Tuesday, 22 March 2011

A great article announcing our involvement in Newcastle Fashion week this year from The Journal live:

CELEBRATING the cream of fashion talent in the region, this May will see the first ever Newcastle Fashion Week

From May 14-21 there will be a host of events at locations across the city including a catwalk show, celebrity fashion auction, workshops and fashion prizes and promotions.

Celebrity fashion designer Scott Henshall, who has dressed Madonna, Kylie and Victoria Beckham, is an ambassador for Fashion Week and Red or Dead founder Wayne Hemingway will also give a lecture.

Scott, famed for creating the world’s most expensive dress, says: “Newcastle is a beautiful and vibrant city with a wealth of culture and diversity at its core from the Baltic to the Sage to the architecture and its world-class universities.

“Having studied fashion at Northumbria University I am very proud to be an ambassador for Newcastle Fashion Week where emerging and recognised talent will showcase their collections and Newcastle will take centre stage as the perfect backdrop to any catwalk.”

Newcastle Fashion Week has been organised by NE1 Ltd, which represents businesses across the city.

Wayne Hemingway will deliver a lecture on May 16 and said: “I enjoy the creativity and vibrancy of Newcastle. I am very happy to take part in the inaugural Newcastle Fashion Week. On Tuesday, May 17, a catwalk fashion show showcasing Newcastle’s homegrown talent will take place in As You Like It in Jesmond and on May 19 Fashion Week will support Northumbria University’s BA (Hons) Fashion Show at the Baltic.

Our photographs from last year’s event at the art gallery highlight the standard of work produced by students who go on to gain jobs with some of the world’s leading fashion houses.

Pop-up shop Made in Newcastle, on Grainger Street, is creating a themed Fashion Week boutique to showcase city-based designers. Krista Puranen, stylist and founder of the Make ’n’ Mend market, will host a Make ’n’ Mend Your Style event on May 14 at the Star & Shadow Cinema in Stepney Bank. There will be a fashion show featuring local designers, workshops and a fashion-themed market.

Sandra Tang of NE1 Ltd said: “Launching Newcastle’s first Fashion Week is so exciting. The programme is coming together and there’s so much going to be happening during the eight fashion-filled days in May.

“It’s fantastic to be working with the University of Northumbria and supporting their graduate fashion show as part of Newcastle Fashion Week.”

The public will also be able to get involved with have-a-go fashion workshops, personal shopper sessions, makeovers, a shop crawl and tour of independent stores and VIP evenings. There will also be a host of retail fashion promotions and offers throughout the city centre.

Details of the catwalk shows, fashion makeovers, shop crawls, make ’n’ mend events and other activities available on www.getintonewcastle.co.uk/nfw

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