Famous Comeback Brands and Trends for 2017

Things happen for a reason. From sporting brands to fashion trends, our childhoods were filled with some incredible styles and entertainment that have shaped us into the sterling civilians we are today. So it’s no big shock that a selection of these are making a comeback this year.

We’re on the brink of a nostalgia invasion, where our childhood merges with our adult life to create new favourites from old memories.

Scroll down to find the biggest retro comeback trends set to light up 2017.

TV Returns

Just when you thought Netflix was life, it seems that our screens are going to explode with former TV favourites in 2017. Coming soon, you have Star Trek, Will and Grace, Twin Peaks, and That’s So Raven to look forward to, and we even read rumours that cinematic greats like My Best Friend’s Wedding and Cruel Intentions could return as TV/theatre spin-offs. But they’re TBC. Unfortunately, Will Smith has denied that The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is coming back to us and therefore dashed our hopes and dreams.

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How well these resurrections will do is anyone’s guess, but other comeback shows like Gilmore Girls, Fuller House and even famous 90s’ trend The Powerpuff Girls have fared well since returning in 2016.

Comeback logo sweatshirts

A top 90s trend you’ll remember from your youth and now on their way back to our wardrobes: those jumpers with the massive brand logos across the front! Everyone had a favourite and they were ideal for playing out and lounging around in, which was just the dream back then. And now, probably.

Nothing if not a versatile fashion trend, you could even go for the ‘dressed-down look’ with a sporty, logo-emblazoned sweater. We think the nostalgia alone will make this comeback a huge hit.

Top knot (a.k.a ‘the bun’)

Popularised by the effortlessly elegant Audrey Hepburn in 1961 film Breakfast at Tiffany’s; piling your hair on top of your head is fast becoming the status quo of the hair world. So much so, that even men are getting in on it. Even though the man bun might be dividing opinions across the nation; the top knot — whether neat or messy — is a fashion revival warrior.

Trackies

What was life without your best, one-colour tracksuit? Collecting every colour from your favorite brand was a rite of passage back in the day. If the Nineties had a uniform, the matching tracksuit would be it.

The tracksuit trend started back in the 1960s, although it never really become fashion until the 1970s and didn’t smash it’s Personal Best until the late 80s/early 90s. Get ready for the rebirth of the rave-age, two-piece suit!

Sixties lashes

Another top fashion comeback hailing from the Swinging Sixties, the lashes on everyone from your average mod to fashion legend Twiggy were lacquered to the max during the 1960s. We know the false-lash effect has been around some time, but the fashion trend is only going to get bigger, thicker and blacker in 2017. So, get set for another great year of tossing your head back to open your eyes.

The return of the instant photo

Who could have missed the great comeback of the Polaroid camera? The instant square photo in your hand was simply the biggest of marvels when you were younger, and now you can get lots of different Polaroid camera designs to deliver that magic to the next generation.

In a digital world that hates the printed copy, we’re not surprised the Polaroid has achieved its comeback success.

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Shoe fashion revivals

Shoes make or break the outfit. So 2017 is due to give us a modern twist on old faithful styles. Beatle boots are going to build on the success they’ve had recently with more and more men opting for them to complement a smart/casual outfit. A type of Chelsea boot that’s famously tight-fitted and Cuban-heeled with a pointed toe, the Beatle boot was huge in the 1960s and is actually named after the Fab Four.

For lucky ladies, you can anticipate the resurgence of the tenaciously impenetrable jelly shoe. Back when you practiced Spice Girls dance routines in the street, jelly shoes were simply the only way to go, and this summer you’ll get to high-kick in them again. Expect platform and flat varieties with glitter and matte options in a rainbow of colours.

Brand fusion comebacks

What we’ve also noticed when we’ve been looking for comeback music, sports and fashion trends, is that some of these actually merge to create a sort of ‘super-comeback’. Look at LEGO, Marvel and Star Wars. The famous toy brick brand, nearly went bankrupt in the early 2000s soon after the iconic comic book franchise’s stock value plummeted, and who could forget the 2008-2015 gap between intergalactic films.

