After a successful inaugural year in 2015, Edinburgh Fashion Week is set to make its return, with the latest styles being showcased from Saturday March 5 to Sunday March 13 as part of a series of events taking place across the city.
As well as highlighting the hottest looks for Spring/Summer 2016, the event provides a platform for emerging designers and top retailers from across the city, with high street and designer clothing coming together.
The first weekend on March 5 and 6 will feature a series of cutting edge catwalk shows, with The Mound transformed into an indoor hub of activity including pop-up workshops and exclusive exhibits.
Retailers from across the city will be in attendance, from George Street and Princes Street, to Thistle Street and West End, including Jigsaw, Gap, River Island, John Lewis and LK Bennett.
On Sunday March 6, a creative collective from postgraduate designers at Edinburgh College of Art will help to round off the opening weekend, with attendees having the option to preview 2016 collections from more than 25 high street and boutiques shops, and take advantage of an exclusive Edinburgh Fashion Week discount card.
One of the more unique events being held as part of Edinburgh Fashion Week is the Walk the Walk celebrity fashion show.
Taking place to raise awareness and funding for the breast cancer charity Moonwalk, the event gets underway at The Mound on the evening of Saturday 5 March and will feature Scottish celebrities, sports personalities and designers, culminating in a live, unpredictable auction.
The activity continues the following weekend, with retailers across the city running exclusive promotions, including Jenners/House of Fraser, Next, Debenhams, Pretty Green, French Connection, Oliver Bonas and many more.
The event will then conclude with the Edinburgh Charity Fashion Show on Friday 11 March and Saturday 12 March in the Biscuit Factory.
The annual production brings together fashion, art and music to help raise money for UK-based charitable organisations, with homeless charity the Rock Trust being supported in 2016.
As well as major retailers and designers, Edinburgh Fashion Week is collaborating with Edinburgh blogger Satisfashion and fashion movement Scot Street Style, ensuring diverse input and coverage, according to event organiser Essential Edinburgh.
Roddy Smith, chief executive of Essential Edinburgh, said Edinburgh Fashion Week is “a wonderful opportunity” for diverse city centre fashion retailers to come together and showcase their Spring/Summer offerings.
Roddy explained: “The mix of high street favourites, chic boutiques and new up-and-coming design talent will surely offer trends for everyone’s tastes.
“Coming into the beautiful city centre, whether to shop, eat, drink or be entertained is a wonderful experience, and our five annual events help encourage residents and locals to rediscover what they love about Edinburgh.”
Edinburgh Fashion Week takes place between March 5 and March 13 2016, with tickets ranging from free to £25 and available on the Essential Edinburgh website at www.edinevents.com.