Now we have gotten my lil Gok obsession and appreciation out of the way lets have a look on what really happened behind the scenes and on the runway at Liverpool fashion week. What a great experience it truly has been. I am still on cloud nine and I can’t thank event organiser Amanda Moss enough for letting me be part two of the three nights at Liverpool fashion week this year. This has been Amanda’s 9th Liverpool fashion week in succession and seriously, every year it just gets bigger and better, with lush fashion from well established designers and upcoming new talent passing by on the runway. The latest fashion must haves shown off by models from different ethnic backgrounds, ages, shapes and sizes, which hopefully will promote equality and help young people form a more healthy opinion about their bodies and a boost to their self-esteem. But you know what Liverpool fashion week didn’t just happen on the catwalk. Backstage the atmosphere was filled with lots of laughter, support, catch ups, banter and new friendships being formed. Hair stylist Andrew Joseph Manion and makeup artist Emma Lampkin were both head of the creative team. You see lots of you probably don’t realise how much effort and thought these two amazing creative people put into every look and with incredible results. Each model looked flawless every night with eye catching make up and sleek hair styles. Secretly, I wish I could kidnap these two and have them make me ‘world here I come’ ready every single day for the rest of my life! Natalie Scully and Natalie Jane Morris were unmissable backstage making sure the running order went smoothly and providing words of encouragement before models were about to hit the runway.
The opening night was dominated by Haute Couture from designers Flencirose, children’s brand Camellia Couture, hats by Fabrikk and House of Charles, refreshing Mission Kawaii, Akani and Essera Bella Boutique featuring Kiki Riki, whilst Gok didn’t disappoint blasting some happy tunes out on the decks above the runway. Both Flencirose and Akani have an African feel to their colourful designs. Fashion so colourful, femine yet comfortable to wear, it just puts a spring in your step. Mission Kawaii is a Funky, fun and their designs definitely left a mark of light, fluffiness and joy on the runway. Essera Bella Boutique featuring Kiki Riki stole my heart. A brand promoting “to be you and to be beautiful.” Maybe not designs for every woman out there, but if you are a party animal and want to turn heads you really can’t go wrong with their garments, often featuring sheer and feathered fabrics. House of Charles hit the runway with her fabulous hat collection. If you are going to the races or a wedding Janice Charles the designer of House of Charles is definitely the one to connect with to get your hands on that statement hat that makes you stand out for all the right reasons. These were not the only hats that made it onto the runway. Fabrikk appeared with casual funky hats, caps and the first handbag with LED illuminating material inside. All ethically sourced and made with love in Britain. Last but definitely not least, was children’s brand Camellia Couture. These kids taught us older models a thing or two. All looking super cute in colour coordinated black and white clothing, being total super stars striking that perfect pose and melting hearts.
The closing night was influenced by high street fashion from Be Unique Be You, Boux Avenue, M&S, John Lewis, Peacocks, Valarie’s Vintage and Evelina Collection. Boux Avenue opened the night and I was lucky to have been picked to show off one their cutest ever lingerie sets amongst adorable nighties from super sassy to adorable. Definitely a brand to keep a close eye on! I also modelled a vintage black sequin suit for Liverpool based designer Valarie’s Vintage. The vintage clothing in my humble opinion totally rocked and blew me away this year. Designs carefully picked that stand the test of time, were made to last and cover the fierce to elegant look perfectly. What can I say about the well known high street brands M&S, Peacocks and John Lewis. From classy city chique suits to casual jeans with comfortable sweaters, to elegant cocktail dresses perfect and affordable for that upcoming Christmas party. The male models looking sleek and handsome in well fitted John Lewis suits. So much to choose from for any occasion, any body shape or to match your personality. The highlight for me being the Evelins Collection. Mind blowing white Greek goddess inspired gowns gliding over the catwalk to super sexy sheer jumpsuits. I could not pick a favourite from this stunning collection if my life depended on it.
I think it’s fair to say that Liverpool fashion week this year covered a wide range of clothing for any occasion or just to lounge in. Stunning lingerie and funky LED illumination handbags alongside statement hats. So much to be inspired by for any age and personality. Congratulations to Amanda Moss for pulling off another successful show in iconic Liverpool. I am already looking forward to the next one! On that note, don’t forget to dress to impress and let fashion bring out the best in you!
Hope to see you all at next years Liverpool fashion week!