I covered the Free Range Art & Design: Arts University College Bournemouth 2011 fashion show for 1883 Magazine. Read my article on 1883 Blog.
The Arts University College Bournemouth Fashion Design and Technology catwalk show took place on Truman Brewery, located in London’s trendy Brick Lane in front of an equally fashion forward audience. After a short film viewing, (‘The Flux’ by Nancy Hamshire), the 2nd year collections took over the runway as part of Bournemouth’s “Season One” debut.
The show opened with Lara Skowronska’s “A box of Delights”, a very nude womenswear collection of sheer body suits with panels of glittery fabric, beaded fringe or a sparkly waistcoat, as well as some more wearable designs like the flowy metallic tunic worn over leggings. Next was a menswear collection entitled “Fleshtone” by designer Rory Payne; the colour palette was strictly nudes, beige and white with wide and lowcut necklines, pointed shoulders on crop tops, satins and exposed torsos.
Other 2nd year collections included Hannah Bingham’s “Circus Freak” men and women’s looks, (using classic materials such as red tartan and grey pinstripe with unusual details and silhouettes), and Esme Bradshaw’s “Gothic Glamour” women’s collection of black satin and lace eveningwear.
The loudest round of applause and easily the highlight of the show was when 3rd year honours kidswear designer Emily Knight‘s crew of child models took the runway looking like a toddler version of Where’s Wally? With preppy striped red white and blue pieces, accessorized with headbands, a straw hat and Wally-esque round glasses, the collection, (entitled “Hangin’ Out”) was young and playful yet stylish.
Another strong collection among the 3rd year students was “Medusa”, a womenswear collection by Ivy Santos that closed the show with bright red and orange hues on floaty fabrics contrasted with solid grey pieces and tights. Inspired by jellyfish, the collection featured bubble hems, ruching and draping on flowing dresses, grey bloomers paired with an oversized two-tone peasant top and tentacle-like red ribbons on the model’s ankles.
Written by Emma Freed
Photography by Matt Parfitt