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Fashion Says Stitched

Anna Jauncey

The Trinity Centre sets the scene for Anna Jauncey’s collection

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to Fashion Says Stitched, the fashion show and exhibition hosted by UWE’s graduating fashion students. The night, held at the stunning Trinity Centre, represented the culmination of three years of hard work for the students, whose disciplines include knitwear, styling, illustration and print. As an ex student myself, I’m familiar with the blood, sweat and tears that will have gone into creating each collection.

The ground floor of the building was dedicated to the fashion students who focused their final year studies on illustration, photography, styling, print and textiles. Sheets of chipboard displayed fabric samples, ink illustrations and photographs. Influences such as Martin Parr, Meadham Kirchhoff and Martin Margiela were clear, as were print in every form: digital, screen prints, geometric and tribal gave every corner of the exhibition a jolt of colour. I was particularly taken with the work of Karolina Stitilyte, who used a muted colour pallete and dolls made out of wooden pegs to create some beautiful prints and laser cut fabrics.

Karolina Stitilyte

Karolina Stitilyte’s prints and styling felt very fresh and exciting

Laser cut swatches by Karolina Stitilyte

Laser cut swatches by Karolina Stitilyte

A student projects their illustrations onto a chipboard backdrop

A student projects their illustrations onto a chipboard backdrop

Charlotte James

Styling by Charlotte James

Fashion Says Stitched exhibition

Prints are displayed using white wooden chairs and doors

After grabbing a drink I headed upstairs to take a seat in the huge room housing the catwalk. The Trinity Centre was once a church, and its stunning arched windows and stained glass remain in tact, even though it’s now used for everything from plays and gigs to indoor picnics.

Over 40 students showed their collections and the catwalk, and the result was a diverse mix of prints, fabric manipulation, tailoring and colour palettes. Unfortunately my camera was playing up (yeah, yeah, a bad workman always blames her tools and all that) so I couldn’t capture the collections in all their glory, but the best shots of the bunch are below.

Standout collections for me included Niccole Thompson‘s mesnwear line featuring a deliciously autumnal palette and simple but excellently executed garments, Molly Petts‘ 50s-inspired silhouettes and candy colours. Sophie Borton used a mix of clashing 70s style prints, Stella McCartney-esque black sheer polka dot fabric and florals to create a modern, youthful collection (see more of her work here with fellow designer, Emma Fudge, photographed by Matthew Lord) and Alexia Longman used LED lights in her men’s monochrome jacket.

It was exciting to witness the future of British fashion and I was blown away by the finishing of the garments – almost all the collections were polished, with great attention to detail. I look forward to seeing where each designer, stylist, photographer and illustrator ends up working, and what they do next after graduation and GFW.

Hannah Rowe

Layers and draping from Hannah Rowe

Grace Yaker Ekall

Geometric prints by Grace Yaker Ekall

Ellen Watson

Shades of cream, plum and gold from Ellen Watson

Niccole Thompson

Ethically conscious menswear by Niccole Thompson

Molly Petts

Molly Petts used pastel colours in her collection

Sophie Borton

Clashing prints by Sophie Borton


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Rock The Week

Fashion related (and totally non-fashion related) things that have made my world go round over the last seven days…

House bunnies

  • The House Bunnies. No, that’s not the sequel to the disastrous 2008 romcom starring Anna Faris, it’s the ‘awww’ factor in today’s RTW post. Meet Grace Kelly, left, and Bonnie Tyler, our house guests for the next few days. Grace and Bonnie belong to my brother-in-law and his girlfriend but the’ve been staying with us since Wednesday. They are so cute but so cheeky, they have a look of permanent mischief on their faces whenever we let them out of their hutch!
  • Fashion Says Stitched. I loved seeing the final collections from soon-to-be graduate fashion students on Friday. It’s always exciting to see new talent and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for UWE’s finest. I’ll put up some photos and links to the students’ work later this week.

Ship-Shape at Bristol Flea Market

  • John Williams. You may not recognise the name, but this is the man behind the film scores for Jaws, Superman, Harry Potter and Star Wars to name but a few. Last night I went to see the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra play a selection of his well-known compositions at the Colston Hall, and it was a truly magica evening. Unfortunatly I couldn’t stay out late as I had to get up very early this morning…
  • … for the Bristol Flea Market, above. This time I wasn’t hunting for vintage bargains, I was selling them! My love of vintage clothing is starting to outgrow the house, so I thought it was time to sell some of the pieces I don’t wear anymore, along with S from Beautiful Plumage.

