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1ST, 2ND & 3RD JUNE 2023

Northern Fashion Week first wave programme announcement

Today, Northern Fashion Week is pleased to finally offer a glimpse into what’s been going on behind the scenes as preparations for next year’s inaugural event continue. Held at Manchester Central, tickets are on sale NOW, and what’s more, there’s a special 24h Black Friday Deal tomorrow, with 50% off ALL tickets from midnight on 25 November until midnight on 26 November 2021. Check it out at www.northernfashionweek.co.uk.  

Championing Northern Talent

This brand-new event is set to take the North by storm. Northern Fashion Week is curated by the team behind New Talent Fashion and promises to champion northern talent and develop northern industry, showcasing the most exciting emerging and established designers and brands in the fashion world, with catwalks, talks, networking, exhibits, panels, the Northern Fashion Week Awards and more. 

Northern Fashion Week Awards: Entries open NOW, Judges and Awards Categories revealed 

NFW is delighted to announce the first-ever Northern Fashion Week Awards, with winners to be unveiled at next year’s event. Today, NFW can reveal the panel of judges who’ll be crowning winners of categories including Diversity UK, LGBTQI+, The Northern Honorary, Sustainability, Up and Coming Influencer and Graduate awards. A complete list of awards categories can be found here

The Northern Fashion Week Awards are open NOW, and that means open to ALL! Candidates can submit entries themselves, or be nominated by another party. NFW encourages entries from underrepresented communities within the fashion industry – and advocates of diversity, inclusion and equality, championing new talent from the North of the United Kingdom in particular. Award entries close May 2022. 

NFW judges are experts in their field, trailblazers in the industry who have been hand-picked to judge specific awards categories based on their specialisms. And here they are, unveiled for the first time: 

  • Sam Hudson-Miles, Senior Lecturer and Course Leader of the BA (Hons) Fashion Design suite at the University of Huddersfield 
  • Lauretta Roberts, Co-Founder and CEO of TheIndustry.fashion
  • Jeffrey Thorpe, Programme Leader in Fashion Design at University of Leeds 
  • Hajra Khan, Fashion Journalist and Broadcaster
  • Caroline Gration, Founder of the award-winning ‘The Fashion School Group’
  • Dale Hicks, CEO of The Fashion Network
  • Sass Brown, Senior Lecturer at Kingston University London
  • Laura Winson & Zoe Proctor, Co-Director’s at Zebedee
  • Hannah Beaumont-Laurencia,  Founder and CEO of Beaumont Organic
  • Sonal Sohal, Senior Mentor Officer at the University of Westminster
  • Lucy London, Director & Programme Leader at Jimmy Choo Academy London, Creative Director at London Queer Fashion Show, Global Educator at UAL
  • Helena Grzesk MBE, Chief Operating Officer and Mental Health & Wellbeing lead for the British Beauty Council

NFW Speakers unveiled for 2022 programme 

Northern Fashion Week is delighted to be welcoming speakers and panellists covering all areas of the fashion industry. They’ll be joining us at the event to share their expertise, experience and opinions, as well as join in on networking sessions and panels. NFW’s speakers include journalists, make-up artists, designers, educators, visual merchandisers, influencers and more. A full list of speakers can be found here and below: 

Sam Hudson-Miles / Lauretta Roberts / Jeffrey Thorpe / Hajra Khan / Bruce Montgomery / Terese Hulls / Caroline Gration / Dale Hicks / Sarah-Mace Dennis / Hope Von Joel / Sass Brown / CK / Olivia Callaghan / Sean Liddell / Stevieroy / Bandy Kiki / Sophie Bradbury-Cox / Francesca Perks / Naomi Austin / Hannah Eichler / Zoe Proctor & Laura Winson / Holly Marston / Emma Hill / Fergal Doran / Joseph Mountain / Dr Richard Tomlins / Khandiz Joni / Cory Barrett / Hafiz Hudson / Fotios Vasileiou / Lucinda Graham / Hannah Beaumont-Laurencia / Sonal Sohal / Lucy London / Helena Grzesk MBE / Siobhan Clare O’Donnell

Providing a platform for the next generation 

NFW is a go-to for the next generation of the fashion industry, and will also be working alongside local university institutes and regional educational providers to support their growth and development, facilitating a sustainable future for the British fashion industry. NFW is on the lookout right now for university partners, so lecturers, teachers, students, we want to hear from you! If you want to be a part of this pioneering event and make history at the first Northern Fashion Week, get in touch or find out more here

