NUA Guest Blog: Fashion Excess
Students currently studying on the BA (Hons) Fashion Communication Programme at Norwich University of the Arts share their experience of Norwich Fashion Week 2017.
Harriet Taylor attended Fashion Excess.
Fashion Excess 2017; a night of music, fashion and celebration!
After a jam packed week at Norwich Fashion Week it was finally time to close the week and what better way to do this than with the infamous Fashion Excess. The night mixes fashion brands with live bands to create an energetic and celebratory atmosphere.
Arriving to a ceiling full of balloons, I knew that it was going to be a fun night. VIPs, with sponsors Boux Avenue goodie bags, began to fill the balconies whilst others crowded around the catwalk; desperate to get that perfect spot.
The stage was full with a variety musical instruments ready for Indie-Rock band ‘Happy Coloured Marbles’ to take to the stage. Independent accessories brand Lisa Angel opened the show, with model Evie Oliver, who would later be announced winner of the face of the Fash Pack, walking to the beat of the band.
Flawless models, with tousled hair and nude smoky make up, continued to strut up and down; displaying clothes from brands Monsoon, Boux Avenue and Chatting Sass. The brand ‘Land’ took it upon themselves to address wider issues, with models carrying protest boards stating ‘my body, my rights’, ‘courage has no gender’ and ‘tear your walls down’.
The short interval was filled with drinks and conversations; what outfits did you like? Who do you think will be on next? What trend are you excited for? With a quick set change, our questions were soon hushed by band EKKAH.
On went the electric guitar and out came the models in occasion wear brand Willow and Pearl. This set had a strong sense of independence, showcasing Unique brands such as Lady B Loves and No Holy Men. The models were clearly relaxed and enjoying themselves as they boogied, to the band, down the catwalk and took selfies with the audience. The crowd cheered with support and pride, reminding us just how important Norwich Fashion Week is for the city and its people; providing opportunity and unity.
As EKKAH announced their last song, a sea of NFW themed balloons fell and with ecstatic gasps from the audience, the models walked their last set in lingerie by emerging brand Ellice Lydia.
The fashion show may have been over but the party was just beginning…. the celebration rightly carried on until the early hours of the morning; with a live DJ and more cocktails!