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Cardiff Fashion Week 2016

(September 01, 2016)

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Cardiff Fashion Week 2016

Cardiff Fashion Week - the premier fashion event in Wales – will take place from 24 – 30 October 2016.

Sponsored by Motorline Maserati, the week's highlight will be the catwalk shows and designer village at Cardiff Masonic Hall on Saturday 29 October. Designers and retailers from across Wales will be taking part, using the event as a platform to showcase their collections to a national audience.


Designs by Jaxxon House, Narberth Designs by Jaxxon House, Narberth

Designs by Jaxxon House, Narberth, for Cardiff Fashion Week

Names already lined up to show on the catwalk include Kai Stewart from Jaxxon House in Narbeth. Kai is a graduate of Fashion Design and Apparel Construction from Coleg Sir Gâr, Carmarthen. Immediately after graduating, Kai set up her own label and in October 2014, Kai went on to win the ASOS New Designer of the Year Award with The Clothes Show.


some of the eye catching leggings by The Power of Greyskull

some of the eye catching leggings by The Power of Greyskull

 Some of the eye catching leggings by The Power of Greyskull

Also showing will be Kath Grimmitt, who created of The Power of Greyskull just over two years ago. Sportswear brand The Power of Greyskull designs and makes all their fitted sportswear in-house in their Penarth studio. TPOG is a colourful addition to the CFW catwalk this year with their inspiration coming from all sorts of subjects: from unicorns and dinosaurs, to meadows and mountains.

Emiah Elliott's Somewhere Nowhere designs
Emiah Elliott's Somewhere Nowhere designs for Cardiff Fashion Week

Fashion students from Wales will also be actively involved in the week, thanks to contributions from the University of South Wales in Cardiff and Coleg Sir Gâr, Carmarthen. One student excited to be showing her collection ‘Somewhere Nowhere’ is Emiah Elliott from Carmarthen.

Sophie Moulds of Sophie Elizabeth London
Sophie Moulds

Former Miss Wales, Sophie Moulds from Ferndale will also be showing her recently launched accessories label, 'Sophie Elizabeth London' at Cardiff Fashion Week. Sophie came second in Miss World in 2012, went on to get a 2:1 in Business Management from Cardiff University and since giving up her work as a model in London, launched the online accessory business this summer.


'Stay Classy' phone case by Sophie Elizabeth London Welsh models Sadie (left) and Alice (right) advertise for Sophie Elizabeth London
'Stay Classy' phone case
by Sophie Elizabeth London
Welsh models Sadie (left) and Alice
advertise for Sophie Elizabeth London

Tŷ Hafan is the official charity for Cardiff Fashion Week 2016. A 'Charity Shop Designer Contest' is one of several initiatives raising funds for the cause; aspiring designers were given the opportunity to customise a bag of charity shop clothes, which will be auctioned off at the designer village. The winner was Carys Hedd - a designer from St Dogmaels who has her own label called Wench.

Carys was chosen by the judging panel for the make-over of a woman's jacket, man's jacket and woman's skirt into a funky take on a traditional piece of Welsh clothing called the 'betgwn'. A fitted jacket with buttons, nipped in at the waist with a longer tail at the back, the betgwn is the jacket worn under the shawl by Welsh women in what we now recognise as the Welsh national costume.

The item – along with others in her collection – will be displayed as part of a live shop window on 1 October in Tŷ Hafan’s Emporium store in Cardiff. It will also feature on the catwalk at Cardiff Fashion Week on Saturday 29 October and will go in a silent auction during the week to raise money for the children's charity.

For Carys, the win is the first step in her vision to see the betgwn re-introduced to the Welsh fashion scene.


Betgwn, by Carys Hedd - front Betgwn, by Carys Hedd - rear
Betgwn, by Carys Hedd -front Betgwn, by Carys Hedd - rear

Paula Abbandonato, of Vibe, said: "Cardiff Fashion Week is a platform to celebrate all that is great about Welsh fashion and design. We'll see a mix of aspiring designers and established professionals rub shoulders with the very best of the city's retail community."

Wenda James Rowe from The Style Team added: "We are creating a very inclusive week for everyone who is interested in fashion and styling. Our aim is to become one of the leading regional fashion weeks in the UK providing Welsh design talent with a unique marketing opportunity on their doorstep."

Tickets to the catwalk shows and designer village are available at

September 2016

For further details visit
Twitter: @VisitCFW
Facebook: The official Cardiff Fashion Week

Further information from Paula Abbandonato
07903 112663


cylchgrawn Cymru Culture magazine
Published by/Cyhoeddwyd gan:
Caregos Cyf., 2016

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