This is a very short post but I wanted to let people know about the Royal College of Art Graduate Exhibition so that you can go next year if you have a chance. They turned the Averard Hotel (Lancaster Gate Tube Stations) into a fashion showroom. It was interesting to go into the abandoned hotel and take a look at all of the amazing work done by the students.
The graduates looked nervous and I think one of their professors was running around trying to get everything ready. It was nice and reminded of my own days back in university. My friend and I were some of the first people there so a few students were still trying to get things set up.
The Averard was a really great setting because it was a bit grungy but still had high ceilings and it is in a really great location. It is near where I live and I had never been inside. Usually there is a homeless person sleeping in the doorway or it is boarded up, so maybe this is a chance at trying to use the building or to take first steps to refurbish it.
Sadly, I lost my programme, so I am not sure who designed what. You can check out the event website for details. There was a lot of imagination and a fun spirit that ran through the designs and the work by the students. I expected to see dark, bleak clothes for tough times but the colours and styles reflected a sense of optimism, hope and excitement. Maybe this is because summer is on the way and they are about to graduate?
There was one designer that really spoke to me. Maybe because I am older and times feel darker but still beautiful in many ways. The work by Colleen Anne Leitch was just amazing. I wanted to wear this vest/cape right out of the showroom. You can see it on a model if you head to her Instagram page.
The show was amazing and if you can go next year, I recommend it! You can see more of the clothing from the show on actual models by clicking here.