With a simple set-up for the catwalk, there was nothing to distract us from being impressed this year by the Liverpool Graduate show. There seemed to be a running theme of ethereal fabrics and solid silhouettes throughout and it was to no-ones disappointment. Colour palettes were generally set around crisp whites, clean creams and soft pastels clashed against a bolder palette of mauve, teal, terracotta and black. With little menswear on offer at the Liverpool show, skirts and full-length dresses were a plenty, with a few playing exceptions to the rule. Yasmin Kheradmandan saw in A/W11 with printed jersey all in ones, harem style pants and thick knitted balaclavas. Stylish sports luxe practicality seemed to be the idea behind Yasmin’s collection, keeping warmth in mind and the cold out with her vivid heavy knits.
The air-light colours and attention to detail really made Laura Smith’s Metamorphis collection stand out. Simple silhouettes were exaggerated with ruching and ruffles making this collection a girly girl’s dream. On dresses, free flowing fabrics were gathered at the waist to create feminine silhouettes and ladylike contours.
Ash Kabir’s wa one of the few collection to include menswear. Menswear though it may be, a feminine spin was cast over men’s designs through the use of draping downy fabrics for trousers and layering trousers under mid-length chiffon skirts. Embellishment was the main factor in Ash’s collection, with much concentration being on sequins and beaded sleeves.
Alena Kudera Johnson