It was all about the boys on the runway at Whitehouse Institute of Design’s graduation parade. As the catwalk opened, Jeremy Bailey Smith had the whole crowd gushing over his designs, in fact, I still am!
With his collection telling a story of the modern day woman, stylishly jet setting the globe, there is an obvious focus on the designers aesthetic. Gathering inspiration from the early part of the 20th century and infusing that with modern colours and prints, Jeremy’s line put elegance and romance back on the map.
Another boy to watch was fashion designer Stephen Stirling who made his models look like super stars as they strutted the catwalk. Iniko is the exploration of his alter-ego formed as young boy; she is a celebrated entertainer who is fearless, revered and respected; with her thoughts on life, years ahead of her time. “Iniko aims to celebrate the darkness and in turn make it something that is strong, beautiful and inspiring”, he says.
Aesthetically, he aims to generate high-end street wear with many textured, effervescent and evening sensations. Looking into the future Stephen’s focus is on creating ideas for entertainers- hoping to fuse his love for fashion design, music and videography.
Whitehouse also offers degrees in styling and creative direction and had their graduating students windows on display. With so much talent trapped in one room it was overwhelming to see just how broad the course can be.
Stand out displays included Frida Harnesk; Swedish singer/songwriter, DJ, and stylist. She spent the last semester creating a music video ‘When Stars Align’, written, produced and performed by herself. The song is about a woman who goes out to nature to connect with her self in a higher state of being. Through the energies of the earth she is exploring the nature in a new complex and monastic purity form.
Having worked with major companies such as Walt Disney, Mercedes Benz & Husqvarna she is no stranger to the big stage, Frida is an example of a broad talent in the creative industry, utilising her many skills in the whole pod of it. Frida has hopes of continuing her experience and broadening her skills in everything the industry has to offer from being a performer, to extending her digital design skills in photography and graphic design.
To see our favourite looks from the night, click through the gallery below.
Images courtesy of PNP Media/Whitehouse Institute of Design