InExeter celebrates the start of autumn with third Style InExeter event

Style in Exeter returned for the third year this weekend with shoppers heading to the city to get their hands on this seasons latest trends and enjoy a series of exciting catwalk shows throughout the weekend. With retailers from across the city taking part, including high street favourites, department stores and independent boutiques, the event showcased the rich and varied shopping experience that Exeter provides.

This year also saw two new additions to the Style InExeter program which included a headline Slow Fashion event that took place at Exeter Cathedral on Saturday 22 September. The event was hosted jointly by InExeter and Sancho’s and aimed to highlight sustainable and ethical clothing lines from independent businesses.  This hugely successful e evening began with a drinks reception at 6.00pm where over 600 guests were invited to browse stalls from the South West’s sustainable business community. Guests also had the opportunity to take part in workshops. The Slow Fashion Show began at 7pm, with the last catwalk showcasing entries to the inaugural South West Sustainable Design Award, an initiative encouraging regional designers to showcase their talent, with a £1,000 prize fund.    The top prize went to Newton Abbott based sustainable swimwear brand Davy J.

Another addition was the children’s fashion event hosted within the Guildhall Shopping Centre on Sunday 23 September. This catwalk showcased outfits from retailers across the city, including Jojo Maman Bebe, John Lewis, River Island and The White Company.

Ann Hunter, InExeter Manager said: “I am very proud of Style in Exeter; the event was a brilliant representation of Exeter’s retail offering and, crucially, gave the many independent retailers in the city an opportunity to showcase their fashion offering. The shows were great fun and gave us plenty of autumn style inspiration.”

All Style InExeter catwalk shows were professionally styled and compered by Stylist Jill Pollitt along with professional models showcasing all of this seasons trends. With all the latest trends for the cooler months ahead, shoppers were also given advice on styling, offers and the best bargains from retailers in the city. The free event took place in The Guildhall Shopping Centre with clothing supplied by well-known High Street brands, John Lewis, All Saints, Reiss, Jigsaw, White Stuff, Monsoon & Accessorize, GAP, White Stuff, Topshop, topman and House of Fraser plus more. Clarks supplied shoes for the shows while retailers including River Island, Next, and JoJo Maman Bébé provided a selection fabulous kids trends for Exeter shoppers to get their hands on.

Representing the city’s independent retailers were Polkadot Gallery, Frocks in Swingtime, Sanchos Dress, and NGNG to name a few.

For more information about Style in Exeter including the retailers who took part and where to find them in the city visit www.inexeter.com/styleinexeter

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