Making my first collection out of university was a very new experience for me. I was used to having weekly tutorials, guidance from tutors and peers as well as regular fittings and critiques. This time I had to trust my judgement implicitly, work to a schedule that was entirely my own and have the confidence to make tough decisions.
In addition to all this, this new collection was different. It couldn't be a self indulgent exercise in creativity, it didn't just have to appeal to people, it had to appeal to them enough to make them want to buy it. Suddenly I had to think about balancing my creativity with commerciality.
Surprisingly I found this a really enjoyable challenge. My aesthetic naturally leans towards the commercial in terms of silhouette, so I decided to balance this with considered fabrications, unique construction and bold colour placement. And being fiercely organised working to my own schedule suited me rather well.