Today, Northern Fashion Week can announce that it has teamed up with the University of Sunderland, joining the event as an official education partner. Naomi Austin, ​​Senior Lecturer in Fashion Design and Promotion at the University of Sunderland said, “The University of Sunderland is thrilled to be involved in Northern Fashion Week. As one of only a handful of universities based in the far North East of England it can be expensive and logistically difficult to participate in design events, mainly held in London. Being a part of NFW means that our students on the BA(Hons) Fashion Design and Promotion will get the opportunity to showcase their amazing work to a wider audience as well as becoming far more visible to employers in an area where many jobs exist in our industry. There is a wealth of talent in the North, which the creative industries need to have better access to. NFW is enabling this to happen, providing far more opportunities for networking between staff and students from other universities. I always thought there was a real need for this sort of event, so everyone at Sunderland is very excited that NFW is finally happening! See you all in July 2022!”

FashionFoundation joins Northern Fashion Week

FashionFoundation has been announced today as social enterprise partner for NFW 2022. ​​A joint initiative between CBGC Creative Industries and New Talent Fashion, FashionFoundation is a social enterprise based at Fargo Creative Village looking to nurture, develop, promote and retain talent in the historic and inventive city of Coventry. At NFW, FashionFoundation will be highlighting Coventry and showcasing the emerging talent and innovation coming from the city, as well as hosting its own NFW breakout event. 

A word from Founder CEO, Siobhan Clare O’Donnell

“Today is such an exciting day for us at Northern Fashion Week. We’ve been busy planning and preparing in the background for months now, and can finally lift the lid on what we’ve been working so hard on. A huge thank you to our judges, and our amazing speakers and partners, who will play a vital role in making NFW a success in its first year. As an event, and an organisation, our main aim is to champion and develop talent and industry in the North of England. This is at the heart of our values. We’re incredibly proud to be delivering an event which is accessible to all, and showcases fashion in all its forms. We hope it’s going to open doors, create new networks and professional relationships, drive change and allow the northern fashion scene to flourish. It’s more than a fashion week, it’s a movement.” 

Hotel and Accommodation Partners announced today 

Book your stay at NFW 2022 via official accommodation partner NuBreed Hotels. NuBreed are offering exclusive rates to ticket holders, at several pre-approved hotels close to Manchester Central. Prices are up to 30% cheaper than booking directly and may include added benefits like free parking, early check-in, and food & beverage discounts. The service is 100% free of charge and fully flexible rates are available. Spaces are limited so book early to avoid disappointment. 

Plus, NFW and Bespoke Hotels join forces, with Bespoke Hotels on board as the event’s official hotel partner, with properties including Hotel Gotham and Hotel Brooklyn located in central Manchester. Kevin Healey, Director of Sales at Bespoke Hotels said, “We are delighted to partner with Northern Fashion Week. It’s going to be a brilliant event for the region, showcasing the North of England and its creative talent and industry.”

Taking place in the heart of Manchester City Centre 

Northern Fashion Week is taking place at Manchester Central, in the heart of Manchester city centre. Shaun Hinds, CEO at Manchester Central said,  “We are absolutely delighted to welcome the very first Northern Fashion Week to Manchester next year. As a venue that sits firmly in the heart of Manchester, we are incredibly proud of our great city region and all it has to offer. This event is set to shine a light on the creativity and innovation within the sector and, importantly, the incredible established and emerging talent that exists in the North. We can’t wait to see the show come to life at Manchester Central; it’s set to be a fantastic one!”

Ticket Information

Tickets are on sale now via www.northernfashionweek.co.uk and via official ticketing partners, Eventbrite. Plus, there’s a special Black Friday Deal tomorrow for 24h only, with 50% off ALL tickets from midnight on 25 November until midnight on 26 November 2021. 

More details announced for inaugural event coming to Manchester next year

Image credit: Manchester Central

Just last month, it was revealed that the first-ever Northern Fashion Week (NFW) will be coming to Manchester next summer. Now, further details of the main three-day event are announced. Taking place at Manchester Central from 7-9 July 2022, tickets for the inaugural event are on sale now at www.northernfashionweek.co.uk.

With a brand-new event set to take the North by storm, Northern Fashion Week is curated by the team behind New Talent Fashion and promises to champion northern talent and develop northern industry, showcasing the most exciting emerging and established designers and brands in the fashion world, with catwalks, talks, networking, exhibits, panels, the Northern Fashion Week Awards and more. Today, NFW explains more about the event…

What is Northern Fashion Week and why is it happening?

Northern Fashion Week is a six-day event, offering a platform for up-and-coming designers in the UK’s North (and regions), championing other creative talent emerging from Northern educational institutes and cities, as well as showcasing established and game-changing organisations in the fashion, creative and media landscape. The event aims to be accessible for all industry creatives, fashion lovers, and anyone interested in the ever-evolving fashion business.

