York Fashion Week makes its stylish entry on Monday (April 16) and it promises to bring us a colourful palette of events, workshops and talks.
But it’s not all catwalks and couture. The event aims to have something to catch everyone’s eye: whether you’re interested in making fashion, watching it or just being entertained with a drink in your hand.
The week is brought to you by Fashion City York, a collection of local business owners who are striving to encourage and nurture York’s fashion community. Whether you’re wild for Westwood or just like your socks to be brightly coloured, here are a few suitably smart event…
For The Entrepeneurs
Meet the Designer: Nayna McIntosh
Principal York, Station Road
April 19 @ 6.30pm
For the entrepreneurial among you, this talk could be the inspiration you needed to start your fashion empire. Nayna McIntosh not only is the driving force behind brands such as Per Una, George at Asda and M&S but has also founded Hope Fashion.
Her talk will be followed by a Q&A for those with burning business questions.
Cake, cocktails and catwalks
Yorkshire Dandy Collection
For the ladies and gentlemen who like to lunch: you can treat yourself to an afternoon tea at Bettys complemented by an exclusive runway show.
Watch the launch of the new line from Antonia Houston Couture’s Yorkshire Dandy Collection Houston whilst you nibble on delicious treats.
A Perfect Evening of Cocktails, Fashion and Beauty
Cut and Chase, 39 Goodramgate
April 17 @ 6pm
Fancy having a martini whilst eyeing up some cutting edge fashion? Head over to Cut and Chase to sip a beverage and watch pieces by Unostar and Copper and White on the catwalk.
There will also be a chance to take advantage of some personal styling by Elisa Winstanley.
By Terry Masterclass
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Spake N.K, 13th Davygate
April 19 @ 6pm
Ever wanted to style and pamper yourself like a professional? Then this masterclass may be what you need.
By Terry encompasses brands such as Baume De Rose, Cellularose Brightening CC Serum and Hyaluronic Hydra-Powder. A free glass of champagne will also be on offer as well as a free gift to take home.
The Fashion Sketch-Up
Fossgate Social, 25 Fossgate
April 19 @ 7pm
Aspiring designers, artist and fashionista’s roll up! A two-hour creative workshop brought to you by Caboodle Magazine and Dulcumer Draws.
In this hands-on session you’ll get involved with a variety of design and drawing challenges. From designing a hat for the summer season to a future cover for Caboodle magazine (with a chance to win an Alexander McQueen fashion illustration) there will be tasks suitable for all skill levels.
At the end of the session you’ll take home your own customised beauty box and any other art you do.
Culture and Diversity in Fashion
International Fashion Show
Carluccio’s Italian Restaurant, 3-5 St. Helen’s Square
April 20 @ 7pm
For the culture vultures among you: The Fashion Society of York University and Leeds Fashion Society bring you the International Fashion Show.
Celebrating a wide variety of cultures from all over the globe the show will feature traditional to contemporary dress, dance and song. The proceeds will go to Beats Charity, an organisation aiming to alleviate and end the suffering caused by eating disorders.
Embrace screening and Q&A
City Screen, Coney Street
April 17th @6pm
A documentary screening followed by a Q&A session with 3 speakers from The Body Image Movement. The film follows one woman’s personal journey from body hater to body lover.
The session examines how the phenomenon of negative body image has become a global issue and what women can do to fight it on a personal level.
Festival of Vintage
April 21st-22nd @10am-5pm
Founded in 2011, The Festival of Vintage showcases fashion from the 1930s to the 1960s, as well as music, shows and all day entertainment.
There will be different stages for each musical era and for those who fancy who can shake their hips free lessons in vintage dances like The Lindy Hop and more other vintage dances across the festival.
To complete the journey back in time a vintage vehicle display will also be featured.
Unmentionables: A brief history of underwear
York Castle Museum, Tower Street
April 20th @2pm>
Dr Faye Prior takes us on a journey through the history of our underw garments from medieval Europe to 20th century England.
Exploring the lengths people went to to shape their bodies or protect their bits, this talk puts an interesting spin on the clothing we never think much about.
The talk will be followed by an object viewing and handling session from the museums collections.