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FAD held it’s 10 year retrospective at Freemason’s Hall, the charity offers young people an opportunity to learn more about the fashion industry and provides a springboard for new designers.  The show opened with a look back at a selection of garments from 10 past collections by winners and finalists of the FAD competition. A breadth of inspiration could be seen on the catwalk, ranging from the Renaissance to holographic prints to capital cities around the world. The second part of the event presented new collections from previous FAD finalists. A range of techniques such as knitwear, print textile and embellishment were displayed by the new designers, proving that young and fresh talent is one of the most important aspects of the industry today.

FAD 1. Urban Classics – Sally Hyatt

A tailored menswear collection was presented by Sally Hyatt. Archetypal suit shapes as worn by the inner-city man were taken and reformed with a range of fabrics, asymmetric cuts and pattern detailing.

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FAD 2. Vintage Renaissance – Gaurav Gupta

A decadent gown in a champagne coloured fabric with delicate floral prints of shimmering gold and an asymmetric, tiered ruffle dress in tones of red juxtaposed with a black sleeve were shown by Gaurav Gupta, inspired by the Renaissance period.

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FAD 3.  Avanguardia - Tomas Vlachioties, Radka Podolska, Kathryn Brennard

Garments in dove grey, jet black and ivory made up the ‘Avanguardia’ collection. Cape sleeves, mullet skirts were complimented with ornate Venetian masks, whilst another look received it’s feather fix in the form of a skater skirt. A brocade men’s coat and a red velvet gown added continued opulence to this collection.

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FAD 4. Visionary – Kimberley Machell and Lisa Peduzzi

Shapes were voluminous in this collection, aptly titled ‘Visionary’. Using innovative fabrics such as neoprene in bright shades of orange, lime and purple created some eye catching pieces. A dress in delicate, shell pink was embellished with ruffles and stitch detailing to form a softer side to the range of garments.

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FAD 5. Tale of Two Cities – Alex Kearns and Katie Pope

A rich colour palette reigned supreme within this collection, with garments produced in gold, burgundy and mink. An excess amount of fabric used added extra luxury to the pieces, as cuffs were large and wide and skirts billowed from the waist.

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FAD 6. Urban Nomad – Anna Maria Hesse and Amy Saville

The influences of the lone traveller are prominent in this collection. Earthy and organic tones were used on a snug, knit jumpsuit and eastern inspired embellishment can be seen on the blouses. Emphasising the nomadic theme, the full length skirt pieced together with hundreds of fabric bolts which could have been picked up on travels around the world.

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FAD 7. Communication – Sophie Brown and Alicia Stone

Noteworthy draping detail and a monochromatic colour scheme formed this collection. The muted colours were broken up with a standout, vermillion red obi belt presented by Sophie Brownson and Alicia Stone.

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FAD 8. Holographic – Ana Belen Meroño and Beatrice Newman

Structural dresses bearing prints of the night sky and optical illusions provided a solid start to this collection. The final look was fluid on the body and covered with a drape of black chiffon, providing a wonderful juxtaposition within the show whilst showing off the technical talents of Ana Belen Meroño and Beatrice Newman.

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FAD 9.  Traces – Vera Thordardottir, Rebecca Thomson and Rasa Abramaviciute.

A thought-provoking collection which played on the idea that garments can hold memories. A child like smock in delicate pink and a grey dress with beautiful, lace cut-out detailing represented childhood years. Whilst stronger patterns and structured shapes in the final two looks could be a symbol of growing up and the structure of life.

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FAD 10. Escape – Laura Carew-Gibson and Milly Jackson

The looks by Laura Carew-Gibson and Milly Jackson distracted the mind from reality. A black fur jacket trimmed with fire-like orange and yellow, sat against a sequinned embellished leather top whilst monochromatic, constructed mini-dresses exuded a futuristic element – these were definitely pieces to transport us away from the real world.

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Written by Anita Sheth

Photography by Chloe Lock