Glasgow Film Festival - A guide to Glasgow’s FashionArtFilm hotspots
If the FashionArtFilm strand of GFF has got you inspired to polish up your look, or just keep up with what the culture vultures are into these days, Zaineb Al-Hassani finds some hotspots to consider
Glasgow has always been a hit with the cutting-edge fashion pack, and the style of the city percolates through into its inhabitants. Not far from Cineworld in the city centre, Che Camille (Argyll Chambers, 34 Buchanan Street) is an inspiring workshop-slash-showroom situated on the top floor of the iconic Argyll Arcade, selling bespoke jewellery, clothes and fine art created by a collection of some of Scotland’s most exciting designers.
Glasgow also plays host to several hipsterry independent hair salons. Among them is JAR Hair (57–61 King St) which – due to the discounts it gives to musicians – is often brimming with artsy types, enjoying its laidback atmosphere while their locks are cropped.
Right next door, and a couple of minutes walk from the GFT and CCA, is DLC (10a Mitchell Lane) an iconic salon whose hairdressers will tend to give you a high-fashion cut as opposed to a Stepford wives crop or a Rachel, circa ‘95.
Over in the West End is SWG3 (100 Eastvale Place) an arts facility with an attached community of over 120 artists, photographers, performance artists, musicians and dancers. The warehouse space also hosts events and exhibitions throughout the year. Close by is Washington Garcia (Eastvale Place) an independent artist-run gallery that uses a variety of venues where artists can showcase their work. And when its not screening films in the GFF, Tramway (25 Albert Drive) spends the rest of the year being a leading venue for contemporary visual and performing arts in Europe.
There are also several clubs that cater to Glasgow’s cool crowd, the Art School being the main draw for its charity-shop-chic meets local-designer dress code, healthy mix of dub and electro and cheap booze.
Also a hit with the art school darlings is electronica club night Huntly & Palmers Audio Club. With no set location (the DJs originally started off playing in a Glasgow Uni building before moving temporarily to Stereo in Ashton Lane) their next gig is at the CCA (350 Sauchiehall St) on Sun 21 Feb.
If you’re down around Central Station way for a GFF event at the Sub Club or Classic Grand, Neighbourhood (1046 Argyle St) is a nice, chilled-out bar and restaurant, if a little pricey.
Last, but by means least, Pony (207 Bath St) is a Mediterranean themed restaurant/bar which has very rapidly gained a mixed, loyal following thanks to its cosy and unpretentious atmosphere.