Friday, 28 October 2011

The Imagine Appeal Clothes Throw 2011 - Event 4 - Friday

So after three days of cocktails, catwalk, and catfights (okay, furious bidding!), The Clothes Throw 2011 has almost come to an end.

But this year's main events were seen off in style with tonight's 'Graduate Throw', where five LJMU graduates each showed 6 looks, available to purchase, with all proceeds going to the worthy cause that is The Imagine Appeal.

It's hard, I know, to envisage the looks of a collection without pictures, so you'll have to see the pics in His and Hers mag soon, but for now, let me give you a taste of what our city's designers had to offer...

First up was Laura Wallace who sent out a stripped back collection; models swathed in  neutral muslin. A bold move, but one that paid off thanks to delicate button detailing, intelligent draping, and interesting shapes. Wallace said after the show that her inspiration had come from old letters and photographs.

Jodie Wood was next with bold navy and ecru prints on simply shaped pieces. It wasn't all simple though, there was some great unexpected and experimental shoulder detailing and sharp tailoring. The collection was meant to show personalities, to which people will all respond differently.

The third designer was Lauren Schofield who created a sculptural collection with lots of movement. Taking the idea of a crinoline, jersey, sportswear-esque shapes were transformed with giant rigilene collars and frills. I wasn't able to speak to Lauren as she's currently in New York working for Diane Von Furstenberg - alright for some!

Louise Boarder went for cosy ski chalet chic, with fur, felt and textural knitted pieces in a palette of burgundy, biscuit and black. Inspired by animals and child evacuees, layering was key to the theme of 'protecting yourself', topped off with hats and hoods.

Finally Gemma Howarth showed her collection inspired by old memorabilia, such as her grandad's stamp collection. She said she looked at the idea that certain things mean something to someone, yet are worthless to others, and came up with a classic collection in black and dove grey, featuring intricate beading and flowing silks.

So that's it for 2011's events! The one day pop-up shop launches on Manesty's Lane in Liverpool One tomorrow, so do go and gave a look at that as it's another great way to give to the Imagine Appeal.

 I'm not sure quite yet exactly how much has been raised, but as soon as I find out I shall let you know.

In the meantime, if you've missed either Wednesday or Thursday's event reviews, you can read them by clicking on the relevant day...

Also look out for more coverage and pictures of The Clothes Throw in next months His and Hers Magazine.

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