Life & Style

GFW this year I found was a pretty strong one for menswear. The collections were for the brave man, who isn’t afraid to be bold and loud about what he wears! For me there were three stand out designers, James Reeves, Abisola Akanni and Liam Falcus. Here goes the final part of our Graduate Fashion Week ’17 catch up…

James Reeves (Edinburgh College of Art) 


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James Reeves’ collection was the first I saw at GFW and it made me EXTREMELY happy. It screamed 80’s underground club movement with a hint of Pop Art thrown in there. Think, men in sequinned blazers and oversized vintage briefcases which open up to reveal MAD colours!

The collection was something I could definitely see appearing on a Moschino catwalk, It was refreshing to see men enjoying a little sparkle!

Abisola Akanni (De Montfort University) 


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Abisola’s collection was super memorable for me because of the level of culture behind it. It took African dress and accelerated it with colours that both popped and clashed, fluff and bright orange patent shoes. Each of the looks we’re completely eccentric and gave off a real feel good vibe!

When I look back at the collection, I can’t help but think of Snoop Dog ft Austin Powers in the jungle…that is something I would pay good money to see happen!

Liam Falcus (Northumbria University) 


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Not the usual YGSF go to, but different is always good! Liam Falcus brought fashionable boxing wear back. We see a lot of sports style looks on the catwalk… because exercise is now the fashionable thing to be doing. But the silk boxing shorts and matching bomber jackets is something I haven’t seen before and i’m a sucker for originality! Boxing as a form of exercise is massively popular right now, Liam’s done very well with timing!

In my opinion Graduate Fashion Week is the best of them all, it’s where you get ahead on the trends, discover the talent of the future and see some DOPE street style! GFW, I look forward to seeing you again next year…