GFW 2019 | Talent of Tomorrow Campaign

This is the ultimate full circle moment for me. If you are familar with my blogging history or career, I started blogging about fashion. I used to post about being a fashion student, my experience as a designer and my journey into the industry. Well fast forward to nearly 10 years later, I am featured in this year's Graduate Fashion Week Talent of Tomorrow Campaign.

I had the pleasure of being a mod-del (in my boujee voice) in this year's Talent of Tomorrow Campaign which featured other influencers such as Suleman Kudus, Jade Pearl, Mercedes Benson, Victoria Magrath, Chloe Street and Rashpal Amrit. We posed in the fashions of 12 fashion students from Universities across the UK.

Another major full circle moment... the photoshoot took place at The Truman Brewery which is where I did my first ever fashion show for my end of College show. The boilersuit I wore in the group shot was inspired by hip-hop and the 80' end of year collection was based on the Story of Hip Hop. Isn't is amazing how things just line up!!! 

Chelsea Flinn – University of Huddersfield
Group outfit worn by Rachel Sealy Tailored Boilersuit with Drawstring Jacket Inspiration for Chelsea’s tailored boiler suit and collection began on the streets of East London in Shoreditch’s famous Brick Lane. The graffiti found in the busy and vibrant street helped to develop an exciting platform for this collection by encouraging the use of expressive prints within the designs. Combined with the styling of the 80s hip hop era, with oversized garments and statement pieces seen on influential artists such as Tu Pac, MC Hammer and Slick Rick, formed the foundations of the boiler suit used in the Talent of Tomorrow shoot. Tying her interests in urban art and 80s hip hop, with the skills she learned on a placement year at TOG24 and a keen interest in styling, the final collection comes together to create a selection of inspirational urban wear with careful tailoring. 

Venus Chen– University of Portsmouth

Chinese born Venus Chen was inspired by Pareidolia in the design process of her oversized jacket. Pareidolia is the phenomena of how people often make sense of random shapes to try and form a face. Chen found it interesting that the mechanisms of the human body, such as eyesight and visual perception will try to find the human in inanimate objects. This is because our vision can trick our mind into imagining that we might be surrounded by other people even though we are not. As mental health and wellbeing issues are on the rise, particularly amongst young people, this fashion and textiles collection asks the viewer and wearer to question how we relate to each other and what we see as normal; is seeing faces in things a worry or an enjoyable part of being creative.

I throughly enjoyed the experience of the day, and left feeling so inspired. I left the fashion industry a while ago because I found it so pretentious and uppity. Being amongst these amazing designers and fashions really sparked something within me that has made me want to get back into the industry. I have always said I would return when it felt right and I think I have that feeling. Now I don't know how I shall do so yet, but watch this space.

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You may or may not know I am a fashion graduate.😁 I remember being in university and everyone was so nervous for Graduate Fashion Week,it was one of the biggest events on the fashion calendar. I had the amazing opportunity today to be a part of the @officialgfw Talent of Tomorrow campaign.😊 It was such an amazing experience.😍 It gave me inspiration to want to get back into fashion... (More coming on thatπŸ˜‰) As much as fashion has evolved over the years and everyone is screaming diversity and inclusion, I was the only plus size model and didn't have many options to pick from. (two of my looks were menswear) I remember wanting to do a plus size collection at my university and my tutors were so against it...and I feel that hasn't really changed much in 10+ years.. hopefully it does one day!! 😁 I can't wait to see the final images 😍 _ _ _ _ Coat @venuschen_fashion _ Blazer dress _ Jumpsuit _ _ _ #UKafrolista #gfw2019 #gfw19 #tagyourtalent #wearegraduatefashion #fashion #fashionista #lovefashion #ukfashion #studentfashion #fashionista #fashiongram #plussizefashion #plussize #curves #bblogger #beauty #beautyblogger #influencer #fashioninfluencer
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