Thanks to extortionate tuition fees and the increasingly uncertain job prospects that come with a degree, more and more youngsters are choosing to eschew the traditional route of university. Instead, they're throwing themselves into unpaid internships and mentorship schemes to work their way up the fashion ladder; a perfectly legitimate way to gain industry experience. This year, Graduate Fashion Week has arrived at the perfect time - it serves as a reminder of Britain's youngest prospects doing things the traditional way and finally showcasing the fruits of their three-year labour. In an industry built on prestige, GFW was a welcome reminder that the one thing the fashion industry really needs right now is youth. Yesterday was a personal highlight of mine as Birmingham City University graduates showcased their collections, and it was a moment that, despite the months of Instagram previews, nobody could have predicted. The menswear shows in particular were an example of forward-thinking; waterproof footwear, white lace trousers and knee-length metallic blazers were amongst the show's highlights, displaying impressive versatility in eager young minds. The pictures below are just a preview... YouTube links will be coming shortly, as will a selection of interviews with the thirsty young designers preparing to make their mark on today's fashion landscape.
|Claire Latham, Birmingham City University|