Last night, I popped over to York for one of the opening events of York Fashion Week. Across the upcoming week, York will host a magnitude of different events from fashion shows to styling sessions. I was kindly invited along to an intimate evening with Scott Henshall at The Ivy. York-born Fashion Designer Scott Henshall is pretty much the face of this year’s York Fashion Week and this event at The Ivy was a complete sellout. I’ve actually previously visited The Ivy in St. Helens Square, York for their delicious Afternoon Tea late last year and was looking forward to returning for this special evening.
(Photo: Olivia Brabbs Photography)
The evening promised an intimate setting in the beautiful Etty Room with a three-course meal and a talk with Scott and Yorkshire Post Fashion Editor; Stephanie Smith. The tickets were priced at £45 which included a three-course meal, champagne and great company. On arrival, I met Alex from The Little Yorkshire Candle Company who had collaborated with Scott on a bespoke candle for the launch of his new fashion label VALOUR. These candles were lit around the room and smelt incredible. I also believe they are on sale in Browns in York if you’re interested in seeing them for yourself.
Once we were all seated and had a glass of champagne, the food was in full flow. The starter was Bang Bang Chicken Salad with a sweet chilli and peanut dressing. It was really delicious but the chicken was slightly on the crunchy side. The main course was a Shepard’s served with Wookey Hole Cheddar Mash Potato and greens. I’ve always been really impressed with the food and service at The Ivy. It was just the ideal venue for tonight’s gathering.
After the first two courses, it was time to hear from Scott Henshall who was been interviewed by Stephanie Smith. Scott has had such an incredible career so it was so inspiring and interesting to hear all the anecdotes. Scott started off designing at a young age and went on to study at Northumbria University where he propelled into the industry and ended up being the youngest designer ever at London Fashion Week. Just a couple of years later, he landed the role of Creative Director at Mulberry where he’s been credited to completely re-branding the company. Since then, he created the world’s most expensive dress at £5million and dressed countless celebrities on the red carpet.
It was really fascinating to hear about his career, what’s coming up next for him and his thoughts on the upcoming trends. Apparently, pastels of all shades will be in very soon! Scott is also hosting another event over York Fashion Week which is happening as I’m writing this to launch his new collection with Lady Victoria Hervey. However, York Fashion Week will continue until the 31st March. I’ve listed a few of my top events happening over the next couple of days. There really is something for everyone and there are also quite a few free events too!
27th March: Screening of McQueen at City Screen Picturehouse (Tickets here)
28th March: Getting to know Lisa Byrne (Call Dean Court Hotel on 01904 625082 to book)
29th March: L.K. Bennett Fashion Show (6pm-8pm, Free)
29th March – 30th March: Bath Bombs and Braids at Lush, York (Free)
30th March: John Lewis Exclusive Fashion Evening at Vanguard, York (Book your tickets in store at John Lewis, or call 01904 557 950)
31st March: Mother’s Day Fashion Tea at The Grange Hotel (Tickets here)
Finally, I should mention that the evening closed on a Cremé Brulée dessert before I head off back home on the last train. I’d love to say a massive thank you to The Ivy and York Fashion Week for inviting me to this event. There’s plenty of events going on this week so if you’re in York, go see what’s going on!
Are you attending York Fashion Week? Have you been to The Ivy before?
*I was a guest of The Ivy, York for the purpose of this blogpost.