By Elizabeth Wigley
The ninth annual KAOS charity fashion show took place on the 6th March this year and it is safe to say that it was a huge success.
The show was incredibly varied, regarding both the brands showcased and the societies featured. The balance of high street brands and student brands was great to see, and it was a fantastic opportunity to see the Spring/Summer 2016 lines from some of our favourite commercial brands.
This took form of the swimwear collection from New Look, and the men and women’s collections from Fat Face, which featured layering, an ideal transition from winter to spring looks.
It was wonderful to see the student and society brands being so well put together, which gave off a professional air. The Indian Society’s top and skirt combinations were beautiful, featuring a red veleur cropped top which really stood out. The gold and cream colour matches were also very complementary, and the dance performance was lovely to watch. The details on the backs of the tunics featured by the Pakistani Society were intricate and detailed, adding elements to the garments which weren’t expected until the models turned to return down the catwalk.
Student brand Sims and Stitches brought bright and vibrant colours to the show, featuring items such as the red maxi dress with a draped shoulder, and a personal favourite of mine was the silk bell-sleeved dress with a peacock feather print.
The denim looks featured in the Gap collection showed refreshing new ways to wear the fabric, being worn as trousers, skirts and outer layers. The look that really stood out was the women’s high-waisted flared jeans, which brought an edgy style to the collection.
The 90s-inspired look from FCUK featured crisp top and trouser combinations, taking us back to monochrome tones and that classic French Connection look.
What I felt really brought the show together were the dance performances from various UEA societies. Royal Dance and the African-Caribbean society wowed us with their incredible put-together routines, and the Indian, Pakistani and Tamil societies invited the audience into their culture, which again was mesmerising.
The whole show succeeded in bringing the students of UEA together and the hard work KAOS put in was evident – here’s to next year’s show!