It’s taking place to put an essential spotlight on the vast opportunities and exciting talent coming through in the North of England. The event aims to inspire the next generation of talent and young professionals who are so critical to the industry’s progression. Through galvanising the industry and facilitating connections between fashion professionals, NFW will create an immersive environment for art, culture and heritage sectors to collide, bringing together a range of businesses with diversity and inclusivity at the heart of their mission.

What guests can expect …

Guests can expect everything from catwalks, talks, networking, exhibits, panels, the very first Northern Fashion Week Awards, and much more over the three days at Manchester Central. There’ll be plenty to feast your eyes on, in what’s set to be an experience to enrich, create positive change, inspire and essentially, bring “fashion back to the North”. 

With education at its heart, NFW will also be working alongside various local university institutes and regional educational providers to support their growth and development, facilitating a sustainable future for the British fashion industry. Expect to see emerging and exciting fashion talent exhibiting, taking part in panels, and showcasing their work at the event at Manchester Central.

NFW is on the lookout right now for university partners, so lecturers, teachers, students, we want to hear from you! If you want to be a part of this pioneering event and make history at the first Northern Fashion Week, get in touch.

As well as the main event, on 4-6 July additional offsite breakout events including live music, showcases and more, are scheduled for earlier in the week in major northern cities including Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester.

Ticket Information

Tickets are on sale now via www.northernfashionweek.co.uk and via official ticketing partners, Eventbrite.

A word from Founder CEO, Siobhan Clare O’Donnell

“Northern Fashion Week’s key drive is to champion northern talent and develop northern industry – facilitating a change towards a stronger British northern fashion ecosystem. This is at the heart of NFW’s key values. We aim to deliver opportunities, create change and drive the northern fashion scene. It’s more than a fashion week, it’s a movement.”

Still to come

There’s plenty still to be announced, with details of the shows, exhibits, partners, awards nominations, awards judges, celebrity attendees and much more! Keep your eyes peeled on 25 November, when NFW will be lifting the lid and sharing some exciting new details for next year’s event.

Northern Fashion Week announced for July 2022

Northern Fashion Week (NFW) has been announced for 7th – 9th July 2022 at Manchester Central with offsite breakout events taking place earlier in the week. 

 Curated and produced by the team behind New Talent Fashion (the innovative platform pioneering outreach and connectivity for the wider fashion world) – Northern Fashion Week 2022 will provide an essential spotlight on the vast opportunities in the North. 

 Championing northern talent and developing northern industry, NFW is taking a giant leap to showcase the most talented individuals and game-changing organisations in the fashion, creative and media landscape. Through galvanising the industry and facilitating connections between fashion professionals, NFW will create an immersive environment for art, culture and heritage sectors to collide, bringing together a range of businesses with diversity and inclusivity at the heart of their mission. 

 NFW will also be working alongside various local university institutes and regional educational providers to support their growth and development, facilitating a sustainable future for the British fashion industry. 

 NFW intends to deliver an enriching experience and offer its community the opportunity to cultivate industry knowledge and create further positive change. The programme and lineup of catwalks and presentations are designed to support underrepresented communities within the fashion industry – this is an event highlighting the best of the North in all its glory, reinforced by Northern Fashion Week Awards. 

 From fast networking sessions to workshops and seminars, interactive stands to brand and retail experiences, NFW will answer to the needs of the industry and bring “fashion back to the North”. 

Founder CEO of both Northern Fashion Week and New Talent Fashion, Siobhan Clare O’Donnell shares her excitement and drive behind Northern Fashion Week: 

 ”I created Northern Fashion Week to allow northern talent the opportunity to showcase themselves, giving them a fair chance within the fashion industry. Representing the North means to not only represent the talent but also the fabulous thriving industry. And so, Northern Fashion Week aims to celebrate both. The North is my birthplace and the birthplace of many exceptional fashion industrial innovations and inspirational fashion talent. 

 ”Northern Fashion Week stands for the child looking for inspiration, the student hoping for an opportunity, the local business wanting to flourish, the entrepreneur seeking discovery and the individual who stands proud to celebrate the North and all that we have to offer. The Northern Fashion Week vision is built from opportunity, community, innovation, and a love for the North – the drive and passion for creating a space for fashion creatives and the fashion industry to continue to grow.” 

Northern Fashion Week (NFW) has been announced for 4th – 9th July 2022, with the main event taking place 7th – 9th July at Manchester Central. Offsite breakout events are scheduled for earlier in the week in major northern cities: Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester. 

 Tickets are available at www.northernfashionweek.co.uk and via official ticketing partners, Eventbrite. 

 Further event programming and line up details to be announced…