Emma Banister has recently graduated from Norwich University of the Arts where she completed a Fashion Design and Textiles degree. Her designs and graduate collection were characterised by the use of unorthodox materials such as rope and expired parachutes. The utilisation of these sustainable and unique fabrics caused her designs to have a great texture and form. The inspiration for her designs came from the sea and the flow and structure of her designs reflect that. This young designer has showcased great skill in creating stunning pieces from neglected materials and aims to keep sustainability at the forefront of her designs.
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Rose Brown grew up in Welsh countryside and graduated from the Manchester School of Art in 2018. Her goal is to create things that are truly never seen before, using unconventional textiles and concepts derived from the weird and wonderful place that is the inside of her head. She strives to find out what it means to be truly different and to be it.
Her collection is called Aprés Lunar, which means ‘After the Moon’. Taking inspiration from 1980s skiers and WW2 flight suits, it brings the excitement of adventure from the Space Race, back to the 21st century.
The main inspiration is a light art installation by Christopher Schardt, which was displayed at the festival Burning Man. The piece is called ‘Firmament’ consisting of a series of LEDs, draped in triangular form across the sky.
This inspired her angular pattern cut and her use of reflective materials that represent electric light.
Her realisation moment was when she was dancing on a stable in the French Alps. It helped her to understand how skiwear can morph into party wear and vice versa. She had to live it, to make it.
Each look has reflective properties that come to life under the flash of a camera, transforming the collection. Her metallic spacemen dance the night away, lighting up the slopes as the go.
The six look collection is a glowing series of blues, coppers, silvers and metallics. It is outerwear heavy, mixed with shining leggings, scuba tops and salopettes. She made her own fabric by bonding aluminium and copper onto cottons to create garments treading the line between wearable and unwearable.
After graduating, she was selected and flown to China for the International Youth design competition (IYCD) in the Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology. She has also attended charity fashion shows with her collection, in London, Glasgow, Manchester and Wolverhampton. Glasgow raised £34,139 for Simon Community Scotland.
She now has a studio space so that she can continue her work, with a new collection to be released AW19.
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Cabrini Roy represents a new age of luxury ready to wear fashion, with her innovative way of creating bold silhouettes whilst staying true to her minimal style. Emerging from London College of Fashion, Cabrini explores ways to visually represent her story whether that be drawing inspiration from her childhood to create contemporary streetwear or taking influence from her filipino culture. The garments create a distinct style yet stays comfortable enough to be worn every day. Each design includes a touch of Cabrini Roy, a woman who hopes to empower through her pieces, with an emphasis on setting your own trends with no boundaries on the numerous amounts of ways to style each essential piece.
Fan Lingshan graduated from the University of Central Lancashire. She believes that in creating a design, it must resonate with the viewer, and awaken people's sense of social responsibility, such as with the environment, culture, etc.
Her graduation designs are inspired by the child’s nature of liking the new and hating the old. This behavior will cause many toys to be thrown away. On the other hand, in order to meet the children's consumption needs, manufacturers quickly update products and environmental pollution caused by overproduction of toys.
The work takes the doll as the entry point, through the child’s perspective,
Design use the colorful print, A large number of discarded dolls, the resulting silhouette of fingers, torso, and arms, the She uses her knitting and crochet skills as the texture to expressed the shape. In the series, the head of the doll is used as a bag and accessories, and the eyes of the doll are also as prints and the decoration of the clothes. The design was earned runner-up of David Textiles award and Finalist of fashion Design portfolio award.
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The rise of wedding dupes
Your pre-wedding shopping list is bound to seem like a daunting task — and you might even have your eye on something worn by one of your favourite celebs when they tied the knot. Taking inspiration from the rich and famous might not suit your budget though. However, don’t discard your hopes of coveting something extremely similar to Meghan Markle’s Cartier earrings, Hillary Swank’s engagement ring, or even Kim and Kanye’s flower wall.
There’s been a rise in popularity of ‘dupes’ recently, and many retailers try to purposefully replicate these iconic pieces, at a fraction of the price. So, complete your wedding day look with some of these star-studded wedding day replicas!
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry — Cartier earrings
When the royal couple tied the knot back in 2018, The Duchess of Sussex wore the stunning yet simplistic Cartier 18 karat white gold and diamond galanterie stud earrings, and they complemented the timeless elegance of her fitted gown. The earrings were a perfect statement in line with her overall wedding day look, understated and simply ethereal. If you’re still in awe of these beauties, then head to the online retailer Etsy where you’ll find an extraordinarily similar pair for around £17 — a notable saving when compared to the Cartier price tag of $16,500 (£13,500).
Kaley Cuoco and Ryan Sweeting — chandelier tiers
Despite having the potential to become a serious hazard — especially if you’ve invited children to your ceremony, there’s no denying that Kayley Cuoco’s wedding cake was a spectacular creation. The tiers were assembled upside down, finished with an extravagant chandelier suspended on top. While most bakers might not want to brave such a daring design, The Butter End Cakery took Kayley’s cake dreams and made them into a reality. Want to give your own wedding cake an a-list makeover? Ask your baker to let their creativity run wild with suspended tiers which can wrap around your wedding cake, adding a unique touch.
Beyonce Knowles and Shawn Carter (Jay-Z) — engagement ring
Shawn Carter, known in the music industry as Jay-Z, took heed from his partner Beyoncé Knowles hit ‘Single Ladies’ in 2007, when he finally ‘put a ring on it’ — and he certainly chose well! Not every man would feel comfortable heading into the jewellers and finding the perfect engagement ring for their partner, but Jay-Z picked a stunning Lorraine Schwartz 18 carat platinum ring with a price tag of $5 million. If you’re looking to convey the same luxury look for a split shank band, and in terms of style emerald cut, diamond engagement rings are the best bet.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry — evening dress
We’re a nation swept away by royal wedding euphoria, so once again we are looking back to what Meghan wore on her big day — this time, it’s all about her second gown. Meghan changed in to an uber chic halter neck dress designed by Stella McCartney, a fitted floor length piece fit for the radiant princess. Shortly afterwards, the ecommerce fashion retailer ASOS unveiled a dress which captures the same understated elegance, with a more payday friendly price tag of £120. Surprisingly, the actual dress is available to buy online, a rarity when it comes to garments designed for an event with the gravity of a royal wedding; but if the £3,500 checkout total is over budget, then rest assured that you’ll find some dupes which are outstandingly close to the real deal.
Kim Kardashian-West and Kanye West — flower wall
Looking to get your photographs exactly right? A statement backdrop could be the way to go, taking some inspiration from the music mogul Kanye West and businesswoman Kim Kardashian West. The couple marked their first moments of married life by posing in front of a decadent wall of flowers, and the delicate toned blooms added to the ethereal ambience of their special day. While not all of us can stretch our budgets enough to accommodate such aggrandized features, there’s a few alternative ways to recreate this, and it will look just as gorgeous in your pictures. Consider adding some flower lined arches, or look at lining the walls of your venue with some paper flower creations, for a quirkier, less pricy option.
If you’ve got your eyes on something that you’ve spotted in a glossy magazine or on your favourite celebrities Instagram feed, then it’s worthwhile shopping around because more often than not, you’ll find a brilliant dupe!