Henry Holland and Zara Martin Hit Graduate Fashion Week

Now this is what we call a graduation party! Designer Henry Holland and TV presenter Zara Martin hosted the Graduate Fashion Week awards ceremony last night. The bash, which was also attended by celebs inlcuding Lilah Parsons, Caggie Dunlop, and a very swoon-worthy David Gandy, celebrates the hottest young talent to hit the fashion industry, covering womenswear, menswear, textiles and knit.

While Emma De Vries from Ravensbourne picked up the Karen Millen Fashion Portfolio Award, the biggest gong of the evening went to Lauren Smith from Edinburgh College of Art, who won the George Gold Award. Lauren follows in the footsteps of Stella McCartney, Julien MacDonald and Christopher Bailey, who have all won the Gold Award in previous years, and wins a four week fully paid internship at George House with George’s team of leading designers, a cool £20,000 to get her fashion career off the ground, plus her collections will be stocked by George as part of the new G21 Talent label.

Roland Mouret – who launches his first handbag collection this month – judged the category, and tweeted about the event: “If there is one thing I love about London its youth in fashion and I will always be there to support and defend it – RM.”

Well, if the master of designer dresses whose clientelle include Kate Middleton and Victoria Beckham is dubbing you the next big thing, who are we to argue? Well done, Lauren!

By Hannah Eichler

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