Graduate Fashion Week – The Illustrators

Graduate Fashion Week was a definite highlight of 2017 for me and it completely blew up on social media! From the run up to the event I connected with so many amazing designers, illustrators and creatives on Instagram making my feed so inspiring and creating so many new friendships in the process.

I wanted to do a post giving credit to the two talented illustrators who took their time to illustrate some of looks from my final collection. I was overwhelmed with how gorgeous the images were and think they definitely deserve some love. Illustration has always been something that I struggle with so I really do appreciate the time, effort and skill that it takes. Both of these talented ladies deserve some attention!

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Kayleigh Hilde – Website : www.etsy.com/uk/shop/hildestudio – Instagram : @kayleighhilde.illustrations

Kayleigh is a Fashion Design Graduate from Newport University and a freelance fashion illustrator based in Cardiff. Her ultra feminine illustration style captures the delicacy of this look perfectly, especially the embellishment on the bralet and the tulle detailing. She attended my runway show at the event and illustrated straight from the catwalk!

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Georgie Ravenscroft – Website : www.georgielr.wixsite.com – Instagram : @georgieraves 

Georgie is a Fashion Illustration Graduate from the University of Brighton. Her quirky and unique style is shown throughout her colourful fashion illustrations. The image was inspired from another image captured from my Cry Baby Club studio shoot, I love the details on the tear drops on the coats and the facial features!

Heres to hoping there will be many more opportunities to inspire Fashion Illustrators with some more of my work in the future!

Alice Jane Potter – Cry Baby Club – Graduate Fashion Week 2017

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Never did I expect myself to be discussing my collection from the catwalk on my blog but here it is. I’m still overwhelmed that I was even selected for the Graduate Fashion Week runway, never mind being one of the chosen top 5 selected from the UCLan show to be put forward to the Gala show! This is the best way to give everyone a fully detailed description of what pieces made up each individual look as a whole, from the fabrics to the details of what you may not have been able to see just from photographs alone.

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LOOK ONE

Oversized panelled blue felt coat with a variation of lasercut teardrop shapes all over the garment, structured raglan sleeves and a deep v shaped fully encrusted Swarovski section going around the neckline.

Underneath is a power mesh nude long sleeved stretch top worn with high waisted blue silk knickers with a high leg cut including eyelet fastenings tied with organza ribbons on either side. Knicker details include hand sewn and glued encrusted and embellished details covering the surface of the entire garment with a range of sew on crystals and Swarovski’s.

Clear perspex chunky heeled ‘Jaya’ heels with gathered tulle lengths along the back ankle strap with additional Swarovski crystals glued on for extra detail. Including the same detail across the toe strap of each shoe. Shoes gifted from University of Central Lancashire footwear sponser Public Desire, Runway photographs sourced from Catwalking.com.

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LOOK TWO

Double layered blue silk bralet with hand sewn and glued encrusted and embellished details covering the surface of the entire garment with a range of sew on crystals and Swarovski’s with hook and eye fastenings. Worn with matching blue silk extreme wide leg trousers with fitting high waist features and deep trouser pockets. Chunky trouser cuffs embellished with a range of sew on crystals and Swarovski’s.

Oversized crinoline shoulder piece with extreme length raglan sleeves with trapped gathered tulle down the lengths of the raglan seam with a blue chunky silk ribbon fastening at the front. Floor length arm bands with adjustable velcro fastenings to secure onto the top of the arm, with hanging layers of lasercut felt teardrops in a range of sizes with hand glued large stone embellishments.

Clear perspex chunky heeled ‘Jaya’ heels with gathered tulle lengths along the back ankle strap with additional Swarovski crystals glued on for extra detail. Including the same detail across the toe strap of each shoe. Shoes gifted from University of Central Lancashire footwear sponser Public Desire, Runway photographs sourced from Catwalking.com.

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LOOK THREE

Full length hanging tulle skirt with D ring strap fastenings to attach to jacket, silk blue band with large sporron detail with hanging layers of lasercut felt teardrops in a range of sizes with hand glued large stone embellishments. Blue double lined silky jacket with high neck fastening and open front detailing. Cut out sleeves with D-ring fastenings and organza ribbon running through them to adjust the tightness on the models arms.

Underneath is a power mesh nude long sleeved stretch top worn with high waisted blue silk knickers with a high leg cut including eyelet fastenings tied with organza ribbons on either side. Lasercut felt knickers with latex lining with hand glued Swarovski crystals covering the surface of the entire garment outlining the lasercut shapes.

Clear perspex chunky heeled ‘Jaya’ heels with gathered tulle lengths along the back ankle strap with additional Swarovski crystals glued on for extra detail. Miniature embellished felt face attached across the toe strap of each shoe. Shoes gifted from University of Central Lancashire footwear sponser Public Desire, Runway photographs sourced from Catwalking.com.

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LOOK FOUR

Oversized crinoline panelled gown with 30 metres of gathered tulle sewn and trapped into the seams around the sleeves and back. With mid length raglan sleeves with trapped tulle along the sleeve hems and tulle along the surrounding dress hem. Underneath double layered blue silk bralet with hook and eye fastenings worn with matching high waisted blue silk knickers with a high leg cut including eyelet fastenings tied with organza ribbons on either side.

Blue felt choker neck piece with adjustable velcro fastenings to secure on the neck, with hanging layers of lasercut felt teardrops in a range of sizes with hand glued large stone embellishments. Accessorised with a blue felt double sided vinyl printed cry baby face clutch bag with embellished details with hand glued Swarovski crystals.

