Independent Designers Catwalk: 7th August 2015
As you may know from following my blog; I work in Birmingham which is the closest big city to me, and therefore the fashion events that I typically go to are in and around Birmingham.
The Midlands Fashion Awards is an event I am particularly fond of and love to support (based in the city centre), as I have helped with the organisation of the event previously; and so I know that the people behind it are truly passionate about supporting all different types of people, trying to forge their way in the fashion industry. It is not just fashion designers that the organisation provides a platform for but it is also models, photographers, bloggers, makeup artists, magazines and the list goes on.
Jenny Eason, the founder of the organisation, wished to show that fashion design talent is not solely located in London and should be celebrated throughout the UK and she has truly been successful in achieving this objective. A catwalk to help fashion graduates in the city in 2008 has now become a celebration of fashion from all different angles, with international designers also having the opportunity to showcase in recent events.
The main event will be later in October (tickets soon available online at www.midlandsfashionawards.co.uk) with the pre-show Independent Designers Catwalk being the subject of this blog post.
Independent designers that have already established a brand or boutique were able to showcase, with a wide variety of designers revealing their collections from local boutiques to international fashion brands.
The event was held at the Hyatt hotel on Broad Street, which allowed a sophisticated setting for pre drinks with an intimate catwalk to follow. I was really pleased to have a place setting next to a photographer and blogger I haven’t seen for a while, and also have the opportunity to meet some new people from the local fashion scene.
The collection that stood out for me was Boo Couture, showcasing a beautiful 1950s bridal collection mixed with modern influences. The outfits were each totally unique with great attention to detail and a strong tailored feel. Watching the catwalk evoked a strong glamourous fairytale theme, that was very different to the other collections.
The Sandravieira collection also caught my eye with beautiful contemporary designs. The collection was named ‘Wintermoon’ which certainly had an ethereal after-dark feel to it. The theme was carried out with differing tones of grey and embossed-like materials giving a shimmering feel to each outfit. Pink tones were contrasted with darker moon-like colours for casual, yet put together, ensembles.
The event really reminded me of why I love fashion and catwalks; being caught up in the moment with the music, beautiful clothes and flashing cameras really feels like home. Super looking forward to the main event!