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Something for The Weekend… FNO, Making Things Club and Doors Open

Radley Vogue FNO event

Looking for a fashionable fix this weekend? Read on…

Vouge’s Fashion’s Night Out is an annual event that takes place across cities the world over each September. If you’re London based you can enjoy numerous events, discounts, product launches and gigs around the Bond Street/Oxford Street/Knightsbridge area tonight. Here in Bristol there isn’t quite the same level of activity, but Harvey Nichols and Radley (at The Mall, and their Quakers Friars store) are getting involved so visit their websites for more info or pop in for a visit from 6pm tonight.

Saturday is Bristol’s Doors Open Day 2012. This annual event sees over 60 historic venues open their doors to the public for behind the scenes tours and events. While it’s not exactly a fashionable fix, art and design venues taking part include the Bristol School of Art, the RWA and Spike Island. Some venues require booking in advance so check out the website in advance before planning your trip!

Making Things Club, Bristol

Calling all crafters! Sunday evening sees Cafe Kino on Stokes Croft host another monthly Making Things Club. The event kicks off at 5.30pm and costs a mere £5. The evening promises ‘unlimited making, music and fun’ and this month the club will be working with image transfers. Check out their Facebook event page for more info.

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Ship-Shape does… Vogue’s Fashion’s Night Out

 Vogue FNO London logo

After a whirlwind trip to London for Vogue’s annual Fashion’s Night Out I am seriously considering going on a diet. Clothes, shopping and glamour aside, my dinner on Thursday was made up of popcorn (sweet AND salty), frozen yoghurt, cupcakes and gin. All important food groups I’m sure you’ll agree, but nevertheless I felt a little below par the next day!

Having never been to FNO before I was somewhat overwhelmed at how London’s shopping hub (Oxford Street, Regent Street, Mayfair and surrounding areas) transformed into one massive fashion shoot. Models, designers, celebs and bloggers joined thousands of shoppers in sipping champagne, posing for photos and Bangle Bowling at Hermès.

At first I felt empowered walking into stores like Burberry and Roland Mouret, sipping champagne, ‘oohing’ and ‘ahhing’ over spotting designers (Christopher Bailey and Mr Mouret himself) and enjoying a visual splendour of clothes and accessories that I normally only get to see on the pages of Vogue or Elle.

But as we power walked our way across London, squeezed through crowds only to join endless queues and marvel at those who did all this and more in a pair of skyscraper heels, I couldn’t help but feel a little small. Wearing flats didn’t help (brown leather and tweed ankle boots from Primark), but I think more than that it was the realisation that, like most shoppers there, the next day life would go back to normal. Like a hoard of fashion-hungry Cinderellas, the party would last for one night only before the comedown of real life – bye bye Birkin, hello housework.

That’s not to say we didn’t have fun ambling tipsily through the city, lusting after clothes or making a few minor splurges at Zara and Forever 21. You can see a selection of photos from the night below, including my gorgeous knitted dress from Zara – picked up in the sale, of course – this Cinderella is still on a budget after all…

Frozen yoghurt at Juicy Couture

Frozen yoghurt at Juicy Couture

Shoes and cake at Hobbs on Regent Street

Shoes and cake at Hobbs on Regent Street

Bangle Bowling outside Hermes

Bangle Bowling outside Hermes

Excess and glamour at Juicy Couture

Excess and glamour at Juicy Couture

Zara knitted dress bought at FNO

Zara knitted dress bought at FNO

Forever 21 waterfall jacket  and Zara t-shirt

Forever 21 waterfall jacket and Zara t-shirt

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September Fashion: Gok Wan and Fashion’s Night Out

Fashion's Night Out 2011Gok_Wan

 

 

I may still be smarting from the end of another blissful summer (sob) but in fashion terms at least, the arrival of September is like celebrating New Year’s Eve and I can already feel a smile spreading across my face when I think of what stylish delights there are to come over the next few weeks.

This week Bristolians can look forward to the return of ‘Auntie Gok’ to Cabot Circus and Vogue’s Fashion’s Night Out. This Wednesday Gok Wan assembles his travelling catwalk under the glass roof of Cabot Circus as part of a new series of Gok’s Clothes Roadshow.

The format is slightly different this time, as designer labels have been kicked to the curb in favour of budget buys. This means high street outfits as seen in previous catwalk shows will now be pitted agaisnt outfits that cost as little as £50. As always the public get to vote on which looks they prefer so if you want to cast your vote make sure you get down to Cabot Circus for 5pm.

On Thursday the fashion world unites for Vogue’s annual Fashion’s Night Out. This international celebration takes place in cities across the world from New York and LA to Milan and London. From 6pm onwards shoppers can hob nob with designers, sip champagne, indulge in the latest A/W11 trends and shop to their hearts content.

I can’t wait to check out Oxford Street and Covent Garden in London this year but Bristolians don’t need to miss out as Harvey Nicks in Quakers Friars is also taking part in FNO. If  you know of any more FNO events in Bristol or are heading to another city to enjoy the fashion festivities tell me about your experiences and share your shopping secrets by commenting below.

Filming for Gok’s Clothes Roadshow takes place this Wednesday (7th Sept) at Cabot Circus from 5pm. Fashion Night Out events are taking place across the country so visit the Fashion’s Night Out website for info and links to events in your area.

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