Portivo launch for first fashion festival
THE GREAT and the good of Gloucester have launched the city’s first style festival - and organisers now want dedicated followers of fashion to join the party by taking to the catwalk.
New Gloucester Quays bar and diner Portivo Lounge hosted Wednesday’s launch event ahead of a trio of fashion themed events next month.
The Citizen has teamed up with Gloucester City Council, Gloucester Quays, Eastgate shopping centre and Marketing Gloucester for a host of events and fashion shows using clothes from the city’s retailers.
Gloucester’s first fashion festival, launches on October 23 with a 1950s themed ladies lunch fashion show at Gloucester Rugby Club.
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A free Quay Trends catwalk show at Gloucester Quays will follow the day after.
And the festival will be rounded off on Friday, October 25 with the glamorous red carpet fashion event Hot in the City at Blackfriars.
City council leader Paul James, said: “We have venues with real style and class in Gloucester, so it is fitting they are being used to their maximum potential for these style events. There are some real gems here.
“Bringing retail and entertainment together like this is an excellent way to show what the city has to offer.”
Partners for the shows include Peter Hickman Hairdressing, Blushes, Cream and Gloucestershire College.
A wrap party at Elevation nightclub following the Blackfriars Priory night will bring an end to proceedings.
Jason Smith host’s the Elevation’s regular ‘Sexy Stush’ nights, but began life in the entertainment business with community radio station Gloucester FM.
“Seeing all these people come together from different backgrounds and different parts of the city is great for Gloucester,” he said.
“The city is on the up, but more can still be done. These kind of events will hopefully show that Gloucester does have style.
“Organising events can be stressful. I’ve had DJs pull out at the last minute and late changes of venues, it is stressful but that is the challenge.”
The search for models to take part has begun and we need people for all three shows.
Ladies must be a minimum of 5ft 8in and size eight to 16.
Men must be 6ft plus. Casting will take place on September 20 and 21.
If you would like to be considered, email a photo, your statistics and contact details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
No experience is necessary as training will be provided to the successful candidates.
To find out more about the festival visit gloucestercitizen.co.uk/style.