Clash of Fashion: Glasgow Event

News   •   Feb 04, 2011 10:00 GMT

Talented fashion designers showcased a stunning set of spring/summer 11 collections in Glasgow last week in aid of Breakthrough Breast Cancer. The 'Clash of Culture' fashion show, organised by Vie Events took place in Glasgow's Sub Club, one of the city’s hottest underground music clubs, and highlighted the clash between British and American fashion.

In the cool setting of the club's basement, the DJ blasted a mixture of funkyhouse and techno music which set the atmosphere for the show which featured fabulous designers including Fabryan, Christine Watson, Nicola Napier and the quirky Jennie Loof.

Fashion lovers crowded in the dark, urban setting and sipped cocktails. They were all eager to see what the airport-themed runway, lined with British and American flags, would have to offer.

The show opened with Christine Watson's collection, which used waterproof fabrics to show elements of protection that reflect the typical wet and windy weather that Scotland endures. The collection featured stunning wet-look designs in puffball and skater skirt shapes made from PVC and tent-like fabrics, teamed with knitted tights and leather waistcoats. Stunning multi-coloured dresses added a flash of vibrant colour to the festival inspired looks.

Designer Amy Wallace upped the glamour stakes at the show with her models dressed in rich berry coloured, satin gowns with sheer panel detailing and heaps of attitude. Luxe fabrics such as taffeta, satin and plush velvet added an opulent feel to the collection.

The designers embraced sports-luxe looks within their collections with graphic print dresses and blouson jackets teamed with harem trousers and maxi skirts. Other key trends came from double-denim in Tattybon's collection, alongside a mish-mash of flouro colour pop, leather and eighties style power-suits.
Heritage looks were also seen at the fashion show with tailored crop jackets featured by several of the designers.

Nancy Mitchinson incorporated lots of fox detailing in her quirky collection adding an element of surprise to the runway. Faux fox tails crept out the sides of tweed shorts and skirt suits and as fox symbols featured on dresses, blouses and knitted pieces, adding a playful feel to her Don't Mess collection. The collection had a unique twist and contrasted with the previous more breezy collections and provided an original yet classic approach to the new season.

Perhaps one of the most memorable collections of the night was Swedish designer Jennie-Loof's quirky Mary Poppin’s inspired garments. “She is one of my idols so I thought I'd bring some of her stuff into today,” the designer said of her inspiration. Jennie recycled second hand fabrics to make stunning one-off pieces which had a vintage feel. Her collection featured lots of fresh, floral pattern dresses and ladylike silhouettes, hinting at a fifties look.

Jennie explained to us backstage that unconventionally, she creates a collection every month: “Because all my pieces are one-offs and I never show a collection more than once and then I usually have a photo shoot and on the Saturday they'll go for sale and I do this every month.”

The event concluded with a final burst of energy as the Dancepoint performers showed off some impressive moves and the audience applauded with great energy as the show came to a close.

The proceeds from the show will go to Breakthrough Breast Cancer who attempt to save lives through enabling access to greater improvements in breast cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment.