EXCLUSIVE| Fashion Scout Graduate Showcase Designers Confirmed
Fashion Scout can now announce the SS15 Graduate Showcase complete line-up.
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, Judith Tolley of CFE, stylist Rebekah Roy and Fashion Scout Director Martyn Roberts. This season's completed line up is made up of 11 Graduates, who include: Anita Hirlekar; Camilla Grimes; Charlotte Knowles; Emma Hardstaff; Grace Weller; Holly Jayne Smith; James Kelly; Luke Bullen; Ondrej Adamek; Rebecca Swann and Quoi Alexander.
A launch pad for new graduate talent, the Graduate Showcase during Fashion Scout is a platform to raise the profile of recently graduated emerging talent. Following Graduate Fashion Week, Fashion Scout is one of the first places to see the very best new UK Graduates and will take place in Fashion Scout's venue at the Freemasons’ Hall in Covent Garden during London Fashion Week.
Grace Weller from Bath Spa University (above) was announced as the GFW 2014 Gold Award winner with Philip Treacy OBE presenting the Award to Grace during GFW.
Anita Hirlekar's, previous designer of the Vogue X Muuse collaboration, collection included complex textural architecture which was balanced beautifully by the simple bold stokes of colour throughout.
Charlotte Knowles' collection saw dark, structured gowns offset with ethereal, sheer chiffon and thousands of tiny pins to create a picture of dark creatures. She graduated from the London College of Fashion.
Emma Hardstaff, having previously studied at Edinburgh University, won the David Band Textiles Award at GFW. Now, having completed her Masters’ at the Royal College of Art in London, she will show her latest collection as part of the Graduate Showcase.
Rebecca Swann of Nottingham Trent University (above) 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 is a designer with a huge interest in the strange, dreamy and ambiguous in which his collections include explorations of texture and shape.
Camilla Grimes was awarded the Creative Catwalk Award by Not Just A Label’s Stefan Siegal during GFW 2014 for her giant pink jackets and amazing faux fur pieces.
Luke Bullen, LCF graduate's collection contains delicate white sheets with unfinished hems, with the models’ faces only just visible underneath these unique creations. His collection combine a mix of the ethereal and the dark.
Ondrej Adamek produces colourful, origami-like creations that often tower above his models' heads or obstruct 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, produces collections that work with an array of pieces made from woven neon ribbons, coiled tape and net.
And lastly, Holly Jayne Smith from Birmingham City University featured high hats and bold prints along with monochrome stripes and cut-out details throughout GFW 2014. An aesthetic she's sure to bring to the Graduate Showcase.
By Lauren West
Images, courtesy of the designers