Catwalks take over Leeds city centre this weekend and next, starring High Street giants and local independents. Fashion Editor Stephanie Smith reports. Plus timings and days of catwalk anf ither events.
Leeds is making a stylish bid to be the UK’s most fashionable city this weekend, when The Fashion Space takes over main shopping thoroughfare Briggate as part of Leeds International Festival 2018.
At the end of this week, recycled shipping containers will be transported onto the pedestrianised street to become a temporary catwalk and a studio and changing space for the models and the teams of dedicated make-up artists, hairdressers and fashion stylists.
It kicks off eight days of pure fashion and style in the city, with a full programme of events from runways to workshops and talks.
Those who visited The Fashion Space last year will know that the sides of the containers are clear (mostly – not the changing bit) to allow spectators to watch the runway and its preparations from the outside. There are also seats inside the catwalk container for those who want to sit down (places are limited, so get there early).
Yorkshire’s finest fashion players are taking part, from massive High Street names to independent retailers, talented local designers, students and high profiles figures from the UK fashion industry.
Cathy Dickson, of Fashion Space partner Cabba, said the event would give the public a rare insight into the fashion industry, continuing the huge success of last year’s attractions. She added: “We are all pulling together and working with people in the city, including retailers, graduates, designers, make up, hair salons, models, media, manufacturers and industry renowned names from a variety of fashion backgrounds, to bring The Fashion Space to life”.
The Fashion Space launches with a day of High Street fashion this Saturday, including Marks & Spencer, Monsoon, Oasis, House of Fraser and Jack Wills.
Sunday will see the region’s independent designers – including James Steward, Faye Hindle Studio, Laurelle Woman and Ross Barr – take to the catwalk.
Based in Wetherby, James Steward creates red carpet looks for celebrities including Katherine Kelly. Hannah Moody, James’s sister and business partner, said: “James Steward’s new summer ‘18 collection is about bold colours, texture and prints – spots, stripes, mosaic and waffle textured fabrics and beautiful soft crepes. Each piece has been designed so that they are perfect for all occasions and embrace the modern woman.”
Laurelle Woman, meanwhile, was founded in a log cabin by Laura Sedman in the garden of her family home. She said: “The new lines we will be showing for SS18 combine the playfulness of summer with the laidback attitude of the Laurelle Woman. Expect comfortable fabrics and prints you can feel great in this season.”
The following Saturday (May 5) will see Victoria Gate stores showing this season’s collections, and on Sunday, May 6, final year fashion students from University of Leeds, Leeds Beckett University and Leeds Art University will show their designs.
Sassoon will be returning to create the hair looks on both Sundays, led by UK creative director, Gareth Vance, while London Fashion Week supremo, Josh Goodwin, will lead the Tint hair team on the Saturdays.
The make-up team will see Zoe Leanne Peplow overseeing students from Leeds City College.
The Fashion Space will also be hosting a programme of talks and workshops from some of the biggest names in fashion, including Christopher Raeburn, who will be hosting two of his legendary Off Cut workshops.
For the full programme of events, more information and to buy tickets, visit www.leedsinternationalfestival.com.
The full programme for the runway shows can be found below, entry is FREE.
Saturday 28th April 11.00am OASIS 11.30am JOY & Dune 12.00pm Marks & Spencer 1.00pm Marks & Spencer 1.30pm Levis 2.00pm Foot Asylum 2.30pm Monsoon 3.00pm House of Fraser 3.30pm Jack Wills 4.00pm Fabrication Crafts
Sunday 29th April 10.30am Studio 805 11.00am Faye Hindle Studio 11.30am ZaraMia Ava 12.00pm The Ujag Fashion House 12.30pm Rebecca Rhoades 1.00pm James Steward 2.00pm Amy Thomson 2.30pm Caton Manifesto 3.30pm Bucktrout Tailoring 4.00pm Ross Barr 4.30pm Fabrikk 5.00pm Laurelle Woman
Saturday 5th May 11.30am Azendi 12.00pm Jigsaw 12.30pm Diesel 1.00pm The Allotment 1.30pm French Connection 2.00pm Ted Baker 2.30pm Accent Clothing 3.00pm The White Company 3.30pm Diesel 4.00pm Pretty Green 4.30pm Azendi
Sunday 6th May 12.30pm-1.30pm Leeds Beckett University 2.00pm-3.00pm Leeds Art University 3.30pm-4.30pm University of Leeds
All events will take place in The Fashion Space unless otherwise specified and are curated by Cathy Dickson, Cabba, and Sharon Brigden, SLB PR. For the full programme of events, more information and to buy tickets, visit www.leedsinternationalfestival.com/ @FashionSpaceLIF @leedsintfest #leedsintfest
April 30: 5.15-6.30pm, North: Fashioning Identity, with co-curator Adam Murray exploring how the north of England is depicted, constructed and celebrated in photographs, artworks and fashion collections. Tickets: £5
May 1: Christopher Raeburn Off Cut Animal Workshop 11am-4pm. The designer will be bringing his legendary off-cut animal workshop to Leeds where participants will make the city’s mascot, the Owl, with fabric by AW Hainsworth. Tickets: £100. Later, Christopher Raeburn Off Cut T-Shirt Workshop: 5.45-8pm. An opportunity for less experienced sewers to develop creative skills. Tickets: £40.
May 2: 5.45-7pm. Sadie Williams – Bright Young Thing. One of the British Fashion Council’s NewGen’s ones to watch, she will talk about her progression from her Central St Martin’s MA to international success. Tickets: £5
May 3: In Conversation with Claudia Croft, British Vogue, who will discuss her curation of an exhibition from the Marks & Spencer company archives. Tickets: £5
May 4: 4.15-6.30pm. In Conversation with Fashion East at Leeds International Festival Spiegeltent, Millennium Square. Lulu Kennedy with alumni designers Matty Bovan, Per Götesson, Mimi Wade and Art School. Tickets: £10. For further details and tickets for all the Leeds International Festival events, which are on sale now.
All events will take place in The Fashion Space unless otherwise specified and are curated by Cathy Dickson, Cabba, and Sharon Brigden, SLB PR.
For the full programme of events, more information and to buy tickets, visit
Leeds International Festival is an annual celebration of new ideas, local creativity and
international culture taking place from April 28th until 12th May 2018. The first festival took place in 2017 and brought 17,000 people into the city.It’s a programme of compelling speakers, original performances, new music, seminars and discussion. The goal is to inspire and grow communities by bringing people together and promoting the discovery and exchange of new ideas, whilst creating one of the biggest events in Leeds.The festival is funded via Leeds Business Improvement District (LeedsBID) and key partners including Sky, O2, Cabba, SLB PR, Rabbit Hole, I Like Press, Hebe Works, Futuresound Events, Fashion in Leeds and Consume Communication.
LeedsBID is a business-led, not for profit organisation, focused on delivering an ambitious business plan to transform Leeds city centre – improving experiences, standards and adding value for all city users.