The height of Norwich fashion

EMMA HARROWING takes a look back at some of the highlights of September's Norwich Fashion Week.

The flash catwalk show became a trend at Norwich Fashion Week. The week's shows and events launched with Norwich Fashion Week models walking through the city and Biba models from House of Fraser strutted their stuff through the city as part of the finale last Thursday evening.

Wearing your hair in a bun became the signature look at Norwich Fashion Week. Created for the catwalk at the Independent Retailers show by The Gallery Haircutters, the high top knot was spotted on the front row at the Cut & Cloth Norwich Lanes show and on people out and about shopping during the week.

Van Dal surprised many at the Independent Retailers show with its fashion forward autumn footwear range. Life Matters loves the patent show boots available in red or black, but the main highlight was seeing the Norwich shoemaker's original wedge shoe on display at the launch show reception in The Forum.

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The tartan wedding dress was a showstopper at the Cut & Cloth Norwich Lanes show. Specially made for Norwich Fashion Week by Love Couture in Bagley's Court in Pottergate, the dress created a buzz of excitement at the show and focused attention on the tartan trend.

Hair styles created at the shows were amazing. From sleek ponytails, buns and 70s waves from The Gallery at the launch to the modern vintage inspired creations from the hairdressers in Norwich Lanes (we especially loved the braided vintage looks from Hooloovoo in the Antidote section at the Norwich Lanes show). But our top trend has to be the rosebud created by Hooloovoo, especially as X Factor judge Tulisia sported the look on the television show last weekend.

Fashionable cocktails were served at many of the events, but the Bellini came out top as it was drunk by fashionistas at The Library Restaurant throughout the week and at the special screening of Breakfast at Tiffany's at Cinema City, where Vintage Norwich took over the bar.

For the second time running, the snack of choice at Norwich Fashion Week was the highly decorative cupcake. Life Matters ate a lot at the Blue Skies Vintage Events and A Most Curious Party Madhatters Vintage Day from Cupcakes to Your Door and Cupcakes by Jess, and we also enjoyed some mini ones at The Gallery's hair and beauty evening.

Designs from local fashion designers had the Life Matters team purchasing a few original fashion designs such as the gorgeous printed scarves from Norfolk designer Annette Rolson at Open Store at Ethika.

The week also highlighted the work of up and coming fashion designers from City College Norwich. Chloe Kent's gold sequin and black feather corset astounded the audience at the launch show, while Leah Leveridge's intricate tailoring impressed the established designers at Open Store.

You impressed us with your style at the Norwich Fashion Week events (see the Street Style pictures taken by City College photography students online at The best dressed person at the Vintage Norwich and Cinema City vintage fashion evening was Hannah Johnson, who wore a pink polka dot vintage dress, a faux fur stole and a white floral fascinator.

The launch show choreographed by Vanilla stylist Louise Lace set the precedent for fashion week with a stylish set, a great team of models and the latest fashion collections. But it was the two models that won the Face of Norwich Fashion Week after a tough regime of auditions and rehearsals that were one of the top highlights. The winners are Danielle Hull and Matthew Gadd.

The city centre was lit up with impressive shop window displays celebrating Norwich Fashion Week, designed by students from the Retail Skills Academy and City College Norwich. The winning design was from student Lauren Loh who designed the display at Nola on Timberhill.

Up and coming fashion designers from the fashion degree course at the Norwich University College of the Arts proved that Norwich has fashion talent with a display of first year work at John Lewis.

See our highlights from Norwich Fashion Week in pictures by clicking on the photo gallery link at the top right of this page.

Life Matters also went behind the scenes at the launch show and you can see all the pictures online. For all the photo galleries from Norwich Fashion Week visit

From a sleek ponytail to fashion week's must-have bun, find out how you can create the looks from Norwich Fashion Week in our hair trend special in Life Matters in Monday's Norwich Evening News.