If you're up early enough, you might have already seen it.  If you're not, then you might see it later.  Or if you hate Metro and all that it stands for, you won't see it at all and you'll scorn me forever more.  I'm writing this post beforehand so I haven't seen it yet but in the Metro should be a double page spread with these pics all over it and a wee interview.  Pourquoi you ask?  For once, I can explain it and don't have to shrug "I dunno…" the way that Tim Bisley did on Spaced.

For this year's Graduate Fashion Week (June 7th – June 11th), I will be at the event throughout the entire time, blogging away at a designated stand.  Sadly it's not a plastic bulbous bubble which would have been HILAR.  I'll be seeing all the uni shows, thrusting a dictaphone in people's faces, taking a hideous amount of pictures and going a bit mental with the blogging given that I'd be sitting full time doing it.  Yes, some people still don't seem to realise I hold a separate full time job outside of blogging…

So I went and chose a few of my favourite pieces from a selection of graduates that will be at GFW and the lovely Philip Waterman shot me in them and had the hard task of getting me to move properly given I'm not great in front of foreign cameras.  I tried to choose a variety of pieces, representing what I think are superb pieces in their own right and what I would actually wear in reality… different facets of my style as it were.  I'm looking forward to meeting the students who made them and discovering the rest of their collections.

I'm getting myself involved in a few graduate-related projects at the moment and GFW is a key one just because it's nice to have the resources and time to talk up students outside of the bigger schools like Antwerp/CSM.  This will be a bit more invasive and if the students don't know what the hell this blog is or in fact what a blog is, I'll just invade my way in anyway.  If you're free to come down to Earls Court for a bit, a student/exhibitor or you're going down regardless, please do drop by and say 'Hi!'.  I promise I won't be distracted by IrfanView batch resizing too much…

Kasia Bishop (Ravensbourne College of Design & Communication) – I'm so glad the cut-outs at the back of this dress came out fairly sharp on camera because they are mind blowingly intricate in real life and I was actually shitting myself because I thought I'd break it when putting it on. 


Meera Stannard (University of Westminster) – I'm told this is actually a menswear ensemble.  Not that that's gonna stop me.  I loved the print that is a sort of scratchy paint print and the way that it contrasts with the lovely yellow mohair….



Iwona Pilch (Middlesex University)
– The rest of this collection actually blows my mind and this dress I'm wearing isn't the best piece in my opinion but clues people into the covered wooden bead motif which runs through… had to breathe in a bit for the dress…


Lois Porte (University of the West of England, Bristol) – This inched its way into the ensemble of the day.  I had so much fun flinging this gigantic knit around the place to make it move.  It made zero sense when it was on the hanger but once on, the volume of it seemed to have a life of its own.  The matching silk printed leggings were a treat too…


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Holly Russell (Manchester Metropolitan University)
– I believe this piece has been photographed on Alice Dellal.  Sure she looks heaps better in it but it does weirdly look like my black hair is running into the shoulders where there are these flowing hair shoulder pads.  The make-up/hair woman had to keep brushing the shoulder pads down to keep it smooth…



Comments (86)

  1. sian says:

    My name is sian i have not long started blogging…i read you blog everyday i love it and i think the amount of work you put into it is astonishing! I can’t believe you have a full time job too… how do you juggle it all!!! xx

  2. Wow , this is great the pieces are pretty close to amazing from this point of view. Keep it up!

  3. Brigadeiro says:

    Oh my! AMAZING AMAZING pictures & ensembles, you look stupendous, Susie!
    I’m in love with everything, especially the yellow mohair coat, that gorgeous Iwona Pilch dress (if that is not the best piece, one can only imagine what the rest would be like), the vibrant colours on the Lois Port knit, and that last dress…
    A M A Z I N G ! ! !

  4. Lucy says:

    I love it all! Especially that Iwona Pilch piece!
    by the way I just looked at your playlist and saw that Hockey’s ‘Too Fake’ has the top spot! I fell in love with them after I saw them live…SO GOOD.

