A FASHION festival saw the latest trends from independent fashion designers as they showcased their new collections.

The Bolton Fashion Festival at the Bolton Whites Hotel was the talk of the town as it took place on Saturday night, with models walking the runway in the latest fashion by Bolton designers.

Blonde Label by Laura Fitzgerald wowed the crowd with the glitz two-pieces, while Style Heist from Bolton Marketplace showed off their autumn winter collection with jackets.

Manuka Manchester were the jewellers of the evening, with their bee themed earrings and necklaces.

A Little Bit Obsessed gave everyone the perfect idea for loungewear, eliciting lots of excited nods from the crowd.

Dressed to impress, even Mayor Councillor Linda Thomas was present as Coronation Street's Victoria Ekanoye and Bolton FM's Rachel Darme hosted the evening.

The evening was full of entertainment as dancers performed to the crowd with Bolton singer Redd in a sultry red number.

Organiser Lisa Forshaw from Bolton said: "The night was absolutely amazing, It's everything I've worked towards for the last 20 months and more.

"I feel so proud of out students, performers, models and makeup artists.

"I can''t thank Bolton Council, Libertybluff, Manuka Jewellery and The Market Place Shopping Centre, enough. The team at Bolton Whites and chef, and all my goody bag sponsors."

Stalls from the likes of Lush, New Look, Style Heist, Whysup Charity and the Cuddlygan, a hand-knotted crochet collection, were all on display for guests to view.

Everyone was up on their feet when Heather Small belted out classics from her time as part of M People such as, Moving On Up, One Night In Heaven, and Search For The Hero.

Lisa said: "Next year will be over two days and I'm hoping to have the support of my sponsors again as you can imagine this event costs so much to put on.

"So many positive messages from the event have given people a boost. It's certainly something I'm so proud of.

"I really want to thank Cllr David Greenhalgh who backed me for the event, god rest his soul, and Hilary Fairclough for her tributes and handing over funds raised by the cllr for the renal unit at Bolton Hospital.

Kiera Byland, a cyclist and swimmer from the Special Olympics was the ambassador for the event. She won three golds in 2015 and has since won three more.