WFW14 – the review
Charlotte Pearson heads to Winchester to find out what we should be wearing this season.
The stage was set, the lights dimmed and music turned up high as the Guildhall hosted Winchester Fashion Week’s catwalk finale extravaganza .
Under the management of Winchester Business Improvement District, and sponsored by the University of Winchester, the week (April 1-5) showcased the best the historic city has to offer – both on the high street as well as its creative fashion talent.
Now in its fourth year, the event really highlighted the individuality and skill of the city’s fashion industry while giving a great sneaky peek at what the spring and summer seasons will bring.
Hosted by Zoe Hanson from the Heart FM Breakfast Team the finale was a mix of 20 independent and national brands with items from Boudior Blush, The White Company, Brides of Winchester and Moss Bros.
Professional models took to the runway but it wasn’t just clothes they modelled but jewellery too, including pieces from Justice and Jeremy France Jewellers.
Pastel colours reigned supreme for children, men and women, with peach men’s shirts from Pavilion and coral dresses from Debenhams.
Prints also made an impact with zebra providing a striking, exotic flavour and stark contrast to Cath Kidston’s kitsch dresses with cowboys, flowers and teacups.
While Jaeger’s take on dog tooth, applied using brush strokes, in pink and black was an interesting twist.
For anyone with a wedding or evening occasion there was also plenty on offer.
Phase Eight’s dresses were classic styles with bright prints and colours.
Stardust Year’s vintage gowns showed that true style never goes out of fashion with drop hems, rich embroidery and crystals for added sparkle.
And the big colour for spring summer? Yellow. We saw it on cardigans and shoes from LK Bennett, underwear from Boudior Blush and a whole host of trousers from Captain Tortue. Not for the faint hearted the brighter the better.
The catwalk was produced by C-Me Productions and was a feast for the eyes although not so brilliant for the bank accounts.
Pictures by Suzie Yates
April 9, 2014 Fashion and Beauty