A few weeks ago, I attended Liverpool John Moore University runway at Graduate Fashion Week. Not my first at a fashion week but seeing graduate’s designs for the first time indeed. And what a show! Showcasing 16 designers, the university proved that Liverpool is as good as London when it comes to studying and launching a career in fashion!
I have always loved fashion. Indeed, I confessed not so long ago how much I love fashion blogging. This love is not gonna stop any time soon! To me, fashion is more than a word, a concept or an industry. It is also art. I do believe fashion can express so much and takes inspiration from everywhere. History, painting, metal work, travel, etc. However, just as any art, you need a context to fully understand its meaning.
Here’s a bit of concext on the fashion show then.
The University recently recruited Andrew Ibi as Head of the Fashion department to “bring support, guidance, leadership and a new perspective of cultural relevance, diversity, and disruption.” His task was too help students push boundaries, be daring in their art and create something mind blowing, unique that will be more than the next collection in Zara.
This year theme for Liverpool John More’s Graduate Fashion Week was SPAM – Sex, Politics, Art & Money. Important topics yet still controversial and challenging. Students created collections that “had meaning, changed perception and were made with authenticity and quality of implementation.”
I have got to be honest. As much as I love fashion, I also think that what we see on the runway is separate from everything else. It is art and show, not high street or wearable. It is great for sending a message, take position or make a statement but it is unlikely that you will see those designs anywhere else than on the runway. That’s why I believe you need to take it as pure art with a purpose.
Then you can enjoy the show and see it for its true purpose – sending a message, translating a meaning. Putting the creation back into theme and context will truly help you enjoy it. It also happens that sometimes designs are also wearable. In that case, win-win! As I said earlier, I am not used to that sort of fashion but I really enjoyed the show. I particularly loved Jade Maule for the minimalism and elegance, Shannon McCafferty for the shapes and fantasy, and Nadia Atique for the aesthetic.
However, my favorite remains Harriet Law. The cut, the colors, the design, I love it all!
Again, fashion is art and also a matter of taste. What I liked might not resonate with you at all but trying to understand the context and story behind a collection is a step in the right direction.
I really enjoyed the experience and liked quite a few designs. Some of the designers won or were shortlisted for some awards, which shows how good they are. This Graduate Fashion Week helped Liverpool John Moore to align themselves with the capital’s leading fashion schools, but also to “stand out as an institution to study at if you want to disrupt, make a difference and excel in both technique and concept.”
What do you think? Any designs or collections you like more than any other one? Have you ever been to a fashion show? And to Graduate Fashion Week? Did you know the fashion scene was that good outside of London too?
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How fun to attend the fashion show and see all the products of the young graduates. Definitely interesting to see.
Really amazing post and after watching all the images I really agree with you, Harriet Law is really awesome. I’m in love with his colorful outfits too!
This looks like it was so much fun! Not just for the attendees, but also for those who participated in the show and got to wear all those neat outfits! And I do agree that what you see on the runway is often a far cry from what is wearable on the street.
This really is awesome as I love that the grads get to show off their masterpieces! Seems like a lot of fun.
I’ve been to a couple of shows but I agree with you. They are not wearable they are more art than anything else!
It is wonderful to see how talented these new designers are. I also feel that the designs we see on the runway should be considered as pure art and a powerful way of sending a message.
How fantastic to support student fashion design and great to see people like you are blogging about the new wave of designers from outside the capital. It’s such a tough industry to break into anyway, so good on you for supporting and writing about these talented young people!
What a fun event to attend. I’ve never been to a fashion show before but I can only imagine how fun and interesting it is to watch! It is definitely art, it’s so intriguing and different! Each very unique from the other!
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Wow such an interesting post! I’ve never been to a fashion show but this one looks amazing, the outfits are so cool! xx
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Wow Corinne, what an awesome event to attend! I love how creative all these designers are, Shannon McCafferty‘s really caught my eye – it’s so fun and bright. I love that art can appear anywhere and everywhere, especially in fashion. This is really cool. Thank you for sharing <3 xx
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I’ve always wanted to go to a fashion show or fashion week it’s just looks so amazing! All those clothes are just so great I love how they are all really different! I really loved the clothes from Emily Forshaw love all those colours x
I definitely didn’t know that all of this goes on outside of London so much! I’ve never been to one but it looks like a lot of fun.
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To be really honest, we have to say, they do have some very interesting designs !
The clouds print is so cute! I’m also loving all of these colours, such expressive collections 🙂 x x
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wow what a fabulous event and i love the clouds print!! actually any of these are wonderful ha!
