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ALTERNATIVE FASHION WEEK 2006

HAPPENINGText: Sayaka Hirakawa

Every Sunday, Spitalfields market is busy with new designers, artists, and vintage clothing dealers. You can say this is the most fashionista-loving market in London. Now, this week after the end of London’s official fashion week, is alternative fashion week featuring young cutting edge new comers.


Charoline Carleton

Alternative Fashion Week sponsored by SWATCH, provides The Individual Designer Award for innovative use of fabrics and design and The College Award. Starting with live Jazz music at an open space market, you can feel the positive and colorful power of the artists who truly enjoy everything about fashion.


Hackney Community College

The first presenter was Hackney Community College students. They used fabrics as if they were canvas and put all sorts of paints on them. It was like a student festival as they wore their own designs. Whenever they see their friends, you could hear compliments, rooting and whistling. That was certainly something you can’t see at any other cat walk apart from here.


Charoline Carleton

A complete change, was next as nicely cut short hair girls appeared on the stage. All of them dressed in happy, bright colors. The color scheme makes it look more and more vivid. Charoline Carleton, the designer got the inspiration from a kaleidoscope. The garments strutted without any darts, vertical seams nor armholes succeeds to make simple and sexy lines. Must feel like going out for spring!

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