GFW 2013: Liverpool John Moores University
Demonstrating this perfectly was Shanti Limbu’s collection which takes its origins from various species of jellyfish. Models appeared as sculptural pieces of art in a colour palette of deep red, royal blue, sunset orange and white, the effect was strangely beautiful. Elsewhere Alice Cash looked back at the 1930’s and modernised the style with scooped low-cut backs, sexy cut-out sections and light-as-air pleats. While Katie Davidson dug further back with her historical references and combined traditional Scottish tartans with sculptural shapes and transparent layers.
Without fail each grad season brings out the use of hair and rubber gear and this year, it seems, was no exception. Nicola O’Prey experimented with human and animal bi-products to create an altogether alternative species! While Thomas Rowlands placed geometric shapes & strips on his body-con stretch shift dresses to encase and sculpt the female form.
Opening the show Francesca Sciambarella presented an incredibly romantic take on the fashion and architecture surrounding Marie Antoinette and the Palace of Versailles which featured rich gold prints and sumptuous deep velvets. Imogen Stubbs, meanwhile, provided a more commercial offering and combined tailoring with sportswear along with prints borrowed from far-flung destinations.