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GFW 25: Arts University Bournemouth

Emerging Designers Fashion Fashion Design Graduate Fashion Week

Arts University Bournemouth AUB Graduate Fashion Week - Erebus

Before we were treated to the show for Arts University Bournemouth, we got to hear from one of the fellows at the school. She made a point to note that the school focuses heavily on diversity of all kinds, that great fashion design is for everyone. And you can definitely see that in some ways coming down the runway. Some of the designers used models of all ages, especially considering some of them were designing clothing for children. Not only was there diversity when it comes to the models, the range of styles on show was also just as varied. 

Now, take a seat in the front row for the Arts University Bournemouth graduate show.

Sophia Brechon-Smith

Arts University Bournemouth AUB Graduate Fashion Week Sophia Brechon-Smith - Erebus

This wasn't just Sophia taking amazing street looks and shrinking them down for the pint-sized; these amazing urban looks are completely age appropriate and utterly cool.

Luke Wharton

Arts University Bournemouth AUB Graduate Fashion Week Luke Wharton - Erebus

While Sophia is amazing at urban attire for the youngest generation, Luke Wharton's urban wear is for a slightly older generation. He also makes a statement with the pieces with phrases like "BUY ME," "CONSUME ME," and "SPEND" emblazoned throughout.

Nicole Wellard

Arts University Bournemouth AUB Graduate Fashion Week Nicole Wellard - Erebus

Nicole takes a more athletic stance on the athleisure trend, and she did it beautifully. Each garment was perfectly executed and definitely something you would wear to the gym or on the streets.

Bea Jackson

Arts University Bournemouth AUB Graduate Fashion Week Bea Jackson - Erebus

Bea's collection was the first of the week where we saw this inflated or overstuffed look. She was able to make some amazing structural garments using this technique. 

Amber Maidment

Arts University Bournemouth AUB Graduate Fashion Week Amber Maidment - Erebus

Amber's collection was full of simple yet elegant prints on wonderfully flowing garments.

Elizabeth Layte

Arts University Bournemouth AUB Graduate Fashion Week Elizabeth Layte - Erebus

The second children's wear collection to come down the catwalk, Elizabeth was a little more playful in her designs for the little ones.

Ella McMillan

Arts University Bournemouth AUB Graduate Fashion Week Ella McMillan - Erebus

Bows, badges and ribbons galore. This collection was what I imagine every little girl wants to wear when they grow up.

George Hollins

Arts University Bournemouth AUB Graduate Fashion Week George Hollins - Erebus

This collection was right up our alley. The dark street collections were softened up with a touch of the light fabric used for the rosettes and face covering. George also won the George Catwalk to Store award.

Caitlin Martin

Arts University Bournemouth AUB Graduate Fashion Week Caitlin Martin - Erebus

I'm sure we've all seen some good denim pieces in the past, but these apparently upcycled dresses move like nothing we've seen before. They absolutely glided down the runway.

Rebecca Jenkins

Arts University Bournemouth AUB Graduate Fashion Week Rebecca Jenkins - Erebus

The water colour like prints on these dresses took us on an island holiday.

Tereza Kocichova

Arts University Bournemouth AUB Graduate Fashion Week Tereza Kocichova - Erebus

Tereza's attention to detail and skilled craftsmanship really shown through in this collection. The texture of the garments added so much interest and the colours worked just so perfectly.

Holly Marie Anderson

Arts University Bournemouth AUB Graduate Fashion Week Holly Marie Anderson - Erebus

Another collection making us wish we were on a yacht in the Med! This was the only swimwear collection we saw throughout the week and it was beautifully executed.

Eleanor Dando

Arts University Bournemouth AUB Graduate Fashion Week Eleanor Dando - Erebus

Like Ella's collection, this is what we'd imagine every little boy wants to wear when he grows up. It was a playful take on modern urban attire.

Jeka Ross

Arts University Bournemouth AUB Graduate Fashion Week Jeka Ross - Erebus

This muted and understated collection was kicked up a notch with the addition of the red accessories and it just worked.

Millie Turner

Arts University Bournemouth AUB Graduate Fashion Week Millie Turner - Erebus

We loved the gilded accents on the pieces.

Michelle Obuya

Arts University Bournemouth AUB Graduate Fashion Week Michelle Obuya - Erebus

This was one of our favourite collections of the show (obviously, since its all black). To make black look interesting, you have to be able to create innovative shapes, and Michelle did just that.

Sarah Hay

Arts University Bournemouth AUB Graduate Fashion Week Sarah Hay - Erebus

Sarah's modern take on the old English dandy look was spot on.

Aimee Willsher

Arts University Bournemouth AUB Graduate Fashion Week Aimee Willsher - Erebus

Now the first thing I thought of when I saw this come down the runway was the Britney Spears Toxic video,  only it was space travel flight attendants! The future really is upon us!

Catherine Thompson

Arts University Bournemouth AUB Graduate Fashion Week Catherine Thompson - Erebus

These guys had a little trouble remembering what they were supposed to be doing, but they made it nonetheless. Catherine's collection would fit right in in a Levi Strauss or Lucky Brand store.

Emily Condon

Arts University Bournemouth AUB Graduate Fashion Week Emily Condon - Erebus

We loved the strength exuded by this all female tribal collection. The styling of Emily's collection was spot on and really told the story.

Kelsey Lea

Arts University Bournemouth AUB Graduate Fashion Week Kelsey Lea - Erebus

Obviously inspired by aviation and it hit the nail right on the head. At the end, this model opened a full parachute, closing the show with a bit of dramatic flare.

If you are interested in learning more about a fashion education at Arts University Bournemouth, click here.



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