By Suzanne Plunkett
The chances are you won’t have heard of Liverpool Fashion Week. But if you have – or if you ever do in the future – it will likely be thanks to Amanda Moss.
Moss, an indefatigable mother of six children, is on a mission to transform Liverpool into Britain’s first haute couture hot spot beyond London. She has some way to go but if anyone can do it, she can. I met her while covering Liverpool Fashion Week, an event launched by Moss five years ago and now proudly sashaying into the international spotlight.
The words Liverpool and fashion have been known to raise a smile when mentioned together – especially among locals, known for their self-deprecating sense of humor.
The port in northwestern England is famous for giving the world the mop-topped Beatles in the 1960s, but in subsequent decades as the city’s economic fortunes declined, typically exuberant Liverpudlians have sometimes been caricatured as wearing garish clothes.
But Liverpool is on the up. A swank retail zone, Liverpool One, opened five years ago and has helped redefine the city as a cosmopolitan hub of commerce and tourism. The locals, known as “scousers”, have begun to assert their true sense of style beyond the shores of the River Mersey.