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The Designer/High Street Collaboration

High street vs designer collaborations

Earlier this month I wrote all about high street/designer collaborations for Running In Heels. You can read the article in full here, but in a nutshell I have a ramble about how bored I am by these seemingly brilliant collections.

One factor that I didn’t mention in the article was that none of these limited edition collections find their way to Bristol, which is another irritation (but one that probably saves me a lot of money). I get it though, brands need to think carefully about where to distribute stock, and the whole point is that these collections have an exclusive feel. However, even if Anna Dello Russo for H&M did find it’s way to the Broadmead branch of H&M, you still wouldn’t find me queuing outside at 6am!

Having said this, I feel like eating my words as it was announced last week that Martin Margiela is teaming up with H&M for their next designer collaboration (the collection with go on sale on 15th November) and I’m seriously excited about this as I was inspired by Margaiela collections while at university.

Take a look at the article and let me know what you think. Do you regularly queue up to get your hands on these high street/designer collaborations? Is there a brand or designer that you’d love to see paired up with a high street retailer?


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BFW S/S 12: part one

BFW closing scene

Last Friday, along with 200 of Bristol’s best dressed fashion fanatics, I took my seat at Bristol Fashion Week’s first ever Live Blogging Event. Cribbs Causeway’s biannual event presents each fashion season from a high street point of view, through catwalk shows, pampering treats and discounts and competitions for all the brands that take part – hurrah!

I love going to BFW every season and I was interested to see how the Mall team would approach their first blogger dominated show. I didn’t see many laptops inside the tent but there was plenty of tweeting going on – particularly whenever a male model came on stage. M&S provided the pink fizz and fondant fancies, both of which hit the spot after a loooong week at work!

I took my seat with the lovely Amy from Annie by Amy and Charlotte of Charlotte’s Web and it wasn’t long before the lights went down and hosts Mark Heyes and Andrew Barton appeared on stage. This duo have been presenting BFW for yonks and I love the way Mark’s perkiness is tempered with Andrew’s bitting comments and the general banter between them.

Each scene of the show covered a key S/S12 trend, including pastels, sports lux and tribal prints, with the more predictable high street summer staples – wedding-friendly prom dresses, suits and beachwear. The difference this year is that with a blogger-friendly audience, most of us knew what to expect – those that went to LFW last September saw first-hand what trends designers were loving, and we’ve seen enough articles, trend reports and outfit posts to know that pastels are So Hot Right Now.

BFW opening scene John Lewis

BFW's opening scene, courtesy of John Lewis

It made sense then, that BFW chose to open with a candy cane scene from John Lewis, complete with bubblegum blue lips and giant cellophane collars. Half a dozen models striking robotic poses in pretty pastel dresses was the perfect way to open the show and I felt there was a heavy influence of Katy Perry, Meadham Kirchhoff, Lady Gaga and Louis Vuitton in there.

While I’m not sure I could pull off pastels, I did fall in love with the tribal print scene, mid-century Mad Men-esque outfits from Jigsaw, and gorgeous tropical prints by Oasis. I also loved the production values (is that even the correct term, or does that sound like the most pompous thing you’ve ever heard?) Basically, I loved the music, the graphic backdrops and the tightness of each scene – this season the added dance numbers and acting didn’t overpower the show, or the clothes. What did you think of the show?

I’ve got lots more photos to come, so there will be another post shortly, but for now here are some of my best bits of BFW S/S12…

BFW hosts Andrew Barton and Mark Heyes

BFW hosts Andrew Barton and Mark Heyes

John Lewis candy colours

Candy colours from John Lewis

Scene two- Next

The UK's biggest event this year, tackled by Next and some semi-naked male models

Scene four - tribal from M&S

BFW scene four - tribal prints from M&S


Ignore the model and look at what she's carrying! I'm a little bit in love with this Radley bag...

