Julien MacDonald x Bags of Ethics for Tesco
Tesco has a long running scheme to offer cotton reusable bags with proceeds generated from each sale going towards good causes, charities and back into local communities. For this collaboration with Bags of Ethics Julien Macdonald designed the collection to raise funds and awareness for Graduate Fashion Week. 50p from the sale of each bag will be donated by Tesco to Graduate Fashion Week. Graduate Fashion Week provides an unrivalled platform for students, from both British and international universities, to showcase their work to the best press buyers and retailers in the fashion industry and has provided many young designers their first start in the fashion industry.
These bags are 100% cotton and are re-usable, durable and are fashionable alternatives to the single-use plastic bags – which is known to cause serious damage to our environment. The collection will be available for purchase exclusively in Tesco stores and Online from May 2016.
About the Designer
Julien Macdonald OBE was born in Wales. He studied fashion knitwear at the University of Brighton before receiving his MA from the prestigious Royal College of Art in London. Soon after the success of his RCA graduation show in 1996, his talent caught the attention of Karl Lagerfeld.
As head designer of knitwear for Chanel, Julien began to hone his skill set not only as a visionary within the knitwear field, but also as a driving force within a high fashion couture house. He launched his own label in 1998 with his first London Fashion Week show was staged for Spring/Summer 1998.
In 2001, Macdonald was named at the ELLE style awards, British Designer of the Year and the same year he was appointed as successor to Alexander McQueen as the Creative Director of the French fashion house Givenchy, where he designed both their haute couture and ready-to-wear collections.
Julien Macdoanld is a world renowned Fashion Designer, titled Fashion’s ‘King of glamour’. He has designed collections exclusively for the high street at affordable prices and continues to design for some of the most famous women in the world including Beyoncé, Kylie Minogue, Paloma Faith, Taylor Swift and Rihanna.
About Graduate Fashion Week
Since 1991 the Graduate Fashion Week charity has been supporting and showcasing creativity from the world’s greatest creative institutions, bridging the gap between graduation and employment. Graduate Fashion Week’s annual events showcase a “Who’s Who” of future fashion stars. Presenting a curated selection of over 1,000 graduates from the most influential and inspiring UK and International Universities the event attracts 30,000 guests each year.
Graduate Fashion Week features a packed catwalk schedule of over 20 shows, including an International Catwalk Competition, Best of GFW and massive 100,000 sq foot in size filled with exciting individual university stands, GFW Live area, Photo Studios, retail emporium.
Graduate Fashion Week 2016 ran from the 5th to 8th June 2016 at The Old Truman Brewery in Shoreditch, London. Join the thousands of guests who visit each year and be amongst leading fashion industry members, worldwide press and media, VIPs, top retailers and Celebrities. Visit the Graduate Fashion week website at www.gfw.org.uk.
This year celebrates Graduate Fashion Week’s 25th anniversary. Graduate fashion week took place over the 5th to the 8th of June at The Old Truman Brewery; an event space know for hosting and supporting Graduate Shows and Artists. Over a thousand students from across the world have their work celebrated through catwalk shows, presentations and exhibitions. The annual event was established in 1992 and was founded by Jeff Banks OBE and has championed some of the greats such as Stella McCartney, Giles Deacon and Christopher Bailey who won the first ever Graduate Fashion Week Gold Award.