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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…

BIB Charity Fashion Show at Folk House

  • BIB Charity Fashion Show. I spent Friday evening at Bristol Folk House watching collections from Bristol’s indie designers and boutiques, including Cox & Baloney, 7th Sea and Fix Up Look Sharp. I took lots of photos of the night so once I’ve edited them I’ll write a longer post about the evening : )
  • Masa Bristol. On Wednesday evening I went to this Japanese restaurant on Baldwin Street and the seafood was incredible! The meal was in aid of a friend’s birthday, and five of us had a teppanyaki room to ourselves, where all the food was cooked fresh in front of us, along with course after course of sushi and sashimi, nom!

Monsoon top and Primark denim shorts

  • This week I published the last outfit post from Italy. Although it was only a month ago, wearing tiny shorts and embroidered tops (not to mention sunglasses!) feels like it was eons ago. You can see the rest of the posts from that trip here.
  • Reading all about LFW thanks to Fashion Editor at Large, Disneyrollergirl and LFW Daily. So far my favourite trend is patterns, patterns patterns! Particularly Eley Kishimoto and Antoni & Alison – have you spotted any trends that you can’t wait to wear next spring?

What’s been rocking your world this week? Let me know by commenting below…

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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

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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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Six Items

Six Items Challenge

Raise your hand in the air if you’ve been on a cheeky shopping trip this week. Yep, me too. I love fashion and the thrill of finding a bargain on the high street, not to mention the speed with which catwalk trends appear on the rails at Topshop, H&M and Primark. A replica Marc Jacobs dress for £13? Yes please! A different outfit every day for a month? No problem.

My wardrobe is bursting at the seams and I have clothes on every available surface of my bedroom, yet I can never find anything to wear in the morning. If this sounds familiar, imagine what life would be like if you had only six items to choose from.

The ‘Six Items Challenge’ began this week, coinciding with the end of London Fashion Week and the start of Lent, and sees participants shrinking down their wardrobes to just six pieces for 40 days, in a bid to highlight our increasing reliance on fast fashion – and the sweatshops that help make our fashion whims a reality.

Organised by Labour Behind The Label, who work to support and fight for the rights of overseas garment workers, this campaign aims to highlight the unseen perils of our ‘throwaway fashion’ shopping habits. Ship-Shape met LBTL last year to find out more about their work, and the benefits of clothes swaps and buying secondhand, so it was great to find out about this fantastic and challenging campaign.

You can read the rules here, but in a nutshell, participants are encouraged to ‘re-engage with creating clothing identities with less’ by relying on just six items of clothing for 30 days (after this week’s initial Lent launch), which doesn’t include underwear, accessories or performance-related gear, such as work uniforms or gym outfits. The team will be on the lookout for 10 new participants every couple of months, and hope to raise awareness and donations through sponsorship and documenting the process on their blog.

While I’m not sure I could cope with only relying on six items of clothes for a whole month (not least because I am constantly spilling food over myself) I think this is an incredible idea and I hope you do to. Could you survive with only six wardrobe staples? What would you choose and do you think this would change your shopping habits? Let me know by commenting below.

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Rock The Week

It’s a day later than usual as I spent a looong day in Birmingham for work yesterday, but here are a few fashion related (and totally non-fashion related) things that have made my world go round over the last seven days…

Burberry-Prorsum A/W12

Burberry-Prorsum A/W12 - want, want, want!

  • LFW coverage. I couldn’t make it to London and although I’m gutted I missed out on the buzz of shows, style-spotting and Somerset House, I’ve had countless sources of info to ensure I haven’t missed out. Namely The LFW Daily, jewellery designer Fred Butler’s blog and the fab Disneyrollergirl.
  • Stickified Goo Goo. I’ve mentioned this Rice Krispies delight on the blog before, and I made some again as an alternative birthday cake for a friend. Making it was a bit of a disaster but my friend was chuffed to bits, hurrah!
Stickified Goo Goo

Stickified Goo Goo

  • Latin American delights. Going out to Las Iguanas for a friend’s birthday meal was awesome, and not just because we took full advantage of the 2-4-1 offer on cocktails! I got to see friends from uni that I haven’t seen in yonks, plus I discovered the best venue in Bristol for sweet potato fries*, which beats my pathetic attempts in the kitchen, hands down.
  • Longest ever run. On Tuesday I took part in Sweaty Betty’s Get Fit For Free event up on the Downs and ran just under eight miles – my longest run so far. The Bath Half is only a few weeks away now, so every mile (or almost mile) counts!

