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Nottingham Trent University’s students showed variation and skill at Graduate Fashion Week 2015

Hailing from a University with over 40 years of industry experience, Nottingham Trent’s students upheld their reputation at GFW 2015. Students on the NTU BA Fashion Design course can choose to specialise in knitwear. NTU’s students demonstrated those skills and many more on the catwalk.

Daichi Togawa opened the show with a space themed womenswear collection. Using metallic fabrics and chrome colour scheme, Togawa chose to focus on outerwear. The shapes created a puffed up, spaceman silhouette. An infusion of pastel yellows helped distance the pieces from their original inspiration, bringing space down to earth and suitable for the high street.

All images by Mary Moir



A concoction of patterns formed the centre of Naomi Kleeli’s collection. Striped, marbled and barked effects were knitted and woven into her separates. The colour palette went from black and white, to earthy tones. Silhouettes, ranged from streamlined to loose fitting. The collection was simple but cleverly accessorised, with rolled up towels in the marble patterned fabric. Kleeli’s pieces were wearable, yet the charm and sophistication of the prints gave it an edge.

Yvonne Yao also chose a clean colour scheme. Her menswear collection featuring whites, blues and oranges, was made up of coats, jackets, trousers and shirts. Yao was clever in her use of print. Using a horizontal tile format on some of her pieces. This was effective, understated, yet appealing.


Yao paired her models with clear plastic boxes, carried like clutch bags. This added to the rectilinear theme of the collection. A simple design, executed with a high degree of accuracy.

A rainbow of coloured flowers glowed from Lauren Anderson’s collection. The floral patterns were present on prints, frills and headbands. Each outfit used similar techniques and styles but achieved a different effect each time due to the variety of silhouettes. Lauren Anderson demonstrated beautiful techniques in her treatment of sheer material, often difficult to manipulate.

Romy Pollard also played with sheer material and challenged the use of knit in this complex collection. The stand out aspect of Pollard’s collection was the intricate use of diagonal directions, creating patterns through layering.


Consisting of mostly dresses, Pollard’s charcoal palette showed the layering effect well. The collection demonstrated elegance and precision.

Rachel Siggee’s collection was the penultimate to show. As with many collections this year, the colour palette for her loose fitting menswear was monochromatically grey. Featuring a wide range of traditional garments the collection’s distinctive trait was the giant and beautiful face printed on the fronts and the backs of jackets and shirts. The pieces were constructed with a close attention to detail. Every trouser edge and coat sleeve draped evenly. It was an effective and creative design.

Whilst the styles of collections present by Nottingham Trent Students at GFW 2015 ranged from simple to wild, they were put together with a great attention to detail.




Written by Safah Ahmed

Safah Ahmed

Safah Ahmed is a student at the London College of Fashion, studying MA Fashion Media Practice and Criticism. She has always had a passion for creativity, and channels this through her love for writing about fashion. She hopes to pursue a career in fashion writing and criticism, in the future.