The Fashion Graduate a Year On: Lydia Bolton
With Graduate Fashion Week fast approaching, we return to one of last year's students - Lydia Bolton, a Kingston University alumni, a year on from her graduation
ASBO: It’s been a year since your graduation, what have you been doing with your time?
LB: I have mainly been interning, but I've also been working to try and financially support myself.
ASBO: What was the most important thing you learned at Kingston University, that has enhanced your fashion career?
LB: At uni, I learnt that more is more. I try to make my work fun and over the top, and I'd say that it was learning to do that, which has enhanced my career most.
ASBO: What would you do differently if you were to graduate this year?
LB: I really don’t know. I think it's quite hard graduating, as up until that point the next step has been planned out for me, or is obvious. Whereas now, it’s not and it's tricky to know what to do and the best way to do it.
ASBO: If you had the opportunity to re-do your graduate collection, would you still create the, 'The Girl who wore a tracksuit to prom'?
LB: I think so, at the time it felt like the perfect concept for me. I think it would be untrue to myself to want to totally change the concept. Obviously, I would make numerous changes to the designs, but at the time, you are so focused on working hard and finishing, that it’s hard to see what could be done better.
ASBO: Let’s look at some of your inspirations. What inspires you, and where do you get your inspiration from?
LB: I don’t really have a specific fashion inspiration. I think my inspiration comes from different places all the time, depending on what is occupying my interest. Generally, I source inspiration merely seeing normal people kitted out in their sportswear, from old men to teenagers.
ASBO: What are your favourite fashion brands?
LB: High fashion Italian brands that really push the boundaries of bad taste, like Gucci, Prada and Mui Mui.
ASBO: What is your favourite fashion trend at the moment?
LB: I love sportswear so obviously that being ‘in’ at the moment suits me. However, I think it’s more important to have your own style and tastes than to follow trends.
ASBO: How would you describe your sense of style?
LB: Definitely relaxed and sporty.
ASBO: You have mentioned that you are a lover of sportswear and tracksuits. In your opinion, what do you think looks best when paired with tracksuits?
LB: For me, I love wearing tracksuits and pairing them with tops of the same colour, like a blue velour jumper paired with blue tracksuit bottoms.
ASBO: If you had the opportunity to dress a celebrity, who would it be and why?
LB: I really enjoy Kylie Jenner's style, and think she has huge cultural influences on how people dress because of her huge following. Kylie has a good mix of sporting and luxe, as well as things that are a little tacky, which is great.
ASBO: Are you working on any projects at the moment?
LB: Yes, I'm trying to. But, it’s hard to balance everything, especially while living in London, trying to work enough hours to be able to pay all the bills at the same time!
ASBO: Where do you see yourself in the fashion industry in ten year’s time?
LB: Who knows! Hopefully, I'll have my own successful label.
ASBO: What advice would you give recent fashion graduates?
LB: Not everyone, but most people I know have found it quite hard to get a job after graduating, and it is a bit scary having no idea what you are doing. So I would tell them to keep calm, and keep patient; it will happen.
ASBO: Thanks, Lydia, and good luck!