Young designers from Kingston University’s internationally-renowned Department of Fashion made top employers sit up and take notice when their creations were showcased at the Banqueting House in Whitehall on Wednesday 30 May. Inspired by soapstars, holidays, art, politics and even an old car, this year’s show saw an array of colours, shapes and textures on the runway. Senior fashion lecturer Mo Ali said a record number of students, including many women, had chosen to focus on menswear this year. “The shapes for men aren’t as narrow as they’ve been in the past,” he said. “There’s a large diversity of styles which means colour and cut are going to be very important. There are a lot of talented designers coming through.”
The Fashion Show, which took place the week before Graduate Fashion Week, was the first chance for experts to view up and coming new design talent. Simon Kneen, Vice President and Creative Design Director at Brooks Brothers, one of the main sponsors of the show, said his company was keen to support young designers and had been excited by the expertise he had seen at Kingston. “The collaboration between Kingston University’s Fashion Department and Brooks Brothers represents a unique combination of the young and international avant-garde with a historic and iconic, luxury brand,” he said.