If you have a fashion week in Norwich there has to be an element of vintage as we have a fine selection of shops, retro inspired designers and businesses that celebrate all things vintage.
Five years ago when The Vintage Show became a regular feature of Norwich Fashion Week I ran it for three years in various locations and the following two with Kerry Curl at Norwich Puppet Theatre but this year was a whole new ball game – Norwich Fashion Week had a new home at Open – bigger and bolder than ever before with a whole production team backstage, models from Sandra Reynolds and a crack team of hair and make up artists from Norwich School of Beauty.
Vintage fashion with a definite 70’s vibe hit the runway with thumping music that had the audience dancing in their seats. The best that vintage that Norwich has to offer was on show that night and wow what a show, as always I was back stage dressing the girls and making sure that everything ran smoothly but this time with the help of the totally fabulous production team of students from City College I could concentrate on giving the launch collection for The Stylist and The Collector it’s first showcase.
Anyone that reads this blog or the Facebook page regulary will know that I have had a slight obsession with recent Gucci collections – I just loved the colours, the patterns that shouldn’t work together but somehow did, the whole total 70’s geek chicness of it all so that was the inspiration for the collection. After weeks of sourcing items and shopping with my partner in crime Jo Green it finally hit the runway and it was such a joy to see as it has been a dream for quite a while to style and sell a vintage collection with a fashion twist and get the message across that vintage is for everyone and should be part of your everyday wardrobe not just for a retro lifestyle or themed event.
Norwich Fashion Week keeps getting better every year. Kerry and I already have ideas and plans for 2017 so I can’t wait to start thinking up new outfits for the next one.