Leeds City Fashion Week
City Fashion Week 18th – 21st September
Following a swanky launch in Leeds Victoria Quarter last Wednesday, and after being cited as “the biggest fashion week outside of London,” Leeds’ first ever live City Fashion Week promised to be a pretty interesting affair. Boasting numerous catwalk shows plus “high street fashion brands and famous designers” the week stated its claim to expectant city dwellers and visitors alike as being a “unique platform for emerging talent, from stylists, models, beauticians, fashion designers, hairstylists and creative arts.”
So with high expectations I headed off into the city centre in search of my first real Leeds city fashion experience.
Anything London can do, so can we right?
Leeds City Fashion Week kicked off its weekend events on the 20th with a fashion show at Corn Exchange which played host to fashion showcasing autumn/winter collections from Leeds Independent designers including residents of the Corn Exchange itself. A multitude of other activities surrounded the event which ran from the 18th – 21st September culminating in Leeds main high street being turned into a live catwalk on the Saturday. I have been to the odd catwalk show before through my own blog, ranging from the really rather impressive to something that resembles a student fashion parade. However what myself and the hundreds of visitors to Leeds’ bustling Briggate high street found was something rather different to the usual Saturday in the city centre. We were greeted by JoJo from Capital FM entertaining the gathering crowds with her quick wit in what could only be described as a glamorous boiler suit, ushering streams of long-legged lovelies down a bright yellow runway. This was complemented by local hairdressers on hand to give advice and goody bags plus Capital FM and model scouts.
Here are my best bits of the catwalk show:
AqAq, formerly Aqua, was described by JoJo as wear for a “special occasion” and “fresh and funky”. Based in the Victoria Quarter, the model pictured is wearing the digital print skater dress. At outfits around the £90- £200 mark, it’s certainly about “special occasion” prices. However this is a quality boutique, and with quality comes a price. With some eye-catching graphic designs and bold, vibrant block colours, they stock some great outfits, perfect for the new season ahead if you like a strong look.
Next came the chap sporting suits from Hawes and Curtis. This one was strictly for the female members of the crowd, involving some sharp suits and even sharper shoulder swings.
Eclectic outfits from the national but also Leeds clothes shop Joy followed, showcasing a range of quirky but wearable looks, plus glasses from Specsavers. As a part time spec-wearer myself these be-spectacled looks were a refreshing twist, plus this grey Louche Raven Coat from Joy looks like it could be a new winter essential. Grey is so much more flattering than black and is the sort of coat that would go with anything. I want.
The catwalk event was sponsored by Fashion Pony. Fashion Pony are not a shop based in Leeds but a global online platform for emerging designers and brands, including Fazane Malik, an up and coming designer whose clothes, including this lovely classic black mesh sleeveless dress, are also showcased on the site. It was all about the black here and not much else, but hey who doesn’t like a little black dress or five?!
If you fancy yourself as Leeds next top model or maybe you are a new and emerging designer, the next Leeds City Fashion Week is Spring Summer 1st-4th May 2014. For details and updates, look no further than their Facebook page.