LFW DAY #5: FAD
2011 FAD Competition winner: Milly Jackson
WHERE: Vauxhall Fashion Scout @ Freemasons’ Hall
FRONT ROW: Members of the FAD panel: founder Maria Alvarez de Toledo, Wendy Dagworthy, Head of Fashion and Textiles at the RCA and Whistles CEO Jane Shepherdson.
WHAT: The fifteen finalists of the FAD competition presented their responses to the brief: ‘Escape (from the everyday)’. Each designer presented two looks which had to show an original interpretation of the brief and could work as a mini collection in its own right. Our favouite looks from each collection included Annie Vallis’ mountainous prints, muddy red shorts and translucent trench coat with harness; Emily Booker’s bright knit balaclavas with oversized bobbles; Emma Clifton’s surreal cartoon-esque pieces: a grey jacket with gashes and a dripping blood jumper with a blue fishscale skirt; Kerri Goulden’s plastic neon jewellery; Qi Zhang’s colour palette of brown-grey and mint-turquoise; Ashleigh Downer’s hook and eye detailing; Lucy Johnson’s hooded brown men’s parka and leaf scarf look; Rachael Brooks’ big peter pan collars and big flouncy clown sleeves and Rachel Copper’s architectural separates; Kay Wilcox’s space-age blue skirt with spikes of silver material jutting out at the hips; Esther Ndongala’s deconstructed kimono-style coat; Milly Jackson’s monochrome Tweedledee and Tweedledum-style dresses, super huge structured skirts and toadstool detail; Shabana Mahomed’s gathered skirts and technicolour panels; Joanna Course Mandle’s fantastic headgear with hair, purple and pink flowers and horns and Laura Carew-Gibson’s tassels and dip-dye-effect neon sunset colours on a black shaggy fur jacket.
HIGHLIGHT: The announcement of the winners – we came over all tingly and emotional! Annie Vallis and Laura Carew-Gibson were runners up with £1000 each and internship placements and Milly Jackson won the grand prize of £2000 and a design placement at Whistles. The best designers were recognised!
QUOTES: Various overheard comments included: “What a fantastic prize”; “how professional!” and “when we were teaching him we were like ‘what’s wrong with him? Is he on drugs or something?’”
Competition winner: Milly Jackson, Nottingham Trent University
Joanna Louise Mandel
Words: Katie Rose