's on my favourite list.

Anna Yates-Housley - Kingston 
Anna Yates-Housley collection was inspired by the dark side of anxiety disorder, Claustrophobia. Her aim was to create a powerful statement that showed the seriousness of this illness and how it can captivate ones body. This created a bold collection that one would not forget!

Lara Waghorn - Rochester 
Lara Waghorn was inspired by a trip aboard to Marrakesh. Translating her what she saw and experienced there in to mesmerising ethical prints.

GFW GOLDEN AWARD WINNER:  Lauren Smith - Edinburgh Collage of Art
Even though Lauren Smith was not my personal favourite I feel I have to mention her as she was the overall winner of GFW. Her inspiration was one of the most original ones; the physical object and it relationship to a sketchbook. Therefore paper clips, scribbles and book binding are enlarge and placed on garments to look out of proportion. 


Saturday, 15 June 2013

The Perfect Collaboration

Designer Georige Harding meets River Island 

Georgie Harding graduating from Parsons Paris School of Art and Design in 2008. Hardinge was awarded ‘the Golden Thimble’ for best designer for her graduate collection. Samsung then went on to choose her to create a one-off collection for their commercial that was aired worldwide. 

Her proflio rose due to celebrity fans include Florence and the Machine, Beyonce, Alicia Keys, Nelly Furtado, Lady Gaga, Erin O’Conner, Daisy Lowe, and Jessie J.

And now designing with River Island you can see why she so popular with the celebs.

What so bang on with this collection is that the clothes are totally wearable and not overly designed or overly priced like some of Topshop and H&M most famous collaborations. 

Topshop + Richard Nicoll - £75 - £350
Topshop + Mary Katrantzou - £50 - £350

H&M + Versace - £19.99 - £199.99

H&M + Maison Martin Margiela - £29.99 - £199.99

Don't get me wrong I love some of these pieces but when would you actually wear them...keeping in mind the average person who buy high street brands don't go to red carpets events? Also most teenagers or students who are Topshop and H&M majority market can't afford them anyway just making us more depressed as we are so close to having an designer brand but yet still so fare. 

So after that long rant here's Geogia Hardinge collection in limited stores NOW from only £30 - £80 that is totally wearable and lush!

          Shirt £40, Skirt £40                                                       Dress £60, Clutch £60

          Dress £80                                                                       Shirt £40, Maxi Skirt £60