Last week’s Liverpool Fashion Week will be heralded as a huge success after feedback that designs can rival those seen in London, just last month. The four-day event placed Liverpool firmly on the map, as the show’s founder, Amanda Moss says:
“The North West is an incredible pool of talent and I don’t think we rival London, I think we surpass it. Designers are flocking now to Liverpool to showcase their work and what people have seen this week will almost certainly be in the fashion pages of the glossy publications in months to come.”
Onechicmom was there to watch the event and we have to say that day one of the Childsplay Clothing Liverpool Fashion Week 2015 was spectacular, with an impressive display of new and established talent. Day 2 was the most directional, with Peter Pan collars, full skirts and asymmetric closures, with special attention to technicoloured linings (aligned with the boho trend we saw at London Fashion Week).
Newcomer Rachail Tsai was of note – particularly due to the spectacular use of colour (much welcome this dreary October). The collection was very Japanese inspired, taking traditional Japanese elements and combining them with the image we have of the Pokemon fan-girl.
Rule One showcased backless dresses, reminding us to burn our bras, whilst giving us a lesson in how to wrap up for winter in fur clad coats and jackets. While Spoilt Boutique stayed elegant in floor sweeping dresses.
Local designer, Erica Wildflower (real name!) has already won a few awards and it’s clear to see why. Her collection is eclectic – sequins, jumpsuits, leotards, religious symbols, all brought together with a 70/80’s vibe, but somehow, it works.
John Lewis was even there, as a national heavyweight. They showcased their Winter collection and caught many of us by surprise with leather skirts, woollen shift dresses, leopard print accessories (so on trend) and Cossack hats. A few bloggers were so surprised by the on-trend offering that they exclaimed their joy on twitter (I, on the other hand, got myself straight to the John Lewis store and bought this pretty before it sells out).
Sponsors, Childsplay Clothing, closed the show and lived up to their family values with children running about the FROW and the catwalk. These were the most confident kids I have ever seen and they strutted down the runway with total attitude in their street wear and special occasion wear. Amanda was quick to stress the significance of having children attend such events stating: “I’m a mum first and I work second,” she said. “I won’t work with anyone that has a problem with that.” And why not? Kanye takes North to his shows and Harper is as much a FROW icon as Anna Wintour, it’s nice to see children give a family friendly energy to such events.
After just attending London Fashion Week last month, do I think it has competition from Liverpool? Well, no – but then why would it want to compete? The UK has enough room for everyone and Liverpool can slot in nicely as London’s more rebellious little sister. Liverpool Fashion Week is still in its infancy and that isn’t a bad thing – it’s still raw, it’s still fresh and it’s still a place to get up, close and personal – which makes it pretty special.
Let’s not forget that the Beatles came out of Liverpool. . . and they took over the world.
Text: Victoria Halliden