NEWCASTLE was transformed into a feast of fashion at the weekend when North East designers showcased their creations on a city centre catwalk.
Saturday and Sunday saw the launch of Newcastle Fashion Week, which heralds nine days of glamorous events from late-night shopping to the chance to catch the work of up-and-coming talents.
Yesterday celebrity stylist Brix Smith-Start, who features on Gok Wan’s TV series Fashion Fix, introduced a Barbour fashion show at Grey’s Monument.
Praising the fashion label that has been based in South Shields for over 100 years, she said: “Fashion weeks are the bed of creativity and where trends are started.
“It is also about supporting the British bands that are known worldwide, of which Barbour is one.”
The famous brand has a reputation for protecting people from the worst of the weather, but instead its designer umbrellas were used to shade spectators from the sun yesterday.
Watching the show was Helen Barbour and daughter Stella, 10. Helen is vice chairman for company J Barbour & Sons, which has been run by her mother Dame Margaret Barbour for four decades.
She praised people in the North East for their sense of style and said: “Everyone always makes a big effort to look the part when they go out on a night in the North East and I think you don’t get that so much in the South.
“This is the only place we are showing our current collection and it is great to be a part of a local fashion event like this.
“We are very proud that we are based in the North East. Designers of the future from Newcastle College also showed off their final year creations to the crowds. Marie Claire fashion magazine editor Elizabeth Walker will headline a week of guest speakers with a lecture and book signing tonight at Northumbria University’s Law School.
Celebrities Donna Air and Jayne Middlemiss will also present events.
A particular highlight will be the much-anticipated Northumbria University final-year fashion show.
It’s widely regarded as one of the best in the country for spotting future design talent.