all imgs from catwalking.com
Liverpool John Moores was next up; a show i was quite looking forward to, having walked past their stand a fair few times (it wasn't too far from ours and had a lot of pieces from the collections hanging up).
Ash Kabir opened the show with a unisex collection entitled third gender:hijra according to the LJM site. embellishment and gorgeous draping/pleating mixed with more tailored pieces (the cropped, striped blazer in look 2 is a particular favourite, though the entirety of look 5 is killer, down to the barely seen sequin trousers), and finished with indian jewellery. now considering buying a big gold chain to run from my nose to my ear. i mean, make the most of this nose piercing, yknow?
i recognised Eileen Pang's work from the official GFW photogs - in which one of Julie Yeung's outfits was also shot (off of Northumbria, yknow). all structural shapes and hip flares in whites and beiges - the contrast of the structure with the woven pieces and treatments in some of the looks is wonderful.
Laura Latham joined the harness train - wheyyyy! - with drapey sequin harnessed over loose and loopy chiffon pieces, with pleats and tucks edging dresses and jackets elsewhere.
my favourite here was Yasmin Kheradmandan, whose chunky knitwear was to die for. the second look (green maxi, joined between the legs; huge orange scarf WITH POM POMS; patterned tights) i would wear as is, right now (alright, maybe later in the year. i have a feeling that scarf would be too warm even for a british summer) and the huge green floor length cardi can also get in my wardrobe asap. had to include the lineup so you can see aforementioned green dress without it swishing about - do the swirly prints remind you a little of vivienne westwood prints too?
finally, Louise Boarder's cute, fuzzy collection. i wrote on my show notes "where the wild things are" which is pretty accurate. adored the furry hats, the print, everything oversized (too long sleeves; adorable) and the entirety of looks 1 and 5; but could probably live without a furry-legged jumpsuit.