Westminster Graduate Fashion Show

A couple of weeks ago, I took the express Virgin train down south to London for the day to join a very fashionable crowd who were, like me, drawn to the University of Westminster by its annual graduate fashion show.

DSC_1115Words & Pictures: Oliver @oliverinstead

Historically, past pupils from the Westminster have kept a brilliant track record of success – Stuart Vevers of Coach, Marc by Marc Jacobs’ Katie Hillier and Christopher Bailey from, of course, Burberry are all honorary graduates from the esteemed establishment. So besides the fact that it was a pleasant change of scenery, the prospects of previewing a new crop of fashion design talents that is sure to go on to bigger and brighter things pumped me up heaps!!


Lucy James, Daniel McKinley, Georgia Mottershead and Niall Cottrell were just a few of the Fashion Design BA (Hons) students who showcased their conclusive collections, wrapping up their time at Westminster and beyond, since some have already worked for world-renowned fashion houses such as Alexander McQueen, Lanvin, MaxMara and the likes.

Here are some of my favourite menswear moments:DSC_1249 DSC_1253 DSC_1239 DSC_0065 DSC_0041Minimalism had no place here.

Each design reflected the creator’s eagerness to show off their ability to dissect every detail to every element.DSC_0220 DSC_0213 DSC_0222 DSC_0181 DSC_0183The mix of vibrant colours and subtle hues in forms of sharp tailoring or full silhouette, all made for a feast of collective creativity.


Personally, Georgia Mottershead had my vote for the most eye-catching collection. The heavy workwear to submerge yourself and drown the lines of your figure in won the battle of the statement outerwears for me.

DSC_1197 DSC_1185 x DSC_1199The designs were stunning but the choices of music were just as impressive. A good tracklist could complete a show. In Georgia Mottershead’s case, Hugo’s version of Jay-Z’s 2004 smash hit 99 Problems certainly brought the show together.


On a different, but not completely unrelated note, my personal highlight of the event was when the Irish reality modelling show The Model Agents’ winner, Tabea Weyrauch took her first stride onto the runway.DSC_0203I was not at all expecting her appearance and to see the statuesque goddess herself at work was a huge bonus! (It actually made my heart stop for a second) And if you weren’t aware before, you need to know that I’m big on models. I seek such strange pleasure in learning about their backgrounds and how they’ve come to where they are.


Finally, I apologise for this post taking so long… as you may well know, I’m now working full-time and as I hinted on briefly in one of my earlier posts, I’ve been working closely with a couple of brands for a very exciting project so I have a lot of my plate and I’m loving it. And, in a few hours I’ll embark on my journey to a second round of London Collections: Men so life couldn’t be more excited for me right now!!


Love, Oliver

*For more info and coverage, visit Westminster Fashion’s official website (here).

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  • Reply
    Nafisah Atcha
    June 12, 2015 at 6:44 am

    Looks like a fabulous day! totally agree music does complete a show!
    Congratulations on the new work!

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    June 12, 2015 at 9:57 am

    Sounds like you’ve been really busy! I’m glad you’re having a great time 🙂 Looks like a wonderful day in London, I’ve not been to a fashion show in ages!!

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      June 16, 2015 at 11:03 pm

      I love runway shows! There’s just so much adrenaline when the music kicks in and the lights come up… although the photographer in me does prefer a good presentation where I can take better pictures so I’m kind of torn… 🙁

      Oliver x

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    June 14, 2015 at 4:55 pm

    well done Mate…glad that alot is going on well with you…the joy is always to see hard work paying,great post by the way…

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    Kosta Karakashyan
    June 15, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    These designs look super promising. I actually love how some of your photos are blurred, gives off the sense that the models were really doing a powerwalk on the runway.

    Kosta // Cool Gear Cavalier

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      June 16, 2015 at 11:00 pm

      Haha! I wish the pictures were better but I suppose the blurriness does add to the movement!

      Oliver x

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    Susan Dollparts
    June 16, 2015 at 12:10 am

    wooow, these look SO unique. love the oversized big outfits and the geometrical shapes!!!xx

    dresses-and-travels //@susandollparts

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    April 30, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    I’m greatful you made the post. It’s cleared the air for me.

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