Famed for its NE1’s Newcastle Fashion Week, NE1 Ltd will this year host its first NE1’s Fashion Futures event spanning two days in mid May, on the 13th and 14th, hosted at the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead.

High profile brands Mercedes Benz of Newcastle and Terry de Havilland are sponsoring NE1’s Fashion Futures inaugural event.

Anyone interested in fashion will be in for a treat in May when NE1 Ltd hosts the premium fashion event in the North East with the first ever NE1’s Fashion Futures two-day event.   The event will provide un-missable opportunities for people to hear how to get a career in the fashion industry with expert advice from leading designers, journalists and celebrities.

Whether it is seeing the awe inspiring graduate catwalk show presented by this year’s crop of Northumbria University Fashion graduates to hearing from a host of fashion’s most famous names, including alumni from Northumbria University, one of the most influential centres for fashion study in Europe, the two-day event is expected to attract hoards of fashion followers from across the region.

After staging the highly successful NE1’s Newcastle Fashion Week for over four years, NE1 decided to revamp the format for this year’s event retaining some of the most successful elements from previous years but this year celebrating the immense contribution the city’s fashion academia has made not just to the region but also to the wider international fashion industry.

This is a monumental year for Northumbria University as the Fashion department celebrates its 60th year, NE1’s Fashion Futures has been timed to commemorate this anniversary and to celebrate the department’s many achievements in helping launch the careers of thousands of fashion designers and influencers of the international fashion scene.

Day one of NE1’s Fashion Futures will host FASHION, Northumbria University’s Catwalk Show at the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, the hottest ticket in the UK’s fashion calendar attracting buyers and leading industry figures from around the world.

Day Two – Fashion Talks, a series of free talks aimed at helping young people get into the fashion industry with expert advice and insight from industry experts and an array of fashion celebrities.

This year NE1 has framed the event around some of the biggest names in the fashion industry to provide centre stage for these personalities to give an exclusive insight into their lives and careers

Among the celebrity fashion line up will be one of the UK’s leading fashion designers Henry Holland, renowned for his eye catching designs, fun personal style and internationally acclaimed collections.  Henry has sold his designs in Liberty and on Net-A-Porter.com and is known to dress a number of famous celebrities.  Henry will be in conversation with Laura Weir an eminent fashion and style journalist, fashion features editor at Vogue and a highly renowned style arbiter.

Alexandra Shulman, OBE, Editor in Chief of British Vogue will also take to the stage to talk about her life and work and provide advice for budding style journalists and designers on breaking into the industry.

A panel discussion will be another key feature of the day of Fashion Talks with fashion industry experts including three Northumbria University alumni; Michelle Taylor founder of luxury lingerie brand, Tallulah Love; Charis Younger, Menswear Designer at hi-end fashion brand All Saints; Kate Ablett, Senior Extrem Designer Berghaus, alongside Darren Spurling, Managing Director of international footwear designer Terry De Havilland.

In the evening of the 14th May, the ever popular, Fashion Front Row event will showcase the best of the North East designer talent.  The event, one of the most popular within the NE1’s Newcastle Fashion Week programme, has been retained in the new NE1’s Fashion Futures format.  To buy tickets visit www.getintonewcastle.co.uk

Commenting on the NE1’s Fashion Futures event, Sandra Tang, Marketing and Events Manager at NE1 Ltd said:

“We’re delighted to unveil our plans for this year’s NE1’s Fashion Futures event – we have distilled the most successful elements of the much-loved NE1’s Newcastle Fashion Week into two packed days of fashion celebrities, catwalks and talks. The event and its contributors highlight the strength of the region’s fashion industry, will help us celebrate the city’s fashion academic heritage and hopefully encourage a new generation to enter the fashion industry.”

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