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Epigram Style had the pleasure of attending a FUZE show last weekend, a sell out event celebrating fashion, music and dance all in the name of charity.

This year’s theme was ‘Funkytown’ and the message of ‘funk’ well and truly conveyed through the copious amounts of flares, glitter and sass offered by the University of Bristol students involved. The amazing 80 strong team managed to raise an estimated £10,000 for its chosen charity, Bristol Refugee Rights, who provide a local welcome centre enabling social inclusion and support for refugees in Bristol.

Upon entering the venue, adorned with colourful balloons, it was clear the event was all about having fun. While waiting for the show to commence, attendees could enjoy various amusements: there was a stall run by Bristol favourite Dust & Dance where you could adorn yourself with glitter, another stall loaded with sweet treats, and not forgetting the opportunity to enter a raffle with the most covetable prizes, including afternoon tea for two at The Ivy in Clifton, Barbour wax jackets, and a champagne makeover at Space NK on the Triangle.

I was lucky enough to receive a VIP goody bag, containing gourmet popcorn from sponsors of the show, Propercorn, and other gifts from The Coconut Collaborative and skincare brand Minus 417.

Having seen the trailer (available to view on the FUZE Bristol FaceBook page), I was eagerly anticipating the start of the show. For someone who is quite sceptical of the 80s, I surprisingly enjoyed the throwback extravaganza featuring the famous ‘Ain’t Nobody’ by Rufus and Chaka Khan and I was eager to find out what FUZE was all about.

The show kicked off with the first dance performance, the dancers clearly very skilled and well practised. I knew that FUZE Bristol would meet my style oriented expectations when the dancers came out wearing tie-dye playsuits with flared sleeves and a low V-neck cut. The whole show aesthetic was amazingly uplifting and invigorating and certainly got me wishing for Easter and the taste of summer it brings.

The mini fashion shows were incorporated alongside acts from musicians and dance performances. Designs featured included cloud printed tees from Swiss menswear designer Julian Zigerli, flared co-ords in crushed velvet and pastel shades from SAS and thrilled swimwear from Hunza G styled with Glitta Glo sunglasses by UoB’s very own Maria Perry. There was also an unexpected appearance in the form of Capes Capes Capes – a brand whose work is solely capes, yet capes made in Bristol nonetheless. Particular highlights were, however, dresses from Bristol based eco-designer Linda Thomas – who showcased a collection of silk dresses inspired by the ever-bohemian Woodstock – and designs from Berlin-based Regina Weber whose curation played with different textures and cuts.

The singers involved were inspiringly fierce. I hope Ella Martin, Jessica Tham and Marisa Lopes are a trio outside of FUZE, since their vocals worked in perfect harmony and would rival many other current groups. They were all glam goals, wearing embellished and glittery mini-dresses, faux fur coats and thigh-high boots. Leila Hall also offered a great solo performing Rose Royce’s ‘Wishing on a Star’.

FUZE was obviously about more than fashion, music and dance. It seemed to be about being the best version of yourself; happy, singing and dancing and most importantly, supporting amazing causes like Bristol Refugee Rights. I left upbeat and wishing to join a dance troop.

Many thanks to those behind the scenes, the committee and Managing Directors Tara Sehmi and Ryan Nelson.

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