Ghost Light – A Look at Sheffield Hallam's Graduate Fashion Show
When the likes of Deborah Nadoolman (fashion designer for classic music vid Thriller donchano) stops off to make her only live appearance for your students, you know you must be doing something right, and Sheffield Hallam's Fashion Design BA course is an increasingly eyecatching highlight of the city's fashion wardrobe.
This year's graduate fashion show – entitled ' Third Edition ' – wasn't quite zombie chic, but there was plenty of gasps and ghostly lines to check out at their thrilling graduate show recently. With cracking seats right next to the official photographers, I came away truly inspired by what I had seen. Here’s a rundown of some of the collections which caught my eye…
I LOVED the minimalism of Aimee’s collection, paired with retro sunglasses and plenty of attitude. Working with layers and oodles of white, Aimee’s set was one of the first onto the catwalk and definitely made some waves.
LOUISE HAMILTON and VICTORIA ENDACOTT
Menswear was in healthy numbers this year, and Louise’s prints caught my attention straight away. I am all for androgyny and sharing wardrobes with your other half, so this industrial printed jumper leapt right to the top of my wishlist.
Victoria’s floral and sheer concoctions made me desperately yearn for festival season. Unusual and yet still wearable, the all in one pieces just like this one look incredibly easy to throw on and set you right for muddy Glastonbury weather.
KERRY RICHARDSON and ROSIE WILKINSON
This white pleated dress with scallop detailing caught my eye as one of the few ensembles I would wear all by itself. I think we can all appreciate the artistry of an abstract piece on the catwalk, but it is almost more of a challenge to create something as beautiful AND as wearable as this.
Rosie’s socks and heels combination had the FROW’s hearts all of a flutter, with spectacular light shade hats and nostalgic pattern adding to the impact. I loved this modern take on a time gone by, and millinery is notoriously tricky and so the bravery impressed me as well as the results.
I think I speak for many of the audience when I say that Chelsey’s collection was one of my favourites. I actually heard onlookers gasp at the sight of this floaty and ethereal collection. With the simplicity of the drapes and the intricacy of the headpieces, I couldn’t take my eyes off the catwalk for one moment.
For more information on Third Edition and all the designers I've looked at, check out the Third Edition Twitter feed here.