Toria Brightside knows how to put together an event. Vau Vau was good last year but it was evident that the concept had been ironed out at the edges and the execution was more professional, while still remaining fun and full of character. A fashion show promoting sense of style and independent designers.
I got help with the stall because I knew that I would hardly have a change to be there.
One of the designers pulled out at the past minute, giving me the opportunity to showcase a few pieces from my upcoming non-latex range, Vanguard. I used chainmail pieces by Richard Ayres to add edge and detail to the outfits and I thought the worked really well together.
My favourite part of the show was still the finale though. The dolls house, created and erected by Richard Ayres was used as a backdrop for the whole show but was only functional for the finale. A lot of guests commented on the fact that it puzzled them for the whole night and I liked that added element of intrigue.
The presentation and subsequent range was inspired by dolls and the show started with a pair of models draped in sheer fabric (evoking a dust sheet), as if they had been left in a forgotten room for a number of years.
The second pair of models appeared from inside the dolls house in much more current but still doll-inspired outfits and proceeded to uncover the first set of models before walking down the catwalk.
The rest of the models emerged and descended at regular intervals. Two held ornate trays filled with dried petals which the scattered along the catwalk as the went and rest carried vintage bird cages, hanging off poles and filled with fairy lights and flowers or ivy.
Models in order of appearance: Tessa Burton (vauhaus), Lauren feather (vauhaus), Vex Ashley, Bethany Lauren (vauhaus), Jennifer Joint, Amber Dennet, Briony rose, Harlotte Wonderland, Asphazia, Biomechanina.
All Images by Emily bailey of ENB photography, who also reviewed the event on her blog. I had a lot to write about my own involvement but if you’d like to see more of some of the other designers you could also check out Vague.
I especially loved the magical video by NVS Films, it really captured the atmosphere of the show.