Saturday, 3 July 2010

Northampton Graduate Fashion Show

Yet another occasion for me to display my passion for fashion (and an occasion to use this cliche phrase) arose in the unpredictable instance of a school trip to the annual Northampton Graduate Fashion Show. I say unpredictable because it was not a school trip that went quite to plan... In a nutshell: I arrived in high spirits at the coach, brandishing my coolest two-tone Chanel style tights and a permission slip to go signed by the reverend mother. As I approached, however, my spirits faltered as I was scanned by several pairs of evil teacher's eyes (think Batman style red laser dots for pupils and you're on the right track) before my textiles teacher "greeting" me with a steely...."you can't go".

For a few seconds, I stared dumbly at her face, in utter disbelief as to how one can be so wicked and unjust. All attempts to reason proved futile as I heard the same phrase repeated - "You've missed the deadline. We can't add you on the lists. You've missed the deadline. We can't add you on the lists..". You can imagine how I felt when I stormed away in true moody teenager fashion...disappointed, flustered, and crying my eyes out (for some strange reason, for I am rarely one for public displays of hysteria). I was frustrated beyond words, as they could have just added my name to the list of people going in pencil and I was never rejected like this for a school trip before...After I'd calmed down a little, I decided to take action. I was in one of those moods when I knew I could do absolutely anything, and definitely wasn't going to give my teacher the satisfaction of not turning up. We had already gone the previous year, and it was fantastic. So, after grabbing a fellow friend of misfortune, I was soon winging my way to Northampton...

I applied to do press coverage of the show last-minute so I wasn't hoping to get a decent seat, but the super-lovely press lady let us have seats right at the front of the action so I could sit back and let zee Canon do the work...















As you can judge for yourself, a huge amount of emerging talent was showcased this year, the same if not better than the works at GFW. I posted only my absolute favourites, and even so this is a hugely image-heavy post! Romantic, "dreamy" and "flowy" were, naturally, perrenial favourites; if I could I would sing an ode to the above trousers works of art...there was just something celestially delicious in the way the fabric was made to move. I will update this post with details on the designers if it is of interest to people, right now my laptop's battery is about to collapse so I am typing away at the speed of lightning-charged rabbits...