Hundreds of stylish outfits lit up the catwalk as this year’s fashion graduates from Northumbria Univeristy showcased their creations at the Baltic as part of NE1’s Newcastle Fashion Week.
There was an array of themes in the show with a rainbow of standout prints, warm, oversized winter wear, minimalist, monochrome, clean cut collections, to the extremely quirky and ever so slightly eerie collections of Jodi Worbley and Hannah Donkin.
For me, a standout collection of the show was that of graduate Di Han, who created a very ethereal inspired range which featured bohemian style slouched maxi dresses, oversized blouses, skirts and shorts.
The standout point of the collection were the beautiful flashes of colour incorporated into the pure white garments in shades of sunset oranges and yellows.
They looked like they had been hand painted in bright, watercolour art paints which leaked across the pristine canvas-like clothing, creating unique wave patterns across the hemlines of the skirts.
Sea blues appeared to blend from dark to light tones from the hemlines, to the waistlines and necklines of the floaty chiffon dresses and trousers, like waves approaching the shore.
Some of the pieces featured giant portraiture of women’s faces which were loosely and delicately printed across the face of maxi dresses and waistcoats.
A standout trend for the summer, it was an alternative spin on the big 2014 art inspired trend as seen on designer catwalks such as Prada, Vivienne Westwood and Mary Katrantzou.
Some of the garments were adorned with delicate stitch work which created detailed western style, bohemian, embellished necklaces with turquoise ornaments, which appeared to hang delicately down the garments’ surfaces in multiple layering.
The collection was accessorized with chunky, paint printed headscarves which were styled in to twisted crowns, whilst the models’ hair was teased and left to hang in a relaxed demeanour. The shoes that they wore were clunky, woven espadrilles made with a mix of vivid patterned, clashing fabrics and woven, straw like soles.
Di Han is definitely a designer to look out for in the future with her original, bohemian and relaxed designs which in my opinion are pure heaven.
View the full catwalk report here.