Fashion week is back with a stylish flourish

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THE fourth annual Oxford Fashion Week starts today with a range of events across the city.

Oxford Fashion Week will run until Saturday, showcasing up-and-coming designers at themed fashion shows.

Carl Anglim, 26, started Oxford Fashion Week in 2009 with his partner Victoria Watson, and they have run it every year since, until now. This year, they have taken a back seat.

Mr Anglim said: “We created a production team, BMLY (Big Me Little You), and they have been responsible for producing it.

“I am really excited to see how they have put the week together, and for the first time to be a guest at something we helped to create.”

Oxford’s previous three fashion weeks featured the work of such big name designers as Alexander McQueen, Matthew Williamson and Valentin Yudashkin.

Events for this years begin tonight at Oxford’s oldest independent cinema, the Ultimate Picture Palace.

The venue will host an invite-only black tie event, showing a special screening of the 2009 film Coco before Chanel, starring Audrey Tautou.

OFW’s official launch party will kick off on Tuesday night at the Living Room in Oxford’s Castle Quarter.

But it’s not all black-tie and VIP as city-shoppers will have the opportunity to experience a free cat-walk show at the Claredon Shopping Centre on Wednesday.

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One of the new events for this year will be a free, ethical fashion fair at Oxford Town Hall on Thursday.

The fair will feature talks from experts in the subject, stalls and ethical fashion workshops, making it more interactive than a catwalk show. It takes place between noon and 5pm.

Also on Thursday is the cosmopolitan show, at the Town Hall, between 8pm and 10.30pm, which is a showcase for independent designers to demonstrate their wares, particularly focusing on pret a porter (ready to wear) and lingerie.

Friday sees the elysium concept show, for avant garde fashion, between 8.30pm and 11.30pm at the town hall.

The main event is the black tie haute couture show at the Ashmolean Museum on Saturday. There will be a red carpet reception, with celebrities, the national press and fashion buyers in attendance.

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