Last show of the week was the FAD show in the Freemasons Hall. Over the last twelve years, FAD has been a charity that creates ‘futures through fashion’. Creating a competition that involved fifteen young designers from universities across the UK, FAD offered the winners the chance to work with some of the biggest fashion companies. The judging panel included Geraldine O'Brien, Head of Design Development at Topshop and Topman, Martyn Roberts, Director at Fashion Scout, and Hilary Alexander, former Fashion Director at The Telegraph. Vouge has called this competition an 'undeniable springboard' into the industry.
This year's brief was 'Future Optimism', creating solutions through fashion. This included themes on humour in the face of adversity, and sustainability. Students were free to interpret the brief in any way they wanted to, creating two looks for women or men to showcase down the runway.
The atmosphere in the hall was tense but lively, as the fifteen finalist's looks went down the catwalk. The clothes were a vast mix of both menswear and womenswear. Some took the brief and created elegant easy to wear pieces, whilst others created bright and funky pieces, reminiscent of the early nineties. But there could only be two runners up, and one winner.
Second runner up was Nneka Okorie, from the University of Salford, who created one of my personal favourite pieces, a mac that had the sun setting on it.
First runner up was Stephanos Konstantinou, from Nottingham Trent university. His dresses with cut out shapes impressed the judges.
Winner was Stephanie Kitchen, from Bath Spa university. The judges were impressed with her designs and her accessories, and commented that her looks had the most commercial viability.
Congratulations to all.
Words and Pictures: @MasterNath