On Tuesday 19th October, I trotted along to Leeds City Museum with Miss Lucy for Leeds Fashion Show 2010. I was delighted to be invited along as I firmly believe the North needs more events like this – why should us Northern girls have to jump on a train (at a hefty cost, might I add) every time we need a fashion fix?
Leeds is a city jam packed with stylish, creative people, but with a lack of fashion-focused entertainment they flit to the Big Smoke without a backwards glance. Are events like Leeds Fashion Show enough to keep the loyalties of the fickle fashion set with their hometown?
Leeds City Museum
The show was held in Leeds City Museum – somewhere I’d (shamefully) never been. I loved the location. It was lavish with a local twist – a map of Leeds on the floor.
Accent’s collection was my favourite. These two dresses in particular really caught my eye.
The collections were a mix of so fabulous, so so and so not my thing. High fashion has never been my passion. If I can’t see myself wearing it walking down the street, I don’t get it. But the atmosphere, the music, the lights – you can’t help but get caught up in the moment, and I found myself trying to think of situations where a hooded jumpsuit would be appropriate attire (I couldn’t).
The styling of the models was fantastic – their hair and makeup was suitably dramatic, and I particularly loved the faux-mohawks as they came strutting towards me. Some of the models could’ve used a session with Miss J Runway Diva Coach Extraodinaire (TM), but overall the show was a fantastic night out.
Leeds Fashion Show can’t compete with its London counterparts but that’s okay, because it’s not trying to. We’ve got our own thing going on here – it’s style with a smile; fashion with a Yorkshire accent. And it only cost me £5.50 for a few hours in the car park. Take that, London!