The spectacular south coast fashion extravaganza, Front Row 2015, takes to the stage of the De La Warr Pavilion next month to showcase some of the country’s top designers along with entertainment from iconic musicians and celebrity hosts the event promises to be ‘Out of This World’.
Now celebrating its 7th year, Front Row 2015 (November 21-22) will showcase the talents of 12 designers invited from the Sussex and Surrey area.
The catwalk shows will be hosted by actress Maria McErlane, who co-presents Graham Norton’s ‘Grill Graham” agony aunt feature on his Saturday morning BBC Radio 2 show and BAFTA-nominated actress and comedian Doon Mackichan, who was one of the writers and co-stars of the hit comedy series Smack the Pony.
The star studded event on Saturday November 21 includes former Sigue Sigue Sputnik frontman and fashion designer Martin Degville who recently moved to St Leonards. Some of Martin’s Sputnik2 designs will hit the catwalk and fans of the 80’s popstar will be in for a special treat as he will also perform a short set.
Also performing on the night will be Sister Gracie and 90’s superstar DJ and music producer Adamski.
Front Row is a compassion fashion show - all designers are required to work with recycled and reused materials and Creative Director Maika Crampton (the designer behind label Paper Couture) who has curated Front Row since its inception says the theme this year is ‘Out of this World’. “After our last epic Front Row Fashion Show in 2013, ‘Gods & Monsters’, we decided that it would be great to offer our audience the opportunity to get creative and choose our next show theme themselves - and so we ran a competition,“ she said.
“We decided to go for ‘Out of this World’ because we always try to give Front Row’s designers and performers as much creative freedom as possible - whether that’s Space Age, Galaxy or any other dimensions as yet uncharted.
“We are really excited to have come up with a theme that will challenge all our designers.” Front Row’s annual Charity Shop Challenge returns with members of the public invited to create outfits from charity shop finds on a budget of just £20. The competition (now closed to entry’s) will raise funds for Terrence Higgins Trust/World Aids Day (December 1) and local charity St Michael’s Hospice.
The event also sees the launch of the first Front Row Vintage Fashion Fair on Sunday (November 22) 11-4pm, at the De La Warr Pavilion (DLWP) and includes work from international artist Mel Elliott - the woman behind the cult for colouring in. Her celebrity colouring books have become global hits and she has her own celebrity followers. Mel will headline the vintage fair with her unique range of I Love Mel products and signed books. Mel will be joined by over stallholders from all over the south coast.
Maika says she is delighted that the DLWP gave the extra day to stage the vintage fashion fair. “It will be a day celebrating fashion of all eras,” she said. “With live music from the Rockabilly Flyers, a Fashion Parade, classic film screening, a classic car display, retro dance performances, refreshments and over 30 stalls selling handmade, vintage, customised pre-loved and designer clothes and accessories!
“The entire event is really going to be quite amazing and we hope everyone will pop down to Bexhill On Sea to see us over the weekend.”
“There’s nothing like it anywhere - this show is quite unique.
“It’s truly out of this world!”
Entry to the Front Row Fashion show is £15 for a standard ticket or £18 to include admission to the after show party. Entry to the Vintage Fair is £2 before noon and £1 thereafter, children go free. Tickets available at the DLWP box office call 1424 229111 or visit the websites at: www.dlwp.com