Enliven 2014 – The Runway

This weekend fellow blogger Sarah (Daisychains and Dreamers) and I went to Enliven 2014.

 

It’s a project in Eastleigh which partners local artists, designers and charities to create innovative fashion. There was a runway collection from The Sorting Office (a creative space for new designers), The Enliven Project (local designers were paired with local charity shops to make new creations out of donated clothes) and Southampton Solent (their amazing graduate collections).

 

Here’s my highlights from the three separate sections…

 

The Sorting Office

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Enliven Project

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A great tie dress by Hermione Bressloff

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Baoqian “Queenie” Chen reworked clothes from CLIC Sargent

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Clare Jefferson-Jones and Amber Jefferson-Grant created a Birds of Paradise collection

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Andrew Nield used Oxfam items such as coins, forks and sheet music to make this incredible cloak and cuffs

     

Southampton Solent graduate collection

 

As you’ll notice from the below collections (my favs) there was a lot of printed silk, mesh cutouts, and triangular waterfall pockets. Is this a sign of things to come? I hope so! There were loads of great designers I haven’t included as otherwise you’d be here for hours, but hopefully this’ll give you a feel for how talented the Solent fashion students are.

 

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Hannah Rogers – tree printed lilac silks with fur additions

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Hannah Thomas – a standout collection

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Hannah Thomas – every single item had a ‘statement back’ – brilliant!

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Leila Alloush – cut outs and glittery fabrics

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Jessica Harding – super bright printed silks

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Jessica Harding – super bright printed silks

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Jessica Harding – super bright printed silks

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Maija Richardson – so Scandinavian!

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Jay Shah – yes to pastel socks!

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Jay Shah – structured pastels

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Sarah Mac Crossan – super bright and structured

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Lauren Richards Smith – the monochrome take on printed silks

Hope you liked it and will be tempted to go next year!

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