Council House transforms into catwalk for Nottingham in Fashion event

Video: The Nottingham in Fashion catwalk show marked the city’s sixth consecutive fashion event. 

The Council House in Old Market Square was transformed into a catwalk to host this year’s Nottingham in Fashion event.

A series of runway shows took place in the Art Deco Ballroom on Friday (March 24) to showcase the latest spring and summer trends from a selection of Nottingham retailers.

It is the city’s sixth consecutive fashion event and follows last year’s Fashion Week, which was hosted by Beeston-born BBC Radio 1 DJ Alice Levine.

The shows featured three themes including ‘From Campus to Club’, ‘From Desk to Dinner’ and ‘Style Classics’.

The shows presented three key themes and featured items from national brands and department stores, as well as local independents.

The themes, which included ‘From Campus to Club’, ‘From Desk to Dinner’ and ‘Style Classics’, aimed to suit all fashion tastes and budgets, and are available here in the city.

A special presentation from first year students at Nottingham Trent University opened the show, and a fashion bus offering free beauty treatments was parked in Old Market Square.

Nottinghamshire image consultant Kimmy Rolfe hosted and styled this year’s event, while models from Cotgrave-based modelling agency Blake Models took to the runway.

Ryan Butler has been modelling for three years and made his debut on the Nottingham catwalk on Friday night

Ryan Butler, 29, from Mansfield, was one of the models walking in Friday night’s show.

He said: “I loved walking in the show. We’ve been practising for a couple of days now so the routine is engraved in my head – it becomes like second nature and you just enjoy it while you’re there.

“My favourite look has to be the last one, I don’t normally wear glasses but I had glasses on for that one and I think I look quite good in them.

“I really liked some of the pieces from Primark – I actually preferred those outfits over some of the others and I think Primark will be a big contender for summer fashion this year.”

The shows presented the latest spring and summer trends from a selection of Nottingham retailers.

The part-time model, who also works as a plasterer, recently made it into the top three in the ITV Lorraine Hot Pants modelling competition.

He said: “I’ve been modelling for about two or three years now – the first year was quite on and off but I’ve been taking it more seriously the last couple of years.

“Blake models took me on when I started and before that I was travelling so I did some international shows.

“I have two day jobs and do modelling on the side – I like to keep busy, but modelling is definitely my favourite and if it became an option to do it full time I certainly would.”

A special presentation from first year students at Nottingham Trent University opened the show.

The event, which was organised by It’s In Nottingham, a brand delivered by the Nottingham Business Improvement District (BID), ran across Friday and Saturday.

Golesedi Maguire, an admin officer from the city centre, attended the evening show with her friend after seeing the event last year.

She said: “I thought the show was amazing. This year felt much more enigmatic and the lighting and location added intimacy – it had a lot more intrigue about it.

“Some of the clothes were a bit too safe for me, but I love mustard and lime colours so that’s what I’ll be looking out for this summer.

“For me the White Show from Nottingham Trent University was the best. It was well put-together and although the items were all white, they were very edgy and out-of-the-box.”

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