On Friday evening I was asked to present the textiles award at Brighton University's runway show as part of graduate fashion week. Their show was held off schedule at Canary Wharf and the other 2 industry guests in attendance to hand out awards were Avsh Alom Gur and Julien Macdonald. I will spare details on this part as it was a very surreal experience. A fantastic and heart warming accolade to have been asked but a bit of a reminder that God did not invent me with personal-appearances in mind. Infact I actually looked like I had a degenerative disorder with how much my hands were shaking as I tried to open the envelope!
There were a few stand out collections:
Patrick Li - for his metallic applique, rivetting and actual lock-smith hardware incorporated into tailoring.
Hollie Maloney - For digital lines and soundwaves created with inverted panels in knitwear
Alice Burrow - Silver fractal panel accessories, graphic optical print and origami cut outs
James St.Jones - Fragile tape fabric, holographic lame and lace fringing.
Here is James with one of his coats that took 60 hours to make by backing the parcel tape onto calico before weaving the lines and assembling the pattern. Brighton University has incredible industry links with this year having placements at Bless, Viktor & Rolf, Jonathon Saunders, Proenza Shcouler, Vivienne Westwood, Hussein Chalayan, Marc Jacobs, Zandra Rhodes, Eley Kishimoto.............James who completed his placements at McQueen and Boudicca has entitled his collection is "Tragic Rabbit" .................
"Rabbits on white paper painted outgrow all charms against their breeding wild; & their rolled corn ears become horns. So watch out if the tragic life feels fine-caught in that rabbit trap all colours look like sunlight's swords & scissors like The Living Lord." - Stan Rice