Hull BID Fashion Week

Traders promise surprises in store at Hull BID Fashion Week

A stunning combination of the old and the new is set to take the third annual Hull BID Fashion Week, from 28th April - 5th May, into time warp territory.

At the cutting edge of modern style will be the latest looks, outfits, and accessories from a wide range of local businesses. Contrast will come from the retro approach of a growing number of vintage retailers – and from the historic Holy Trinity Church.  Holy Trinity will for the second year running form the centrepiece of the activities by staging a grand finale of catwalk shows under its huge stained glass windows.

As with last year’s event, the programme will see shopping centres, major retailers and local independent outlets working together to showcase the quality and variety on offer in the city centre.

The 2011 event helped to generate huge increases in footfall along Whitefriargate and in the Old Town generally and the hope is that this year’s activities will build on that.

“Last year it was a great success and the church was a really nice setting,” said Bob Beasley of Beasley’s in Hepworth Arcade.

“The whole event helped raise awareness about this part of the city and we are very much looking forward to this year.”

Beasley’s will be dressing two of the models in the catwalk show at Holy Trinity Church, as will Bolo of Savile Street.

“Business is tough and events like this are a great opportunity to show what we have to offer,” said Paul Wilkes, who runs Bolo with his brother, Steve.

“Over the last 18 months we have concentrated more on bringing in exclusive designs rather than shared brands – 80 per cent of what we do is exclusive so people can expect to see something different at Fashion Week.”

During the last year Lucy Johnson has built her business from a market stall and now operates Magpie’s Den from premises in Paragon Arcade, selling vintage clothing and accessories and jewellery including hand-made items.

“It was a great event last year and I’m expecting a lot of people to turn out,” said Lucy.

“I’ll be dressing some of the models and I’ll also have a stall in the church, selling my hair garlands and jewellery.”

City Centre Manager Kathryn Shillito commented “Fashion Week is all about drawing footfall into the city and showcasing what we have to offer.  The increase in visitor numbers means a wide range of businesses benefit off the back of a popular event.

The Hull BID Fashion Week will kick off on Saturday 28 April with the spectacular topless bus tour, which will see models on an open-top bus touring the city centre and surrounding area.

The finale will take place in a blaze of colour at Holy Trinity Church on Saturday 5 May. For further details visit the website at and watch out for updates at Facebook www.facebook.com/HullBidFashionWeek and on Twitter www.twitter.com/HullFashionWeek.

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