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Graduate Fashion Week: The top trends from Day 1


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This week in Shoreditch, Graduate Fashion Week has been showcasing the very best of young design talent.

A few certain trends really stood out throughout the catwalk shows and the exhibition halls.

We're going to take you through the top six trends from the first day at GFW, and how to introduce them into your everyday wardrobe. 



Left: Sophia Parkinson Right: Zijing Wang (both UCLAN)


The classic black and white colour combination is an absolute fail-safe. Designers at GFW such as Sophia Parkinson and Zijing Wang put their own creative twist on the colour scheme by using it on exaggerated shapes, ruffles and delicate embroidery.

This is probably the easiest trend to work into your everyday wardrobe, look to high street shops such as Zara and Mango which do great Monochrome pieces with a modern edge.




Rose Conner - UCLAN

The return of the 1980’s has meant one trend, in particular, was dominating the catwalks at GFW. Ruffles. Think Princess Diana meets Joan Collins in Dynasty.

The bigger and more ostentatious the better. Stores like Topshop and Zara have been great leaders in the 80’s revival, have a look in store to find a ruffle piece that would make even Alexis Colby jealous.


Rainbow Brights


Left: Georgia McClennon (UCLAN) Right: Rose Dutton (Portsmouth)

If monochrome isn’t your thing then rainbow brights also dominated the catwalks at GFW. Think clashing primary colours and rainbow stripes... the brighter the better!

Places like ASOS and Missguided do bright colours really well, and have so many different options! Go for an all coloured outfit if you’re brave enough, or team a bright striped top with classic denim for a more wearable look.




Left: Amelia Russell (Leeds University of Art) Right: Coral Derfurt (Cambridge School of Art)

Slogans have been huge for the past few years in the fashion world, and GFW was no different. We saw embroidered from versions with tongue in cheek phrases to full-on political statements covering the entire backs of garments.

The high street does slogan tee’s really well, and budget brands like H&M and New Look are a great place to look for that little injection of a statement in your wardrobe.




Alexandra Terris (Solent University)

Metallics seem to come back every year with the festival season, and GFW was a sea of shimmering colours and crazy sequins. As with the 80’s trend we mentioned earlier; when it comes to metallics... more really is more.

Boohoo and Missguided do great metallic pieces... so grab the glittery boots and snap up that sequined cape because it’s time to update your wardrobe.


Graduate Fashion Week 2018 is taking place at the Old Truman Brewery between 3rd and 6th June. The National Student will be reporting from the event daily - see all our coverage here.



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