Wow what an amazing event! I saw a few events at Liverpool when I had friends studying there, but I would so love to go and see a fashion show like this!
I totally agree with everything you said about fashion being art, especially in terms of runway. I keep up with high fashion but to be honest the only graduate shows I usually look at is the Central Saint Martins ones. This is such a great theme, I’m not sure which my favourite is! x
I have not been to a fashion show ever. I would want to do so at least once, because it sure looks like an exciting event to attend. I agree, fashion shows are more of art, and the clothes are not necessarily for street wear. If I were to choose from these designers, I would chose the ones by Jade Maule because of the use of geometric shapes and patterns; Laura Mar because she used my favorite color (Military green); and Emily Forshaw because of the floral design.
I love all these photos! They are so cool and colorful.
Wow! All of the outfits are so bright and colorful. I like that you mention that it should be viewed as a form of art, and not as something that is wearable out on the street. While I haven’t been to a fashion show, I have seen lots of pictures and videos of them online and I have often wondered who would wear this stuff out on the streets. Not because it’s ugly, but because it doesn’t seem practical. Thank you for putting this little statement in, because I now view it from a totally different perspective!
They’re really talented! Most clothes I liked. I see them tingling with fluorescent colors, which is in line with their age and trend. However, I liked the collection of Jade Maule most of all. I like the white color and the clothes are wearable.
I like this sort of fashion shows a lot since they are so fresh and daring and not that consumer-oriented (yet 😉 ).
Wow!! This is pretty cool like I’d love to see a student fashion week…I think they have some of the most creative looks 😀 It sounds like you had loads of fun too! I think the designers’ have a lot of fun and fresh vibes, I really loved Shannons’s bright style! Fashion is super expressive how can someone not love it…great post! ??
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Very talented designers! I relly like how their personal styles come through their designs. You can destinguish which designer designed the line.
I think you are the first person I have ever heard put a fashion show in that way. It does make a lot more sense now. I always laughed about the fashion as I thought who in the world would wear that out on the street. But when you put it as art with a purpose and to make a statement, it makes a lot more sense. Looks like it was a pretty great and fun show.
All of the designs look incredible and sounds like an amazing event!
I’ve never actually been to a fashion show, I really don’t have an eye for fashion but I agree with you, shows are more about art rather than high street wearable fashion! It’s amazing seeing so much creativity in one place!
How inspiring! Absolutely loved seeing how talented everyone is and how unique their styles are.
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I like the way you see and describe fashion; the way you separate and define runway fashion from normal everyday fashion. Fashion is indeed art, and the statements made during the fashon week which you stated are really strong. Interesting designs and a great theme.
I absolutely loved this post! It’s so amazing to see all this young talent – I always think, you never know, one of these people may be heading Dior or Gucci one day! I absolutely adore the gingham dress in the first collection – I also love how cohesive and together each collection is – it makes them look super professional!
Oh wow what an amazing show – I bet it was fascinating seeing all the different things that people have made! It seems like they have all come up with some interesting collections!
I’ve never been to a fashion show. I prefer the more simple country dress style
What an amazing and fun experience! It must have been absolutely intriguing to be there and see this event!
I really like the Helena Green collection, thank you for sharing this!
looks like a fun and entertaining event 🙂 i have never been to be a fashion show
Oh wow, thanks for sharing the designs, I love seeing fashion posts and like you said, runway fashion is so different to high-street fashion that its always interesting to see!
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The colors and designs are all just really fabulous. I always try to blend in and be unnoticeable but here lately I’ve added in a color or two to more wardrobe. It makes me want to add more. I even think I’d wear some of these myself.
I love fashion shows. It’s so exciting to see people’s ideas and creativity come to life.
I do agree that what we see on fashion runaways is mind-blowing, art on another level. Nadia Atique rocks ♥
Ps: If you are still in Liverpool, we can meet for a coffee.
What a fun show – I have always wanted to go to a fashion show. Loving all the colour too.
All of these collections are so awesome. This looks like it was an amazing show.
OMg wow absolutely love how bold and colorful the collections are. I’m so in love with Rowland style.
Wow! I love watching and supporting fashion shows. This is one fun and amazing event, lucky you! The line up of young and talented designers & collections are superb.
What a fun event to attend! You know, I’ve never been to a fashion show and I want to change that. Looks like so much fun.
Oh wow! I didn’t realize they had graduate fashion shows! That’s definitely a great opportunity for them and a wonderful way to see fresh new designs! Beautiful!