Day one of Graduate Fashion Week saw students from UEL set a high standard with their ready to wear and avant garde creations.

Common themes across the collections were the use of jewel colours and embellishment, with many of the students featuring capes, hoods and tailoring.

Jennifer Bourne’s collection, inspired by the ocean, saw black pencil skirts, underwear and body con dresses uplifted by vivid sequined blouses, a leopard print jacket and heavy embellishment.

In contrast Queesra Dad, who used laser cutting and digital techniques to create designs based on paintings and the architecture of Chatsworth House, showcased garments reminiscent of past decades with models sporting old fashioned suitcases and wearing coats with voluminous sleeves in autumnal orange and brown hues.

But it was Bumni Olaye’s collection that surprised and shocked with her extreme power dressing that depicted matriarchy and female empowerment. Models turned warrior women wore unique headpieces, ruffled shoulders and carried tribal accessories. Her red hooded dress attracted the most attention, with its vibrant colour and clean lines that oozed sex appeal.

Meanwhile Schenell Stephens’ designs attracted attention for a different reason. Taking inspiration from a shocking pink, metallic bubble wrap envelope for her collection, models struggled down the catwalk in couture marshmallow man tops, that added pounds to the skinniest of frames. Her pink metallic PVC ruched dress also veered on the ridiculous, and the use of metallic shocking pink and lilac were not to most people’s taste.