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The Left Bank; the beautifully renovated former St Margaret of Antioch church, was given a contemporary makeover last week when a collection of breathtaking designs strutted up its aisle. The End of Summer Fashion Show (ESFS) kicked off in high spirits, decked out with a glow of fairy lights and the bellowing music of an electric violin.

Pop Boutique opened the show with a rocked up, off the shelf look. Sleeveless printed blouses and bold blue denim shorts featured heavily along with thick knitted jumpers that welcomed the winter months. Male accessories gave a modern twist on stylishly tailored suits and jackets. An open, sleeveless, boldly checked red shirt sauntered down the catwalk, concluding a fun collection.

Next up was the colourful, vintage  pieces from the event founder, Victoria Rosso. She brought an eclectic mix of colourful, imaginative prints and 60’s inspired cuts to the stage. Her modest collection was bursting with gorgeous tailored looks.

Gwen Reid really made a splash with edgy cuts and bright injections of colour. Daring double-print outfits and smooth, vintage leather skirts stood out on the run way. Her unique dresses used layers of texture and playful prints to create a feminim charm.

With the regal colours and effortless elegance in Helen Barran’s collection you would have never guessed that she was a student designer. Her clothes use locally sourced fabrics and timeless shapes to compliment any figure. Overstated ruffles, exaggerated A-line dresses and high pencil skirts coupled with tailored jackets all featured as a taste of Victorian grandeur.

Jamilia Designs boasted unique and exclusive garments of modernised knitwear. Her unconventional pattern designs and refreshing pallet of colours gave an eye-catching touch to soft and comfortable fabrics. The subtle shapes and smooth materials makes them perfect for hitting the town in or simply cosying up on the sofa.

Unconventional patchwork finishes coupled with classic lengths gives the Loela collection an up to date 90’s grunge theme. By using popular cuts dressed up with mix and match materials  the designs manage to be bold and unique whilst also remaining easy to wear.

Cross Culture Project were out to impress with their fresh and trendy styles. Hoodies and tees were bursting with personality and fun imagery while vibrant jackets and waistcoats were bold, statement pieces. Dressed with low crotch jeans or denim shorts this collections makes for a smooth urban look that’s bang on trend.

With earthy tones and stunning designs Crystal Padmore makes style look easy. Thick knits have been thoughtfully layered with smooth, flowing fabric. The combination of simple prints with a neutral pallet has understated beauty covered.

Kee Boutique used velvet, lace and silk to create smouldering outfits. Retro patterns and polka dot prints were given a modern update with timeless cuts that sculpted a flawless silhouette. Rich, deep colours gave a sexy and sleek finish to this stunning collection.

Naomi Dings motto ‘time spent not money made’ speaks volumes about her work. A clear passion can be seen in her Germination collection. Flowing black dresses with simple details were graceful and enticing while the fitted black and brown jumpsuit felt right at home on the catwalk.

The show came to a climax with the structured garments of Roc and Doll. Chic styles and timeless, standout shapes showed the impressive craftsmanship that went into every piece. Eye catching deep red linings and daring thigh high cuts drew attention to just the right amount of flesh. The decadent dresses would make a stunning party outfit for any woman.

The ESFS was a complete success. A feast of wonderful designs satisfied every fashion hungry guest and made for an enthralling evening enjoyed by all. Money was raised for the Water Aid charity and everyone left with a smile on their face and a gift bag in their hand. But don’t worry if you missed out. There’s always next year to look forward to.

To view photos from the event or to find out more please visit www.endofsummerfashionshow.co.uk


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