When it comes to fashion, I am discovering that I am drawn to the commercial and wearable, so don't expect anything too outlandish here. Just because a piece has 'commercial appeal' doesn't instantaneously deem it safe or boring, however. All of the below pieces are interesting and new whilst maintaining that all-important air of wearability.
A fine example of embellishment combined with punky Guns n Roses doodles from this Demontfort University student
Print clash floral shirt from Demontfort University (excuse the grumpy face)
Poodles provided inspiration for this Demontfort University student
Amy Jocasa Priestley from Northumbria University provided my highlight of the show with her clever designs that captured pressed flowers in clear vinyl cuffs & collars. I find the contrast between pretty and plastic pleasing
Both modern and modette in style, Rebbeca Docherty of Bradford College's neoprene collection was commercially cool
Nottingham Trent University always have some of the strongest collections at GFW in my opinion. 2013 was no different with this impressive display catching my attention at the show
I also found time to fit in the University of Northumbria's catwalk show, which offered more commercial ideas and designs. Whilst Melyssa Bates' designs (above) couldn't be described as commercial, her collection displayed a real flair for construction with more than just a hint of the Corrie Nielsen about them.
Lindsay Hansom's collection has an intricate, folksy feel that sent the flashbulbs popping at the end of the runway.
The name of this designer escapes me- let me know if you are aware of it. But I need to wax lyrical about the above trousers; mint green lace with metallic fuchsia accents and race lace hem? Dreamy!
This is a busy combination of hand-painted leopard prints, delicate lace and neon hues and yet somehow it works
Rosie Janes' brigtly hued sporty knits proved to be a show stealer. Think Missoni on acid and you have the makings of a very cool collection