  5. I can’t believe I’m actually going to GFW this year – your photos have gotten me so excited about it. It looks like there’s going to be some huge talent on display.
    My sister is going to have some work exhibited at GFW this year, even though she’s only a First Year at De Montfort. She won a competition with River Island to make a piece out of recycled materials. Keep an eye out for it!

  6. My favourite has to be the last one though but I love everything comme d’habitude… haha
    It seems rather fulfilling to wear up and coming designers because you pioneer in something or perhaps start out something or I’m feeling I’m not making sense anymore…
    Can’t wait for your coverage!!!

  7. Me says:

    Really cool! 🙂
    I think I saw you at the “JAK & JIL- blogg”. 😉

  8. you look absolutely phenomenal !!!

  9. you look absolutely phenomenal !!!

  10. t. says:

    amazing 🙂

  11. Sonia says:

    was a great article in Metro, certainly brightened up my commute!

  12. furcoat says:

    I saw it this morning on the bus! I was jolly excited on your behalf. Glad to see you picked someone from my alma mata of MMU…

  13. PinkBow says:

    i love this photoshoot, the pieces are amazing & they really suit you

  14. Alice C says:

    aghh I was Meera’s ‘Assistant’ for her collection and she did NOT tell me about this! What a fantastic surprise! And it’s not menswear btw… 100% womenswear! You look great in it Susie. Will have to go and scout out the metro now.
    Alice xx

  15. Caitlin says:

    wow. its really great to see graduate stuff thats not just from csm

  16. Anna says:

    Saw you in Metro this morning and I have to say you look really, really pretty!
    And you made some great choices!!

  17. Kat says:

    Fashion graduate here all amazing especially the Mera’s yellow mohair coat and Kasia dress is gorgeous and congrats to all the recent Graduates working on there exhibition it’s been a tough year.

  18. Intiz says:

    They are all amazing…and you look great on them Susie 🙂

  19. I love Kasia Bishop’s stuff. those cutouts are amazing!

  20. Ondo Lady says:

    Dammm, the day I don’t get The Metro and they choose to feature some great stuff in it. Well judging by the pics online the feature looks amazing. Did you say it was a two page spread? WOW!! You look great and those outfits look like they were made for you. I am always amazed by the talent that comes out of this country.

  21. geisharock says:

    You look amazing!! I’ll definitely head over to Earls court and have a look see 🙂 It’s only a few stops away from me. Excited!! Something to look forward to after exams finish xoxo

  22. Awesome shoot. The colors are very vibrant and the clothes are so trendy.

  23. lopi says:

    Amazing clothes, beautiful pictures, unique model.
    Perfect combination!

  24. Maria Soxbo says:

    Fantastic photos Susie!

  25. I’m really impressed that you are supporting GFW to such an extent. I wish more editors did this. (I’ve been at conversations where editors have discussed what a waste of time graduate shows are and it makes my blood boil!) LLGxx

  26. Fr.Jona&son says:

    Great, I wish I had had such a famous fashion blogger supporting the graduates.
    You´re doing a great job! Best wishes from Austria and I hope to see you at the fashion blogger´s day in Vienna.
    Fr. Jona&son

  27. Fr.Jona&son says:

    Great, I wish I had had such a famous fashion blogger supporting the graduates.
    You´re doing a great job! Best wishes from Austria and I hope to see you at the fashion blogger´s day in Vienna.
    Fr. Jona&son

  28. faddict says:

    Susie, you look stunning in the photos. The clothes are gorgeous, I love graduate fashion because it’s so experimental. Can’t wait to see your blogging from GFW.

  29. ms. shoo says:

    You lucky, lucky, lucky girl. This is a different perspective and I love it! I can’t wait to see more of Lois Porte ‚Äî I’m intrigued.
    And you look great in all the pieces.

  30. diane says:

    Susie, girls like you were the ones we all aspired to dress like when I was young. We’d go out to our favorite night spots, like little outfit vampires, waiting for those select fabulous few to arrive, and then go scampering back to our closets with all of the ideas that we had stolen. You are an inspiration. xo

  31. kim says:

    Awesome 🙂 am happy for you.

