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Winchester School of Art: Best in show


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It's no secret how much we loved and enjoyed this years Graduate Fashion Week - it's a great way to get an insight into the best young designers in the UK (and across the globe!) However, not all universities showcase their work at GFW, instead choosing to do independent shows.

One particular university whose work caught our eye was Winchester School of Art (part of The University of Southampton). Their show was a display of some serious talent - so we've picked our favourites and we're going to give you the run-down of the designers to watch. 

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1. Rosie Caldwell 

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It was a trip to the wild west for designer Rosie Caldwell, who sent her models down the catwalk clad in western boots and cowboy hats. Light blue and denim were a big theme, echoing back to the typical cowboy uniform seen in the southern American states.

Contrasting with the masculine theme, she used soft feminine cuts and flouncy sleeves. The addition of the saddlebags was also very on brand - yeehaw

Follow Rosie on Instagram: @_rosie_ro

2. Rebecca Hudson

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Pink and tulle were big themes in Rebecca Hudson's show, perhaps a homage to a certain uber-stylish female assassin? Typically 'girly' dresses and fabrics were juxtaposed with chunky dad-style trainers for a real 2019 take on feminity in fashion. 

Subtle florals and flocked tulle were teamed with crochet knits - the perfect summer collection.

Follow Rebecca on Instagram: @becky__hudson

3. Ellis Chen

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The catwalk was awash with crimson for Ellis Chen's collection. Femme Fatales dressed head-to-toe in red was a break from the lighter palettes of the other designers. Tulle was also a huge part of the collection, making it clear that is the fabric we're going to need in our wardrobes this year.

The commitment to the red theme even went into the makeup look, with the models sporting ruby red pouts - Alexa: play Lady in Red.

Follow Ellis on Instagram: @exyc_studio

4. Dzhansel Alil

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It was an array of ice-cream inspired colours for Dzhansel Alil. Sheer striped fabrics were teamed with white bralets and exaggerated sleeves. Each look was finished off with a pair of chunky PU white sandals, another designer who chose to mix and match big footwear with traditionally soft and sweeping cuts. 

A sugary soft rainbow of looks wouldn't look out of place on Margate seafront with a 99. 

Follow Dzhansel on Instagram: @dzhus.conceptual.wear

5. Isabella Journeaux

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Last, but by no means least, was Isabella Journeaux, who bought some serious Hollywood glamour to the catwalk. Ruffled gowns in jewel tones were teamed with crowns and huge sunglasses (that could be straight out of Elton John's wardrobe!) The whole collection gave off Elie Saab vibes, which is no mean feat for a graduate collection.

We'll be expecting to see the red carpet full of Journeaux designs by 2023! 

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These are just five of the incredible collections showcased by Winchester School of Art. The BA fashion design students are brimming with talent, so we're so excited to see what the future holds for these young designers!

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