A top British fashion designer is to mastermind the spectacular opening ceremony for new shopping centre Trinity Leeds.
Henry Holland is curating the “fashion spectacle” which will mark the unveiling of the development on March 21.
Organisers say it will celebrate the very best of British style.
Henry, a favourite with the country’s A-list fashionistas, said: “Curating the launch ceremony for Trinity Leeds has given me the opportunity to celebrate fashion in a unique and memorable way.
“I was challenged to deliver a spectacular show that will excite Leeds’s shoppers and propel Trinity Leeds into the fashion spotlight.
“It has been an immensely rewarding project to work on and I can’t wait to hear the reaction from the public when it all comes to life on opening day.”
The designer, who counts trendsetters Alexa Chung and Poppy Delevingne among his fans, cannot be there on the day but the public will be able to see the show from 10am.
David Laycock, Trinity Leeds centre director said; “With such a wide range of fashion brands under one roof, we wanted to work with a renowned designer to celebrate the best of British fashion and showcase to the rest of the UK what Leeds has to offer.
“We’re incredibly excited about revealing Henry’s event on launch day and hope it captures the imagination of the British public, from those local to Leeds, to shoppers up and down the country.”
Fans will be able to quiz Henry about his plans for the show during a Facebook Q&A session tomorrow.
Trinity Leeds is the only major shopping centre to launch in the UK this year and will include 100 brands, including some new to Leeds such as Victoria’s Secret, Superdry, Hollister and Mango.
The £350m development will also feature two rooftop D&D London restaurants, bars and the only Everyman cinema outside the capital. Local designers and manufacturers will have an outlet for their wares at the Made in Leeds store.
The scheme, which is spread across three of the busiest shopping streets in Leeds including Briggate, Albion Street and Commercial Street, is expected to attract 23 million visitors in its first year.
Henry Holland, from Ramsbottom, Greater Manchester, first found fame with his 1980s-style slogan t-shirts.
In 2008 he launched his fashion label House of Holland.
His H! By Henry Holland line has been sold in department store Debenhams since 2010.
He is a good friend of model Agyness Deyn, and the pair met at the age of 13.
Nicola Roberts from Girls Aloud is said to be his muse.