Empowering women with confidence and poise was the ultimate aim of designer Nisha Vedhara with her AW16 collection, which she unveiled on Friday night. Located in the grand Chandelier Suite of the Assembly Rooms in the heart of Newcastle, the Georgian, ornate ceilings and the buzz from her family and friends ensured it was a night of elegance and passion.
Vedhara, owner of Love Niche, grew up around her Mother’s fashion studio in Delhi, India. She then studied at the London College of Fashion and worked as a personal shopper before launching Love Niche and opening up the Love Niche boutique in Newcastle. As noted on her website, her intentions lie in selling women self-esteem, self-awareness and a new lease of life. Her one-of-a-kind dresses are designed with women of all sizes, shapes and ages in mind. She also offers a made-to-measure service to give women the chance to enhance and strengthen a woman’s inherent style.
The show’s organiser, Alex Morris, spoke in her introductory speech of the intrinsic style everyone has. “Fashion is what you buy and style is what you do with it.” It was clear that Love Niche wanted to celebrate everyone’s exclusive style by providing designs that exude their own sense of flair.
The show kicked off with sparkly kaftans, floral head-dresses and images of white, sandy beaches. My first thought was that this didn’t really fit with the woodland theme Morris talked of in her introduction and it certainly wasn’t fitting to the season. However, they were all incredibly intricate and thoughtful in their design and offered a real sense of glamour to an ordinary bikini. If worn with a simple jumpsuit or bodycon dress on a cold night out, then I could certainly understand their relevance for the season.
Evening wear (clearly Love Niche’s speciality) was up next. The evening wear ranged from sexy to innocent, with gold pant-suits and long mesh attachments and daring, beaded lace and plunging necklines to the more demure and innocent white A-line dresses, elegant off-the-shoulder gowns in floating, midnight-blue hues and subtle feather trims. Annie Chavez, from the NU Fashion Society said, “There was femininity, grace, movement and originality in the garments. [Vedhara] also gave us some youthful outfits that I wanted to wear!”. Vedhara’s true sense of craftsmanship was exhibited in a floor length, tailored, blue jacket with numerous panels on the back. It exuded true sophistication and was the piece which cemented the show’s success. If you are looking to buy a staple item for the autumn and winter, check out some of Love Niche’s more everyday wear. Jazmine Nichol, one of the professional models said that Love Niche always offers something “unique” and “comfortable” which is why she keeps returning to model for Vedhara.
I spotted my desired piece before the show, in the pop-up shop at the entrance to the event. A dark, camel coloured, suede coat with buckle fastenings and a fur collar. It looked great on the catwalk paired with black skin-tight leggings and matching knee-length fur boots.
The highlight of the night though was without a doubt the moment Vedhara brought out some of her most loved clients to walk the runway, wearing bespoke outfits. The previously exhibited professional catwalk show felt almost outdone by the customers and fans who must have felt extraordinarily confident in their bespoke dresses, skirts and jackets. This was the real success of the night. When asked to comment on her collection and her drive, Vedhara, who was busy with her fans, friends and family modestly said, “I simply have a passion for what I do.”