Radley Happy Camper Leather Grab Handbag

... the Happy Camper Leather Grab Handbag from Radley. It's not my usual cup of tea, but there is something about this bag that I just love : )

Scene nine - mid century Jigsaw

Mid-century chic from Jigsaw, with a wicked 50s kitchenette backdrop

Scene eight - nudes from Miss Sefridge

Nudes and blush tones from Miss Selfridge

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Something for The Weekend… Bristol Fashion Week, M Shed Vintage Weekend and Alternative Miss Bristol

There are literally so many fantastic fashiony things happening this weekend, I defy you not to find an event you want to go to.

Bristol Fashion Week A/W11

Let us start with Bristol Fashion Week at Cribbs. I’m off to the BFW blogging event tomorrow afternoon, but there are also plenty of chances to attend catwalk shows over the weekend. Expect banter from Mark Heyes and Andrew Barton, pampering, high street heros and a healthy dollop of M&S. That would be a dollop of clothes, not of their scrumptious desserts, though you could always pop over to their food hall while you’re there… For more information and to book tickets, click here.

M Shed Vintage Weekend

Next up, you all know how I’ve been banging on about Norman Parkinson’s An Eye For Fashion exhibition at M Shed, yes? Well this weekend marks the jewel in the exhibition’s crown, as M Shed hosts their first Vintage Weekend. On Saturday (and Sunday) Blind Lemon Vintage will be hosting a 50s and 60s themed vintage fashion market, with portrait photography by the talented Matilda Temperley and a vintage salon where you can match your hair do to your outfit. Dress in vintage and you’ll also knock £1 off the £5 entry fee to An Eye For Fashion. For more info and to view the full programme of events, click here.

Alternative Miss Bristol

Finally, how would you like to be crowned Alternative Miss Bristol? This tounge in cheek night is taking place at the The Cube, as part of their Fabulous Fortnight. Borrowing from Andrew Logan’s Alternative Miss World ‘anything goes’ concept, contestants are invited to bedeck themselves in outfits that best represent the area of Bristol they connect with. Tickets are £4 in advance and £5 on the door and I’m assured that the night promises ‘glitter, glamour and general bloody brilliant party fun’. For more info or to find out about taking part, email or click here.

Is there anything I’ve missed? What are you up to this weekend? Let me know by commenting below…


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Company High Street Edit

Company HSE

I mentioned in last week’s Rock The Week post that I’d started devouring the S/S12 edition of Company High Street Edit, and now I’ve pretty much finished reading it, I thought I’d share its awesomeness with you. Almost every page has a carefully folded top corner, pointing to a piece of clothing I now covet, or a page layout that I love. This happens with none of the other magazine I read regularly.

That’s because Company’s biannual fashion offering is a delight to read and a feast for the eyes. I find that every page has something to offer me, and even if I don’t like a particular trend (I’m looking at you, peplums) I find a caption, a hairstyle, or illustration to enjoy. This collage/scrapbook style design has now been adopted by Company for it’s flagship monthly title – since the redesign three issues ago, the magazine has shifted to a more fashion-heavy publication, with gorgeous matt paper and a new compact size.

I don’t want to give too much away if you’re planning on buying a copy yourself, but this issue features some beautiful clashing florals, street style, a hilarious article on customer service by Katie Mulloy and a rye look at some surprising FROW figures.

My memory card reader is playing up and I can’t find my camera lead (because we STILL haven’t finished unpacking yet) so you’ll have to make do with a few photos taken on my mobile phone, and suped up with my Poladroid app. The fact that I’m using a computer programme and smart phone to give my photos a vintage feel has not been lost on me!

Company HSE-pola

HSE flip flops-pola


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Rock The Week

Fashion related (and totally non-fashion related) things that have made my world go round over the last seven days…

Company High Street Edit S/S12

  • Company High Street Edit S/S12. I’ve geeked out before  about how much I love this biannual magazine, and this season is no exception. I’m only half way through it and I already have a shopping list as long as my arm, plus an ongoing admiration for the amount of awesome prints there are on the high street this season.
  • A random Thursday on North Street. I don’t venture down to Bedminster/Southville that much these days, but after a long day at work, S and I decided to spend the evening drinking and ranting about life in The Spotted Cow, and eating lots of divine tapas in the Tobacco Factory. I had a wicked and unexpected evening and I look forward to more of the same once summer arrives – The Spotted Cow has a fantastic beer garden!
  • DIY. It’s been a bit of a dividing acronym in our new house, particularly when I had a spirit level dropped on head, and when Mr Ship-Shape trapped his finger while trying to open a canister of poly-filler stuff, but the house is starting to look good and a few more boxes have been unpacked – hurrah!

