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Photo gallery: THe KAOS fashion show at the University of East Anglia

PUBLISHED: 11:34 24 March 2011

KAOS fashion show at the UEA.

KAOS fashion show at the UEA.

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Spring and summer fashion from local independent retailers was on the menu at the KAOS show at the University of East Anglia as well as a few show stopping looks. By Emma Harrowing. Photos by Nick Butcher.

Tribal prints are a spring and summer staple that each year fashion designers will try to re-invent to make the graphical Aztec prints look fresh. At the fourth annual Kids Action Overseas Society (KAOS) at the University of East Anglia last weekend ethnic prints took on a new turn with tribal patterns etched with body paint on bare arms, legs and torsos.

The look highlighted the show’s aim – to raise awareness and funds for student lead projects to help impoverished kids. Whether or not body paint will actually become a fashion trend is debatable, however as with most fashion shows in the city there were many looks on the catwalk that showcased this season’s current trends.

Independent retailers such as Daisy & Lola, Goldfinches, Retreat Vintage, Gallyons, Blue Jean Company, Future Couture, Poppy Valentine, Love Couture, Revolutionz and Label Lab at House of Fraser showcased spring and summer fashion, along side new fashion label McRabbit created by UEA students and SHhhh a Norwich based clothing and art collective.

The 70s trend was once again a key look with pussy bow blouses and high waisted denim shorts for the girls and beaten up brown leather jackets with polo tops and jeans for the boys.

Seasonal trends already in both the independent and high street shops were also showcased through the collections, such as florals, vintage, leopard prints, summer knits, scarves, block colour and spring and summer’s key piece – shorts.

The sporty look is synonymous with Norwich label McRabbit and although sport luxe was a trend last summer the look lives on in the brands streetwise Rabbit motif polo tops and tees. This is also a nod to autumn and winter trends as animal motifs are set to be big next season.

Scissor motifs were a key look from Norwich jewellery label Eclectic Eccentricity at Norwich Fashion Week, and at the KAOS show House of Fraser in Chapelfield showed that the scissor print is at the cutting edge of fashion with the scissor print tee from men’s brand Label Lab.

Then there was the Union Jack dress by Love Couture. Before you turn the page in a fit of disgust that such a dress could have a mention after ex-Girls Aloud singer Geri Halliwell’s 90s creation banished this style dress to the fashion faux-pas record books, the dress was an elegant maxi dress with a flattering empire line that skimmed the hips and tummy. It is the perfect dress for most body shapes and is ideal if you are feeling patriotic with the royal wedding on the horizon.

The fashion show had something for everyone from casual day wear to glamorous eveningwear to outfits for the more adventurous. See more highlights in our photo gallery by clicking on the link at the top right hand side of this page.

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