Matthew Neville

Yorkshire Fashion Week to spotlight “dazzling” local industry following two-year hiatus

Following a two-year break as a result of the pandemic, York Fashion Week (YFW) is making a major comeback with plans to stage more than 20 events across the city from April 29 to May 3.

For the first time, 2022 will see York Fashion Week take place bi-annually with Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter shows scheduled. Designers, models, stylists and photographers from across Yorkshire will descend on the city to create a six-day “extravaganza” that promises to reflect all ages, sizes and styles on the catwalk.

The eclectic mix of events will include workshops; personal styling sessions; runway shows; in-store activities; exhibitions; presentations from prominent designers; displays from students; inspirational talks from the region’s fashion leaders; and new collection launches.

TV personality Charlotte Crosby, will showcase her Pepper Girls Club brand, with a runway at The Principal Hotel in York on April 30. The showcase is set to feature new accessories, apparel and select pieces from the Pepper archive.

“West End costume designer, Shoni Wilkinson will also stage a Meet the Designer event at Bedern Hall on May 3.

Additionally, menswear brand, Master Debonair, will be taking to the runway at the YFW Independent Fashion Runway Show on May 1 at Malmaison York. This show is set to be a “dazzling” runway of 10 indie brands, with Master Debonair bringing their usual twist on classic menswear to the stage.

Nicky Hayer, founder and director at York Fashion Week, said: “York Fashion Week has evolved and provides an impactful stage for our city’s creative talent to showcase their work, but also brings exciting designers, brands and artists into our city too.

“We have been overwhelmed by the interest already shown in YFW and know that this year’s event will be bigger and better than ever.”

Mark Bewick, managing director of York Fashion Week, added: “After a two-year hiatus, the response to the Spring/Summer show has been phenomenal and we have an exciting programme of events scheduled for the celebration of fashion.

“It’s incredible to see so many people, not just from the world of fashion but also local hotels, businesses and restaurants working together. And, it’s just the beginning!”

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