Excitingly, Norwich is holding its own Fashion Week. As someone who runs a fashion blog this is super, super exciting. I’m currently in the process of updating the calendar with all the dates but this blog post will serve as the main resource for those of you wanting to know about everything that’s going on.
Thursday February 17
Launch Party Catwalk Show sponsored by Vanilla. The Library Restaurant, 7.30pm for show at 8pm. Tickets £10, includes drink on arrival.
- Daisy & Lola
- Poppy Valentine
- Soho Hip
- Local designers: Dilate Clothing, Ethika showing Johanne Couldrey, Marilyn Thomas, Alison Varley and Marian Williams, and Eleanor Mead
- City College Norwich
- With finale by Vanilla
- Hair by The Gallery and students from City College Norwich
- Makeup: Louise Young and students from City College Norwich
Tickets available from Vanilla 01603 452305 or 01603 413411 or The Library 01603 616606
Friday February 18
11am, 1pm and 3pm: How to wear vintage? Daisy & Lola Free vintage fashion workshops with stylist Karen James-Welton. Workshops at 11am, 1pm and 3pm at Daisy & Lola on Lower Goat Lane, or pop in for free styling advice.
Saturday February 19
Norwich Lanes 5th birthday celebrations. Discounts and free events at selected shops in Norwich Lanes, including:
Jarrolds Fashion Day View the new spring collection from brands including Sandwich, Ted Baker, Desigual, Crea, Maison Scotch, Jaeger, Gant, Hobbs, Phase Eight, Joules, White Stuff, Fenn Wright Manson and Gerry Weber.
- Launch of Jane Shilton shoe department on the fashion floor.
- Personal styling and lingerie advice.
- Beauty demonstrations to help you get the look for spring.
- Gifts with selected purchases, free prize draw to win a pamper day or £200 on fashion in store.
- Live music, wine and nibbles.
Goldfinches 1950s event Shop vintage fashion, get a retro hairstyle by Flamingo Amy and gorge on pretty cupcakes for sale to raise money for charities Diabetes UK and Antardristi Nepal.
FLASH SALE: 50pc off all sale items and 10pc off full price stock at The Blue Jean Company and Asylum Girls on Lower Goat Lane.
Jewellery fair and jewellery making, St Gregory’s Church, between 9am and 5pm Exclusive to NFW jewellery designer Claire Murray will be showcasing her spring collection and running a series of workshops to teach you the basic techniques required to make your own jewellery. Workshops take place at 11am – 12.30pm, 1.30 – 3pm and 3.30 – 5pm. Call 07977 422729 to book or just turn up on the day (although spaces are limited). Cost £25, includes materials and tools, and you can take home your piece of jewellery you have made.
Tamarind Designs, St Gregory’s Church, from 10am Norwich jewellery designer Julie Westmacott showcases her new designs for NFW. All designs are available to buy.
Sunday February 20
3pm Vintage Tea Party at The Library, tickets TBA see www.en24.co.uk/nfw for more information
- Vintage tea party with vintage fashion show by Daisy & Lola.
- Hair by Flamingo Amy
- Makeup by Louise Young and City College students
- Cupcakes by Caroline Cupcakes and tea
- Live music
Monday February 21
From midday: Fashion photography exhibition from up-and-coming photographer Charlotte Rutherford, The Library Restaurant from Midday.
From 7pm: The Gallery presents… Get the catwalk look from 7pm until 9pm. Colour analysis, how to create catwalk styles, hair advice, beauty tips and makeup advice. Gift bags worth over £40. The event is free but it’s advisable to book a place as space is limited. Call The Gallery on 01603 787248.
Tuesday February 22
Midday: Pop up shop at The Library
Shop in Norwich Fashion Week’s very own ‘department store’, featuring some of the outfits seen on the catwalk from the launch party.
Wednesday February 23
5pm – 8pm SS11 launch at Poppy Valentine in the Royal Arcade. Free event.
- Discounts, giveaways, complementary cupcakes and wine.
- Vintage hairstyling demos by Flamingo Amy.
- Pretty Vintage vintage china
- Styling tips from Retro Chick blogger Gemma Seager.
Thursday February 24
12midday – 2pm Trend presentation with Vanilla at The Library restaurant Find out about the key trends for 2011 and get tips on how you can wear them. With two course lunch and hair styling tips from The Gallery Haircutters.
Tickets £16.50, available from Vanilla 01603 452305 or 01603 413411 or The Library 01603 616606
7pm until late After show party – bringing back the 70s – Frank’s Bar – Free event Dig out your flares and platforms and enjoy Norwich Fashion Week’s after show party at Frank’s Bar on Bedford Street. Dress code 70s.
Post NFW events
Friday February 25 Launch of SS11 collection at Vanilla, Ipswich Road, from 10am
View the latest collection with a glass of bucks fizz and get styling tips from stylist Louise Lace. Louise is offering free styling sessions on the day. To book call Vanilla (Ipswich Road) 01603 452305.
Saturday February 26 Launch of SS11 collection at Vanilla, Sprowston Road, from 10am
View the latest collection with a glass of bucks fizz and get styling tips from stylist Louise Lace. Louise is offering free styling sessions on the day. To book call Vanilla (Sprowston Road) 01603 413411.