SHOPPERS visiting the Kingsgate Centre on Saturday were treated to a fashion extravaganza as talented students showcased their latest designs in a catwalk show.

The event was part of a series of surprises at the centre through the day with flash mobs also entertaining shoppers as they showcased retailers' spring and summer pieces.

Six Fife College students modelled their range of colourful, futuristic outfits which they designed and produced themselves.

Former fashion student Charmaine McAllister, from Inverkeithing, was also at the event with a range of dance wear that she designs.

Talented dancers from Fife Dance Dreams modelled her creations in a catwalk show and dance exhibition.

Charmaine launched her dance wear company RUSH just last year, after graduating from Fife College with a HND in Fashion Design and Production with Retail.

She said: “My daughter dances with Fife Dance Dreams and I saw an opening in the market to produce affordable dance wear.

"My uncle owns a manufacturing company in Lochgelly and was able to produce the clothes for me – other family members have also helped.

"We are going from strength to strength and as the word gets out, we are receiving more and more enquiries including those from as far away as South Africa.

Susan Finlay, fashion lecturer at Fife College, was delighted and proud of the work put in by the students and said: “What a fantastic show – the students did an amazing job and their outfits looked great on the catwalk.

"Real experiences such as this are extremely valuable to students and can help them secure a place at university or future employment. It’s great for them to also get feedback from the public and to use this in their future designs.

“We would like to thank the Kingsgate for the opportunity to get involved in their Spring Fashion event and to our former student, Charmaine, and the amazing dancers from Fife Dance Dreams who brought some added sparkle to the show.”

Karen Davidson, assistant manager at the Kingsgate, said: "The flash mobs are a great way to move events around the centre instead of just being in one area.

"It means all the retailers benefit and it also provides a nice vibe in the centre, encouraging people to stay and shop."