Friday, 2 July 2010

London Graduates Fashion Week - late report:)

Well summer seems to be too busy for me. It is a bit stressfull though as my dissertation hasn't even been started:(
However there are far nicer things happening.I should probably start from the very beginning of June when I went to London to see the graduates' collections in Earls Court exhibitional centre. I was lucky enough to get the invitations from my superwiser (whom I can really upset next Tuesday as the dissertation is just....well). Anyway it was a very nice gesture:) I was amazed by the dimensions of the event! Sponsored by River Iseland, L’Oreal Professional, Renault, Marie Clair, GQ and many many others the event promised to be a sparkle! Throughout 4 days the tension was there and everyone was waiting till the last Gala Show where all "cream" from the fashion industry was meant to be present. But it was not about them really, it was about all these talented people who are well on their way to a success! This catwalk was their success. I have enjoyed every single collection and am proud of many graduates to be already known out there due to their distinct style and designs. Everything was done on such a professional level that I can understand the hezitations of judges when they were choosing the best collections.
We had our fingers crossed for Anna Lee from DeMontfront University whose collection with a distinct Chinese methology theme was probably one of the most noticable and different. Having had her internship within Alexander McQuenn Anna Lee absorbed the best from that experience. Dying on different textures of fabrics, absolutely unreal beautiful illustrations, striking accessories, even shoes wrapped in the same fabric made the whole collection such a complete masterpiece of hard work and creativity that no wonder Rankin fell into it and GFW ended up with a picture of a model in Anna's outfit straight in front of the main intrance:)
A small detail about Anna - she is Russian! 4 years ago she moved to the UK after doing a course in Saint Petersburg's State University of Textiles and Designs. Another important detail - this year GFW opened its doors to other foreign Universities among which there was this Saint Petersburg's State University of Textiles and Designs with one of Anna's teachers as a head who brough 5 wonderful collections by Russian students to showcase within GFW! And yes, they met :) After quite a long time...Lyubov Rubenyan was very proud of her former student to be the best in the UK. I myself was very touched:)

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Actually Anna was nominated for two main awards, which is a recognition of her talent anyway. However she was awarded with a prestigeuos award by Zandra Rhodes.
Before the final I came up to Anya and asked her what she want to do in the future. I remember she replied she needed to find a proper job because her parents who helped her throughout her studying let her know she should be funded herself (that made me feel quite sad as there is no guarantee all of these talented people will be able to find a "proper" job).

Anyway I am sure Anna will be very successful and I wish her all the best in her future carreer!
Can't wait to see her garments in best magazines!
But also I hope that Russian press and fashion community will pay more attention to those Russians who unlike many other "bad guys" bring so much respect to the country!

to be continued...

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