First ever Fashion Week planned for town

Paula McCauley on the catwalk at the Celtic Diva fashion show.  INCT 12-027-GR
Paula McCauley on the catwalk at the Celtic Diva fashion show. INCT 12-027-GR

Style conscious residents of Whitehead are in for a treat after plans for the town’s first ever Fashion Week were revealed.

Due to take place this autumn, the event will build on the success of a recent fund-raising ‘Celtic Diva’ fashion show in the town.

The St Patrick’s Day show in Brown Memorial Hall generated over £500 for Hope House and Whitehead Storehouse.

Organising Whitehead’s debut fashion event is Angela Turkington, owner of The Front Room boutique on Edward Road.

“The fashion week will take place in September and it will hopefully involve lots of local designers; there will be lots of fun events to raise money for local charities,” said Angela.

“It’s an idea I had been thinking about for a while and I just decided to go for it; hopefully there will be plenty of other people getting on board as well.”

Along with bringing the well-known fashion week glamour to an alternative seaside setting , Angela also hopes to showcase a new range of fashions for curvier women.

“One of the things I hear from some of my customers who are curvier ladies is how difficult it is to find fashionable clothing that fits,” she said.

“There is a project at the moment called ‘Curvy Bird’; we hope to release a capsule collection of clothes for curvier ladies, and we’ll debut that during Whitehead Fashion Week.”

A designer, Angela opened The Front Room boutique in the former bank building complex on Edward Road earlier this year.

“We stock a range of retro and vintage as well as brand new fashion and local designers,” she said.

“We also have bespoke fascinators and millinery.

“The vintage look is very popular at the moment; women are looking for things like vintage jewellery and long gloves.”

The Fashion Week programme will include shows, sewing classes and other events yet to be finalised.