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Prêt-à-porter; Cardiff Fashion Week 2017

(December 01, 2017)

Isabelle Herring
Cardiff Fashion Week 2017

CFW logo

Cardiff Fashion Week ran from 28 October this year, culminating in the catwalk show, held on 4 November. This year's event displayed a sensational selection of collections from some of the best up and coming Welsh designers. The setting for the prestigious event was the Masonic Hall; the perfect venue for the afternoon. It certainly added a rustic feel to the proceedings.

CFW17 Hair by Michelle Marshall Salon
CFW 2017 catwalk models' hair by Michelle Marshall Salon
photographer John Bishop

This was an exclusive opportunity to view the latest autumn/winter fashions from notable womenswear brands such as Jane Norman, as well as a selection of accessories from Ameow Designs.

Fashion design students from the University of South Wales, Cardiff (USW) showcased their latest collections this year, as well as emerging Welsh design brands such as Jaxxon House, Lian Cara and Sara Gwenan.

CFW17 Jaxxon House
Jaxxon House at CFW 2017
photographer John Bishop

The students from USW hosted a great selection of both womenswear and menswear pieces. The collections were full of vibrancy, colour and individuality. In terms of the womenswear collections, an array of different autumn/winter ready pieces was shown, including Grecian style fitted maxi dresses, glitzy eveningwear, faux fur coats and corseted garments. A selection of unique bespoke garments also featured within the collection – which personally I loved. Materials such as jersey, faux fur and sequinned fabrics were prominent on the catwalk. There was a mixed colour palette too; with colours including black, blue, grey and red prominent within the collection.

CFW17 University of South Wales CFW17 University of South Wales
of South Wales showing at CFW 2017
    Photographer John Bishop

USW's menswear pieces could be considered to be very expressive in nature, combining traditional autumn/winter attire with current trends. The collection featured several patterned garments combined with shaggy looking knits - something I haven’t seen before on the Cardiff catwalk. Materials including the likes of PVC, knit, mesh and jersey were used within the collection. The colour palette was both muted and bright, with tones of yellow, blue and purple. Standout pieces include a printed long line cover up, a transparent mesh tee and ruched trousers.

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Carmarthenshire School of Art collection at CFW 2017
photographer John Bishop

Another impressive designer featured on the Cardiff catwalk this year was Llandovery based fashion brand, Lian Cara. Owner Lian Poulson has recently graduated from Carmarthen School of Art with a degree in Fashion: Design & Construction. Following on from the success of her final year, Lian showcased her beautiful final collection on the Cardiff catwalk. Gaining inspiration from her countryside filled surroundings, the collection is best described as bespoke evening wear. Key pieces include layered maxi dresses and gathered trousers. Outstanding laser cutting panels were featured within the collection, which gave it a trendy edge. The overall colour palette was extremely muted, with a range of neutral colours on display.

Other catwalk highlights included Cardiff based designer Tobias Malfoy, who showed a wonderful selection of formal black Dior type dresses on the catwalk. Additionally, Malfoy showcased a range of graphic t-shirt designs, which were definitely inspired by the likes of fashion designer, Henry Holland. The colour palette was of a monochrome nature.

Former Carmarthen School of Art student Sara Gwenan also displayed her final graduate collection on the catwalk. Inspired by recycled materials, Sara’s collection featured a delightful range of interesting garments. Key pieces include printed A-line skirts, waistcoats and mesh tops. Prominent colours included light blues and browns.

CFW17 Lian Cara CFW17 Sara Gwenan CFW17 Tobias Malfoy
Lian Cara Sara Gwennan Tobias Malfoy
  images: John Bishop  

The collection from the USW's alumni was definitely my favourite from this year's event. I loved how diverse both the menswear and womenswear collections were. They equally featured a variety of different styles and were very vivid and eclectic – definitely right up my street!

I really enjoyed seeing the collections from this year's Cardiff Fashion Week event. It is clear that there is an exceptional amount of creative talent in Wales. I am incredibly excited for Cardiff Fashion Week 2018.

Isabelle Herring, December 2017

If you liked this, you will enjoy these from Isabelle too:
     Bloggers and vloggers; September 2017
     Graduate Fashion Week 2017; June 2017
     London Fashion Week A/W 2017; March 2017
     Cardiff Fashion Week 2016; December 2016
     Cardiff Fashion Week 2016 preview; September 2016
     Role models, September 2016
     Fashion Week Australia S/S 2016, June 2016
     New York Fashion Week F/W 2016; March 2016
     bloggers and vloggers; December 2015
     Review: Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty; October 2015
     Festival essentials; June 2015
     New York Fashion Week F/W 2015; March 2015
     Does size really matter?; December 2014
     Looking for value?; September 2014

Isabelle blogs on fashion as Isabelle Rachel!

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