FASHIONISTAS in Winchester are quickly preparing for one of the most-talked about fashion events outside of London.

Now in its fourth year, Winchester Fashion Week aims to showcase the best of Winchester’s creative fashion talent, highlighting the individuality, innovation and skills of Winchester’s fashion industry.

The five day event, from April 1-5, will celebrate and embrace everything to do with fashion in Winchester, with a cross-section of national and independent retailers, local designers and the full range of associated industries including hairdressing, makeup and cosmetics, photography, modelling all taking part.

It forms part of the Festivals in Winchester scheme that brings the city to life between April and September each year.

The week will be made up of a number of events held across the city, taking inspiration from Winchester’s rich cultural heritage and celebrating the vibrant mix of the vintage and modern retail on offer. It promises to be something for everyone with a mix of workshops, lectures and style advice sessions and shopping experiences taking place each day.

The week will culminate in a glamorous finale catwalk fashion show on Saturday April 5, showcasing a cross-section of Winchester’s retailers; including the likes of Boudoir Blush, The White Company, Justice, Brides of Winchester and Cath Kidston. Guests will have the opportunity to peruse the shopping stalls in the Fashion Fair before and after the show and will be treated to a glass of champagne on arrival.