Tu Graduate Fashion Week Collaboration

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The Sainsbury Tu line will release a collection produced by two British fashion graduates from the class of 2017.

After the brand’s success of their first Graduate Fashion Week collection of 2017, Sainsbury’s Tu has returned to bestow their Tu Womenswear Scholarship on another lucky budding designer, according to a 2018 Elle report.

According to a 2018 Bustle report, emerging designers Laura Gillings and Amy Vanderwal were selected for the honours last summer, and have spent the subsequent year on a one-year scholarship with Tu’s in-house design team, repurposing their graduate work into a womenswear and menswear collection, respectively.

Gillings, who studied at Bath Spa University and won the Tu Womenswear Scholarship, has created a 16-piece collection that will slot nicely into your summer wardrobe. Inspired by ’60s tailoring, each piece can be made to work all day long, according to a 2018 Bustle report.

The collection will be filled with Stripy shirts and ruffled skirts. The collection will also feature sporty tracksuits, bold cricket jumpers, and a series of graphic T-shirts. The monochromatic colors are very energizing with lilac, orange, and green making an appearance.

While some young designers might have been put off working with a supermarket brand by a sense of snobbery, Gillings was only too willing to put her name to a Tu collection after realizing that this was the only way to cater to a bigger audience according to a 2018 Bustle report.

“Working with the team has been the best part of this experience,” she told Women’s Wear Daily in a 2018 report. “I’ve realised that I want to make my career designing for the high street. I want my designs to be accessible to everyone.”

Nottingham Trent University’s Vanderwal was the first winner of the Tu Men’s Wear Scholarship.

According to a 2018 Women’s Wear Daily report, Vanderwal’s lineup was inspired by photographer Iain McKell’s images of anarchistic punk and hippie culture of the Eighties, and Colin O’Brien’s ones of children. The 12-piece line includes distressed denim, check flannel shirts, shorts, striped and slogan T-shirts and short-sleeved shirts in a palette of gray, black and red. There will be a 17-piece drop that will be released later this year.

 

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