Graduate Fashion Week is the largest student event of its kind. With over 40 universities coming together to celebrate their graduating classes, it’s a hub of creativity and fashion-loving students.
I was lucky enough to be one of those graduating, so I grabbed my camera and got snap-happy! Held at Earl’s Court 2 in London, Graduate Fashion Week (known to its friends as GFW) is the best place to go style spotting, with thousands of students, industry professionals and even the odd celebrity or two wearing the best of their wardrobes and taking in the atmosphere.
As it was such a beautiful day, I headed outside and caught ladies as they were passing by, soaking up the beautiful summer day.
These two girls caught my eye immediately- fellow graduates, they’ve been here every day and are rocking the neon floral trend, with an ever-so-cool punk edge. I particularly love the neon socks with Asian-inspired wooden sandals. I asked them what sprung to mind when they thought of charity shopping- “Inspirational and great for vintage finds” said Sophie (right). “Yeah, and it’s all for a good cause” agreed Emily.
I also met the lovely Jules Walker who was shocked when I asked to take her photo. “I’m the least cool of all my friends” she said with a giggle. Not at all!
I love her 60’s inspired playsuit and white Raybans. (Right) The knitted collar is an especially nice touch, and is so simple to make at home- a DIY collar can instantly lift any outfit.
To the left is the gorgeous Lollo Wilson, a second year student- Lollo’s vintage style is fabulous, with the polka-dot shirt matching the bright blue sky and complementing her gorgeous red lipstick.
The vintage look was predominant throughout the students at Graduate Fashion Week, with 60’s and 70’s inspired trends such as high-waisted trousers and cropped collared shirts being key features, undoubtedly making a appearance at this year’s summer festivals.
Leanne Warren, a 22 year old student is also joining the trend, with this bright, beautiful floral shirt, teamed with rolled up jeans and sparkly jelly shoes, that fabulous 90’s trend that is going to make a big come-back this summer.
And what is it that’s so great about visiting charity shops? “It’s great fun and you can always pick up a unique bargain” says Leanne. And we couldn’t agree more!
Graduate Fashion Week 2013 closed it’s doors yesterday, finishing in style with the world renown Gala Show, highlighting the best of talent from across the country and around the world. Don’t worry if you missed it- it’ll be back next year, bigger and better than ever!
We had so much fun- with the summer coming around the corner, we are really looking forward to more style spotting at this year’s UK festivals! Make sure you come and find us at the Oxfam Pop Up Shop- hitting festivals around the UK including Isle of Wight, Glastonbury, Latitude and Bestival. For the full list, visit our earlier post here.
See you there!