  32. chelsea says:

    Really nicely made pieces! Good choices 🙂 I’ll be there for the first time this year watching my uni’s show- UCA Rochester!

  33. fhen says:

    wow you look stunning in every picture. i love all the outfit, especially the cutout one by kasia!

  34. knitkicks says:

    I cant wait til graduate fashion week, i love looking at the portfolios. I’ll be there on monday to stalk all the knitters. Ah I’m so excited!

  35. Tamara says:

    There’s a lot of talent in here, actually!!

  36. pearl says:

    YEAAAHHH!! University of the West of England!! That’s my uni!! WOOHOOO
    (even though I study Illustration and has nothing to do with fashion-related events)

  37. As usual, your support of indie designers gives me a warm and fuzzy feeling inside, keep it up my dear! It’s the thing that puts you and a select few others miles ahead of the pack!

  38. Meream says:

    The knitted piece looks like something I’d want to eat. Haha.

  39. amanda says:

    you look fab susie!! love holly russell’s piece!

  40. I never seen that kind of clothes. looks very colorful..such a nice style, keep it up!

  41. Sal says:

    Damn, they’re ALL astonishing designs – gorgeously photographed and flawlessly modeled, lady S. Gotta give it up for that Iwona Pilch dress, though. Mindblowing.

  42. Laia says:

    These are all incredible!
    so cool, what youre doing darling!

  43. missmilki says:

    Lucky you getting to try on those fabulous outfits! Look forward to your blogging for the week. 🙂

  44. Alicia says:

    Susie, you look absolutely stunning in these photos. Amazing garments and amazing picutres!!!
    I’m intrugued by the covered beads. Are there more pictures?

  45. I was on my way to a shoot this morning, feeling very sleepy while in the tube reading Metro. When turned a page and saw your faces my eyes just lit up…LOL.

  46. Corrie says:

    Wow, that was intense. You look great, and those clothes are truly something to be excited about.

  47. jennine says:

    omg everything is just so amazing, it’s been said before, and i’ll say it again amazing

  48. Shen-Shen says:

    Woah, I love the orange cutout thing and the wooden bead things.. The orange one looks a bit like a pumpkin!

  49. Jodi says:

    I saw that on the bus today and was did a double-take like “That girl looks just like Susie!”
    Congratulations, you’re properly famous! Time to get burnt out on coke and fast food!

  50. geri says:

    this is so wonderful and you look amazing!

  51. Laura says:

    I saw this in the metro this morning. I was like looook its susie to my boyfriend hes like ‘oh that blog lady’ hahah bless he knows – ish.
    I’ll be there for the award show on wednesday night. I’m gonna pop through before hand and say hello to you though. Hopefully I won’t scare you when I trust a business card upon you. haha
    I’m feeling the MMU effort here

  52. The hair thing is winning me over!
    You look amazing–you are totally unique and original and these outfits look like they were made for you!

  53. Tamia says:

    I saw this on the Metro interwebs today–congrats! I’d like to include a news item about your live-blogging in the upcoming issue of Style Sample Magazine (http://www.stylesamplemag.com )–let me know if that’s a problem.

  54. jess says:

    amazing pieces I love them all! you look fantastic in the shoot!

  55. Maria says:

    wow i love your blog! I just started bloggin a couple days back but I’ve been reading your blog for ages now! aghh i love the balenciaga harness boots! if only i could get ahold of a pair… the things i would put together lol

  56. thesil says:

    Love Iwona Pilch´s dress!

