Leicester Fashion Week showcases new generation of fashion designers


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Leicester Fashion Week made a comeback and showcased the country’s up-and-coming fashion elite.


By Sophie Sandberg

Leicester Fashion Week kicked off today (Sunday, October 4) to showcase the city and country’s most aspiring fashion elite for the first time since 2016.

In two runway shows and one intimate apparel show, 25 up-and-coming designers showcased their latest fashion collections to the public.

The event was held at the prestigious Mercure Leicester Grand Hotel in Granby street in front of the city’s fashion enthusiasts.

Jada Lewis, backstage co-ordinator of Leicester Fashion Week, said:  “Leicester Fashion Week is all about bringing energy to the city that’s already very vibrant and making it feel even more alive.

“We are showcasing quite a lot of local up-and-coming designers who are able to show their original designs to an audience, which is a great opportunity and something we are very pleased with.”

Leicester Fashion Week made a return this year after not been organised since 2016.

This year’s line-up consisted of a great variety of fashion designers with different backgrounds in fashion and design aesthetics.

Linda Harbour, 21, who is nominated for the Young Designer of the Year Award, took inspiration from the holocaust and the liberation of the concentration camps when she designed her latest collection ‘Liberate’.

Miss Harbour said: “I chose to make an all-white collection to represent the liberation of the holocaust.

“I have also used a lot of different texture and details to get that feeling of being trapped and contained.”

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Linda Harbour [left] with one of her models in front of her newest collection ‘Liberate’.

T’nisha Ramaré’s collection came to life after someone close to her fell victim to knife crime.

Miss Ramaré said: “I have incorporated cuts, hearts and patterns of the human spine into my collection to raise awareness of knife crimes in not only Britain but in the world.”

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T’nisha Ramaré [second right] with her models seconds after her collection walked the runway.

The next runway show and the intimate apparel show will be held on November 11 at the City Rooms, Leicester.

Tickets are still available for the runway show on November 11 and can be purchased at www.leicesterfashionweek.com/tickets/.

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