Category Archives: Bath

Give us a Whistle

Autumn leavesCheesiest post title ever? Probably, but how could I not make a pun when wearing this beautiful Whistles skirt?

At the weekend one of my favourite ladies and I went on a city break to Bath. Despite the weather forecast predicting rainclouds, we spent a gloriously sunny afternoon pottering around the city. I packed several outfits for our girly weekend away, this floral skirt and casual grey t-shirt combo being one of them.

I’m currently going through a serious wardrobe edit and this Whistles number is one I’m stilling ‘umming and ahhing’ over, as Mama Ship-Shape would say. I bought it in the sale a few years ago because it was pretty, made of silk and covered in flowers, but once I found a home for it in my wardrobe, it never really saw the light of day again.

Too pretty for everyday wear, a little too tight around the middle to wear on a date night (becuase any date with me involves eating a lot of food), it’s a skirt I’m on the fence about. Do you think it’s a keeper?

Floral skirt – Whistles / Grey marl t-shirt – Zara / Black bag and pearl necklace – clothes swap / Shoes – Topshop

Thanks to the lovely Beautiful Plumage for taking these photos.

An OOTD in BathNeedle in Queens Square BathFrom where I standWhistles skirt and grey tshirtTrees in Queens SquareWhistles skirt and Topshop shoes

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Bath in Fashion 2014

Bath Fashion Museum Dress of the Year 2013.jpg

What do you get if you take 12 bloggers, a host of fashion brands and one very stylish city? That would be the Bath in Fashion scavenger hunt.

Today Bath in Fashion 2014 kicks off, and a few weeks ago a bunch of us bloggers from the South West had the opportunity to find out more about the week-long event. You can see the full line-up here, but highlights include film screenings, a vintage fashion fair, S/S 14 catwalk shows and Biba’s Barbara Hulanicki in conversation with Hilary Alexander.

Part of our preview involved a scavenger hunt to find the city’s best spring trends. After arriving a little late, I teamed up with TaraKelly and Polly to race around the city, sniffing out florals, pastels, sheer and metallic trends from some of Bath’s best retailers, the results of which you can see on Instagram.

Bath high streetAfter the scavenger hunt, our final destination was the Fashion Museum, one of my favourite places in Bath.

The current programme of exhibitions includes the deigns of David Sassoon, the Georgian era and Dress of the Year 2013, which was a Christopher Kane number chosen by Style Bubble‘s Susanna Lau. This is the first time a fashion blogger has been asked to select a dress (usually an honour bestowed upon print journalists and editors) so it’s a pretty landmark year for the award. If you’re planning on coming to the city this week then the Fashion Museum should definitely be on your list to visit!

To find out more about the events taking place this week, check out the Bath in Fashion website.

Bath Fashion Museum flyerCorsets and crinolinesBellvile sassoon designsGlass chandalier

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Bath in Fashion: T is for Toast

Toast Eva top and plimsoles

Last week I was invited to attend an event at Toast, following the S/S13 Bath in Fashion catwalk show. Situated on one of my favourite streets in Bath (Bartlett Street) Toast is close to the Fashion Museum, Yen Sushi and some fantastic boutiques.

We don’t have a Toast in Bristol, so it’s a brand I’ve only browsed online and in their beautifully designed matte paper catalogues. Thursday’s event was to celebrate Bath in Fashion and showcase the brand’s S/S13 trends, and it provided an opportunity to catch up with some of the BiF Bloggers over mini macaroons and fruit tarts. Unfortunately my camera died before I got to the shop, so I don’t have any photos of the evening – complete with thoughtful staff and beautiful yellow posies of flowers for each customer, which can be seen in Roisin’s post.

Fortunately I was lucky enough to take away some goodies which can be seen here. I fell in love with the square neck Eva top, with its pale blue poplin fabric and buttoned up back, and this pair of classic white plimsoles. The weekend saw just enough sunshine to make the most of this outfit before it started raining again yesterday – I’m looking forward to wearing this outfit without having to carry an umbrella coat/galoshes ‘just in case’!

Have you shopped at Toast before? And are there any outfits you’re saving at the back of your wardrobe for when spring eventually arrives?

Eva top – c/o Toast / Paper bag waist skirt – H&M / White plimsoles – c/o Toast

Toast Eva topToast cataloguesToast Eva buttoned back topToast bagToast top and H&M paperbag waist skirt

Bath in Fashion: S/S13 catwalk show and BIF Blogger Awards

Bath in Fashion S/S13 Catwalk Show

On Thursday I jumped on a bus and spent the afternoon in Bath, to attend the Bath in Fashion S/S13 catwalk show, and find out who had been crowned Bath in Fashions’ Blogger of the Year.