Now, goodness has been restored. We can get Star Wars themed LEGO so addictive it’s worth having a kid for, plus the promise of a Marvel/Star Wars miniseries crossover due to hit our shelves soon! Perhaps a helping hand is all any trend needs to comeback with a bang.

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Sport trends to return

Getting back to clothing, classic sportswear is set to flood the fashion field this summer.

Many once-hot sports brands have teamed up with other labels to make their grand re-entrance. As a result, you get the ideal ‘2017-retro’ fashion blend with an excellent mix of modern and classic sportswear.

Some clothes will stay close to their original look, so you’ll get a lot of vintage gear to take you back to your youth. Then there’ll be others that have slightly departed from their energetic, or frenzied, designs for a more mature and sophisticated appearance perfectly suited to the adult world.

Jewellery rebirth

A true 90s trend, the choker necklace straddled the neck of every female A-lister a couple of decades ago. This accessory was practical and handy to wear with any outfit for any occasion. The velvet choker in particular brings back fond memories for us, but now you can get all kinds of materials and designs to find the ideal restrictive jewellery for you.

Music comebacks fresh for 2017

We all know about Craig David’s return and who didn’t see Kerry Katona at the Big Reunion concert; but 2017 is set to bring us a host of even more lyrical comebacks. Expect a Steps-Vengaboys hybrid touring the UK soon, alongside fresh songs from Pink, Gwen Stefani, Lauryn Hill, and Missy Elliott.

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2017 lives for retro. Take a look through some of our men’s and women’s classic shoes to get in on the trend yourself.

Gola Interviews… Circa Waves

Since launching debut album ‘Young Chasers’ in 2015, Liverpudlian-born band, Circa Waves, has made an incredible impact on the music scene. From sell-out tours to performances at Glastonbury, the band has grown both lyrically and musically to become one of the most respected bands on the circuit.

Currently on a UK tour and enjoying massive success with newly-released second album ‘Different Creatures’, Gola caught up with Circa Waves’ guitarist, songwriter and lead singer, Kieran Shundall, to find out more about the roots, present and future of Circa Waves.

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There’s a significant change in sound between ‘Different Creatures’ and your first record ‘Young Chasers’. It’s a bit grittier and your lyrics are about darker themes, like alcoholism and depression. Was this shift a conscious decision with this record or was it something that came naturally from growing as part of Circa Waves?

KS: It was just what came out naturally when I started writing in early 2016. Our first record was more about looking back, but the lyrics in ‘Different Creatures’ are very present. It all came out of its own accord, really.



You worked with Alan Moulder on this album, who is the producer that worked with The Smashing Pumpkins and My Bloody Valentine. These bands have quite a distinctively raw, distorted sound. Did you seek him out because you wanted that sound, was it something he just created organically, or was it a bit of both?

KS: A bit of both, really. Alan has made every legendary rock record and the great thing is that he has all the knowledge. If you want that specific sound, he’s usually got the pedal that did that sound.

I think we asked one time: “How do you get the snare sound from that record?” and he just texted Butch Vig and got whatever snare it was, whatever mic was used, and within two hours had them both there ready to go. He’s got such a wealth of knowledge and information to get what you need. He’s also really patient and able to reach inside an artist’s brain and pull out the best, which is great for us because we don’t speak fluent musical language.

It seems like you knew exactly how you wanted each instrument to sound in every song. When you were writing, did you have a clear idea of how you wanted the album to turn out?

KS: Yeah. A lot of the demos did sound quite similar to the end result you heard. I’ve got a meticulous ‘demo-ing’ obsession. I think it’s a good foundation to have for an artist to go into the studio and say: “Let’s just make this but do it better”. Obviously, Alan is very gifted at doing that.

As much as you seem to have a specific idea in mind with ‘Different Creatures’, it sounds completely natural and doesn’t come across as over-polished. For example, I noticed you chose to keep in a comment you make about someone texting you at the end of one of the songs on the album…

KS: That was actually all orchestrated! We did loads of fake overdubs.

Really?! So did Alan try to get the right mics for how you wanted that to come across?

KS: Nah, in all seriousness, it’s something that we’ve all always loved. Like when you listen to old Beatles records and you can hear them all talking to each other. As a listener, it sucks you in straight away, which is what you want. For me, I always remember being able to hear when the Arctic Monkeys click the distortion pedal off at the end of their first record.

