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Childsplay Clothing Liverpool Fashion Week

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So after a jam-packed month of unforgettable S/S 2016 collections from the fashion capitals of the world, it is time to calm ourselves down after the overwhelming excitement and hand it over to the smaller cities of the UK to see what they have to offer. With Manchester just coming to an end, it is time for my home city of Liverpool to take to the catwalk.

Liverpool Fashion week had its grand opening last night at The Liner Hotel, kicking off with collections from local fashion houses including Diamonds are Forever, John Lewis and Childsplay Clothing. The evening commenced with a parade of designer-clad children, dressed head-to-toe in the event’s sponsor, Childsplay Clothing.

With Liverpool Fashion Week, brings a celebration of individuality and acceptance of all shapes, sizes and races, which has been a recurring theme throughout the history of Liverpool Fashion Week and this year is proving to be no different.

Amanda Moss, the mastermind and director behind the event, says it’s their aim to nurture and offer a showcase for up and coming designers, giving them a global audience.

Attending the launch show last night were local businesses, charities and photographers all adding to the electric atmosphere.

Back in 1995, Liverpool was titled the “Best Dressed City in Britain” by The Independent, and then again in December last year, Grazia confirmed that we had never lost it by again publishing that Liverpool still remains the most stylish city in England. Now I know there is going to be people around the UK rolling their eyes as they picture girls walking around in their Juicy Couture tracksuits and boys in their ‘Reebok Classics’ and shell suits whilst they think to themselves ‘Liverpool? Fashionable?’, but I would like to bring you up to speed as the times have changed since 50 years ago!

Liverpool has always prided itself on its fashion, it’s probably the only place on Earth were it is socially acceptable to be seen walking around the city centre with a whole head of velcro rollers and still be seen as “fab”. But besides the stereotypical ‘scouser’ image, a 15 minute walk through the city of Liverpool and you will have seen more variety in style than there was on the catwalk of Milan this year. Liverpool booms with glamorous girls in heels and monochrome, to grungey gals in their Dr Martens, corduroy and bold colourings. It is safe to say no one in Liverpool sticks to what is seen as ‘generic’ fashion trends, instead prefer to create their own.

So, last night! As I said, Liverpool Fashion Week’s main message of the show this year was ‘Fashion should be inspiring and individual and suit all sizes.
Dig your heels in. Everyone fits into fashion but follow your own style’ .

Erica Wildflower is nothing if not passionate. Her brand; Diamonds Are Forever is going from strength to strength, with her original ready-to-wear collections taking the catwalks by storm all over the North West has lead her to being nominated for Best Fashion Designer of the Year award, at the North West Fashion & Beauty Awards. Last night her collection took to the catwalk and I’m sure will be remembered by many.

With figure hugging pieces, unusually patterned mini dresses, plunging red catsuits and 1950’s full circle skirts, Diamonds Are Forever seemed to have every theme a fashion show could have covered! Her two-part show featured a mix of religious symbols and mosaic tipped skirts. The collection was interesting to say the least.

The Threads by North West Design Works collection brought the catwalk to life with its high energy show which seen male models sporting dramatic make up make their way down the runway in neutral tone jackets and camo harem pants ensembles. The local fashion brand punked things up a little with a very autumn appropriate colour palette partnered with chained detail and logo’d tee’s. Liverpool’s very own Jay Hynd from radio station, Juice FM, joined the model line-up in a branded Doc Marten print tee and bomber jacket paired with jeans for a super casual look. The collection heavily featured the use of print with a mix of tartan, pinstripe and monochrome pieces for everyday wear.

During the second half of the show, national retailer John Lewis graced the runway to showcase their AW15 collection, with strong inspiration from the 70’s with leather skirts and woollen shift dresses topped off with leopard print tippets and faux fur cossacks. The collection remained true to current trends, models embellished the catwalk in bohemian-influenced pieces, with tweeds and heavy fabrics, all appropriate for the season.

Once again, event organiser Amanda Moss has created a dynamic opening show consisting of a wide variety of collections and high energy shows. With shows running through until Thursday night, tickets are still available, full details of the week’s schedule and ticket information can be found on Liverpool Fashion Week’s website.

Here are a few images from last night’s launch

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