♥ If you were following the #BIFBloggers hashtag on Twitter you’ll know by now that I didn’t win (that accolade went to Lorna of Raindrops of Sapphire) but I wanted to take the opportunity to thank everyone who voted for me. I was chuffed just to be shortlisted, and I’m grateful for the tweets, Facebook messages and your comments on this blog showing your support – normal, non-‘vote for me’ service shall now resume! 

The sun was shining and it was a lovely day, so before the show I did a spot of window shopping and soaked up the sun next the impressive Bath Abbey, before arriving at the Assembly Rooms where the show was taking place. It was all a bit of a rush when I arrived – that’s the buzz of fashion shows for you – but I managed to meet Roisin and see Gabrielle, who I meet on Monday at the Mouvements de Femmes exhibition, before we took our places on the FROW.

Uttam Boutique at Bath in Fashion

Sat between Megan and Steph, I waited eagerly for the show to start, only to discover that I’d accidentally turned my camera on earlier in the day, so my battery was drained and cut out half way through the show. #bloggerfail

Luckily I managed to capture the first half, with each scene representing one of the four fashion capitals of the world. Brands included a mix of high street, designer and local independent labels, all styled by the lovely Rebekah Roy, who also selected the shortlist for the BIF Blogger Award.

I enjoyed the show but it ended quite abruptly, so I didn’t get a chance to congratulate Lorna or meet the rest of the shortlisted bloggers, which was a shame. It felt like the award section of the show was a bit of an afterthought, which is surprising, given how detailed the rest of the Bath in Fashion programme has been.

It would have been great to spend a bit more time getting to chat to everyone either before or after the show, but with another show to prep for I guess the turn around needed to be quite quick. Fortunately we were invited to a post-show event at Toast, where I met George and was able to have a proper natter with her.

Thanks to Bath in Fashion for a fun afternoon, and again to everyone who voted for me! Have you made it to any of the Bath in Fashion events yet?

L K Bennett at Bath in FahionUttam Boutique at Bath in Fashion WeekBanana Republic at Bath in Fashion

Mouvements de Femmes: Norman Parkinson by Roland Mouret

Norman Parkinson for Vogue

Last night I journeyed to Milsom Place in Bath to attend the private view of Mouvements de Femmes, the Norman Parkinson exhibition curated by Roland Mouret.

Of all of Bath in Fashion’s events, this exhibition was the one I was most looking forward to. Fashion photographer Parkinson’s images were pioneering back in the 50s and 60s, and a collection of his photographs featured in An Eye for Fashion at Bristol’s M Shed last year. Cliché as it may sound, Parkinson had a unique way of capturing his models on film, which included Jean Shrimpton, Nena von Schlebrügge and Grace Coddington, Creative Director of US Vogue.

For Mouvements de Femmes, the twist was the involvement of designer Roland Mouret. Mouret, perhaps best well known for bringing the world the Galaxy dress, picked the venue (the striking Octagon in Milsom Place) combed through thousands of images – some never displayed publicly before – and created an exhibition to capture ‘how women move’, above and beyond what they were wearing at the time. Mouret made several visits to Bath ahead of the exhibition and even had the venue repainted to fit in with his vision.

Norman Parkinson Bath shoot for VogueNorman Parkinson

The exhibition showcases fashion stories and covers from Vogue, Queen magazine and Harper’s Bazaar, and Mouret chose each image ‘not so much because [they are] fashionable, instead more for how the women moved within them’. Hence the selection of models draped over fighter planes, driving fast cars and playing in a way that hadn’t been seen in fashion magazines before.

Parkinson used Bath as a backdrop for several of his shoots, one of which from ‘A Spring Hat and the City of Bath’, above, featured the grandeur of the city’s elegant architecture and raised pavements.

The Octagon provided the perfect setting for each meticulously chosen photograph and was buzzing with life last night as the city’s finest came to celebrate the opening of the exhibition, which marks the centenary of Parkinson’s birth. Prosecco and a string quartet added to the atmosphere, and the hum of classical music matched the hum of guests, murmuring compliments and leaving the present day for just a moment, to delve into Parkinson’s world.

If you’re visiting Bath in the next few weeks I recommend adding this exhibition to your to-do list. It shows a fascinating cross-section of Parkinson’s work, from the view point of one of fashion’s most prominent designers. If you were there last night or made it to the exhibition over the weekend, let me know what you thought of it!

Mouvements de Femmes runs at The Octagon, Milsom Place, until 12th May. Entry is free and the venue is open Tuesdays –Sundays from 10am – 5.30pm for more information click here.

Milsom Place, BathChampagne at Milsom PlaceNorman Parkinson nudeRoses at Octagon Milsom PlaceOctagon at Milsom PlaceNorman Parkinson shoot in Bath

Ship-Shape and Bristol Fashion has been shortlisted for a Bath in Fashion Blogger of the Year award! Please vote for me here. Voting is easy and requires no personal details or fiddly bits like that, so please pick up those laptops, phones and tablets and get voting!