Raffles Fashion Show

The People Behind The Designs

Raffles College

After having the pleasure of being on the front row at Raffles College of Design & Commerce’s graduate fashion show last week (wasn’t that a mouthful!?) I was left wanting to know more about the people behind the designs.

Thanks to the fabulous team at Blue Planet PR I was lucky enough to catch up with two of the designers that really stood out. Lily James and Jasmin Gollan created some truly eye catching pieces and gave me a little insight into the inspiration behind the collections, and what the future holds for them both.

Jasmin, 20, grew up in Sydney and draws inspiration from a wealth of creative sources including the stage. “What inspires me the most is music…I tend to associate sounds with distinct colours, emotions and moods all of which I channel into my design work.” Through her designs she indulges in storytelling and fantasy. Women that she would love to see in her dresses include singers like Lana Del Ray and Kacey Musgraves who have a look that she feels the aesthetic of her work leans towards.

In contrast, the majority of Lily’s inspiration comes from her heritage, the people surrounding her and her upbringing. Creativity seems to run in her blood “I used to watch my grandmother making things all the time as a kid, she was an architect, my mother was a designer too…I feel a responsibility to maintain that legacy.” Lily grew up in Africa before moving to Sydney at 10. Her bold use of colour and fabric (cue half-faux-fur-half-yellow-print-mini-dress) combined with modern-Australian designs epitomise her upbringing. She wears her heart on her sleeve. She sites herself as her muse and designs clothing to make her customer feel good, clothes that make her her feel comfortable and stylish.

More than anything what hit me was the sweetness of both designers, so grateful for feedback on the pinnacle of 3 years of hard work and determination.

Both will be taking a well deserved break this Summer, and plan to follow it up with more hands-on industry experience before pushing out alone into the world of design. Watch out for the eponymous labels set to hit Sydneys fashion scene in the coming years, you’d be sorry to miss them.

Robyn Philip

A Welshie with a wanderlust, Robyn grew up in rural Wales before moving to London to pursue a career in fashion. Having recently upturned her life to move to Australia, she's all about new experiences. Along with a burning fire in her belly for all things fashion, her passions include good food, better drinks, getting outdoors and smiling at dogs.