Written by Esme Rees
Photos and illustrations by Sara Atteby, D&S Communications Ltd
08 Monday 08th September 2014


Showcasing local talent in a festival of fashion, design and craft and featuring established and up-and-coming designers, the fashion week is organised by

a group of volunteers with local shops, cafés, bars, other venues and community

interest groups all joining forces to host an exciting line-up of fashion-themed events

- illustrating Forest Hill’s community spirit, creativity, love of sharing and commitment

to high street regeneration.


Founded in 2013 by South East London local Louise Brooks, this bi-annual event

builds on the momentum created by the SEE3 Portas Pilot investment to regenerate

local high streets in the area.


Previous FHFW events have seen live catwalks and a local craft market at the

Horniman Museum & Gardens. To keep things fresh, we’re organising a wider range

of events giving innovative designers more opportunities to present their work locally.


This season features designers showcasing their work in local shops, workshops &

exhibitions, catwalk shows, markets, family events and “FOHO Fash Jams” hosted

by Forest Hill’s pubs & cafés, ending with a grand finale closing concert staged by

the Forest Hill Society in the station car park (more details provided below, or visit and


Local Forest Hill craft store Stag & Bow is hosting a charity event called Close Knit

( Starting at 10am on 13 September, a team of volunteers

will spend 24 hours arm-knitting as many up-cycled items as possible in an unofficial

record attempt. Items will be on sale from 18-21 Sep at Clothes for Causes (95

Dartmouth Road) with all proceeds going to One Girl ( – a

charity supporting the education and empowerment of girls and women in Sierra



Forest Hill Fashion Week is a family friendly, inclusive, community festival with

something to offer for people of all ages – celebrating South East London’s wonderful

creative buzz.


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