It’s immersive, isn’t it? It takes you right into the studio.

KS: Yeah, you’re in the studio with them. I’ve always wanted that. No matter how big the production — and it’s big on some of these songs — I still want it to feel personal to everyone listening to us.

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The album has been very successful so far. Do you feel you’ve now reached a place as a band, commercially or artistically, where you’re happy with where you are?

KS: No, I don’t think we’re content at all, really. We are really proud of what we have achieved and what we’ve done, but I don’t think we will ever think we have made it. Even when we’re headlining festivals, we’ll want to headline two festivals.

Any musician who is content should probably give up. You’ll stop making music that means something to you. We’ve got that drive and just want to keep moving up and up. We’re really happy with the album, but we want to keep pushing it as far as we can take it.

I think that takes a lot of confidence as a band. Is that how you feel?

KS: Yeah. I think when we first started we were just happy to actually be in a band. You get a record deal and take everything with a pinch of salt. You go: “Well, we’re just glad we’re here!”.

But over the last few years, we’ve seen the reactions that we’ve had and we’ve watched ourselves getting bigger and better. That alone makes you more confident. It’s hard not to be when you see 10,000 people singing your songs back to you! It’s such a massive boost. We want more of that.

It seems like Circa Waves is a band that has worked from the ground up. Do you think it’s harder, particularly as quite a working-class group, to take that path?

KS: I think we pride ourselves on being a live band that have toured continuously. Since we were all about 14 years old, we’ve been playing live and honing our craft, and we’re definitely happy to have made our name that way and not through some awful TV show.

We’ve played the toilet circuit (a network of small music venues that hosts rising rock, indie and metal bands) many times over to get to this point. Hopefully, people will see how we did it and it’ll inspire them to grow their own band that way and not look for the easy way into it. Unfortunately, there are a lot of people who think you just have to go on ‘The Voice’, or whatever, to make it.

But, is it hard to support yourself when you’re starting out and not seeing that kind of success?

KS: When we were first in bands, we all had jobs and would practice at night. With Circa Waves, we got signed really early which gives you a foundation of cash to live on. Not much, but enough to get by and just concentrate on being a band and making music. So, I don’t know, sometimes you’ve just got to put yourself out there and do it.

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You said you pride yourself on being a live band, as it’s where you built character and honed your craft. Is there any particular way you approach performing live? Is it an entirely different performance or do you go out and play with the same energy and enthusiasm that you did in the studio?

KS: I suppose it is a bit of a performance. I don’t walk around the way I do on stage in real life. You have to have a bit of swagger when you’re in front of people.

Yeah, I’m sure Nick Cave doesn’t walk around on stage the way he does in real life, either. You are playing a bit of a role, aren’t you?

KS: It is a bit of a role. I think we are very aware of our fans and they’ve all paid £15 to come and see us, so we owe them that amount of entertainment. We do put everything into it and at the end of each gig, we’re sweating and our hands are bleeding. I don’t know any other bands at the moment who are as active as us in our genre. We do absolutely give it everything.

Are there any other bands right now that inspire you?

KS: The Vryll Society. They’re really cool, sort of like early The Verve. I’ve always loved the singer, Mike Ellis. He’s such a confident guy and actually reminds me of a young Mick Jagger. He’s a brilliant songwriter, too, so I’m really intrigued to see what he does next. I also heard Zuzu on Huw Stephens recently, who’s really cool, and Clean Cut Kid are doing well at the moment, I think.

Do you put much thought into your fashion when you’re on stage? Is there an image you aspire to when you’re performing?

KS: Elvis. We all try to be Elvis… As a band, we try to put a bit of effort into our look but we don’t wear guy-liner. Yet.

So, when you talked about ambition, you meant glam rock?

KS: Yeah. Flares and guy-liner.

That could be the next stage for Circa Waves.

KS: That’s the next level.

Circa Waves are made up of bandmates Kieran Shudall, Sam Rourke, Colin Jones, and Joe Falconer. The boys are currently touring across the UK, supported by INHEAVEN and The Magic Gang, and their latest album is available to buy now.