Page One

  • Page One. On Friday night I went to see Page One: A Year Inside The New York Times, at the Arnolfini. This was followed by The Benn Debate 2012, a debate on how the recent phone hacking scandal has affected the public’s confidence in journalists and the newspaper industry, featuring a panel that included Christopher Jeffries and Mike Norton, Editor of the Bristol Evening Post. Both were utterly fascinating, particularly the film, which I would recommend to media types and anyone with a vague interest in the decline of traditional print media and daily newspapers.
  • Bristol Fashion Week. It’s only days away and I can’t wait to see the show on Friday. I mentioned in my Something For The Weekend post that the link to buy tickets was broken, but fortunately it’s fixed now, so if you want to come along, click here for more info.

What has been rocking your world this week? Let me know by commenting below….


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A Roman Holiday

Colour clashing at the Colosseum

Colour clashing at the Colosseum

As promised earlier this week, here are a few outfit snaps from my holiday to Rome last week. Due to flying with EasyJet, case space was limited to I took a mix of separates and dresses, with my trusty pair of tweed and faux leather boots from Primark. Walking is one of my favourite ways to explore a new city and these boots did me proud, allowing me to explore the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Trevi Fountain and more without a hint of ‘my feet huuurt’ whining.

I was also happened to be in Rome at the same time as the Versace for H&M launch. While the label isn’t really my cup of tea I did enjoy people watching, gelato in hand, as local fashionistas paraded around Via del Corso with their gorgeous carrier bags in classic Versace prints.

One thing I didn’t get about my time in Rome was the sheer number of otherwise very chic Romans walking around in sleeping bag jackets or as I once knew them, puffer jackets. If you were a teen in the late 90s you may well have had one of these coats. At the time I begged my mum for a lime green number but these days, or at least in Rome, the colour palette is a lot more somber. Of all the hundreds of men, women and children I saw wearing these coats, maybe a three pulled the look off. The rest looked like they’d taken a tumble in Millets. Is this a legitimate trend in the UK? Answers on a postcard please…

Versace for H&M window

Versace for H&M window on Via del Corso

Versace for H&M bag

Versace for H&M carrier bag with trademark print

'Sleeping bag' coats at the Pantheon


Wrapping up for cold Roman nights: Scarf, vintage / Leather jacket, Macy's / Rose print dress, Tesco / Black leggings, Sweaty Betty / Grey knee high socks (rolled down), H&M / Boots, Primark

Colour clashing at the Colosseum: Mustard vest and fuchsia tights, Primark / Red skater skirt, Zara / Tan woven belt, swishing session / Scarf as before

H&M dress at Villa Borghese

Exploring the grounds of Villa Borghese: Floral print dress, H&M / Preppy blazer, Peacocks / 'Love' necklace, Accessorize / Scarf, belt, socks and boots as before


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Cabot Circus Fashion Weekender A/W11

Fresh from BFW I’m now at Fashion Weekender A/W11 at Cabot Circus, blogging live under the iconic glass roof. Regular readers will know that this weekend is packed with free fashion shows, pampering treats and discounts at Cabot Circus and Quakers Friars, guiding us through the latest high street trends. Naturally I took it upon myself to check out what is on offer and so far I’ve not been dissapointed.

I’ve just seen an afternoon catwallk show at Quakers Friars featuring Monsoon’s Fusion line, Bank, Cult, LK Bennet and Mango.  I’m so excited at the prospect of the new Mango store which opened on Thursday, that after seeing the catwalk full of evening dresses I may have to pop in there as soon as I’ve finished writing this. Monsoon also impressed, see photo above, and I’ve fallen in love with the yellow chiffon pleated skirt you can see on the model to the right. The back features an exposed blue and gold zip and the sunshine yellow colour will not only brighten up these incereasingly dark days but also take you through to S/S12 as yellow has featured heavily in recent Fashion Week shows.

