Last night we headed to the Graduate Fashion Week Gala, hosted by Henry Holland and Zara Martin, to check out the best new talent emerging from fashion colleges. There was a breadth of work from innovative white latex to men in pink kilts to explosive double denim.
We perched alongside the likes of Caggie Dunlop, Suzy Menkes, David Gandy, Mary Katrantzou, rapper Eve and central Saint Martin's Louise Wilson to watch the six-piece collections from young fashion talent. Sadly VB who slipped into Earls Court with Burberry boy Romeo last night to give a top secret talk with Colin McDowell to 300 graduates didn't make her way to the FROW.
To see the bright young fashion things, take a look through the gallery above and check out our highlights and the list of winners below...
Lauren Smith from Edinburgh College of Art won the George Gold Award
You might not know her work just yet, but Lauren Smith is THE girl to watch out for as she picked up the main award for her whimsical yellow, white and blue collection. The imaginative six piece collection featured dreamlike prints, appliquéd blue paperclips and an assortment of fabrics from leather to tulle. The collection was all about the imagination as it was inspired by sketchbooks and brought doodles to life. Roland Mouret described her work as 'emotional,' with her true personality radiating through her clothes. Smith won the opportunity to work on a capsule collection with event sponsor George, plus £20,000 to help launch her fashion career. Now how can we get our paws on a Lauren Smith molded frock?
Hannah Williams from UCA Epsom won the Womenswear Award
Todd Lynn presented Hannah Williams with the womenswear award for her achingly cool (literally) collection which cleverly used white and pastel latex. Judge Cathy Edwards of Dazed & Confused said: 'We thought that Hannah’s collection was extremely original very photogenic, modern and innovative using great new techniques in fabric innovation which can be seen through accessories and shoes.' Hannah also picked up the Innovation Award earlier this week. Who knew white latex could be so wearable?
Kirandeep Bassan from Northampton University won the Zandra Rhodes Textiles Award
Kirandeep Bassan was handed the Zandra Rhodes Textiles award by the pink haired lady herself, for her collection which featured bright screen printing and extreme layering. We were rather impressed by the bold, vibrant trains draping down the catwalk.
The menswear award was handed to Shauni Douglas & Olivia Creber from Edinburgh College of Art for their playful collection which contrasted tailoring with seriously long moustaches. The judges, including David Gandy, said of the collection: 'From concept to catwalk the quality and finish of this collection was of an exceptionally high standard. Shauni and Olivia demonstrated an ability to play with proportion which is most unusual for BA graduates. This collection showed a really strong visual concept and superb craftsmanship - our vote was unanimous!'
The Stuart Peters visionary knitwear award went to Thea Saunders of Nottingham Trent for her innovative but professional and highly technical collection which the judges described as Chloe meets Marni.
Plus Hilary Alexander presented her fellow 'front row veteran' fashion journalist Suzy Menkes, of the International Herald Tribune, with the Lifetime Achievement Award. But that doesn't mean she's slowing down any time soon, as Suzy joked that she has plenty still left on her fashion bucket list.
See the award winning collections and a selection of the other looks which showed at the Graduate Fashion Week 2013 gala in the gallery above...