Tomorrow marks the start of this year’s two-day fashion frenzy, where designers and the best talent across the North West come together to celebrate the great style the region is famed for.

The North West Fashion Festival which is being held at Liverpool’s St George’s Hall is celebrating its third year, and for the occasion they have added an extra day to the event.

This year the Sunday will be focusing on families and children, with catwalk collections to suit the theme.

The weekend will feature catwalk shows as well as a full programme of Q&As, panel discussions, demonstrations and masterclasses from leading fashion and beauty experts.

Lauren Greene, founder and director of the North West Fashion Festival, said: “We’re busy putting the final touches to what promises to be our biggest and best show yet – we’re so excited and cannot wait to see the North West’s fashionistas descend on St George’s Hall for an exciting weekend of glamour and style.

“Come and join us for catwalk shows, shopping and pampering, live performances from X Factor names; check out the latest collections from local fashion designers and national brands; indulge in a spot of retail therapy and try the latest beauty treatments. 

“If you love fashion and beauty, then this is an event you won’t want to miss.” 

What can I look forward to?

Narrowing down the long list of things to look forward to is proving hard- there seems to be so much choice on offer this weekend.

Over the two days, guests will be treated to catwalk shows, entertainment from X Factor stars such as Tom and Laura and plenty of opportunities for shopping and pampering.

Harvey Nichols’ Electric Hair team will be on hand to provide treatments to guests, while celebrity make-up artist Kate Hayes will be hosting master classes- showing how to perfect the make-up looks which have made her one of the most in demand artists in the city.

You can also try a variety of premium brands such as Tamara Eccleston’s hair care range Show Beauty and Elemis skincare range, Mac, Nails Inc, Rodial and Beyond Beauty who will be offering treatments.

Fashion brands such as Lavish Alice and John Lewis are among the big names showcasing collections.

Is there a chance to do some shopping this weekend?

Of course!

With more than 30 different fashion and beauty pop-up shops, the NWFF offers the chance to do some serious shopping with lots of discounts and giveaways on fashion and beauty.

A number of high-end brands from London will be hosting their first ever pop-up shops in Liverpool.

The event will also give guests the chance to get a head-start on their Christmas shopping and pick up designs which haven’t yet hit the high street.

Will any celebrities be there?

 

Tanya will be hosting a pop-up boutique for her jewellery collection during the festival

Stars of the smash hit ITVBe programme Real Housewives Of Cheshire will be leading the glamour at this weekend’s festival. Tanya Bardsley , Leanne Brown and Dawn Ward will all be in attendance promoting their latest business ventures.

Tanya will be signing copies of her self-help motivational book and hosting a pop-up boutique for her Dreams To Reality jewellery range.

Meanwhile, for the first time ever, Dawn will be demonstrating non-surgical treatments available at her Skulpt clinic, which fans of the show will know is launching soon.

Leanne Brown (Photo: Vincent Cole)

Leanne Brown will be showcasing her children’s clothing collection Kiss Frogs, with her own kids helping model the range.

Love Island stars Katie Salmon and Hanna Elizabeth will be modelling the latest styles for the coming season. While North West model Sam Reece will take to the runway to launch his very own fashion line.

Which Liverpool designers should I look out for?

As expected, there will be a lot of designers from the city who will be showing their collections on the catwalks.

KU Spendlove, Miss Francesca Couture, Leigh Taylor, Patty Fashion, Mode Mwah and Melanie Louise are all expected to deliver exciting shows.

Food and Drink

You can enjoy a glass of fizz at the VIP Champagne lounge in association with Moet & Chandon and The Belvedere will be offering a range of fashion-inspired cocktails.

There will also be a Café and deli offering tasty snacks . For those looking for a healthy option, there will be nutritious juices and smoothies available.

Children’s collections

Sunday is the best day to attend if you are keen to see kidswear on the catwalk. The second day of the festival is packed with designer clothing for your little ones.

Popular Liverpool designer Melanie Louise will be hosting two catwalk shows- with a first look at items from her Christmas collection before they go on sale in store, and there will be the chance to pre-order them on the day.

Melanie Louise stocks the most sought after children’s brands including, Roberto Cavalli, Kenzo, D Squared and Monalissa.

Sophia, the five-year-old daughter of model Abbey Clancy, who will also be there at the show on the Sunday as she helps to model Melanie’s range.

Leanne Brown’s collection for children will also be revealed on Sunday afternoon.

What time does it start?

The event’s running times differ slightly between the Saturday and Sunday.

On Saturday the event will run from 3pm to 9pm, giving guests one hour to look around before former Britain’s Got Talent stars MD Productions open the catwalks at 4pm.

On Sunday doors will open at 1pm and close at 7pm, X Factor duo Tom and Laura will be performing two songs before the second day of catwalk shows get under way.

How do I get there?

St Georges Hall is located within walking distance from Liverpool Lime Street Station.

If you are travelling by train from Liverpool you can take any Merseyrail train to Moorfelds station and then take any Wirral Line train as they all stop at Liverpool Lime Street station. For more information regarding the best route for you visit www.merseyrail.org

Anyone travelling from outside of the city can call National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48450 for more information on train times.

If you are planning on driving to the event, the nearest car park can be found at Queens Square, for sat nav users the postcode is L1 1RH.

Where do I get tickets from and how much are they?

Tickets can be bought direct from the Ticket Quarter website, there is also the opportunity to purchase VIP tickets for each of the days.

Prices starts from £16.50 for a standard day ticket, or £24.20 for a standard weekend pass. Students are offered discount with a VIP ticket for them costing £20.63 while

Children under four will get free entry.

Tickets are on sale via TicketQuarter, Queen Square, Liverpool, online here or by calling 0844 800 0410.

After party

All ticket holders are invited to the exclusive after party at Kingdom nightclub where they can party in style from 9pm. The first 100 guests to arrive will receive a complimentary cocktail.

Kingdom is located at 25 Harrington St, Liverpool L2 9QA