NUA Guest Post – The Vintage Show Sponsored by Zaks
Joining the Norwich Fashion Week team during NFW16 were students from the Norwich University of the Arts. Several students working towards a BA (Hons) on the Fashion Communication and Promotion course experienced the week as it happened, with roles including assistants to the show coordinators and exclusive access for blog/vlog content. Student Chloe Risely blogs about The Vintage Show Sponsored by Zaks.
In a city familiar with the vintage scene the show superbly captured the soul of the vintage boutiques and unique styling. This years show brought us looks from the 1930’s all the way through to the 1980’s with a Spring floral theme.
Eager to get inside the show, a queue of vibrant people awaited beside me with an energy that was contagious. With their pin up hairstyles and quirky choices of clothing the awaiting crowds beautifully showed what strong a community of the vintage enthusiasts Norwich has.
Inspired by catwalk shows such as Dior and the Chelsea Flower Show, the catwalk itself had a sophisticated and delicate touch of florals (designed by a local florist The Little Flower Shop Norwich). I was delighted to see that the runway (provided by Norfolk Floors) was floor level in a U shape which gave me the chance to see the detailing of the looks up close.
Waiting for the show to begin, a group of friends chatting and taking Polaroid’s added to the warm atmosphere of the night. Not long after the blue mood lighting changed into bright lights and the models start walking out with attitude to AC/DC Highway to Hell. A lace Bardot top matched with dungarees caught my eye – I could really see myself wearing this! Another was an elegant lace bra let matched with a turquoise velvet midi skirt and blazer which I simply adored.
Bright makeup, crimping and curls enhanced the floral theme. The 70’s vibe flourished through the clothing, influenced by the sponsor of the night- Zaks American Diners. Luxurious laces and silks took us into a an early 80’s vibe and stunning floral laced headpieces gave me inspiration for festivals this summer.
All in all what an amazing experience, the vivid vibrant patterns have given me plenty of inspiration for this summer!
Written by Chloe Risely
BA(Hons) Fashion Communication and Promotion Year 1
Norwich University of the Arts
Edited by Alex Hill
Director Norwich Fashion Week