Graduate Show 2005
Going for Gold
7 June 2005, by David Hayes, Evening Standard
"The battle lines were drawn on the second day of Graduate Fashion Week. Just who would be in the running for River Island's Gold Award, to be handed out at the gala ceremony tomorrow?
The chances are that a student or two from our very own University of Westminster will make the final cut. Had the thought of the 20,000 prize money brought out the fighting spirit from the London college?
It certainly looked like it. Natalie Pond had opted for a military look - including heavily braided jackets, peaked caps and mirror shades.
Kelli Memory took the more romantic, but nonetheless deadly, "warrior princess" route - all thigh-high boots, stiff leather corsets and even a vicious-looking diamant sword.
Charlotte Woodley spaced out with a cyber-stormtrooper collection and Waisam Man went for an "urban terrorist" feel by topping off his raggy knits with black balaclavas. How lovely. Thankfully, it wasn't all hard-edged aggression at the Westminster show.
Ela Muderrisoglu's magic carpet ride of a collection mixed wicker candle holders, kilim rugs and crochet lace.
Kristy Millward ran up an equality exotic delight that mixed sheepskin with shaved fur and bronze taffeta.
But it was Jihye Yang who took the softly-softly approach to the limit. Jihye strung together kimonos out of tied together feather-filled cushions and scattered padded skirts with a patchwork of delicate florals.