Metallics emerged as a key trend in 2012 graduate collections; my favourite example being Leeds College of Art student Hannah Wakeford's sequin-embellished structural aqua blue leather jacket. Hannah's collection also included pretty delicate sequin prints and a great teal jacket with an embellished collar.
|Hannah Wakeford's metallic leather jacket|
|Sophie Alice Brown|
|Cleveland College of Art and Design|
I also couldn't find the name of the designer of the below abstract geometric print shirt dress that was displayed on the central George of Asda stand, please claim it if it was you! I loved the intricate geo print snaking over the shirt right up to the collar. The organic-shaped agate pendants accessorised the look beautifully and are bang-on-trend for AW12 (Karl Lagerfeld showed a plethora of gemstones including agate, quartz, amethyst jewellery on the Chanel catwalk).
Emma Rodgers from Carmarnthenshire College's print-based collection looked current and relevant for 2012. I could imagine a number of A-listers modelling her dress shiftdress with train and cutaway waist detail. The painterly prints in a colour palette of autumnal hues were really very beautiful, the overall effect was naturistic, they reminded me a little bit of Alexander McQueen's Origin of the Species collection.
There's some amazing talent coming out of Britain's universities, don't you think? Which graduates are you liking?