  57. Jennifer says:

    I’ll see you there!
    I’m there for the Northumbria show on the Sunday (I’m there atm but in second year), and looking forward to seeing the show and all the exhibits. Last year we were dressing the models backstage…

  58. it’s so great to see a graduate from Manchester Metropolitan Uni! That’s my uni where i study textile design for fashion. So proud! And motivated to do a lot, lot better!
    love your blog susie bubble

  59. susie_bubble says:

    Thank you for all the comments guys… yesterday I was feeling a little bit like I should not have done the shoot lest people think that I have modelling illusions but hopefully people got the POINT of me wearing the grads’ clothes… online article is now up:
    Alicia: You can see more of Ilona’s work here

  60. Leah says:

    you look gorgeous susie! the clothing is so fantastic on/for you

  61. hoyan says:

    Hi Susie (you look amazing!)
    A quick note to say thanks for having swapped links with me but I’m no longer updating my blog. Just in case you’ll be cleaning up your links in the near future 😉
    I’ll still be reading though!

  62. These are all really quite wonderful and amazing creations. I would say that the designer is very creative indeed. 😀

  63. kasia says:

    Iwonka Pilch jest najlepsza w ≈õwiecie bƒôdzie wielka ja to wiem :*

  64. Charlie says:

    Oh my god I can’t believe your wearing that UWE knit dress! I was modelling in their fashion show in Bristol on Saturday and that was there with me. It’s so incredible, even more incredible to see it on you!

  65. Wow, wow, wow. There’s something so avante guarde and yet still wearable about these pieces. The cut-outs on the back of that one dress are indeed stunning.

  66. Aurora says:

    I’m a great lurker, not such a great commenter, but I’m a longtime reader and you look absolutely amazing in these photos!! The clothing is fabulous, you really are too.

  67. crasy style!!!! who can put thats???? 😉

  68. The Minx says:

    gorgeous! I really love the third look, you always look so fab in all things ivory 🙂

  69. Fruchtzwerg says:

    Wonderful pictures. These designs fit so well to you.

  70. This is so incredible, I love seeing these clothes on you, they really couldn’t have chosen a better, or more appropriate model, especially since you can really appreciate the clothing.

  71. SOS! says:

    amazing amazing. I’ll be in london then, i wish i could come for a peak!
    xx-LJ from SOS!

  72. YOU wearing the pieces makes me all the more excited. I might be popping in for some of the festivities, I’ll see how it all turns out. I’m most curious about the Iwona Pilch collection… that dress is INCREDIBLE! and you say its not even your fav, I can barely imagine the rest of it. They all look really exciting!
    BTW, just wanted to say that you just look absolutely fantastic in the shots. Foreign camera/photographer and all, you srsly look like a pro. Well done!!

  73. bisou-joue says:

    all these outfits are so stunning ! My favourite one is the first dress which is hightly desirable because of its amazing cut-outs !

  74. selina says:

    WOW looks like you were totally in your element!!! plus the nude lips look amazing

  75. Frida says:

    How did I miss this? It’s so great. The designs are nice and you are a great model.

  76. LucyLu says:

    Keep an eye out for a designer called Carl Edward Thompson- from the University of Central Lancashire- his menswear collection is amazing!!!Show at 2.30pm on 8th June!!!

  77. Ashleigh says:

    I know this comment isn’t exactly about the graduates but it needs to be said….YOUR HAIR LOOKS FRIGGIN’ AMAZING!!!!

  78. sisi says:

    u r super model…specially, i like the one in white T,,goddess…
    btw,,,i saw u on a new UK magazine and this blog,, there has some pieces of presents about fashion people … So fun!!

  79. sisi says:

    “That girl looks just like Susie!”
    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is a incredible comment that i never even think about it….haha
    delicious,cool and expensive

  80. Jason Mui says:

    I love love love your blog, my names JASON MUI and im a student from Nottingham Trent, il be showing on MONDAY so i hope you look out for me cuz i certainly will look out for you!!!!

  81. Tehzee Merchant says:

    wow that iwona pilch dress is phenomenal – definitely my fav. i love ur hair. i know its probably naturally beautiful but what shampoo/conditioner do u use? my heavily damaged hair seems to be dying a painful death and could use some tips.

  82. Amazingly different! I love it. it looks like a pumpkins.

  83. Well those are some great looking designs.

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