As I mentioned, today I’m blogging live from Cabot Cricus and I’m aware that I’m in the middle of central Bristol’s shopping hub, surrounded by Bristol’s best dressed. The rustle of those shopping bags is making me crave a little retail threapy and another catwlak show is about to start so I’ll post more photos from the day later on.

If you’re in Bristol this weekend be sure to take in a show and don’t forget to look out for discount booklets being handed out around Cabot Circus and Quakers Friars as all the retailers featured in the show are offering discounts over the weekend. Several Bristol style blogs are here reporting over the weekend so don’t forget to check out their posts too.


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Something for The Weekend… Bristol’s Fashion Weekender

Cabot Circus Fashion WeekenderThis afternoon I’m off to Bristol Fashion Week at Cribbs Causeway but first I thought I’d fill you in on what’s happening on the fashion front this weekend…

Cabot Circus Fashion TourThe Cabot Circus Fashion Weekender is back, bringing a stylish helping of A/W11 high street trends to the public. The Fashion Weekender makes up part of  the Autumn/Winter Fashion Tour, in association with the British Fashion Council, and this season the event boasts not one but two catwalks, the first under the glass roof outside House of Fraser with another catwalk in Quakers Friars.

Having been to past shows I know that this (free) event will be packed full of style, with past retailers including Urban Outfitters, above, Hobbs and River Island taking part. As well as 11 catwalk shows across the weekend, there will be a ‘pamper lounge’ plus tons of discounts and goodies on offer too. UWE’s fashion students have already kicked off proceedings with an exhibition of their work which is on display around Cabot Circus until tomorrow.

Last year Ship-Shape took a leap into the world live blogging and I’ll be doing the same this time round in the Bloggers Lounge so keep your eyes peeled here and at Cabot Circus’ Facebook page for more info.

Catwalk shows start at 11.20am on Saturday and at 12pm onSunday 25th. See you there?

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Editor Gina Dyer with the team

Editor Gina Dyer with staf writer Sian and the fashion ambassadors

Last night Bristol’s Big Chill Bar played host to the press launch for, a new online fashion community covering trends, street style and fashion news. When laced with cocktails, fashionable chit-chat and some of Bristol’s best dressed journalists and bloggers, the night was only ever going to be a fantastic one, though I’d be lying if I said it didn’t end in a slight hangover for me this morning… homepage As well as throwing a cracking party, also staged a ‘chic-over’ last Saturday at Cabot Circus by attempting to create a new world record for the highest amount of topknot hairstyles done in one day.

The day was as successful as last night and seems to have put, created by the folks behind the popular Bristol Fashionista blog, on the fashion map.

If you have been papped by the website’s lovely fashion ambassadors in the last couple of weeks you may well appear in their Glam Spy section, while fans of personal stylist Niki Whittle, aka Hip Shapes and Bristol Fashion, will be pleased to know she is  one of the site’s experts, on hand to answer your fashion dilemmas.

S and I had a wicked night meeting new and old faces and, using their psychic powers of perception, Gina and the team even had the perfect article to put in our inboxes this morning : )

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Bristol Fashion Week S/S 11 pt.2

As promised here are a few more photos from Bristol Fashion Week – I loved the Cath Kidson look from John Lewis and the safari chic look from Warehouse. If you missed it you can read my write up here. What were your favourite looks?

Andrew Barton and Mark Hayes present Bristol Fashion Week

Andrew Barton and Mark Hayes present Bristol Fashion Week

Ladylike brights at M&S

Ladylike brights at M&S

Cath Kidson and Jager for John Lewis

Cath Kidson and Jager for John Lewis

Children's fashions from Next

Children's festival fashion from Next

Safari chic at Warehouse

Safari chic at Warehouse


Florals at John Lewis

Florals at John Lewis

Sun dresses at M&S

Sun dresses at M&S

M&S S/S 11

M&S S/S 11 looks in the frame

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