As this year’s BA graduate shows come to a close in the UK, we highlight some of the standout collections across womenswear and accessories. Here we pick our top three accessory designers from Ravensbourne university in London.
Chloi Manouka: Homebound Tribute
The Santorini-born designer is profoundly inspired by home, creating ocean-washed pendant earrings and necklaces from the natural materials unique to the southern Greek island. Manouka’s discovery of a porous rock that is easy to manipulate prompted her research into the myths surrounding Santorini – particularly the lost city of Atlantis. For more on this aesthetic, see Seascape: Fashion Forecast S/S 2018.
Bhaveena Gami: Stop Destroying our Femininity
Unafraid of tackling difficult subjects, the Cardiff-born designer focuses on female genital mutilation, breast ironing and acid attacks, developing pieces around the common theme of restriction. ‘‘The aim of this project was for unaffected people to experience the emotional and physical reality of these acts,’’ said Gami. The result is a collection of non-traditional accessories like mouth guards and chest covers made from foam and the designer’s own silicone/mesh fabric mix.
Katrina Benina: Post-Brexit Anger
A ‘fake it ‘til you make it’ attitude defines Benina’s DIY collection, which looks to tackle the rise in negative stereotypes of Eastern European residents in the UK post-Brexit. Benina combines a mix of traditional embroidery techniques and comically altered brand logos. While appearing to poke fun at counterfeits, these actually reveal a hidden meaning, with ‘pravda’ (a play on ‘Prada’) meaning ‘the truth’ in Russian and Czech. For more on this, see Utopia A/W 18/19.
Look out for more from Stylus on the graduate fashion collections.