We proudly presented Fashion Awareness Direct (FAD)'s Junior Fashion Awards and show as the final show of Fashion Scout SS14. Partnered with George, the initiative which gives 16-19 years old the support, guidance and opportunities to develop their creative design talents. The panel were blown away by the standard this season and particularly praised the interpretation of the 'London Fashion Capital of the World' brief. 

Olivia Till presented the first look on the catwalk. Exaggerated shoulders and a clash of primary colours were off-setted by a sponge printed asymmetric skirt in muted hues.

Molly Camara showcased a street luxe inspired grey tracksuit with a twist - jogging bottoms and a cape style top with printed panels in orange green and red hues.

Tihara Smith took inspiration from the inner-city borough Notting Hill, her crisp white dress had a flared skirt with a dark hexagonal design. Teamed with dark tights, the outfit was fresh, clean and contemporary. Grey wedges completed the look. 

Rochelle Nicholas Bastien designed a colour pop edged printed capelet dress, the rainbow dripped down her look in a linear formation.

Gloria Iyare created a vibrant interpretation of her London surroundings. The eighteen year old LeSoCo, Lewisham student created a sunny yellow fringed jacket that created shape and brought life to the catwalk.

Anas Lachgar presented a menswear look featuring panels in earth tones ,contrasting with the navy palette in this sportswear look which included a hooded sweater and trousers.

Melissa Absalud Abdalla's Camden Lock inspired design, a black parka style shirt dress was completed with neon pink zips and a drawstring waist. A tiger motif on the back resonated of the street art found on the streets of Camden.

Sarah Simpson's design was innovative and hip - a hot panted body suit, with slouchy oversized denim on top and a Peter Pan inspired collar.

Prendergast Hillyfields College student Nell Downes took inspiration from Brick Lane and created a beaituful contrasting purple dress. Worn by model Jutta, the dress had a contrasting collar and diamond pattern on the lower half. Nell’s creation even earned her the Research and Interpretation Award- congratulations Nell!

Zahra Khatouli went with perfectly formed fringed outwear for her look. Classic tailoring was updated with unusual embellishment.

Fellow LeSoCo student, Nhung Le Thi Hong, is just sixteen years old and made quite the impression with the judge panel. Winning the illustration award- her concise, mature and talented drawings impressed at Freemasons’ Hall. Exaggerated silhouettes and an aspect of natural greenery were translated from the illustrations into her collection.

It was Yosana de Ceita Rodrigues Leal’s hand painted techniques that wowed the judges who awarded her with the pattern cutting award, for her intricate use of panelling in an inspired gown.

Designer Rebecca George showcased a refined execution of her modern take on a retro inspired 60s A-line dress, with the juxtaposition of a hanging chain below, giving it a punk edge.

Migena Kola's bold military inspired look was given feminine touches with embellished epaulettes and sequined racing stripes trousers.

Naiomi, who picked up the Design Innovation Award, showcased a black ruched evening dress with exaggerated, angular shoulders, mesh inserts and a red underlayer.

Hannah Tasane had Carnaby Street in mind when designing her outfit, as worn by model Caroline. The outfit consisted of a smart grey dress, accessorised with a skinny orange belt and topped off with a quirky patchwork jacket. Smart black heels finished off the look.

Jayden Yankey's onyx jumpsuit was the epitome of sophistication; mix media detailing and perfect cutting.

Claudia Teixeira Ferreia integrated a graphic alphabet print to her monochrome mini dress. Fullness and a dipped hem completed the cinched feminine silhouette.

A monochrome jumpsuit highlighted with metallic accents from young designer Lily Southin gave a look that was both highly feminine yet subtly androgynous.  

Last but certainly not least, Beau Scarlett Pitt ended the FAD show and Fashion Scout’s SS14 season with a show stopping design. Beau demonstrated a mature approach to the theme by offering a sophisticated multi-layered creation, with an opulent choice of fabrics, skilfully crafted together to form a dramatic finish. 

The following students were commended with the stated accolades:

The award of illustration - Nguni Le Thi Hong
The award for design innovation - Naomi Brady
The award for pattern cutting - Toscana de Ceita

Beau Scarlett Pitt was announced the winner, overwhelmed by the moment she thanked FAD for the the opportunities they give young people, "you're amazing!"

FAD and George closed the show by announcing that they are launching a mentoring scheme, more details to follow shortly. 

Blog post written by all Fashion Scout writers
Photography by Jamike Latif, @JamikeLatif