Hair we go with a fashion frenzy
Hair we go with a fashion frenzy

Who knew historic York is now a trendy fashion hub? Well, it certainly is. And Fashion City York is here to show us all how it’s done with a series of special events this weekend, May 17-18 2014.

So don your favourite gear, perhaps watch a fashion flash mob or two in St Sampson’s Square and don’t forget to pick up a bargain on York’s high street…

What is Fashion City York?

“We’re a friendly steering group of volunteers trying to help promote the incredible range of fashion talent in York, through regular events and collaborative projects in the city,” says the group’s marketing expert Lesley Barlow.

Fashion City York’s inaugural weekend took place in April 2011 to plenty of positive feedback from visitors and retailers.

This year a group of volunteers took up the mantle, led by chairperson Angela Horner, director of Browns department stores.

“York has a truly fantastic selection of shops, homegrown fashion talent offering something for every fashion-savvy shopper and we wanted to talk the talk and walk the Fashion City York Walk,” said Lesley.

“Today, Fashion City York is delighted to have the generous support of many high street names that represent big brands.”

The highlights

Hot foot it into the city centre
Hot foot it into the city centre

The Night In for Macmillan

What: Fab evening with wine and fizz
When: Friday, May 16, 7-9pm
Where: Hobbs, Davygate

Fashion Rocks at Coppergate

What: Catwalk showcasing new season trends for Spring/ Summer 14
When: Sunday, May 18, 11am – 4pm
Where: Coppergate Shopping Centre

Fashion show

What: Live in-store fashion show
When: Saturday, May 17
Where: Marks and Spencer, Parliament Street

Live fashion windows

What: Watch and be amazed as mannequins turn into real moving fashion models! Supported by York College and University fashion students
When: After 10am on both Saturday, May 17 and Sunday, May 18
Where: Fenwicks, Coppergate; French Connection, Molton Brown and Browns Department Store, all on Davygate; Warehouse, Coney Street; and LK Bennett, Low Petergate

Flash mobs

What: York’s talented wedding industry network will surprise the public with unannounced performances
When: Sunday, May 18 – “likely timings are lunchtime”
Where: City centre. For more visit the information stand in St Sampson’s Square

Music from Purple Mafia

What: Award-winning band “>Purple Mafia perform live and raise funds for York Against Cancer
When: The afternoon of Saturday, May 17
Where: Parliament Street

York Does Vintage

What: Quality vintage at the latest vintage fair
When: Sunday, May 18, 10.30am-4.30pm
Where: Merchant Adventurers’ Hall, Fossgate

Fashion on film

What: Screening of the Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel biopic Coco Before Chanel
When: Sunday, May 18 at 8.15pm
Where: City Screen