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Rock The Week #94

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

Populaire polaroid

Festive feasts

It’s no secret that I love my food, in particular large helpings of cheese and crackers. Add wine and all our Bristol friends to the mix and you have last Sunday afternoon. Ten of us crammed into our small living room to chat, drink and eat A LOT of cheese, enjoying a proper catch-up before we all go our separate ways for Christmas. It was such a fun evening, I’m only sorry that there wasn’t any cheese left the next day.


This french film set in the 1950s has been on my radar since it was released in the UK earlier this year. From the quirky CMYK opening credits to the uh-mazing costumes, not to mention the colour coordinated nail varnish, I fell in love with this film. I wish I could dress like the lead character every day, and even attempted a beehive and feline flick eyeliner this morning!

This week I’ve been…

Blogging about: Hamilton House’s Coexist fashion show made an appearance on the blog this week, as did a cheeky Christmas wishlist. For the record, if you feel like buying me any of these gifts, I’d be perfectly ok with that.

Listening to: Christmas songs –yep, I’ve caved. Festive songs (albeit in small measure) have started to appear in my playlists and I’m not even sorry!

Watching: I finally caught up on Channel 4’s Liberty of London this week. It’s fascinating watching the all the different departments prepare for Christmas and the Managing Director try to squeeze every drop of selling space out of the iconic building.

Reading: At this time of year it’s easy to get carried away with shopping, and this article from George Monbiot about materialism is a sobering read. Another article from the Guardian caught my eye this week, all about Dawn O’Porter’s new vintage book. While I don’t agree that vintage ‘is about to have a big moment’ – I think it has been enjoying one for several years – the book and accompanying TV show definitely sound like my cup of tea.


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

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Coexist Fashion Show 2013

Rubber 'Carmen' satchel by Katcha

Since the railings came down around Hamilton House five years ago, it’s become a strong part of Stokes Croft’s identity, with the Coexsist Canteen becoming a popular watering hole and floors of studio space for artists, designers and exercise classes. Each year Coexsist host their own fashion show and on Thursday I was lucky enough to be able to attend, courtesy of Banker and Benefit.

Banker and Benefit is a menswear brand designed by Marcus Royall, and its trademark collections involve using charity shop sourced fabric to customise basics such as t-shirts, resulting in every piece being unique. The palette on Thursday’s catwalk was a mix of military green, gold and burgundy, and the styling included woollen long-johns and golden grills – a so-wrong-it’s-right combination.

The event marked Banker & Benefit’s fashion show debut and the brand was in fine company, with some of Bristol’s stalwart independent designers showing their collections, including Katcha Bilek, whose accessories include the beautiful ‘Carmen’ satchel, above, and Puckoo Couture.

Here are some of my favourite designs to hit the Coexist catwalk…

Banker and Benefit menswear

Styled knitwear and quilted army green trousers from Banker and Benefit

Pink Ace designs on the catwalkA model strikes a pose in her sequin-drenched Pink Ace outfit

Red fringe flapper dress by TrinaThis scarlet red fringe dress was one of the many highlights from designer Trina

Banker and Benefit at Coexist fashion show Vintage shirts paired with socks and gold sandals from Banker and Benefit

Tail End bespoke jacketLocal designer Frances Rennison designs bespoke tails using vintage fabric and quirky prints

Pink Ace crochet toilet roll doll A life-size crochet toilet roll doll from Pink Ace

Banker and Benefit model strikes a pose The Banker and Benefit models get the crowds cheering

Jokoto design Beautiful tailored pieces from design duo Hannah Bartlett and Eloise Atwell, aka Jokoto

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