By Jennifer Lynn
Think of Scottish fashion and what comes to mind? Tartan and Aran knit jumpers? Think again.
As on-trend as these heritage favourites are this season, we’ll be marching to a different beat at Nightwalk, Glasgow’s very own bi-annual high fashion showcase of emerging Scottish design talent.
This month sees the return of the popular fashion show come club night to The Arches, and with seventeen designers taking part, this season’s Nightwalk is set to be more stylish than ever before.
Founder and director Angie Koorbanally took time out of her hectic pre-show schedule for a chinwag with Scotcampus.
Nightwalk was “born” in 2010. Where did the idea come from?
I had always aimed to run my own event, but it had to be something different, as I was aware that the market was (and still is) saturated with club nights, charity fashion shows and the more commercial events around Scotland. I knew it had to be a club night of sorts, and also knew a few budding fashion designers and models at the time who were looking for exposure. I decided the time was right to start a large scale fashion show, which supported up-and-coming fashion talent, in a club backdrop.
Was it a daunting prospect at first, organising such a large-scale event?
It was all quite organic and gained notice quickly. There is a wealth of talent out there, you just need to look in the right places for it. As the event grows the organisation part gets a little easier, but there’s also a higher risk at the same time, so you always have to be completely organised from the word go. There are over 100 participants in the show who have to be coordinated and managed so that everyone knows exactly what they are doing on the day. That can be a little daunting, but it’s fine as long as you’re organised!
The show is now bi-annual. Did you expect it to become so successful?
After the first show we realised that Nightwalk had real potential and I had always planned to hold it on a bi-annual basis. That’s generally how the fashion calendar works around the world anyway.
Do you have an army of helpers or is it very much a one girl band?
I organise the show entirely by myself in the run up to each event. Pre-production is taken care of by my partner Scott (he does all the technical stuff), I have a great assistant, Cara, who helps with models and designers, and this time round Anna has been drafted in to take care of online PR. On show day there are over thirty assistants.
What should we expect from this year’s show? Any surprises?
This will be the second show of the year and we have a couple of little surprises up our sleeves. There may be some special guests coming to see the show and we have some really great collections being showcased that are sure to wow the crowds.
Do you have any plans to expand on Nightwalk as an event in the future?
I hope for Nightwalk to become a staple in the Scottish fashion calendar. I would also like to take Nightwalk to other cities around the country, and hopefully across Europe one day too.
What do you think of the Glasgow fashion scene as a whole?
It’s ever-changing and very eclectic. You come across so many different styles and looks, and people really own it! They are free to express themselves through their clothing and style. When I walk down the street, day or night, I always spot someone unique looking who puts a smile on my face. In Glasgow, everyone can feel comfortable to wear what they want, when they want, how they want.
Any favourite local designers?
Oh, that’s difficult for me to say. I don’t like to show favouritism. I think that’s a seasonal question. It depends on the collection too. There are so many great Scottish designers out there! And I don’t want to give too much away before the show.
Who or what inspires you to keep doing what you’re doing?
People inspire me. When I see someone working hard, doing well and doing the things they want, I feel inspired. Well-known, hard-working women like Hilary Devey, Grace Jones and Coco Chanel are a great inspiration to me. As well as creative men like Leigh Bowery, David Bowie and Alexander McQueen, they will always inspire me!
What will you be doing the day after Nightwalk, once you’ve seen your hard work pay off?
A lot of social networking and thank you messages. Sharing lots of pictures from the show, which is always really fun for me as I only see the show from the DJ booth for the duration, so I actually get to see the show how the spectators saw it the day after. And relaxing as much as I can. Hopefully without a hangover!
Nightwalk AW2012 has been rescheduled following last month’s power cut at The Arches, and now takes place on Tuesday 6th November. For tickets click here.