Clear perspex chunky heeled ‘Jaya’ heels with gathered tulle lengths along the back ankle strap with additional Swarovski crystals glued on for extra detail. Miniature embellished felt face attached across the toe strap of each shoe. Shoes gifted from University of Central Lancashire footwear sponser Public Desire, Runway photographs sourced from Catwalking.com.

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LOOK FIVE

Oversized panelled cropped blue felt coat with a variation of lasercut teardrop shapes all over the garment, structured raglan sleeves and hand glued Swarovski’s outlining each lazercut teardrop detail. Accessorised with a blue felt double sided teardrop shaped bag with one side fully embellished with hand glued Swarovski crystals, with oversized eyelet fastenings and silver chain running through.

Underneath is a power mesh nude long sleeved stretch top worn with high waisted blue silk knickers with a high leg cut including eyelet fastenings tied with organza ribbons on either side. Over the knickers sit a pair of crinoline wide leg culotte trousers with a chunky high waist fitted detail and hand stoned teardrop Swarovski shapes around the trouser hem.

Clear perspex chunky heeled ‘Jaya’ heels with gathered tulle lengths along the back ankle strap with additional Swarovski crystals glued on for extra detail. Miniature embellished felt face attached across the toe strap of each shoe. Shoes gifted from University of Central Lancashire footwear sponser Public Desire, Runway photographs sourced from Catwalking.com.

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LOOK SIX

Oversized crinoline panelled gown with 40 metres of gathered tulle sewn and trapped into the seams around the front and back. Including extreme length raglan sleeves with trapped tulle down the lengths of the raglan seam and a large felt embellished cry baby face on the front of the gown. Hand glue Swarovski’s cover the exterior of the face and are included along the blue silk fabric panel covered in hand sewn and glued crystals to separate the tulle overload on the gown.

Underneath is a power mesh nude long sleeved stretch top worn with high waisted blue silk knickers with a high leg cut including eyelet fastenings tied with organza ribbons on either side. Along with sleeve length arm bands with adjustable velcro fastenings to secure onto the top of the arm, with hanging layers of lazorcut felt teardrops in a range of sizes.

Clear perspex chunky heeled ‘Jaya’ heels with gathered tulle lengths along the back ankle strap with additional Swarovski crystals glued on for extra detail. Including the same detail across the toe strap of each shoe. Shoes gifted from University of Central Lancashire footwear sponser Public Desire, Runway photographs sourced from Catwalking.com.

Fashion Degree Over – Blogging Break Over

A Fashion Design degree has got to be one of the most demanding, time consuming and draining processes. Expect to have no money. Expect to have no spare time. Expect not to see your loved ones half as much as you’re used to. But if you go into the process with this in mind and the ability to be selfish then the rewards will come. I am so insanely happy now that the process is over and the fact that in a few weeks time I’ll be graduating with a first class honours degree, never in my life did I expect that to happen.

If you keep up to date with me and my blog then you’ll have noticed that I’ve taken a massive break from being here whilst completing the final semester of my degree. It was a hard decision for me to have to make but I wanted to keep up with the standard of my posts and the time that I was used to putting into them. I felt like if I had rushed through posts for the sake of posting that it would have been a dis-service to myself and the lovely people that read my blog! Surprisingly I have continued to gain a following and to keep up my views throughout the past few months which has been a lovely compliment – if you’re new here then Hello, I have returned!

For most people returning to University for their final year, they’re looking forward to meeting deadlines and graduating. Of course this was the obvious goal but for my course Show Selection day was a lot bigger than that. We all went into the process of knowing that less than half of our years collections would be given the chance to be on the Graduate Fashion Week runway and even if we were given the opportunity to do so it wouldn’t be as simple as getting in and having nothing to change.

The problem with creativity is that it’s completely subject to peoples personal opinions, you could put 20 collections in front of one person and ask them to select half and then do the same with someone else and get completely different results. This was probably one of the hardest aspects of show selection, if my collection wasn’t to be chosen it wasn’t because it wasn’t good enough, it was just down to a group of people and their collective opinion of it as a visual stood in front of them.

I was overwhelmed to be one of the lucky 18 people selected for my collection to be shown on the runway. I couldn’t even explain how many emotions I was feeling when I was told, never mind the few weeks that followed getting everything sorted and ready for London. Having my work on the runway was completely life changing. In the past few weeks I’ve been in The Times newspaper, all over Instagram, Social Media and Blogs and I’ve even had attention from celebrities for possible collaborations. Having all of my hard work pay off has been insane and I’m so grateful of everything that this opportunity has brought me and can’t wait for the future.

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Cry Baby Club is collection of six creative and unique looks that sit together as a range and Couture collection. I wanted to create a collection of looks to make women feel empowered and beautiful when wearing them. The collection as a whole is ultra feminine with layering techniques of different weights of fabrics including oversized sheer pieces with lingerie detailing sitting underneath them. The concept of the collection is to embrace the sensitivity that women are portrayed to have, we are sensitive souls and that’s what makes us human.

Details include lazorcut felts with double top stitching finishes and silky lined garments and highly detailed surface techniques from hand sewn and hand glued Swarovski crystals to create heavily embellished timeless pieces. The versatility of the collection allows everything to work well as the six individual looks but can also be split apart to create a range of different looks and endless possibilities from mixing and matching the pieces around.

Here it is, Cry Baby Club on the Graduate Fashion Week runway, I’ll never forget this moment. For the next two weeks I’ll be dedicating my posts to the experience of Graduate Fashion Week so if you want to see more then you know where to check!