Wednesday, 17 September 2008

4th Fad Junior Awards: Such Great Hope for Britain’s design Future!

So today I attended the FAD London Fashion Week show. I must admit despite being ill, it was def worth the trip. Seriously these 16-19 yr olds who took part in the project had really worked hard and created some gobsmacking pieces!

Below pic: The crowd waiting to get into the show

Just to tell you a bit about the project (Which I also mentioned in more depth in a previous blog), FAD specialise in running projects with young people from inner City London. They provide these young ambitious people with the opportunity to gain valuable vocational skills and to experience the workings of the fashion industry via the FF2 project.

These young students showcasing today worked their butts off by attending the intensive FAD summer school at Central St Martins.

The response from the audience was amazing!! The designs were so good that they selected two overall winners ( Kusheda Mensah (17yrs)and Aysha Simpson(17yrs)) as opposed to one as they could not conclude between the two.

Aysha combined masculine jodhpurs with a feminine ‘fanned’ hood, to create her striking all-in-one, securing herself a placement with top UK designer and FF2 judge, Elspeth Gibson. Kusheda impressed the jury with her sophisticated jersey jumpsuit, winning the chance to work backstage at next season’s Vauxhall Fashion Scout.

Below Pic: Aysha Simpson bursts into tears of joy and hugs a model in her winning design.

Anne Smith, Dean of Fashion at Central Saint Martins, Designer Elspeth Gibson and Martyn Roberts, Director of Vauxhall Fashion Scout, presented the awards to the delighted winners. Three special mentions were also made – for creativity, Emily McShane from Our Lady’s School (Hackney); for fashion forward design, Felipe Nascimento from Haverstock Enterprise College (Camden); and for research, Grace Wales Bonner from Graveney School (Wandsworth).

The FAD project is such a great opportunity and I wish I had something like this when I was 16…which was nearly a decade ago- Can you believe how life just flys by cos I can’t???????!!!??

At the end of the show I bumped into my friend Albie Espinola who also came to watch the show.

Below pic: Albie and friends

Well what a wonderful evening …I headed home and went straight to bed zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz



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