*but if you know a better venue then fess up!

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

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The LOOK Show SS/11

Rainbow-brights-Warehouse

Between editing some of the 200+ photos I took on Friday and channeling Lady Gaga for a friend’s birthday celebrations, I had very little time left yesterday to actually write about the LOOK Show SS/11. Suffice to say it was so much fun, especially as my pal Polly came with me, and between celeb spotting (inc. Olivia Palermo and Sophie Ellis-Bextor) and champagne sipping we mingled with the other fashionable guests and dined out on nibbles by M&S – and that’s before the show even started.

I must say I wasn’t expecting the LOOK Show to be such a well rounded event – most Fashion Week shows are a fast-paced, get in and get out affair with very little room for mingling and canapes – in contrast LOOK magazine, in partnership with some of the best loved labels on the high street, put on one of the funnest shows of the season.

After arriving in London I met up with Polly and we queued dutifully outside Victoria House along with hoards of fashion-hungry women dressed in leather, heels and red lipstick. Fashion bloggers, members of the press and avid LOOK readers mingled with one another once inside, sipping champagne, dressing up for photobooth snaps and craning their necks to look at the next celebrity to step through the door. I stopped joining in after managing to cover a Hawaiian shirted waitress in several glasses of champagne, smashing the empty flutes over the painted concrete floor with aplomb…

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Above: The fashion-hungry queue outside Victoria House

LOOK Show-sign

Above: The LOOK Show sign

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LOOK's editor Ali Hall poses for the paps with Sophie Ellis Bextor

After picking shards of glass off the floor and apologising profusely, I took my seat and waited for the show to start, getting a glimpse of New York It girl Olivia Palermo, below, in the process. Once the lights went down and show began the ‘who’s who on the front row’ debate settled down and our attention fell on the catwalk. SS/11 trends of 70s glamour, Mad Men influenced tailoring and bright, clashing colours were evident at New Look, Warehouse and Mango while M&S and Monsoon provided a more classic outlook, with crisp white shirts and printed silk kaftans respectively.

French Connection busted out their ‘London’ dress, a special limited edition design created to celebrate London Fashion Week, along with tan leather skirts and bell-sleved blouses. H&M focused on blocks of bold colour with coral, orange, yellow and emerald green standing out while River Island, who got the largest cheer of the show, wowed with grown up tailoring and some lovely floral prints.

At the end of the show the three finalists of the LOOK/Lorraine Curvy Supermodel competition took to the catwalk with LOOK editor Ali Hall and GMTV’s Mark Heyes to reveal the winner, Lindsey O’Hagan, 19, who wore a refreshingly genuine look of surprise as she accepted her bouquet of flowers and hugs from the runners up. Although only a size 12, this victory for Lindsey will hopefully pave the way for more ‘plus size’ models to strut their stuff on British catwalks in future seasons.

After the show we made our way to the retro photobooth and with a little help from the lovely New Look folks we donned hats and sunglasses, making full use of the wind machine while we pulled faces in front of the camera. A few peach mojitos later and we were, sadly, ready to leave. I had an amazing day and met some lovely people and could still pinch myself that out of the 40,000 odd readers to apply for tickets I was lucky enough to win a pair.

I hope everyone had as much fun as Polly and I did and all I can say is roll on the LOOK Show AW/11! More photos to follow…

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Olivia Palermo takes her seat for the show

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H&M rainbow brights

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French Connection limited edition 'London' dress

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The finalists of the LOOK/Lorraine Curvy Supermodel competition

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Mark Heyes congratulates winner Lindsey O'Hagan

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Ship-Shape & Bristol Fashion is OK at LOOK

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Peach mojitos and photobooth snaps

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LFW/LOOK Show Eve

The Look Show SS11 tickets

It is the eve of London Fashion Week and just over 12 hours I’ll be on my way to the capital to attend The LOOK Show SS11 and get swept up in the first day of LFW madness.

My nails are painted, my tickets are packed and I’m currently reading up on Net-A-Porter’s guide to front row fashion in a bid to help me pick an outfit to wear. To say I’m excited is an understatement!

I’ve been to LFW fringe events before but the last show I went to was Amanda Wakeley a good six seasons ago so I’m looking forward to taking The LOOK Show, particularly as it is 100% high street.

Primark 2-in-1 chiffon dress

Primark 2-in-1 chiffon dress

Brands taking to the runway include Next, River Island, New Look and Uniqlo – perfect for even my most modest blogger budget. Not only do we get to see their new season stock, there will also be the chance to buy it after the show so there is hope that I’ll finally get my hands on Primark’s chiffon 2-in-1 dress, above, that has so far eluded me.