What’s been rocking your world this week? Let me know by commenting below…


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Something for The Weekend… flea markets and student fashion

UWE Fashion says stitched

Looking for a fashionable fix this weekend? Read on…

First up, catch the future of British fashion on Friday night at Fashion says stitched. The University of the West of England‘s brightest final year fashion and textiles students are presenting their graduate collections at The Trinity Centre tomorrow night. Tickets cost £10, or £8 if you’re a student, and the evening includes a catwalk show, along with an exhibition of textiles, fashion illustration, photography and styling. Click here for more info.

Folk House Flea Market

On Saturday, you should get yourself down to Folk House on Park Street for their annual flea market. Entry to the event is free, and promises a mix of vintage clothing, homewares, books and bric-a-brac. This is the centre’s fourth flea market and is a great way to support local, independent traders. Park Street also boasts loads of fantastic independent boutiques and charity shops, so you’ll be spoilt for choice once you leave Folk House, plus you can even get a free lunch if you pop down the road to College Green!

Ashton Gate flea market

If you like vintage then you’re in luck, as the monthly Bristol Flea Market is back this Sunday. Held at the Ashton Gate Stadium, this event promises over a hundred stalls selling vintage clothes, fabric and homewares. I picked up a gorgeous Paisley scarf back in November, so I can’t wait to see what gems are on offer this weekend. Doors open at 9am and entry is £3 – I think there are discounts for students, but I’m not a 100% on this, so it may be worth ringing ahead if you want to find out!

That’s your weekend sorted. Have I missed anything? Let me know about other exciting Bristol events by commenting below…


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Calling all students…

Cabot Circus student takeover Oct 2011

If you haven’t already spent your student loan on drinking cider at The Apple (mmm, cider…) or sampling Park Street’s independent boutiques then get yourself down to Cabot Circus this evening for The Big Student Takeover.

Kicking off at the post-lectures time of 5.30pm, the event promises nearly three hours of discounts and bargains from the likes of Garment Quarter (10% off Vivienne Westwood!), New Look, Topshop and American Apparel. Shopping is hungry work so luckily several cafes and restaurants are offering discounts too so there is no need to miss out on dinner in the name of shopping.

You can find out more by visiting Facebook  or the Cabot Circus website but if you want to bag a bargain tonight don’t forget to bring your student ID – this year to take part in the event you will need to sign up at Quakers Friars FIRST, showing a current student or NUS card to receive your free discounts pass.

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Why I Heart Anna Piaggi

Anna Piaggi, photographed by David Baily for Another Magazine, courtesy of the V&A

Anna Piaggi, photographed by David Baily for Another Magazine, courtesy of the V&A

I recently started writing for a fantastic website called Running in Heels and my first article for them was published today. RIH is a pan-European website for women ‘with brains as well as style’, set up in March 2009. Politics and culture have an equal footing with fashion and beauty and the site is a refreshing alternative to many of its celeb-following, relationship driven competitors. The lovely editor Alice just happened to have a profile of Anna Piaggi that needed writing so I jumped at the chance to wax lyrical about one of Italy’s greatest exports.


If you haven’t heard of Piaggi then obviously you should check out my profile of her for RIH here but, in brief, she is a whirlwind of colour and enthusiasm that has inspired the likes of Karl Lagerfeld and Manolo Blahnik to name but a few, can still rock a front row despite being comfortably into her 80s and has provided visual inspiration to her native Italian Vogue for the last thirty years.

The Running In Heels website

The Running In Heels website

When I first had the epiphany that I wanted to be a journalist, Piaggi was one of the first topics I covered. Her Fashion-ology exhibition at the V&A back in 2006 showed me just what a fashion writer could look like, though I’m sure I’ve never seen another fashion creative come close to her in terms of style, flare or passion.

The article I wrote was a review of this exhibition, which appeared on a folded piece of A4 around my campus which was our creative alternative to the student newspaper. I still have a copy of it somewhere, where my little review sits in between a crossword and a page of creative writing.

At the time I had only just rediscovered my passion for writing and was attempting to turn it into a degree. I approached local magazines and publications for work experience and ended up becoming the fashion columnist for a magazine that I am still writing for, four years later.

My profile of an Iconic Fashionista...

My profile of an Iconic Fashionista...

I still have the exhibition catalogue for Piaggi’s exhibition carefully tucked away on a bookshelf as a reminder of my first piece, and my first piece of inspiration as a fashion journalist. Whenever I see a picture of her front row antics I think back to the time I walked up the stairs into her exhibition, loosing my student self in her lavish costumes, treasured furniture and enigmatic magazine spreads.

