Everyone knows that the city of London is one of the most stylish hubs the world over, but do you ever spare a thought for the other places of the UK? Don’t they deserve some recognition for their style efforts? We certainly think so! So get your maps at the ready, because here we take you on a whistle-stop tour of Britain’s best fashion weeks for 2013 – and they’re all outside of London!
Bath 15th – 21st April
With its thriving and unique heritage, Bath is a city of contrasts – clashing the old with the new, its history against its cosmopolitan café culture. This extends to the fashion world too, providing the backdrop to a stylish mix of independent boutiques and top high street brands. Bath Fashion Week utilises this concept with a wide range of established and aspiring designers – and even gets a helping hand from London Fashion Week producer, John Walford along the way.
Brighton 12th – 16th June
Brighton, once known as London-by-the-sea has confidently developed its own sartorial style. In a city notorious for its bohemian lifestyle and decidedly debauched capers, the residents of Brighton are experimental to say the least. And, of course, this extents to their wardrobe choices. Brighton Fashion Week is the perfect representation of this eclectic clash of styles and ideas, with The Zeitgeist Show bringing the best new creative talents to the eyes of those in the know.
Liverpool 14th – 19th October
In a city known for footballer’s girlfriends and the overly made-up ‘Scouse brow’, outsiders might think of fashion in Liverpool as something of an uphill battle. But Liverpool Fashion Week consistently proves style doubters wrong, confidently describing itself as ‘the biggest fashion week of the north’. Back this year for its 5th triumph, Liverpool gives the other LFW a well-deserved run for its money.
Essex 5th – 11th May
For an English county that doesn’t even have any cities, Essex sure has made its mark on the nation. The area is well known for its Essex girl fashion, with residents competing for the biggest hair, the best suntan and the most statement dress. Perhaps it’s this lack of a city that makes Essex champion individuality – it’s the proud home to many independent fashion boutiques such as La Ruche or Cloud IX. Essex’s Fashion Week is no different, with all out glamour the name of the game.
Perhaps a sign of fashion weeks of the future, the city of Edinburgh has taken its catwalk online. Watch the shows as they happen, or settle down at your own convenience for a whole load of fashion fun including backstage gossip and even designer interviews. What’s more, if you want to buy something you see in a show, you can even follow the links from the website to the designer’s site. That front row seat is yours!
Josie is a fashion blogger with a keen eye for the latest style trends, having previously written for the likes of The Times, The Huffington Post and anywhere else that will have her.