ORGANISERS of Winchester Fashion Week said this year’s show was a success, despite the cancellation of certain workshops.

Staged at a range of venues, including The Brooks Centre and Guildhal, Fashion Week’s main attraction was the Cirque du Soleil catwalk last week.

The show was a great success, said Alix Rothnie, the marketing director: “It was a really good turnout, and we sold out the front row.”

All did not run smoothly as organisers were forced to cancel workshops due to low ticket sales.

“It wasn’t profitable to put on poorly attended events,” said Alix.

Anna Ackroyd, 21, managing director of this year’s show, indicated the financial atmosphere to be a factor in the show’s reduced ticket sales.

“The recession meant business were less willing to support the event, while awareness has been lower this year.”

The week suffered from technical difficulties, with the website setup to sell tickets unavailable for a period of time.

The team was able to recover from these setbacks to sell out their main attraction and when the show returns next year will try to build on the popularity of the main show.

For more photos, see this week's Hampshire Chronicle out today.