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With the buzz around Graduate Fashion Week’s fresh talent showing no signs of buzzing out, UCA Rochester did not disappoint in a deliverance that showcased confidence and an immense amount of variety from fashion design, print, and atelier graduates in both menswear and womenswear.

It began with a Brecht inspired setting, two low key light bulbs and a single male model stood at the start of the catwalk. Two guys wearing lab coats dressed him whilst the crowd observed in complete silence with only faded whispers of anticipation being heard. Once the thumping music played the show kick-started with Daniel Holliday’s boat voyage inspired looks coming first. Big structure-like carefully panelled carcasses in shades of bright green conceptualised his idea.

Suzanne Graham impressed with her genderless collection inspired by ‘The Beggar Prince’, a true story of a homeless man in China. Her garments consisted of heavy layering of different styles, patterns, and fabrics and unconventional lengths successfully creating a casual unisex bohemian-chic look.

A darker group of designs came from Marianne Sorensen who with mixed media translated the misery and desperation of women during WW2 into her garments. Mixing all black leathers, tweed silk, and cotton linens whilst draping them, helped achieve a ragged feeling that perfectly depicted the poverty conditions experienced by these women.

Meanwhile flower prints were out in full force, Annie Mae Harris in particular showing a summery girly collection with lots of see-through and printed silk fabrics depicting delicate elements of nature.

Callum Burman stood out with his super-hip menswear collection. Inspired by Miami Vice and city’s coasts art-deco architecture, his simple but trendy collection with a colour palette of pinks and light blues boasted a sense of coolness that no doubt we will be witnessing men sport during the summer, that’s if the sun ever decides to pop out again.

Still riding high from their Graduate Fashion Week Gold Award in 2009 by alumni Myrto Samou, UCA Rochester proved once again their commitment to quality fashion designs.

– Walter Ugarkovic 

– Catwalk images Paul Harness

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