It’s not  exactly on the same level as buying up half of Christopher Kane or PPQ but I’m looking forward to collections I can get my hands on right now, not pine for longingly for six months.

There will be plenty of other bloggers in attendance, including the five lucky winners of the LOOK blogging competition so I can’t wait to meet everyone – say hi if you see me : )

Oh and finally, you may have noticed I have moved to WordPress which I mentioned I might do recently. I’ve tried to tidy up my new home and make it presentable before you arrived but please bare with me while I get used to my surroundings and unpack my things. I hope I’ll like it here and I hope you’ll continue reading. If any other WordPress.com bloggers have any tips and tricks on how to get the best of it please comment below or email me!

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Just a quickie as internet access is short and infrequent and I still need to Skype my mother to let her know I’m alive.

I’ve just been on a three day trip around Halong Bay which is basically a collection of small, mostly uninhabited islands off the coast of North Vietnam. The scenery was stunning but the temperature a little chilly – my gladiator sandals did not see the light of day once, which is a first for this trip.

We met some American girls whose footwear combination I fell in love with. This shot, above, is of the fantastically wrong but oh so right legwarmer/sandal combo, which I’ve mentioned in a previous post here. The dark brown leather sandals were purchased in Bangkok while the maroon cable knit legwarmers came from Pai in northern Thailand.

Yes, I know it sounds like I must be clutching at fashionable straws here but I need to create my own stylish entertainment since I have zero access to LFW. Plus, I just love a nice bit of cable knit.

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>Cabot Circus Fashion Show

>A new season in fashion is marked by events across the fashion capitals of the world. Although London Fashion Week has just ended, Bristol is catching up with shows across the city, from Stokes Croft to Cribbs Causeway. This weekend the fashionable folks at Cabot Circus are kicking things off…

A year ago today Cabot Circus opened it’s doors to the public and as press I was lucky enough to watch the celebratory events unfold. One year on and Cabot Circus are celebrating with two days of catwalk shows, make-up demonstrations, competitions and give-aways. Today I went down to see the first of several catwalk shows taking place over the next two days and got a front row seat to see what the stores will be showcasing this season.

The show focused on five popular trends; biker chic, knitwear, countryside tweeds, 1940s and the the ever popular decade on the high street: electric 80s. First up were the biker models. Despite clothes from Guess, New Look, G-Star and French Connection, almost all the looks were styled with black wet-look leggings and biker boots. Nothing wrong there but it would have been nice to see a twist on this popular look. A studded black cardigan from French Connection was a highlight, as was the biker jacket from New Look, with it’s studded shoulders, see below.

The knitwear portion of the show was fairly commercial, with looks to cater for all members of the audience, from students and young mums to middle aged women and businesswomen on their lunch break. The stand-out model was dressed by River Island, who have gone down a more edgy, expressive route in the last two years. The chunky bright necklace and fuchsia pink ankle boots gave more individuality to the look.

I particularly liked the ‘Tweed and Tails’ look that came next; with a mix of checks, tweeds and knits that echoed farmers wives and horse riding in the country. The stylists had paired tweed with tweed in the form of skirt/trouser suits but I would have liked to have seen a mix of layers to show how a fitted tweed jacket could enhance a number of more casual outfits such as skinny jeans or tea dresses for example.

To interject a dose of excitement the models performed dances with one another while parading down the catwalk and during the ‘Fabulous Forties’ section I was quite concerned that one model was showing off more than just her clothes! Luckily the model in question was wearing quite a fitted skirt but it goes to show that in shows like this it is not always wise to go for a front row seat! Once again many of the looks were very commercial but a pink feather shawl from Topshop (layered over a Kate Moss tea dress) proved that you can find unique, quality and on trend pieces for a reasonable price on the high street.

A surprise hit for me was the Dynasty-inspired finale. I’m not normally one for the 80’s trend but there were some gorgeous shoes, jumpsuits and dresses on show from Topshop, Reiss, River Island and Karen Millen. My favourite item which is already on my Christmas wish list is a cropped sequined jacket from Dorothy Perkins – gorgeous! Below are some shots of the show – unfortunately mostly the later half as I spent ages sorting out the settings on my camera.

If you’re interested in seeing the fashion show then get down to Cabot Circus tomorrow for more shows, give-aways and demonstrations, or click here for more info.



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