> UWE Charity fashion event in aid of Malaria No More

Every year, the fashion-savvy students of Bristol, the glamorous models, and the sensational dancers gather together to put on a mind-blowing show featuring music, fashion and dance.

Not only does the evening provide a spectacular array of talent and entertainment you won’t want to miss, it is also for charity.

This year, FUZE is in aid of Malaria No More, a charity which aims to eradicate deaths by Malaria by 2015, and the Moonstone Appeal, a Bristol-based foundation for the alleviation of Multiple Sclerosis. The latter is in the process of raising £1.15m to build a new purpose-built Therapy Centre for the West of England MS Therapy Centre Charity at Bradley Stoke, on the outskirts of Bristol. FUZE will hopefully be able to help these two charities with their journey towards two massive goals by raising as much money as possible from the show.

Slaving away since the summer, the FUZE committee has been searching for sponsors and suitable venues, contacting designers and fashion houses, scouting models and dancers, holding auditions, rehearsals, and squeezing in hectic meetings. Finally, everything is falling into place, and FUZE is coming together, with PriceWaterhouseCoopers signed as the principal sponsor, as well as other big names such as DLA Piper, VIP Bristol, Jack Wills and of course, Lizard Lounge. The venue is secured, the dancers are rehearsing over four hours a week, and while all that is going on, fashion houses are rushing to sign up for what will be Bristol’s biggest student-run fashion and dance event of the year.

Last year, those who watched FUZE were blown away by the variety of fashion displayed upon the catwalk. From dapper boys in smart suits, to gorgeous girls in barely-there French lingerie, live sheep walking down the catwalk for knitwear designer Lily&Albert and Bristol’s finest student designers exhibiting their beautiful creations, one can only wait with eager anticipation to see what the catwalk will bring this year.

FUZE wanted to break away from previous years, not only by re-arranging the seating so that all spectators have a great view of the action, but by ensuring that the fashion stands out by giving an individual theme to each walk in the show. Ranging from African Jungle to Classical Britain to Fairytale, a whole range of fashion will be incorporated, with up-and-coming trends for the Spring/Summer season, all the while enhanced and accompanied by the incredibly talented dancers.

The clothing and fashion exhibited will be provided by designers such as Reiss, Camilla, and the House of Fraser. All the fashion houses involved are sending their latest designs, ready to catapult the spectators into the fashion world of Summer 2011. Camilla is sending clothes, hot-off the catwalk, half-way across the globe from Australia in order to feature in FUZE. With her designs spotted on celebrities such as Beyoncé, Mischa Barton, Paris Hilton and Fergie, and in magazines including Grazia, OK! and InStyle, Camilla is a growing brand which is becoming more and more popular by the day.

Alongside these top brands, Bristol’s own budding designers will be entering the FUZE 2011 Design Competition in order to get their own designs on the catwalk, a great place to expose their talent to over 1500 spectators and industry specialists. With the theme, Modern Idol, we can expect to see modernisation of fashions worn by icons such as Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn, as well as present and future fashion forecasts by flourishing designers with an eye for change and innovation.

Of course, without the technical and creative teams, and the hard work of the Committee members, FUZE would not be able to take place. This year, FUZE aims to break records, hoping to raise more than ever for their chosen charities. Do not miss out on the hot fashions and incredible dancing in what is set to be an incredible evening of entertainment, all in aid of a good cause.

Tickets will be available nearer to the event, which is taking place on 25th and 26th February at Brunel’s Old Station (next to Temple Meads). Join the Facebook Group ‘FUZE 2011’ to find out more!

By Lucy Boynton