Gola Classics Trainers Now Available at Topshop!

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There’s now even more places to buy your favourite trainers thanks to a new partnership between Gola and Topshop!

Many of the most popular women’s Gola Classics styles, including Equipe and Harrier can now be found in Topshop’s flagship Oxford Street store as well as on Topshop’s website.

As a brand with an illustrious British heritage, it is with great pride that we can announce this association with a store which has been an integral part of the British high street over the last four decades. Topshop has been key in helping to shape British fashion for generations and now the addition of Gola Classics footwear to their shelves will help to further spread the word of our home grown retro style.

If you are passing the Oxford Street Topshop store, pop in and take a look at their latest season and remember to tweet or Instagram us photos of their Gola range!

En Brogue: The Trainers Guide – Hannah Rochell

Fashion editor Hannah Rochell, author of the well respected blog En Brogue has recently written a book called The Trainers Guide. The book is a celebration of Hannah’s favourite trainer styles, which span from the humble plimsoll to far more glamorous incarnations. We’re delighted to say, Gola features twice on the list.

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The first Gola Classics trainer to be featured is the iconic Harrier, originally launched by Gola in 1968 and still going strong today. Hannah explains how she loves the charmingly retro feel of this shoe and its authenticity.

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Second to be featured is Gola’s collaboration with Cath Kidson. Cath Kidson’s vintage designs and Gola’s heritage style made a perfect combination in 2015 with two great capsule collections.

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The trainers guide is a perfect coffee table asset for all sneaker enthusiasts.

Alex Willis Guest Blog: I will survive!

By Guest blogger, Alex Willis

Whether we like it or not summer is over and we can now start moaning about how cold, wet and windy it suddenly is. Whilst some of us want to hide away from the elements, many people see this time of the year as the perfect opportunity to release their inner adrenaline junkie and take part in the vast number of obstacle courses or ‘mud runs’ that seem to be popping up all over place. For some of you who may not have come across these events or may have been living under a rock events such as Tough Mudder and Survival of the Fittest are becoming one the fastest growing participation events in the UK.

Unfortunately this year is my turn, having being roped into Survival of the Fittest by my so called friends. Collectively they what a great idea it would be to go running round the Etihad stadium in Manchester, climbing over monkey bars, running up a Gladiator style ‘travelator’ and falling into unthinkably cold water.

When I agreed to take part I first thought was what on earth would I wear? This
answer escaped me until I looked at Gola Active’s AW15 range. This is where I came across the Equinox. These stood out to; me with their lightweight feel and especially the TPR inserts in the sole, which is a necessity when taking part in events such as this. So all that it is to decide now is which colour!

 

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Gola Classics SS15 Summer Favourites

At long last summer is here and with it comes the time to spruce up your wardrobe in preparation for the warmer months ahead. Whether you are sticking it out here in Blighty or jetting off to sunnier climes, you can always get your feet ready for the summer sun with a pair of Britain’s much-loved Gola Classics.

It’s not like you ever really need an excuse to up your footwear game though, is it? We already know that our Gola trainers are loved all year round but here we have picked out a few of our favourite men’s and women’s styles for summer – let us know if you agree!

For the ladies out there we have picked out three fabulously guileful designs which all take elements of our brand’s classic styles and mix them with modern features to secure their place in the Gola Classics SS15 range.

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First up, the women’s Samurai Hibiscus trainer blends pale pink and grey tones with our vibrant Hibiscus floral pattern to produce a great looking and functional 80s-inspired jogging shoe. All in all the Samurai is a comfortable and reliable shoe which is ideal for roaming around in the sun.

Secondly we call up another classic jogger silhouette in the shape of the women’s Shinai trainer. This shoe boasts a darker colourway than the Samurai with its focus on purples and blacks, but also features contrasting streaks of light blue – such as the quintessential Gola wingflash –and a speckled phylon sole which give this trainer a life of its own.

Finally, why not go bold with the women’s Delta Hibiscus plimsoll? Like the Shamurai, the Delta also features our Hibiscus floral pattern but this time in an all-over design with a chunky sole. A great design for the beach as it easily slips on and off.

