Up for grabs was the much-coveted Gold Award of £20,000, and ten students hand picked from shows across the week sent their final collections down the catwalk to vie for the prize.
As usual standards were high and ranged from the incredible wearable (we had our eye on the tropically-printed pieces by Shirana Chavda of De Montfort University) to the down-right bonkers (see the matching long blond wig/long hair jacket/long hair Afghan-shaped bag from Rachel Cogley at Birmingham City University).
Former Clothes Show presenters Caryn Franklyn and Jeff Banks hosted the show, which marked the 20th anniversary of Graduate Fashion Week. As usual the event received massive support from within the industry, with designers Amanda Wakely
and Patrick Grant of E Tautz roped in to help pick the winners of the biggest awards and everyone from Mulberry
's Emma Hill
to model Laura Bailey
stepping out to present the prizes.
So who bagged the top award? A shell-shocked Rory Longdon from Nottingham Trent University was crowned the Gold Award winner and showered with gold confetti - for his sexy, figure-hugging knitted dresses. The Womenswear Award, meanwhile, was handed to Marissa Owen of University of Central Lancashire, while Felix Chabluk Smith of Edinburgh College of Award received the Menswear Award.
In other categories Christina Economu of Instituto Marangoni, Paris, secured the International Award, Wonjee Chung of Nottingham Trent University bagged the Stuart Peters K