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Lily Mason was fourth to take to the catwalk at the Nottingham Trent show this Graduate Fashion Week. Her collection is quintessentially country, and what with the unseasonal showers persisting outside, all observers were notably longing for Mason’s woven fabrics, belted silhouettes and secretarial frames. Practicality and style has always been an equation that bodes well with the fashionable minds that matter after all.

Rather appropriatley, outerwear is still having a moment on the fashion circuit and as it would appear, menswear designer Stacey Bevan has a desire to carry on this wardrobe essential. Boys and men everywhere will surely want to snap up her canary yellow rain coat before pairing it up with her knitted hats and beanies – complete with bobbles I might add.

Florence Bridge took it upon herself to subtly up the ante as she unveiled a foxy collection of midnight blues, sea splashed patterns and barely there, sequin encrusted upper wear. Taking us from the catwalk and onto the sandy sun kissed beaches, Florence Bridge has got us all excited about this year’s summer holidays as well as next year’s beachside ensembles.

Outspoken fun and captivating colours  were chosen to bring it all to an end. Dae Byn Lee and her ostentatious collection of ladylike garments caught each set of hungry eyes that anxiously observed the last collection of the show. Inspired by the Orient, Lee has given all women a seemingly effortless answer to that age old predicament of  a “closet full of clothes and yet nothing to wear.”

– Rebecca Austin

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