When our friends at City Gate menswear approached us to host a joint fashion show we literally jumped at the chance. City Gate is the longest established designer store in Chester, trading since 1974 and offering classically styled menswear from the world’s leading designers, including Gant, Cavalli, Versace, Lagerfeld, Robert Graham, Holland Esquire and William Hunt. With the Chester races season fast approaching where better to hold a fashion show than at 1539 Restaurant & Bar with their wonderful views over the racecourse. With their mouth watering menu, using only the finest produce from the region, it seemed only natural to host a dinner before the fashion show. The planning of a pre-races fashion show dinner commenced and within days of selling the tickets we had soon filled the 170 cover restaurant.

The evening commenced with a champagne reception and a chance for guests to peruse a selection of fine jewellery from Boodles. Guest’s were indulged with a three course dinner inlcuding confit belly of pork and seared fillet of hake. After dinner guests were inspired with outfits they could wear to the following week’s May Festival.

A highlight of the show was a selection of signature Sportmax dresses with the iconic figure hugging shape updated in this seasons bright neon and floral prints. Each dress in the Sportmax scene was accessorised with a bespoke hat designed by Laura Apsit Livens. The collection of hats was exclusively designed for the fashion show and included pieces adorned with fresh hydrangea’s, swarovski crystal veils and feather explosions.

The final scene from The éditeur was a selection of dresses from Tibi. The collection featured strong prints in unexpected bold and muted colour combinations. Although luxurious there was an effortless ease about the collection, simple but modern, youthful and sophisticated. The dresses were ideal for a special occasion such as the races, but could easily be worn laidback with flats.

The hair on the night was styled by Michael John O’Gorman from Francesco Group Chester, which like The éditeur and City Gate is also located on Bridge Street. Michael recently reached the Young Talent finals in Wella Trend Vision 2012. With a sporting theme to the fashion show a raffle raised over £1000 much needed funds for The Lady Taverner’s, a dedicated charity fundraising for sport for young people with special needs. The prizes were generously donated by local Chester businesses including The éditeur, City Gate, 1539 Restaurant & Bar, Boodles, Francesco Group Chester, Chlobo, The Weighing Room.

The evening was huge success with many guests staying until the early hours! We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone that contributed to the evening. Additional photos of the evening are featured in the June edition of Cheshire Life Magazine. After the event we definitely had post fashion show blues and have already begun thinking about our next event. To be invited to all future events please sign up to our mailing list which can be found on our website www.the-editeur.com