BFW14 – Fashion market
Brighton Fashion Week is more than just catwalk shows as Charlotte Pearson reveals. Above picture by Malcolm Tam
There is nothing worse that turning up at a party in that special dress and realising another person has it on.
However, there is a solution.
Brighton Fashion Week’s Fashion Market has up to 40 talented designers and artists taking part, which means you have the chance to pick up one of a kind original pieces.
From handmade bowlers to handsown-dresses, here you can buy direct from the maker or designers themselves.
“It is a great opportunity to get out there and meet people and showcase the items that we make and sell,” smiles Jordana Wakelin of Brighton based Fancier and Feather, which specialises in feather fascinators, head pieces, accessories and feather wedding headpieces.
Taking place in the newly renovated Open Market its events manager Lisa Lepki says that it provides a ‘haven for those who care about the origins of the things they buy’.
And although some of the people you may recognise, such as Oh My Honey’s Louise O’Mahony, others are just starting out.
“We have only just launched about a week or so ago,” Jo Hawkins of Kubixl, reveals.
“When Jo asked about doing it I didn’t notice the date and thought it was November,” her business partner Anna Dugard laughs, “then I realised that it was in 10 days but we both knew we couldn’t miss out on this opportunity.”
Brighton based Kubixl is a British knitwear company which currently sells bobble hats.
“We design everything and they are made in the UK. We get them back as a tube and we hand finish them and add the bobble,” Jo explains. “The bobble can come off so people can mix and match them. We have a number of different colours from neon to really muted.
“Brighton Fashion Week is a really exciting time and a great thing to be a part of.”
Talking to the market holders there is a great buzz and enthusiasm about the event.
“There is so much going on in Brighton and it is fantastic to part of something exciting in the city,” Lou Michel of Luminessence Boutique enthuses. “It is great to be able to meet a number of designers and not just from Brighton but from Europe as well, there is just a great atmosphere surrounding it.”
Lou designs and makes lace lingerie with a vintage twist.
Whereas for the more creative there is Twinks Burnett, a stylist who make headdresses and hats.
“I love anything kitsch and I am a fiend for a 99p shop,” she smiles. “I am a collector so I love my little pony and trolls and will try and see how I can get them on a head piece.”
Other stallholders include fashion designer Rakel Blom, Bring the Wolf, Hoodlum Fang, and Love from Hetty and Dave.
So for something a bit different popping to this special market may well tick all the boxes.
The Fashion Market, presented by FAQPop, takes place Saturday, October 11 from 10am until 7pm. It is free and will be at the Open Market, Marshalls Row, Brighton, BN1 4JU