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Now for the gentlemen out there! Our first shoe is the men’s Quota plimsoll which is a brilliant low-profile blue fashion pump with a contrasting green Gola wingflash. The Quota comes in an authentic worn look which makes it perfect for anyone going for a vintage look this summer.

Next up, the relaxed men’s Comet Chambray plimsoll is another light shoe which will be a great addition to your SS15 wardrobe. With enhanced comfort from its padded lining and a contrasting wingflash against a chambray upper, this trainer will work with a whole host of relaxed summer outfits.

And to finish we bring you the men’s Super Harrier trainer which is based on the classic 1970s Harrier design. Originally developed for squash and badminton, the Harrier soon became a fashion trainer popular in its own right and now it’s back for SS15 with a light blue nylon and suede upper and a new-look toe and bumper.

Which Gola Are You? Last Style of Defense

Next to answer the question ‘Which Gola Are You?’ is Author of Last Style of Defense, Dan Hasby-Oliver…
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Gola is one of the oldest British sportswear brands in existence, who mixes heritage, quality materials and contemporary styling for a fresh approach to footwear. Having been a wonderfully sunny day, I got out in the garden to capture a couple of the SS15 collection – to answer a question of Which Gola Are You?
The first pair I chose was the Samurai Leather Sneakers which fuses a leather upper with a sleek white sole on an ’80s archive inspired profile. Perfect for wearing with a pair of slim cut, washed denim jeans and a bright, graphic t-shirt; the combination of the slightly dressy black leather offsets the casual combination of the two blue tones. .
Next I chose the Made in England Pacer 1905 pair, these are part of the Made in England 1905 collection, which see’s Gola return to its manufacturing roots. Gola Pacer is a jogger based on an original ‘70s design and features a high quality mesh and suede upper on a soft EVA mid sole, that also features Union Flag tab and tongue branding. Adding onto this; because both are these are perfect for exploring the city in, or just running into town to get a few bits, is the Barlow Stone rucksack. New for SS15 is Barlowe, a heavy wash canvas bag with a roll top fastening. Barlowe is a preppy inspired canvas rucksack, featuring a distinctive woven badge and padded should straps, it has all the right styling cues.
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Kayla Hadlington- Which Gola Are You?

We asked fashion blogger Kayla Hadlington… Which Gola are you?

I’ve been so excited to finally wear these Gola plimsolls, they’re super comfy and it was such a nice day yesterday I decided to go out and shoot them in this rather lovely weather! The print on the trainers is a collaboration with Liberty London, it makes them feel extra special! I’ve been a big fan of Liberty fabrics for absolutely ages and whenever I go into store I love to go and stare at the fabrics and decide which ones if I would purchase if, yknow.. if I were super rich. This particular fabric is adorable as its their Alice in Wonderland print (hence the title, We’re All Mad Here!!!!) to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland! I think my favourite part of the print is how how on one of the toe on the left trainer theres a cute little picture of Humpty Dumpty so whenever I glance down I see him staring up at me which makes me chuckle.

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I wasn’t too sure which colour were my favourite, I’m probably going to have to go with pink though as, well, I always choose pink lets face it haha! I’m totally considering wearing one of each colour on each foot, I don’t know why I didn’t think of that for the shoot ahh!! Think I could get away with it?? They look super adorable with little frill socks and jeans or as these are quite girly and cute I would totally wear them with a cute little dress if I wanted to dress or skirt it down a bit.

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As the campagin is called #WhichGolaAreYou and I had both of the colours for these trainers I decided to try out two different outfits in a how-to-wear-your-Golas kinda thing, honestly my favourite outfit is definitely the mom jean outfit however I also really like the long socks and the tropical tshirt look which is very summery! think they’d also look super cute with a tennis skirt!

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Which Gola are You?

Gola’s 2015 campaign has taken a fresh direction, with a new strap line ‘Which Gola are You?’! We have worked in partnership with established and influential bloggers to try to ascertain which designs from Gola’s SS15 collection best complements their own style by asking the question ‘Which Gola are You?’.

