Busy is not the word. Jam-packed and crazy – that’s more like it.
It’s been a spring of fashion in Yorkshire, with catwalks and models and hair stylists and make-up artists and, most of all, clothes, gorgeous clothes and accessories everywhere you turn.
So, last month saw the Leeds International Festival catwalk, when two shipping containers were lifted into Briggate, one as a studio for hair and changing area for models, and the other for the runway, with seats each side. Both containers had their long sides replaced with glass, so the public could see in.
The whole event, the first of its kind, was organised by Fashion in Leeds, a collective including fashionistas, pr and the colleges. It was incredible and looks set to become a regular annual event.
On the catwalk there were sets by retailers and designers including John Lewis, M&S, Ghost, Accent Clothing, Bo Carter, James Steward and Fabrication, the collective of independents based in The Light Leeds. Very impressive, and I saw some lovely pieces I now really want.
On now to the Gok Fashion Brunch, which I also attended, and which took place earlier this month at the Queens Hotel in Leeds. There will be another one at Cutler’s Hall in Sheffield in early June, if you fancy it.
I’ve met Gok before and he is a massive personality and a hard-working professional. There were about 160 guests, mainly women, seated at round tables of eight, and the atmosphere was buzzing. He is quite potty-mouthed, so be warned, but no one minded (although it did make my videos for the paper a bit of a challenge).
The catwalk shows featured Julie Fitzmaurice of Harrogate, Bliss of Knaresborough, Sian Marie, Working Wardrobe and many others – in fact there were 80 outfits.
It was great! Well worth the price of £60 a ticket, for which you got a decent lunch, a glass of fizz, a catwalk show and the Gok himself, who commentated, entertained, swore a lot and did a body shape masterclass featuring audience members. What more could you want?