Graduate: Hannah Fickling

19 September 2014

When Hannah Fickling walked out our door after her Boys by Girls internship last year (only to return for the occational glass of wine and cheese), we knew she was going to create a kick ass menswear graduate collection this year. Graduating from the University of Westminster, she created a collection with a contemporary take on the 20th Century style, playing with colour and fabrics in her designs.

It's a shiny collection. With a wow factor. Merging a classic British style with the masculinity of military details, luxe colours and lurex fabrications, Hannah’s first collection is an exploration into the possibilities in contemporary wearability in menswear. Keeping the classic roots of her first love of vintage, Hannah contrasts military shape with the musical inspirations of a 70’s metallic Bowie, luxurious fabrics and a rich autumnal palette in glitter. Aiming to capture both the flamboyancy of Ziggy Stardust and the masculinity of the early 20th Century military man, she pits these styles icons together against her modern cutting and innovative surface embellishment. Hand drawn and quilted details are matched with lurex knit, foiled canvas and bonded jerseys, to create a collection of slick brocade flight-jackets, glittering quilted sweatshirts and cropped trousers. It's a balance of classic menswear with chunky details, bright copper tones and shimmering textures.

Photographer Cecilie Harris captures George at Established Model to create her interpretation of the collection in some of BBG's favorite statement pieces. George's colour tones, cute freckles and chilled attitude is a perfect fit to the collection. Captured in Hannah's garden, where the colour tones also fit her collection as a glove, Cecilie provides colourful as well as monochrome visuals to show off the strenghts of the garments. Grooming by Stephen Hamilton (using Keune Hair Cosmetics and Cosmetic al Carte).

As Hannah Fickling is off to New York to make her mark as a menswear designer, we congratulate her on her collections and wish her the best.

Words by Cecilie Harris.

Follow us on Instagram @boysbygirls
View It would have been in college. Dom was sat in English class and hated it, so we decided to start... View After discussing one of @larkinsband favourite films ‘The Lobster’, we turn the question to which animals they would want to... View View We ask @larkinsband to describe themselves: Josh: I’m the singer in the band. Extroverted-introverted. I don’t really know how to... View Do you want to be in our next print issue? We are looking for London based LGBTQ couples to take... View Jessica Mahaffey captures Manchester based band @larkinsband. With their single TV Dream already and a debut album on the way... View Blood brothers take a vow of dedication to reclaiming the Earth for the scorned. The alliance is forged in the... View When the going gets tough, the boys band together. An unbreakable bond formed in the fibres of trust and unbroken... View When the going gets tough, the boys band together. An unbreakable bond formed in the fibres of trust and unbroken... View Reaching forward and grasping for faith, the loss of humanity seems ever present. Who will save the empty souls lost... View Shot on both film and digital and produced by an all-female team, Emily Hlavac Green captures the boys beauty as... View Loyalty catches in throats as breaths are laboured in truth telling. Devotion threaded into the raspy voices of messengers supporting... View Exclusive commitment to the cause. Unknown numbers skulking in the streets. Out of sight, out of the line of fire... View Allegiances are budding in a rough and ready attack on the status quo. A subtle head nod gives the signal... View This week’s exclusive Instagram editorial is ‘The Alliance’ featuring models Ashton Smith and Pierve Abernathy at State Management. Emily Hlavac... View The late nights arrive too early, and the future continues to recede. But for Diego, the test of time is... View Opening the gates beyond our barricades leaves us susceptible to infiltrates; the walls between our fingerprint hold the secrets to... View Diego’s diffident introversion stands in matrimony with his majestic extraverted aesthetic. Stylist Nicole Oike pays homage to this, plating Diego... View The hounding haze of another late morning leaks between the cracks in the wilting wood shutters; washing sullen skin whilst... View Do you want to be in our next print issue? We are looking for LA based boys to take part...