I Love Hockley fashion show

27/10/2010

Evie Hainsworth went to the I Love Hockley fashion show in Baa Bar on Wednesday 20 October


I Love Hockley fashion show at Baa Bar
I Love Hockley fashion show at Baa Bar

Many people consider Hockley to be Nottingham's equivalent to Soho, with boutiques that provide innovative garments from local designers or the place to go for the best vintage can offer. To celebrate what Hockley is renound for; the fashion of the individualists, new and established shops who dominate the cobbled streets have joined together to put on a fashion show.

The venue, Baa Bar, is relatively new to Hockley's hub but has already become increasingly popular with students. Offering a exciting yet laid back atmosphere serving metre-long pizzas and an eclectic range of £1 shots all made from '100% not natural goodness'.

The stores that showcased were all of the best Hockley has to offer. Nottingham's love of second-hand clothes such as Oxfam, The Charity Shop, Emmanuel House and vintage favourites Cow and Wild. There were also the classic edgy punk shops like Void and Ice Nine. Femininity and glamour were showcased by Plush's elegant dresses and Pink & Lily presented bespoke corsets. Also new to the scene laid back glam grunge Collard Manson. As well as the mix of designers from the infamous store Xample.

I Love Hockley fashion show at Baa Bar
I Love Hockley fashion show at Baa Bar

By the day of the fashion show all the available free tickets were reserved and by 7pm the public was rapidly showing up and the bar started to fill. The crowd gathered around the flattened red carpet catwalk which made it hard for some to see a full view of the clothes. The most impressive styling came from The Charity Shop as the looks showcased a stylish range offering geek chic to 80s glamour, showing there definitely are treasures amongst the preconcieved tat in charity shops.

The event was aimed to promote Hockley's shops to encourage Nottingham to support local clothing shops rather than buying generic garments from the high street. Ronnie from Wild told LeftLion despite considering Hockley "home" for over two generations the event has brought together the shops more collectively than ever before. Even though the event was free during the unexpected intervals a charity prize draw encouraged people to give to Oxfam and Emmanuel House in the chance of winning vouchers from all the shops involved.

The bar was serving drinks after the show but unfortunately a large proportion of the fashion viewing crowd dispersed. It was a shame the event was at a strictly over 18 bar even for this one off event so it discounted a vast majority of Nottingham's stylish youth. On the whole the event drew in a lot of supporters and provided an enjoyable atmosphere for people to celebrate and discuss why they love Hockley.

The I Love Hockley fashion show took place in Baa Bar on Wednesday 20 October 2010.

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