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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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Fashion Show Alert: (Ox)vamping It Up

Oxvamp UWE fashion show

I’ve been rushed off my feet all week but couldn’t wait for a Something for The Weekend… post to share this fashionable event. The Oxvamp Fashion Show is a collaboration between UWE fashion students and Orange Street Creative Studios, in honour of Oxfam’s amazing online store.

If you’re anything like me you love nothing more than a rummage in a vintage store, charity shop or jumble sale (proof of my addiction can be found littered throughout this blog) and I like to think that scoring points on the ethical fashion front balances out all those debt-inducing trips to the high street, right? ; )

As well as numerous charity shops Oxfam also have several Oxfam Boutiques across the country (including Bath and Cardiff) dedicated to vintage clothes, custom creations and re-worked garments. Here in Bristol we have the Oxfam Hub, based in Portishead. Although it isn’t open to the public, the Hub is essential to Oxfam’s online store – a dedicated warehouse where volunteers sort through stock and upload images and product descriptions to the site for us savvy shoppers to peruse. The Hub was kind enough to donate lots of stock not fit re-sale to Orange Street and UWE, whose students have now transformed preloved garments giving them a new lease of life.

UWE fashion students select clothes from Oxfam's Portishead Hub

UWE fashion students select clothes from Oxfam's Portishead Hub. Photo courtesy of Orange Street Creative Studios

It’s a closely guarded secret as to what we can expect on the catwalk, taking place next Friday, but Anna Scully, a UWE student and part of the team behind the event promises garments will be “very avant-garde and unrecognisable from their original state. These pieces will then go onto the online store ready for purchase.” If you can’t wait there are also sneak peaks of the garments on the Oxvamp Fashion Show Facebook page.

As well as a catwalk show there will be drinks and nibbles aplenty at this fashionable harbourside venue – what better way to kick-start your weekend? Tickets are going fast so if you want to do your bit for a good cause and see future designers in action, come down to the third floor of Bush House (above the Arnolfini) on Friday 1st April at 7pm – don’t forget to book your ticket in advance to avoid disappointment.

The Oxvamp Fashion Show is free but donations are welcome and tickets must be booked in advance. You can find Facebook event details here and to book your ticket click here.

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Something for The Weekend… Fairwear Fashion Show

Fairwear Fashion Show 2011

We’re smack bang in the middle of Fairtrade Fortnight 2011 (28th February – 13th March) and Bristol is doing its bit by hosting the Fairwear Fashion Show this Saturday. Ethical fashion has been on my radar this week as readers of my Labour Behind the Label post will know, so I’m delighted to preview the Fairwear show for this week’s SFTW.

Since it’s inception two years ago, the Fairwear Fashion Show has showcased the best Fairtrade retailers and designers this city, and indeed country, has to offer and this year it moves from Bristol Cathedral to the Galleries in Broadmead. Ex Hollyoaks actor, Fairtrade campaigner and Bristol resident James Redmond will be presently the catwalk shows and the event, hosted by the Bristol Fairtrade Network, will also exhibit designs by UWE Fashion students. There will be three catwalk shows throughout the day as well as plenty of local Fairtrade beauty and fashion retailers, including Lush, Shared Earth and The Body Shop.

Fairwear fashion show 2010

Above: Fairwear Fashion Show 2010

Speaking ahead of this year’s show, Bristol Fairtrade Co-ordinator Jenny Foster told Ship-Shape, “Fairwear 2011 will be an exciting event showing that Fairtrade and ethical clothing and accessories can be affordable and beautiful, as well as providing a fair deal for farmers and the environment.” This is the second year I’ll be missing out as I’m off to London for the weekend but if you get a chance to pop down let me know what you think and look out for other Fairtrade Fortnight events across the city.

The Fairwear Fashion Show is free and catwalk shows take place at 12.30, 2pm and 3pm so there is no excuse to go down and catch a show – there will be plenty of fashion and beauty samples and goodies to enjoy too. For more information about the event click here or visit the Fairwear Facebook page.

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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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