On Monday I went down to London's Earl Court for Graduate Fashion Week. I have never been to the event before so was very excited to have a look around and see all the amazing new designers and collections as well as attending some inspirational talks.We began by looking around all the stalls, which was fascinating, if a little intimating as there were so many amazing pieces of work on display. As I studied Fashion Marketing and Branding I was particularly interested in all the similar courses showing and there was some fantastic work from other universities. I enjoyed looking around the Nottingham Trent stand which I must say looked amazing, and was surprised to see one of my postcards on display. I knew that no work from my course was going to be displayed but there was lots of information and help on hand for prospective students. I really wish I went to the event before I started university as there was so much choice and information about different routes.
After looking around all the stands we then went to a talk held by the social media team at Karen Milen. The talk was about how important social media is nowadays and there were some mind blowing facts. We then popped along to the chat by one of my favourite bloggers Susie Bubble and journalist extraordinaire Melanie Rickey who gave a great talk about the future of blogging. This talk was followed by the two owners of Trace PR telling us about how to make a career in PR. This was extremely exciting for me as PR is my industry so listening to what they had to say inspired and excited me even more to start my dream career. We then went off to the main event- the Nottingham Trent fashion show. The show was absolutely stunning with some amazing collections. It felt like I was watching some established designer pieces coming down the catwalk rather than students work. I had lots of favourite collections which I will be looking out for in the future which will no doubt be household names very shortly. After the show there was just enough time to listen to the final talk by my favourite journalist Colin McDowell and founder of the Business of Fashion, Imran Amed. Both men were so inspiring and motivational, a great end to my day. All in all, I had an amazing day and learnt so much. Although the last day of the show is tomorrow, if you are thinking about a career in fashion or just love fashion in general then you should definitely head along either this year or next!
(Excuse the rubbish phone quality photos!!)
|Cheeky snap of Bip Ling|