Piaggi is a true fashion icon and will provide you with inspiration no matter what your vocation so do some research, read her books and just enjoy the visual feasts that she has provided over the last forty years…


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Graduate Fashion Week

Graduate Fashion Week 2010

For every fashion student there is a pinnacle event that signifies the end of your degree and three years of hard work, blood, sweat and (quite often) tears; Graduate Fashion Week.

Now in it’s 19th year, GFW is still the best place to see emerging British talent and put your fledgling brand on the fashion map. As always Bristol’s University of the West of England (UWE) will be sending their best designs down the runway, including Amber Hards’ creations, below.

Amber Hards' garment UWE

Amber, along with fellow UWE student Vanessa Harris, has been shortlisted for the Fashion Innovation Award which is sponsored by Hammerson, the owners of Bristol’s very own fashion behemoth, Cabot Circus.

The award is aimed at students who take a more ‘cutting edge’ approach to their designs and Amber made the cut by creating a knitwear collection inspired by the form and movement of jellyfish. Intricate methods and hooking techniques combined with innovative yarns secured a place on the shortlist and this is not the first time that UWE students have made an impression at GFW.

Amber Hards' sketchbook work UWE

Above: Sketches show the intricacy of Hards' knitwear designs

In 2007 UWE graduate Nick Thomas won the River Island Gold Award for his knitwear collection and in 2005 UWE alumni Jess Noy won the same award for her deconstructed denim collection.

The event itself attracts plenty of press attention and with schools such as Central St Martins taking part, some shows are sold out weeks in advance – the likes of Christopher Kane and the late Alexander McQueen have had their graduate collections snapped up off the back of GFW and the shows are truly inspiring for students and industry insiders alike.

Graduate Fashion Week runs from 6th – 10th June at Earls Court and the UWE show takes place at 7pm on Sunday. For more information and tickets click here.

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Calling All Students!

Cabot Circus student nightThe loans are in, exams are looming and Spring/Summer trends have hit the high street so take a break from the books and head down to Cabot Circus for this Thursday’s student evening.

Ah, university. The three year ride of discounts, student nights and blagging as much stuff for free as possible. Yes, I do remember staying up till 6am to finish a project, high on Pro Plus and surviving on chocolate digestives, but come on – all the parties, discounts and shopping sprees made it worthwhile. Come to think of it, I probably wouldn’t have been up until 6am, high on Pro Plus and surviving on chocolate digestives if I hadn’t gone to all the parties, or used my discounts on numerous shopping sprees but that’s another matter…

Cabot Circus was still a building site when I was at uni and although this meant missing out on events like these, I think my bank manager was pretty grateful! But now Bristol’s most fashionable footpaths are becoming student paradise from 4-8pm on the 28th as discounts, goodie bags, nibbles and live music take over Cabot Circus and Quaker’s Friar.

Participating stores include A Wear, American Apparel, Warehouse and Urban Outfitters so just bring along your student ID and enjoy. If you’re

strapped for cash then look out for plenty of freebies from Rituals, Tampopo and and G Star.

Cabot Circus Student Night, Thursday 28th April, 4-8pm.

Click here for more information.

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>Blog of The Week: Frassy


I’m currently trying to write an article about winter trends for Bristol, all the way from sunny Florida, so naturally I’ve spent the last hour blog surfing in a bid to become the world’s best (or should that be worst?) procrastinator. Thankfully I did though, because that’s how I found Frassy, this week’s BoW.
I knew I was onto a winner when I clocked the use of ‘label maker’ fonts – a typeface I’ve always loved, not to mention label makers in general, of which I which I am a proud owner (geeky, I know). Then came the Polaroids and use of black and white – this may sound cliche, but all are big ticks on my design radar.

Frassy is Audrey Lieghton, the English Lit student based in Spain/Durham with a passion for vintage and all things boho. Each post starts with a famous literary quote, with artfully haphazard shots of her posing in outfits (often charity shop and vintage finds), and the stunted prose reminds me a little of Hunter S. Thompson.

Not only does Audrey have a beautifully presented blog, she also sells her own homemade t-shirts and some vintages pieces on her sister site, Frassy Rags. The only disappointment I found was that a gorgeous worn brown leather bag I had my eye on had already been sold. I’m not sure if the store was a one off thing or how often it is updated but hopefully this stylish student will have more stock soon…

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