Forest Hill Fashion Week had to come to an end some time, like all good things do. Its workshops, clothes-shows, pop-ups and parties were wonderfully received by so many people, and it was fitting that it be seen out in fabulous, fashion-filled style.
The ‘It’s a Wrap’ party at Canvas & Cream, painstakingly produced by Claira Jackson and Charlotte Cameron along with Sarah Tilley and her students from group The Foragers (who designed and created a number of the outfits by upcycling every day materials), was focused around a catwalk featuring clothes from local businesses and designers, and modelled mainly by students from Sydenham School with a few other models and local folk thrown in for good measure.
As one of the local ladies, I experienced the show from backstage to the afterparty. I milled around in the beautiful waiting house in Havelock Walk where the models prepped their outfits and got themselves ready for their 30 seconds of Forest Hill fame. I sat quietly as my hair was put up and make-up applied by Mirror Mirror staff; all high-on-the-head ponies and high-fashion, brightly-coloured eyebrows.
The catwalk ran the entire length of the beautifully lit Canvas & Cream, and was lined with more people than I’d ever imagined could fit into the space available. Cameras flashed, people cheered and the excitement that we were here to celebrate the talent of Forest Hill was palpable. Designers like Katharine Harrison and Dickinson’s Room had their wares walked alongside boutique clothing from shops such as Bunka and Best of Both, with accessories from local jewellers Twisted Vintage and bag-maker extraordinaire Karen Arthur (Reddskinbags).
After all the hard work and preparation that went in to every single event for Forest Hill Fashion Week, the afterparty was a chance to relax and take in all that had gone on. Speeches were made by SEE3 masterminds Louise Brooks and Penelope Else, raffle tickets drawn and some well-deserved wine enjoyed. This Fashion Week was a first for Forest Hill, but hopefully its success will encourage more celebration of the area’s local talents, more of the extraordinary dedication I witnessed from volunteers over the month’s preparations, and more of a fashion focus in our ever-growing Forest Hill.
Contributers to the event include:
- Sydenham School who provided many of our young models.
- The Foragers who designed and created a number of the outfits from upcycled materials.
- Best of Both Boutique, Dartmouth Road, SE23.
- Finches, Perry Vale, SE23.
- Doopo Doopo, Dartmouth Road, SE23.
- Bunka, Dartmouth Road, SE23.
- Paulina Palian, designer.
- ‘NC23′ of The White Room, SE4
- Kitty Ferreira, designer.
- Love Ur Look, designer and new SEE3 Pop Up Shop owner at 10A Dartmouth Road, SE23.
- Twisted Vintage, jewellery upcyclers, designers and makers.
- Katharine Harrison, couture designer.
- Dickinson’s Room
- Ndamus, handmade leather bags and leather accessories.
- House of Stag & Bow, Dartmouth Road SE23.
- Serdrey, designers.
- Moonhan Hee, designer.
- Reddskinbags, bag designer and maker.