For one week Norwich becomes a hub of all things fashion when Norwich Fashion Week showcases the very best in high street, hair and make up, vintage and designer fashion.
Last year I didn’t get to enjoy much of the week but this year I was excited to get to see the shows as a VIP and get the chance to catch up with models, friends and fashionistas and best of all getting dressed up for the most fashionable week of the year!!
First up was the Retailers show sponsored by Mercedes-Benz of Norwich featuring the collections from high street and independent shops.
Great styling in the VIP area.
A selection from the retailers showcasing. Photo: Paul Bayfield.
I was excited to see the Hair and Make-Up show sponsored by Dipple and Conway – and it lived up to my expectations with amazing creations from salons, make up artists and the incredible body painting from Paintopia and with stunning costumes from The Maddermarket Theatre.
One of the highlights of the week is always The Vintage Show sponsored by Zaks Authentic Diner – not only because I help to run the show with Norwich Fashion Week director Kerry Curl and that I get to showcase the collection from The Stylist and The Collector but the fact that I have a passion for vintage and love seeing all the amazing pieces that the retailers show on the runway. It is always so colourful, vibrant and with a killer soundtrack in keeping with our Studio 54 theme. All of this I got to see via the live stream whilst running around backstage dressing models!!
The final show for me was The Designer Show sponsored by The Norwich Cosmetic Clinic and Brasteds – the bubbly was flowing and the canepes were to die for and goodie bags too!!
This show introduces new talent and established designers including Coccoon – fashion and textile students from City College, Stoned and Hammered jewellery.
One of the collections that stood out for me was by Jane Richards Interiors who created amazing outfits from upholstery fabric as part of her Fashion meets Interiors series.
Collection from the very talented Jane Richards. Photos: Paul Bayfield.
My very good friend Kate Cooper also showed her first collection and it was so her – understated elegance.
And my final favourite was by Nicolas Marcus who reminded me of my days working with Westwood – his cutting was fabulous and very simple but exquisite.
We are so lucky to have such creative and fabulous people that work so hard to bring this amazing week to life and I am so privileged to pay a small part in this incredible week and looking forward to start planning for 2018!!
As you would expect many outfits were worn throughout the week so part two coming up soon with what I wore for the week!!