2017 entailed some fabulous, interesting projects for Cabba consultancy, something that we are deeply grateful for.
A highlight was letting our imagination go in the creation of a concept for Fashion in Leeds, part of Leeds International Festival and supported by the amazing people of Leeds BID.
The Fashion Space was a considered risk; converting two shipping containers to host the Fashion in Leeds events. The perspex sides allowed the public a rare insight into the fashion world. They could immerse themselves within the space or watch from outside on the digital screens or through said perspex walls.
The runway shows, backstage areas ( where the public could see hair and make up done in real time), industry talks and corporate hospitality events showed the organised chaos that was 30 Leeds retailer fashion shows, 20 Leeds based independent designers and 3 university graduate collections, a corporate networking event and 14 industry speakers.
We were delighted to welcome Gary Aspden ( adidas Spezial), James Brown ( former Loaded magazine), Lulu Kennedy ( Fashion East), Katie Eary ( designer), Christopher Raeburn ( designer), Matthew Drinkwater (Fashion Innovation Agency, London College of Fashion), Matty Bovan ( designer), Mandi Lennard ( Fashion PR guru), Claudia Croft ( now Fashion Features Editor of Vogue), John Vial ( Global Ambassador for Revlon), Andrew Barton ( hairdresser extraordinaire) and Ruby Miller ( make up genius). This was in addition to hosting THE most fabulous Fashion in Leeds: The Afterparty ( of course dahhlings !) and much more besides.
The real highlight however was the bringing together of such a cross section of talents within the industry sectors and working together to put Leeds on the fashion map as a credible city for fashion outside of London.
Other equally amazing highlights were lecturing at Leeds University, sitting on the assessor panel for the fashion course module at Leeds Beckett University and advising a start up label on their branding and brand messages.
Last but by no means least, designing the staff jackets for AW Hainsworth, utilising and showcasing their stunning fabrics for when they visit their clients. No mean feat when they have been manufacturing woollen cloth in Yorkshire since 1783 and have a Royal Warrant !