June 19 2013, Style In View

From the 13th to the 16th, Brighton Fashion Week returned once again to showcase Brighton’s fashion credentials with some of the most exciting and innovative talent the city has to offer, with designers from further afar descending to showcase their own collections (may I suggest you turn your attention to Jess Eaton’s show stopping Roadkill Couture collection that ended Thursday night for an idea of the kind of designs on show here). For anyone that sniffingly had their doubts about the city’s ability to contend with the sort of talent shown at LFW, it more than staked its claim to a wider recognition within the industry, as founder Liz Bishop put on a slick, exciting and professional production.

Kicking off on the Thursday night with the ‘Zeitgeist Show’ in St Bartholomew’s Church, shows were spread across the weekend, ending on the Sunday with a High Street catwalk at Churchill Square, with a show intended to highlight the blend of high fashion and artistic leeway with ‘wearable’ styles. In true Brighton style, BFW showed off its ethical side with the ‘Sustain’ show, which drew attention to the importance ethical and sustainable fashion with Daisy Harris-Burland’s dress made entirely of recycled materials ̶  a point never so poignant as now, with the city in the throes of a strike by bin men, which is seeing rubbish pile up in the streets.

There for the opening night, looking chic in a simple sheer blouse over black trousers with a slash of red lipstick, Charlotte Church was among the audience enjoying the show, sitting FROW with Bishop. While her appearance had some of us here in the office speculating about whether she could be picking up ideas for an upcoming venture into design herself (practically requisite for popsters and the next logical stop after her pop career and TV show, no?) it seems this is less likely to be the case, as details of a new tour have been announced.

Ms Church aside for a moment, team SiV were also in atendance for the opening night. Check out our photo gallery of the night for everything from knitted balaclavas and pom poms atop heads to gold models adorned with antlers and gold coated wings.