Fashion has always been about art, a way to express oneself and the things that you take in around you. The way one looks in and the way one reaches out. Designing is all part of this and University of Brighton fashion students made no exception in their showcases.
The talent of students was obvious, with every collection having its own individual mood and of course, style. The clothes were more than just ‘fashion’, (that word has just too many connotations to be lamely thrown in; hell even a scrunchie could be called fashion.)
The show opened with Naomi Jane Foot’s collection, a Woven Textiles student. Foot was inspired by the ecosystem therefore her designs were of an effortless structure, simple white mini-dresses, clean but yet contaminated with necklines embroidered decoratively with flowers.
From our knitted textiles students, Seana Redmond wanted to slow down a moving moment whilst capturing it in the essence of time. Her showcase had models dressed in dreamy, luxurious textured wool (the kind of softness that makes you want to snuggle up on the sofa!) This was teamed with a light, silk, sheen skirt.
Both Laura Gokhale and Katie Noden maximised the fabulousness of tassels in their collections, where, in Gokhale’s case, black tassels were attached to the shoulders of a striped t-shirt.
Layering came to a head with dresses from Dawn Ellams – one piece of printed fabric on top of another to create light and summery chiffon dinner dresses. Ellams was not the only designer to channel layering, and quite rightly so, as layering is ideal for our current climate. (Oh the English weather, darling!) However, it is important to note that you do need to know what you are doing, otherwise the danger is that you will end up looking like that bag lady who appears to have gone to a 50p per-item jumble sale and put on as much that £20 could buy.
Men’s fashion was practical yet outlandish, with jumpers, trousers, and brogues dominating the catwalk. David Teffer designed clothes for men that men always look sleek and sharp good in! Sharp cut trousers and caps and brogues; and also the most brilliant, but shapeless jumper I have ever seen! (Never has shapeless looked so, er, in shape.)
A little further afield, Aleksandra Burdzy was influenced by pre-war Jewish ready-to wear designs in Berlin, which had been influenced by Paris Couture. The result was very glamorous, but very modest. Clothes were in deep rich blues and maroons and decorated with lavish accessories.
Amy Gibson’s collection was almost spooky. The clothes were ghost like; swish coats that looked like they could be worn by surgeons, or the ghoul that visits you late at night. Teamed with dark eyes and structured hair, the look was put together with great precision.
Then along came something deathly and dark. Julius Arthur’s collection had models dressed as animal huntresses with bird beak clutches and head pieces. The designs were original and imaginative, receiving a clapping ovation as the models appeared on the runway.
Of course the designers above are just a taster of what pure awesomeness is out there, and in no means do I think this is the last you will be hearing of any of them. For sure, we are one lucky city, for we get stuff a little bit edgy, a little bit new and still, thank God, a little of old. So while we have London at a familiarly close distance, and while EasyJet offer us flights to see the wonders of the world; right now, in this beautiful moment in time, we don’t need nufink like that, thank you. Brighton has got fashion, and fashion has got you.