We were so chuffed to be asked to show our multiway and new designer dresses in the Fashion Excess show at Norwich Fashion Week last month – not only was it an exciting and proud moment for Willow & Pearl to feature on our very first catwalk here in our home town but also it was such a privilege to be a part of an event that provides so many new and established designers, photographers, hair and makeup artists as well as students with such valuable experience of being part of such an event.

The fantastic catwalk images featured in this post were taken by Chris Roberts with backstage snaps taken by us.

Norwich Fashion Week was created in 2010 to celebrate and promote the vibrant fashion scene in the city. It brings together Norwich’s nationally-recognised, independent retail offering, and the city’s thriving student fashion design community, plus professional practitioners in fashion and beauty.

NFW sets out to celebrate fashion by developing links between those studying fashion, customers who love fashion, and those working in the fashion sector. At its core, NFW has sought to focus on Norwich’s home-made talents and businesses which has created an edgy, ‘fringe’ and youthful trait to NFW. It also has a particular emphasis on developing opportunities to integrate vocational education into business, by providing experiential learning for students and a public platform to exhibit their skills.

Our mulitway dress as always looked great all wrapped and worn in different ways. The different shapes of our models showed just how versatile the dresses are and how they can be wrapped and worn to suit and flatter different sizes.

Our new designer range got it’s first real outing too and looked fantastic going down the catwalk with music performed by Ekkah who have since become a new favourite and we’ve been playing there tunes almost non-stop in the design studio since. Our new designer dresses are great because you can customise what sleeves you have on your dress (or go sleeveless of course if you’d prefer) so the dresses shown here on the catwalk were only 6 design combinations out of a possible 30.

Local jewellery designer Moon and Moss very kindly loaned us some pieces from the current collection to style with the multiway dress set which added an edgy feel to the soft pastel coloured dresses. You can find Moon and Moss jewellery on Instagram and  stocked in Imelda’s on Guildhall Hill – that is if they haven’t sold out already!

Find out more about Norwich Fashion Week

Photography : Chris Roberts

Models : Sandra Reynolds Agency

Venue: Open Studios, Norwich

Production : Norwich City College

Jewellery : Moon and Moss