Its a fact. And we like to boast about it. Why only last week a friend of iCreate’s was picked out of the London College of Fashion’s graduate show and splashed over the fashion pages of various online entities, including the Guardian. We caught up with Carly Garwin to ask her about the collection and her experiences as a Mac user.
Carly’s menswear collection was highlighted (literally) for its vibrant colours, especially a pink neon suit which, Carly says, came from inspriation she got in Paris “I kept seeing neon pink lights everywhere I went- like a motif- and it represented vivacity, so that is where the pink came from, I think the neon suit drew press attention because it is such a striking colour, and bright colours are tipped for this seasons trends. I think the economic downturn also plays a part in this, for people to celebrate colour in these gloomy times perhaps?.”
Carly started out in fashion designing for womanswear but decided that for her M.A she would take on the challenge of menswear.”I studied at Winchester school of Art from 2001 – 2005 specialising in Womenswear, but for my M.A I wanted a Challenge so I chose Menswear. I started the course October 2007- I had to get out of Southampton at some point and I was awarded a Scholarship by UAL, so it was my ticket out.”
From there Carly has gone from strength to strength and attributes much of her success to her relationship with her Mac. “I bought my mac a few months before I started the course and would not have chosen anything else- unfortunately the sexy MacBook Air was way out of my budget so I’ve got the white MacBook. Because of all the Photoshop and Illustrator images that I use and create, it had to be a Mac! And maybe it’s because we creative people have style, naturally! Everyone I know on my course has a mac. It is a personality statement as well as a tool for work, and they’re so easy to use. iPhoto in particular, is a program I could not have lived without over the past 15 months because I have to document my studio processes using photos”
Having known Carly for the best part of 12 years we know that this latest bout of publicity is much deserved and will only push her further toward her goals. “My ideal job would be one that involves using programs like Photoshop and Illustrator, maybe creating inspiration packs for fashion brands with the ability to design. If I had it my way, I would be working for Yohji Yamamoto, the Japanese designer- he’s my favourite, but I think it is a long shot!”
Check out Carly’s coverage at the London College of Fashion’s graduate Show here: