YORK Fashion Week is returning for its second year with a packed programme of events.

Its brochure will be launched tonight detailing what locals and visitors can expect during the week which will run from March 25-31.

Highlights of the programme will include a fashion show with York-born designer Scott Henshall, a catwalk show staged by John Lewis and a talk about the Louis Vuitton brand at The Principal hotel.

Angela Horner, chairperson of York Fashion Week, hopes it will build on the success of last year's inaugural programme,which was a near sell-out.

She said: "We sold more than 1,000 tickets and almost all the shows were sold out. We had 3,000 visitors across the week, which was really good."

New for this year will be a Fashion Week hub in a container unit based in Parliament Street.

Angela said: "We will have a 20-feet shipping container with two clear sides which will be our hub and contain all the up-to-date info as well as activities such as 'meet and greet' the designer, make-up demos and style makeovers."

There will also be a catwalk show at The Principal hotel hosted by She Loves York, while industry veteran Nayna McIntosh will return for a talk and presentation of the new collections from her label Hope, aimed at the over-50s.

York-born designer Scott Henshall, former creative director of Mulberry, will unveil his new ranges for men and women in a catwalk show at the Mansion House, and will host an intimate dinner and Q&A session at The Ivy.

City Screen will show McQueen, the documentary about the late British fashion designer Alexander McQueen.

Brown's department store will host a fashion show in aid of breast cancer charities.

There will be a menswear evening too, run at the Micklegate Social, while the York Green Party will be organising an ethical fashion show at Hotel Du Vin.

Angela said lots of local business would be collaborating to put on events during the week.

She added: "I hope lots of people will come to York Fashion Week and enjoy it. There will be something happening every day."

For a full detail of events, visit; yorkfashionweek.co.uk

If you would like to get involved or help sponsor York Fashion Week, email: angela@fashioncityyork.org