Anna Wintour wouldn’t have looked out of place at Berwick’s Gynamsium Gallery on Saturday night as it hosted its first ever fashion show.
And had the famously picky ‘Vogue’ editor been on the front row she couldn’t have had a bad word to say about the hour long showcase which featured eye catching looks, confident models and even a bit of drama. Thankfully this came courtesy of the Maltings Youth Theatre rather than any catwalk stumbles.
‘Runway Edit 2’ was the fashion baby of Berwick’s Charlotte Summers.
Photographer and stylist Charlotte co-ordinated most of the event from her new home in London and she managed to bring a generous helping of the capital’s vibrancy to a cold and wet north Northumberland.
Everything from the garments worn by the models to the music they strutted down the runway was bold and eclectic.
There were jumps from tartan to lace from the Sex Pistols ‘Pretty Vacant’ to One Direction’s ‘Kiss You’ quicker than it takes Victoria Beckham to muster one of her trademark pouts.
Th clothes showcased on the catwalk slotted into five different themes- Punk, White, Dark Arts, Baroque and Local.
The idea was to help raise the profile of designers and companies not found your typical inner city high street.
Johnny Rotten would have been proud of how the first set of local models embodied the punk spirit and mention must also go to hair stylists Emily Stephenson and Jordan Voase for the on trend looks they created.
As The Undertones gave way to Barry White in music choice, edgy tartan switched to etherial white as the second wave of aspiring Cara Delevignes graced the runway.
The Harry Potter-inspired Dark Arts theme brought deep colours with one of the most heavily featured brands, Chiara Fashion showing their versatility again with skirts which won some admiring glances from those sat in the front row.
Charlotte was herself an active member of The Maltings Youth Theatre, taking lead roles in the likes of ‘Sweeney Todd’ and it obviously still holds a place in her heart as she allocated some time for the current crop of young thespians to preview their latest show ‘The Phantom of the Opera’;
Adorning masks, whilst whetting the audience’s appetite for curtain up next month, the cast set the tone for what was to come with the Baroque segment of the show.
Bright bold prints and statement jewellery were the order of the day as labels such as Lasula Boutique snd Chiara Fashion once again had their designs showed off on the catwalk
And as proceedings drew to a close the fashion spotlight was put on local stores such as No.6 Church Street and Bijoux with a real mix of accessible and affordable clothes, shoes and accessories paraded by the models while some of the year’s hottest hits like Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’ and Daft Punk’s ‘Get Lucky’ filled the room.
But no mistake about it, there wasn’t anything lucky about the success of ‘Runway Edit’.
Everything from the layout of the room to how the models went about their task was professional and testament to the hard work that was putting into staging the event.
If ‘Runway Edit 2’ was an item of clothing it would most definitely be high end and a video came from Louise and Rosie of ‘Made in Chelsea’ fame was the bespoke icing on the cake.