Salford Front

Construction and creativity shine through

A focus on craftsmanship was noticeable in the work from students at University of Salford Manchester, showing at Graduate Fashion Week 2015. The majority of students created carefully constructed collections, with a strong attention to detail. The runway order listed the companies where each graduate had done a placement year. From Sibling to Amanda Wakeley, students are given the opportunity to practice their skills in the industry before they graduate.

Maria Phillippou’s menswear collection drew inspiration from the animal world. The initial focal point was the masks worn by the models, for styling purposes. Each matched the animal drawn on the to the garment. The cut of trousers, jumpers, shirts and jackets were traditional. However, the intricate way in which Philppou used patterns and print placement on these items demonstrated creativity and sophistication. A tone on tone palette of pastel pinks, powder blues and jungle greens added a further element of fun.

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Jessica Walker obviously had fun with her work too. She created a neon sportswear collection with a wide variety of pieces, from shorts, to jumpers and jackets too. The outerwear was loose fitted and made from mesh and translucent fabrics. This allowed us to see beneath, to the more figure-hugging crop tops and swimwear. The stand out piece of Walker’s collection was the blue and yellow coat, shown last. It mixed a broad number of fluorescent fabrics, from mesh to fur, to create a hooded number, too cool for my borough.

The collection of Shaunnah Timm focused on technique. Peplum tops, and wide leg trousers were the centre of her work, creating a relaxed silhouette. A heavy fabric blue dress stood out. Shaunnah used vertical layers on this ensemble, tying them with a waistband, creating an accentuated hourglass silhouette.


 

Foteini Traka explored silhouettes in her collection. She created a number of differently cut skirts. This allowed for a rounded and feminine shape. Traka also ventured with textures and prints in her pieces too. She opted for baroque sleeves in some pieces, and snakeskin in others, showing the depth of her range. The icing on the cake however were the headbands, shaped like a small bouquet flowers, flourishing from the heads of each model.

Georgie Wood demonstrated how to mix prints for a beautifully understated result. She took inspiration from leaves of grass and palm and included vivid green prints of the pants in her jackets, skirts and trousers. The collection was styled with pots of the plants stuck into the pockets. These looked natural, and worked nicely when paired with simpler garments, such as a simple white top or jacket.


 

She also used horizontal stripes on trousers and a jacket, and paired these with simply cut overcoats and trousers.

Amy Lee Ryan’s adorable childrenswear collection hogged the limelight. Her pieces were straightforward in their design, consisting of shirts, dresses and jackets, all using pastel pinks, greys and whites. Featuring effective detailing, the pieces were well made. The styling was clever too. Tall crowns, pointed hats and helium filled balloons holding long hood ears high elongating the silhouettes. Ryan showed clever choices which showed off her pieces well.

Students showing at GFW 2015 from Salford University demonstrated skills that the industry is looking for: an understanding of garment construction, quality of making and attention to detail.


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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.

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