Bath Spa shared their show with Wiltshire College on the third day of GFW and tarting the show for Bath was Chloe Jones, whose architectural inspiration was clear from the statuesque silhouettes she created from her floor length skirts. The strong illusion created by the long lines made the collection look powerful and mixing these striking figures with sports inspired touches made her collection an excellent example of wearable couture.
Rebecca Ward emulated the power of the samurai warriors with a collection that used the design ethics of their armour. Her intricate design features brought a element of strength to what were otherwise feminine designs. The Protect Me Please? collection illustrated the concept of feminine frailty hidden and protected by intricately designed dresses such as her white dresses with fringing-esque detailing.
Emily Rickard brightened up the catwalk with her collection of bright knits, clashing patterns and elements of well dressed fun. Her selection of cape-like jackets were eye catching yet completely wearable, and the simplicity of their design complimented the mix-and-match patterning seen throughout. Using the styles and silhouettes typical of 1920s design, Rickard’s use of colour brought the collection in line with modern day aesthetics, making this collection flattering and fun.
Met with screams of support from sections of the crowd as she closed the show for Bath Spa was Rebecca Head, whose interesting and powerful designs represented a heartfelt and sentimental story and design process. Based on the elements of Lyosomel Storage Disease, Gaucher Disease, which Head was herself diagnosed with two years ago, the bold shapes and silhouettes seen in her designs mimicked how the disease can affect certain organs in the body. The intelligent and deeply personal inspiration was clearly demonstrated in her designs, which pushed the boundaries and finished the show on high. Her use of bright colours against a white background made these designs even more eye-catching on the runway really making them pop.
Words by Dominique Major
Photo via George of Asda