The concept is thus; two fashion creatives are given their own leggy model, a couple of rails of random clothes and a theme. In five minutes they must use their sartorial wit and wisdom to cook up a catwalk-worthy outfit to fit the brief in front of an audience. The resulting looks are then modelled on the runway (it looks a lot like the Zoolander 'walk off') and a panel of fashion-tastic judges announce the victor.
Last night saw VV Brown, Joe Corre of Agent Provocateur, fashion photographer Perou and girl about town, Jodie Harsh make like Simon Cowell and choose the winning catwalk styles created in a jiffy by some of London's most stylish fashion minds.
The whole thing is the brainchild of New York design duo House of Diehl who wanted a platform for young fashion talent to show off. "There's so much talent out there and so few opportunities for people starting out in fashion," organiser Roman told InStyle, "so we want to give them a chance to show off and also to bring the excitement of a fashion show to everybody, not just the fashion elite." Proud Galleries was buzzing with excitement as the Style Wars models mingled with stylists and guests in the venue wearing little more than bras, knickers and a face of MAC make-up. The venues are very important to the House of Diehl "Style Wars started in the edgy downtown clubs in New York - it happens in the places where trends are made rather than followed," Roman added and partner MJ chipped in; "It's gorgeous girls, great clothes and cool places - basically, an awesome night out." Too right!