Fashion preview: Nightwalk SS2012 @ The Arches, Glasgow

Published by METRO

Tonight (1 May), 8pm, £10, The Arches, Glasgow. Tel: 0141 565 1000. www.thearches.co.uk

From the drainpiped hipsters scampering around at the dead of night, to the suited and booted commuters on their morning trains – Glasgow knows how to dress. What’s more, the city’s world class School of Art and proud engineering history suggest that designing stuff comes just as naturally. Now if you put these qualities together, what do you get?

No, not a lazy introduction, but Nightwalk – the independent fashion showcase that’s returning to The Arches this evening.

All the glamour unfolds in just a few hours, when some of the country’s most innovative designers will be hanging their latest threads on a fleet of new models before a privileged crowd. Scottish Fashion Award nominees Obscure Couture, Isolated Heroes, Bonnie Bling, Jennie Lööf and Dawntroversial Shoes are among those parading their spring/summer ranges in a full catwalk show.

‘Nightwalk is the only chance to see some truly amazing collections in the flesh,’ said event organiser Angie Koorbanally.

‘There’ll be headwear, accessories, bespoke shoes, kilts, corsets, couture dresses and menswear on display – so hopefully something for everyone to enjoy!’

Supported by Buchanan Street’s Sassoon Saloon, the show includes music from electro/Italo Disco queen Ursula, and, to round things off particularly well, guests will receive complimentary chocolate by Number One Chocolate Factory as they sit bedazzled from the side of the runway. Sounds fun, doesn’t it?

See, high fashion does exist outside the bubble of narcissistic socialites in London, New York, Paris and Milan. As Nightwalk demonstrates, it’s very much in the fabric of how Glasgow expresses itself – and if that’s not a good reason to head down to this celebrated venue tonight, then I really don’t know what is.