As London Fashion Week tails off, the Forest Hill community grabs the fashion baton to present their own take on fashion, craft and style with Forest Hill Fashion Week

Founded in 2013 by south east London local Louise Brooks, Forest Hill Fashion Week, which is running from 18-21 September 2014, was born from the SEE3 Portas Pilot investment to regenerate local high streets in the area. Originally conceived to support the Pop-Up shops scheme, Forest Hill Fashion Week was such a local success that the team has kept it going.

Previous Forest Hill Fashion Week events have seen live catwalks and a local craft market take over the Horniman Museum & Gardens. Keen to keep each year fresh, new and interesting, this year will see a host of events that will allow innovative and original designers the opportunity to present their work locally in and around Forest Hill.

(Photos: Sara Atteby, © D&S Communication Ltd)

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The week commences on Thursday 18 September from 6pm with late-night store openings, in-store events and special offers at various boutiques in Forest Hill. In the weeks running up to the event, Stag & Bow craft store is inviting people to take place in a number of events, including Close Knit, an unofficial record attempt to knit as many items as possible. These will then go on sale during Forest Hill Fashion Week with proceeds going to One Girl, a charity for the education and empowerment of girls and women in Sierra Leone. There will also be workshops, talks and exhibitions running at various venues throughout the weekend.

On Friday 19 September, the FoHo Fash Jams, a series of celebrations will take place throughout Forest Hill venues, takes place. Bar hop and enjoy finding different genres of musical entertainment in each venue.

On the weekend of 20 -21 September there will be four markets running: Makers & Designers, GOODjumble, Vintage, Childrens Clothing & Accessories. These will be in addition to workshops, industry talks and a range of events for children. A series of catwalk shows take place on Saturday 20 September at the Railway Telegraph on Stanstead Road, showcasing local clothing and accessories shops alongside independent designers labels,

The finale takes place on Sunday 21 September, with a variety of bands and musicians performing live alongside a mouthwatering street food market in Forest Hill Station car park. This event will also mark the unveiling of the new mural that has been commissioned in the underpass by Aero Arts, depicting key London landmarks viewed from Forest Hill.

Designers confirmed to take part so far include:

Maddy Mclndoe Vibrant clothing featuring hand drawn prints inspired by tropical adventures.

Twisted Vintage Inspired by reviving, recycling and recreating – this jewellery making duo combine their passion for vintage and fashion to provide pieces with a modern twist.

Reddskin Colour, bold print and ethical materials are at the heart of every piece from this local fashion designer. Clothing, bags and accessories beautifully handcrafted with comfort and simplicity in mind.

Shaun McGrath of the Wiggery Pushing the boundaries of traditional wig-making into couture headpieces that blur the lines between hairdressing and sculpture.

Clea Broad Clea Broad is a designer of bespoke costume accessories based in London. Clea is currently designing her first collection, to be launched late 2014.

Katharine Harrison Katharine Harrison is a directional womenswear brand for the luxury sector. Founded on environmental principles and a firm belief in traditional craftsmanship, it redefines the notion of classic clothing and pushes the boundaries of traditional technique.

One We Made Earlier One We Made Earlier make contemporary accessories. Based in London, husband and wife team Emma and Rob Orchardson draw on their backgrounds in fine art and design to create bold statement pieces. Their work combines a playful sense of fun, with a striking geometric simplicity.


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