Get a new look at Norwich Fashion Week

Think you can't wear the fashion on the spring and summer catwalks? Think again, as clothes, hair and beauty stylists will be out in force during Norwich Fashion Week to show you how to get the look – and most events are free, writes EMMA HARROWING

The catwalks at the spring and summer 2012 London Fashion Week were filled with pastels, bright colour blocking and monochrome designs, hair was worn in a low ponytail with or without a double parting, and colour popping make-up made eyes or lips stand out. Much of what will be on show at Norwich Fashion Week spring and summer shows is still under wraps, but whatever show-stopping delights are in store, making the transition from catwalk show to everyday wear can seem impossible.

There are many personal stylist events throughout Norwich Fashion Week to help you get a new look for the new season. Here's how you can make the most of the week:

Your clothes

There are many personal styling events taking place throughout Norwich Fashion Week to help you get a spring and summer look that suits you. The first start on Friday March 9, the day after you can see the latest fashion trends on the catwalk at the Independent Retailers Show at The Forum.

Jarrold will be holding style workshops for men and women with their personal stylists Judy Chapman and Tim Benns from midday. The event will be repeated on Tuesday March 13.

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Vanilla on Ipswich Road will be holding a Style Me Friday event, where stylist Louise Lace and her team can help you find a look to suit you straight off the Norwich catwalk. Vanilla will be hosting style events throughout Norwich Fashion Week, culminating in an in-store fashion show on Thursday March 15 to mark the finale of fashion week.

If you cannot make the free styling events mid-week, John Lewis will be holding fashion workshops on Saturday March 10, where you can also learn to make your own fashion accessories in the Haberdashery department.

At all the events there will be professional stylists offering advice on the shapes and styles that will flatter your figure.

For those who would like more advice on how to feel confident in their look, Norwich image consultant Claire Bunton is bringing her Love What You Wear style event to Jarrold on Wednesday, March 14, at 6.30pm.

The event is ticket only and includes make-up demonstrations from MAC and hair demonstrations from Aveda. Claire will also share her top tips for looking taller, shorter, younger and slimmer.

Make-up and beauty

To complete your new look head down to one of the free make-up and skincare events taking place throughout Norwich Fashion Week. Each event will teach you how to get the latest looks or will show you how to update your skincare regime.

If you want to learn how to create a classic flawless look, the Laura Mercier event in the Skin Spa in Jarrold on Friday March 9 is for you. The team will be on hand to offer free beauty and make-up advice including tips on how to achieve an airbrushed flawless base.

Give your skin an overhaul with a skin consultation at the U and Your Skin Lounge on Bridewell Alley. Part of the Norwich Lanes Fashion Night Out on Friday, March 9, the skin lounge will be offering free skin assessments and advice on how you can combat spots, improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and other skin concerns. There will also be some Norwich Fashion Week skin survival kits on offer throughout the week so that you can keep your skin looking radiant.

If perfect groomed brows and a nod to vintage style is your bag, the Benefit team in Jarrold will be offering free make-up and skincare advice as part of Jarrold's Fashion Saturday on March 10. Learn how to get the perfect brow arch, plumped lips and smoky eyes and play with the latest additions to the Benefit collection.

Vintage inspired eye-liner flicks and red lips is also on the menu at the Cinema City and Vintage Norwich event at Norwich Fashion Week. The girls from The Historical Sauces will be giving free 'Flicks and Lips' vintage make-up lessons alongside Flamingo Amy's pop-up vintage hair salon.

If you like more mainstream make-up, the major beauty brands will be giving free demonstrations at John Lewis on Saturday, March 10, to help you create the latest make-up looks at home.

For those that like a little bit of pampering with their beauty regime Creme de la Mer will be taking you through their new beauty products over lunch at The Library Restaurant on March 14 – perfect for a girly lunch.


With your wardrobe sorted it's time to give some thought to your hair. Have you had the same hairstyle for years? Are you fed up with having bad hair days? Has your colour seen better days? With several free hair styling events taking place throughout the week, Norwich Fashion Week could be the time to get your hair in shape for summer.

For a cut or style

Flint hairdressers on Bridewell Alley will be at independent men's fashion boutique Seven Wolves, offering haircuts as part of Norwich Lanes Fashion Night Out on Friday March 9.

If you want advice on what will be the hair trend for spring and summer and how you can recreate the looks, The Hairdresser on Wensum Street is holding an open evening on Tuesday, March 13, so you can get help with your hair. The Hairdresser is also offering free wash and blow dries (subject to availability) throughout Norwich Fashion Week.

Vintage lovers will be excited to learn that vintage hair stylist Flamingo Amy will be bringing her new pop-up hair salon to the Cinema City and Vintage Norwich screening of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes on March 14. Amy will be styling hair for free on the night as part of Norwich Fashion Week.

For a colour

If you want to go from blonde to brunette like Louise Redknapp, or from brunette to blonde like Cheryl Cole, how do you know if the shade will suit you?

A new technique mastered by stylists at The Gallery Haircutters on Waterloo Road could provide the answer. Find out what tones suit you at the free Focus on Colour event at The Gallery on Monday, March 12.

Tickets to the Love What You Wear style event with Claire Bunton – The Image Consultant on Wednesday, March 14, 6.30pm-8.30pm at Caf� Benjamin in Jarrold, cost �12.50. Tickets can be purchased from Jarrold Customer Services 01603 660661 or from Claire Bunton 01692 538947.

To reserve your free place at the Focus on Colour event at The Gallery Haircutters on Waterloo Road on Monday, March 12, between 9.30am and 3pm, call 01603 787248.

For tickets to the Lunch at The Library with Cr�me de la Mer event on Wednesday, March 14, from 12.30pm until 2pm call 01603 616606. Tickets cost �18 and include a two-course lunch, a glass of sparkling wine and a 10pc discount for a personal skincare consultation in The Retreat in Jarrold.

Don't miss your Evening News all this week for the previews on some of the main shows during Norwich Fashion Week. For the Norwich Fashion Week 2012 programme of events click on the link at the top right of this page.