The River Island Experience

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The FAD Leadership Academy and Fashion Futures finalists donned their best street style outfits and headed to River Island HQ last week for a guided tour and private Q&A with the womenswear design team.

Leadership Academy member and young fashion blogger, Tihara aka Tizz Tazz, fills us in on her River Island experience.

“I felt very lucky and really honoured to have the opportunity to visit the Head Office of such a huge high street fashion brand. Before we even arrived I was excited about meeting the designers and learning more about their jobs.


2014 FAD Fashion Futures Final at London Fashion Week

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Marking 10 years of FAD’s Fashion Futures project, twenty three teenage finalists from London and Manchester showcased an array of cutting-edge designs on the catwalk at emerging talent showcase, Fashion Scout.

Meet the Fashion Futures Finalist: Hayat, 17

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Hayat brings a touch of gothic romance to tonight’s Fashion Futures Final with her black leather and lace design. FAD catches up with the Newham finalist to talk about what made her get involved with FAD. 

Why did you apply for Fashion Futures?

I’m really interested in fashion, so I thought the more courses I participate in the more it will help me when I start applying for universities.

What have you learnt about yourself as a person since doing the Fashion Futures project?

I’ve become more confident with interacting with people I don’t know. I’ve also learnt so many new skills that will help me later on in life.

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Where do you hope to see yourself in 2 years?

Hopefully I’ll be studying fashion design at university. 

What do you think are the challenges young people like yourself face when trying to get a job in industry?

The competition. The fashion industry is really competitive so it’s going to be really hard trying to make yourself stand out.

Do you think FAD has helped you overcome any challenges?

Definitely. I think the Fashion Futures course has given me experience and opportunities that will make me more attractive to employers when I’m applying for work placements or internships.

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What do you think of FAD and George at Asda working together to provide young people with the opportunity to take part in fashion projects?

I think it’s really good that we get this chance. It can really help you if you are interested in studying fashion design or want a career in the industry.

Would you say Fashion Futures is important for young people like you?

Yeah, definitely. Especially if you’re dedicated to what you want to do.


Meet The Fashion Futures Finalist: Andrea, 18

2014, FAD Projects, FAD Stories, Fashion Futures
Andrea is an old head on young shoulders. At the tender age of 18, she is already gaining work placements with the likes of Ralph Lauren. FAD catches up with the aspiring designer ahead of tonight’s Fashion Futures final.

Why did you apply to do FAD?

I thought it would be a really good opportunity to develop my skills and knowledge. It feels amazing to be a finalist – I’m literally speechless. The whole experience has been great. FAD helps you to expand and find new ways of doing things. Hopefully this will be a good experience to help me in the future.

Where would you like to see yourself in two years time?

Finishing uni and getting a fashion degree. I would love to be a fashion designer, working for myself and having my own company one day.

Meet the Fashion Futures Finalist: Shalom, 17

2014, FAD Projects, FAD Stories, Fashion Futures
Newham finalist Shalom Siqueira likes a challenge. Her piece for tonight’s Fashion Futures final is a hand printed men’s jacket made entirely from neoprene. We catch up with the daring young designer hours before the event to talk about her London Fashion Week debut.

What made you want to get involved with FAD?

It was mainly because I heard about it from school friends who had done it last year. They told me how it really builds a bridge between school and what you want to do for a job. They told me to just go for it, that is such a great opportunity.

How was the week making your garment for London Fashion Week?

It’s been really hectic but very enjoyable at the same time. The whole experience feels like I’m on some crazy journey.