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Westminster Fashion Design graduates present new collections at London Fashion Week

Fashion 21 September 2018

London Fashion Week 2018

A group of recent graduates and alumni from the Fashion Design BA Honours course at the University of Westminster showed their collections for Spring and Summer 2019 at this year’s London Fashion Week.

Paolo Carzana, who graduated this year, was selected to show as part of the Challenge The Fabric runway show on Thursday night. He presented an extended version of his graduate collection including new outfits created using viscose, as an alternative fabric that has excellent sustainability. He was also chosen by the British Fashion Council to show his collection in the London Showrooms after being selected by American Vogue journalist Sarah Mower.

On Friday, Emma Charles, a Fashion Design alumna who graduated in 2014, showed her new collection in the DiscoveryLAB. Emma created a fantastical tableau of models sat at a long table peeling a huge pile of red apples. Her collection featured tulle skirts, satin gowns, and feather embellishments.

Ashley Williams, who graduated in 2012, presented her collection in front of an expert panel that included Pixie Geldof, Alice Dellal and Daisy Lowe. Katie Ann McGuigan, a 2016 graduate, then presented her work at the London Film Museum. The collection was a mix of her signature bold prints mixed with organza and crepe de chine, accessorised with bomber jackets and sweatshirts covered with motifs inspired by her brother, sports star Ciaran McGuigan.

Menswear designer Liam Hodges, who graduated in 2011, held a launch party for his new collaboration with Boiler Room’s platform LOW HEAT and the launch of an exclusive collection available to purchase at London Fashion Week.

On Saturday, Markus Lupfer created a series of indoor sand dunes within the Georgian rooms of Somerset House as part of his Spring and Summer 2019 collection. His work included floral printed chiffon dresses mixed with pleated and sequined skirts, finished with cropped metallic leather jackets.

The final day of London Fashion Week included the runway debut for Roberta Einer, a 2015 graduate, who exhibited her collection at the British Fashion Council show space in Strand. Her collection featured washed out denims, dusky blue dresses and embroidery-encrusted dresses, inspired by a trip she took to Morocco.

Professor Andrew Groves, Course Director for the BA Fashion Design course, said: “It’s been fantastic to see so many of our alumni showing their work at London Fashion Week, with such a variety of aesthetics and styles, from graduates that only left us three months ago to those that are now building successful fashion brands and selling to boutiques across the world.”

Find out more about the BA Fashion Design course at Westminster.

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