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10 SATURDAY MAY 24, 2014


Fashion what you’re wearing

Name: Katie Chubb Age: 21 Area from: City centre Blog: Course: Fashion Promotion & Communication Outfit details Top: Primark, £3 Skirt: Charity shop, £2.50 Shoes: Converse at Schuh, £45 I wouldn't say I have a very specific style. I like to experiment and try out different things. I take inspiration from other fashion blogs such as Rookie, Amy Valentine and Novella Afterglow in addition to fashion magazines. I feel that since coming to Nottingham for university from Surrey, I have branched out and really got into vintage apparel. There’s some great shops up here that stock such a wide variety of things at bargain prices. Combining vintage and charity shop finds with designer and high street garments is a great way to achieve an individual look. I have worked in retail for five years and this has also influenced my style. I worked for Hobbs London and learnt so much about the inner workings of the fashion industry and have recently started working at Topshop. I love being surrounded by the trends of each season and interpreting them in my own way and seeing how other people wear the same garment in a totally different way.

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FASHION students at Nottingham Trent University finished their final degree collections this week and celebrated with two evenings of catwalk shows. On Wednesday night, student knitwear designers Sarah Griffiths, Laura-Jayne Wilkinson and Laura Clayton showcased their collections on the runway, for which they were required to design and produce six full outfits. Models paraded down the catwalk in the university’s Newton building wearing handmade knitwear ranging from coats and trousers to maxi dresses. The two-hour show was a sea of colours, materials and patterns showcasing various design influences and talent. One student who took inspiration from a trip abroad was Sarah Griffiths. The 23-year-old showcased 28 handmade garments. She says: “I went to Marrakech last year and visited the Majorelle Gardens. I was amazed at all the textures and contrasting colours. That is the theme for my clothing – botanical. “I have used fluffy mohair which then contrasts with smooth cottons and linen.” Sarah’s menswear collection took 13 weeks to produce and

Rose day dress, £129, Kaliko, Debenham’s, Long Row,

Kitty Mok’s designs inspired by an emerging trend of arcade game fashion and street artwork.

combined jumpers, trousers and polo shirts as well as accessories, all in green tones and a range of textured materials, including felt. The young designer, who is from Devon but lives in the Arboretum area, specialised in knitwear after studying for her art foundation course at New College Nottingham. “We did a bit of everything on that course and it was then that my tutor taught me how to knit. I took to it really well. She was the one who inspired me to look at knitwear as a whole,” says Sarah. The NTU knitwear design degree is taught over four years, one of

which is on a work placement. For Sarah, this meant working in Serbia for six months at a fashion research and writing company. She adds: “I love going abroad so I had a great time in Serbia. I got the chance to experience the industry in a different way. “After I graduate I’d quite like to go abroad again. I want to stick to menswear though. It’s all about the small details and features that people can pick up.” For fellow student, Laura-Jayne Wilkinson, the same placement to Serbia served as a great source of inspiration for her final collection, which focused on textiles and childrenswear. Laura, 21, gave her clothing a Russian folk theme, using vivid Danika Fisher models an outfit designed by Laura Clayton.

Jack Lamont models one of Sarah Griffiths's knitted tops. colours such as peach, red and orange with bursts of neon yellow. “While I was in Serbia I looked at the field workers and typical Eastern European looks. I used a

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lot of my original photos,” says the designer, who lives in the city centre but is from Middlesbrough. “A lot of my clothing is embroidered and my collection is full of colour and pattern.” Large billowed sleeves and waistcoats covering shirts feature within Laura’s work, for which she has made two full outfits and a portfolio of fabric and textile swatches. Furiously knitting alongside Laura was design student Laura Clayton, who looked at the theme of hoarding and mementos or her collection, which combined unusual structures and features. The 25-year-old’s womenswear clothing, named Hoarding Stuff for Sentiment’s Sake, took on a sense of clutter, using belts and leather to contrast with the feminine pinks and pale greys. She says: “There is one key piece of clothing in each outfit. I wanted them to look cluttered and give an impression of stuff spilling out. “The colours are almost like classic ice-cream flavours. They’re nostalgic. You get the pinks and yellows and blues that are then contrasted with the brown of the leather.” Combining the leathers with cotton and linen, the Birmingham-born student has created a collection that is designed to send out a message, an element to the industry that firmly appeals to the student. “I’d love to work at a designer level and for a company that has an annual runway show. For them it’s about experimenting and setting trends rather than following what is in fashion. “I want to be the one in-

Kitty Mok

Sarah Griffiths

Laura Jayne Wilkinson

Laura Clayton

spiring the retail brands,” she says. The fashion design students took over the catwalk on Thursday, during which 22year-old designer Kitty Mok showcased her arcade-inspired clothing. Kitty, who was born in Moko, China, saw an emerging trend of arcade game fashion and street artwork after a trip to Paris. She says: “It was all about games such as Space Invaders and Pac-Man. I then researched all about space and vintage arcades and decided to combine the two. “For my collection, I’ve used bright colours and the primary colour palette that you see on old television screens. My shapes are unusual too. They’re quite angular and baggy on the body.” As part of her work, Kitty also collaborated with an accessories design student to produce matching pieces including hats, bags and scarves. “I really wanted to do something creative and out there as well as showing my academic side. Where I’m from in China there isn’t a lot of creativity, which is why I decided to come to Nottingham for university. It’s a great place and I’m hoping to find an internship here after I’ve graduated.” The design students are now waiting to be told who will be showcasing their work in two weeks’ time at Graduate Fashion Week in London. The Nottingham Trent University show will be held at 2pm on June 2 at The Truman Brewery, East London. Tickets are £19.45 and can be found at

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accessories. For a similar dress that is a little more purse friendly, head to John Lewis for brands such as Mango and Warehouse, where you can find great party dresses that are both elegant and on trend. Team with textured nude heels and monochrome earrings for a sophisticated ensemble that will have you standing out for all of the right reasons.

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Floral printed coat, £99, Betty Jackson Black at Debenhams, Long Row,

With inspirations stretching from arcade games to the gardens of Morocco, the final-year fashion degree show at Nottingham Trent University was an eclectic mix of talent. Lucy Budge speaks to the students behind the creations

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