Graduate Fashion Week 2012: Edinburgh College of Art

Edinburgh College of Art has an international reputation as one of the most successful art colleges in Europe. Their Fashion programme nurtures the creativity and professional skills of tomorrow’s designers where they’re regularly employed within the fashion industry and have won several of the education sector’s leading awards. This year alone they have worked with Michael Kors, Johnston’s of Elgin, Hancock, National Galleries of Scotland, All Walks Beyond the Catwalk and the British Alpaca Society.

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JACOB BIRGE

This sci-fi collection, based on the relationship between humans and computers, was full of futuristic ensembles with striking silhouettes, structured shoulders and mesh head pieces.

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RAJ MISTRY

Casual, practical and fun anoraks were the main feature of this collection. Eye catching colours and alternative cropped styles gave a modern twist to the collection while zip and pipping detailed jeans and simple t-shirts worn beneath kept things classically cool.

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BRYONY GRANT

This collection reworked the popular metallic trend in an elegantly graceful way with full length teared skirts and draping, mixed with alternative tailoring with pussy bow details and large laser cut metal jewellery.

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EVA NG

This dark collection was all about modern tailoring. The simple colour palette included greys, black with a punch of red; skirts were full with tops and jackets fitted, while sleeves were draped and took on the form of capes.

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FARAH SAFFARI

Inspired by the fragility of life and memories, Saffari explored modern lightweight knitwear to produce a delicate and enchanting collection consisting of sheer layers and subtle embroidery. Very romantic and feminine in a light pastel palette.

 

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COLIN OLIPHANT

This collection was made up of smart and fresh mens tailoring in white and pale grey shades. Lines were smooth with collarless shirt while jacket hems were curved and buttonless.

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JACQUELINE McLARDIE

Using the prong designs of fellow student Kerri White, McLardie combined soft nature inspired prints with bold structured leather to create five looks with classic silhouettes, modern twists and detailing.

 

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AINSLIE HOGG

Hogg layered, ruched, pleated and knotted a variety of pastel, metallic and bold coloured fabrics to produce a bold yet soft look. Fitted tops and classic shirt collars with the occasional appearance of baroque gave the collection a smarter edge whilst furry and high-necked ruffled collars were fun and cute.

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NICOLA DAVIDSON

With obvious western and aztec influences, Davidson showed us the ultimate way to wear beading. Leather jackets, high-waisted miniskirts and dresses all had sections of intricate beaded embroidery. Worn with skinny jeans, comfy knitted jumpers and loosely worn jackets, this was the ultimate laid back cool.

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KATARZYNA KRZYWANIA

Despite being created using traditional techniques such as copious amounts of applique and more modern panelling this collection come across incredibly futuristic and modern thanks to Krzywania’s use of modern high-tech fabrics.

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DAN WILLIAM JAMES PRASAD

Modern men’s tailoring was the focus of this collection with layered jackets and smart straight leg trousers made from dark fabrics with a pearlescent quality.

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KATIE BREMNER

Bremner’s collection was a world of love hearts and fringing. Loose fitting tops and dresses were consumed by layers of pastel fringing and love hearts appliqued across chests and backs to create a look so sweet it was reminiscent of the My Little Pony toys we all cherished as children.

 

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MARIE LEIKNES

This collection pushed the boundaries of knitwear with dresses, scarves, snoods and shawls layered heavily to create abnormal proportions and silhouettes. A mixture of bold and bright colours such as red, green, blue and red made this collection pop.

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LYNDSAY McNEILL

McNeill took on smart womenswear in her graduate collection. Using a subtle striped fabrics with soft cream and beige she created several masculine tailored yet soft outfits with form and line being of foremost importance.

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RIONA HORROX

This ‘Jack the Lad’ collection was bold, exuberant and oozed confidence, through not only the presentation but also through the collections concept. Voluminous B-boy jeans and puffy bomber jackets strutted down the catwalk matched with furs and bold prints.

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LOUISE BENNETTS

Inspired by the fragmented buildings facades of Siena, Bennet layered sheer fabrics to create futuristic utilitarian shapes in shads of coral, mustard and grey accompanied by flew wire detail evoking images of post-apocalypic building sites. Overall a soft and dreamy collection.

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EMMA HARDSTAFF

Hardstaff’s collection was an explosion of texture across voluminous shapes and silhouettes. Soft plush fabrics were used that added even further to the voluminous shapes of coats and skirts, in pastels metallic shades of pink, blue and purple. Each outfit was accompanied by a pink twisted structure worn on each models head, like blooming flowers.

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Article by Kate Sinclair

Photography by Jack Grange