Last night I attended this year’s Graduate Fashion Week Gala & Awards Show and was introduced to 25 of the hottest graduate fashion designers from across the country in a spectacular showcase that featured womenswear, menswear, and knitwear collections that were sometimes a little quirky, all exquisitely crafted, and all ones to watch for the future.
On the night the coveted George Gold Award, which comes with £20,000 prize to kick-start a designer’s career and a chance to design a collection for George at Asda, went to the incredible Lauren Smith from Edinburgh College of Art for her cute paperclip-adorned collection inspired by unfinished sketches and doodles in artists’ notebooks.
I just loved the whimsical nature of her illustrations, which appeared in blue, white and yellow printed and appliquéd onto leather and cotton on skirts, jackets, trousers and dresses in her impressive six-piece collection.
On Smith’s collection, French fashion designer and one of the judges Roland Mouret said:
“It’s quite nice to give the prize to someone who has the personality to match the techniques used in their collection. When we saw Lauren’s pieces and then met her in person it was clear that her collection as a whole was an extension of herself, which I think is important. The personality of the designer has to be linked to their clothing – there has to be a connection between the two for it to be believable and I think we found that in Lauren.”
I really can’t wait to see more from Lauren, as anyone who uses stationery in their collections gets my vote, I absolutely want that paperclip dress and skirt.