Which Gola are You? Jonathan Daniel Pryce

For our first collaboration we have teamed up with the author of Garcon Jon, a London based street style blogger and photographer. Jonathan Daniel Pryce established Scotland’s leading street style blog in 2008 and is now based in London working as a street and fashion photographer. His current blog www.garconjon.com focuses on his interest in men’s style in all its forms. Jonathan selected the iconic Gola Harrier trainer, take a look at the video below:


We wanted to get a female perspective, so we travelled across the pond and teamed up with New York based model and blogger Natalie Suarez. Natalie has massive domestic and international appeal and is the author of www.natalieoffduty.com. We have again produced a street style shoot and short video highlighting the Gola Comet plimsoll that Natalie likes from Gola’s SS15 collections.

Gola will work with a wide variety of other fashion and lifestyle bloggers throughout 2015, asking that all important question… Which Gola are You?

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Gola Super Harrier Returns for SS15

Gola Harrier was originally created in 1968 and was suitable of a variety of sports and general training and is still going strong today. The Super Harrier was launched in the mid ‘70s and was originally designed for squash and badminton and featured an enhanced toe bumper design.

Super Harrier returns for SS15 with a modernised look with a nylon upper, D-ring lacing and a new look toe bumper feature to give Super Harrier a new lease of almost four decades after it was first launched.

Super Harrier is available with a nylon and suede upper and coloured toe bumper, while Super Harrier Leather features a leather upper with suede trim and a gum toe bumper.

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Emma Robertson – GFW

With Graduate Fashion Week now over for another year it is now time for Gola to look at the enormously talented students behind the collections seen on the catwalk.

I spoke with Emma Robertson a final year Fashion Design student from the University of Central Lancashire who was one of the talented few to showcase her final collection at this years Graduate Fashion Week. Emma’s contemporary A/W 15 menswear collection put a new spin on track wear and made us re-think the PVC stripe. It focuses on the juxtaposition between the attitude of menswear style during the great depression of the 1920’s and the stereotypical look of the modern day jobseeker. Executed perfectly using a contrasting combination of performance fabrics, wool and nylon in a palette of dirty lilacs and soft powdery blues amongst much heavier navy and cream tones set against a crisp white.

What was the inspiration behind your collection?

The inspiration behind my collection came from a visit to the ‘This Way Out’ exhibition at the Camp and Furnace in Liverpool. While I was there I saw a Karl Lagerfeld quote on the wall, which read, “If you’re wearing track pants, you’ve given up“. I’d seen a lot of TV programs on ‘benefits Britain’ at the time and there was a lot of coverage in the media on how job seekers and those claiming benefits were being portrayed. I made the connection with the quote that I had seen and started to think about how people in different social and financial situations approach their own fashion style.

For example – people wearing track pants therefore must have given up and those in suits are the picture of wealth and high society. I wanted to look back in history to find a time that was suffering from the same social and financial difficulties that benefits Britain struggle with today, but where men had a different attitude to style regardless of their circumstances. I chose to research into the Great Depression on the 1920’s where men were searching for jobs wearing sandwich boards on the street but also wore their best suit underneath it.

How would you describe your collections look?

ER: My collection is a merge of 1920’s tailored silhouettes modernised by sportswear fabrics and fastenings and PVC tracksuit stripes.

You decide to use Gola Classics within your collection, why is that?

ER: The reason I chose Gola was because these are a classically British brand and shoe. It was important to me to use a trainer that fit well with my concept and so they had to be of British heritage.

How did it feel to be able to show your final collection on the catwalk at Graduate Fashion Week?

ER: To show at Graduate fashion week was an amazing experience and something we all as young designers aspire to. I feel that it’s a good platform to show your final collection as many people from industry attend graduate fashion week and it is also exciting to be able to showcase your work to your family and friends.

Emma’s collection was highly received at the Graduate Fashion Week showcase and she has now even been contacted by magazines, who have asked to shoot and write about her work. She also tells me that she has also received some exciting job interviews by some big industry names. With this hugely positive reaction to her final collection and Emma’s previous experience at big names such as Alexander McQueen, Savil Row’s English Cut and Sportswear International, it is clear to see that her name is well worth watching out for in the not so distant future and we wish her all the best.