Category Archives: Bristol Fashion Week

Win Tickets to Bristol Fashion Week S/S14

Bristol Fashion Week collage.jpg

Hello! No outfit post from me today as I want to chat all things Bristol Fashion Week. Hosted by The Mall at Cribbs Causeway, BFW has taken place twice a year for as long as I’ve lived in Bristol, and it’s become something of a fashion institution in the city.

Hosted by TV stylist Mark Heyes and celeb hairdresser Andrew Barton, each catwalk show delivers the latest seasonal trends as well as a pamper zone inside The Mall where you can treat yourself to reflexology treatments, mini manicures and personal styling sessions.

Finale with Mark HeyesI’ve been going for several seasons now and it’s always a highlight – from the banter between Heyes and Barton, to drooling over all the beautiful clothes from high street heroes such as John Lewis, River Island and Oasis.

Sadly this year I’ve triple booked myself, so I won’t be able to attend the live blogging show on Friday the 28th, but this does mean I have a pair of tickets up for grabs for YOU to win.

Win Tickets to Bristol Fashion Week S/S14:

To enter, all you need to do is leave a comment telling me who you’d take with you if you win! The competition will run for one week and the winner will be announced on Tuesday 18th March. The winner can pick any show they would like to attend (you can see the catwalk schedule here) between the 26th and the 30th of March.

Good luck!

UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed

Bristol Fashion Week S/S13

Somerset by Alice Temperly SS13

Bristol Fashion Week returned to The Mall and Cribs Causeway this week, armed with a pampering zone,  glasses of bubbly and catwalk shows to showcase the S/S13 trends we can expect to see on the high street this season.

Unfortunately the weather hasn’t caught up with the calendar yet, so I’m still daydreaming about when I can wear shorts, bare legs and floral dresses without freezing. However that didn’t stop me mentally picking out my favourite pieces, including this Somerset by Alice Temperley dress from John Lewis, above.

Unlike last year’s show, I had a far more enjoyable journey, hitching a lift with Nicola and arriving just in time to grab a mini cupcake, a glass of bubbly and take our seats for the show. Brands on the catwalk included River Island, Timberland, Marks & Spencer and John Lewis, the latter of which had a fantastic floral scene, where oversized gerberas were used as colourful parasols.

Mark Heyes and Andrew Barton presented the catwalk show with their usual banter, and monochrome was one of the most popular trends, appearing in several scenes and on the cotton tote goody bags we received after the show. Although I have a hankering for a pair of black and white striped trousers, the scenes I enjoyed the most were the aforementioned florals, and the neon scene, also by John Lewis, including a gorgeous pleated Ted Baker maxi skirt with a neon pink trim.

The perky models, summery clothes and good company were the perfect antidote to a long week of miserable weather and while I’m still happy in jumpers and leggings for now, I’m looking forward to shopping the S/S trends soon!

The shows are still running across the weekend, so check out the BFW website for more info on ticket prices and show times. Have you been to BFW yet? What was your favourite look?

Bristol Fashion Week S/S13Dorothy Perkins and River Island at Bristol Fashion WeekMarks and Spencer SS13 at BFWFlorals from John Lewis S/S13Timberland SS13 at BFWFloral John Lewis S/S13 dress at Bristol Fashion WeekWallis S/S13 Bristol Fashion WeekJohn Lewis S/S13 neon trendBristol Fashion Week S/S13 finale

Bristol Fashion Week: A Rather Unfashionably Late Entrance

Marks and Spencer A/W12

On Friday after a hellish afternoon at the dentist (ok, not that hellish but I hate having to go at all) I decided to cheer myself with a trip to Bristol Fashion Week.

BFW comes to The Mall at Cribbs Causeway twice a year, bringing high street trends and the comedy duo of TV stylist Mark Heyes and celebrity hairdresser Andrew Barton, who present the show each season. Unfortunatly thanks to being rather unfashionably late, I missed a large chunk of their banter, including why a slab of Cadbury Dairy Milk is the latest accessory.

Luckily there were still plenty of clothes to drool over, from John Lewis, M&S and River Island. My favourite scene was ‘heritage’ set against a backdrop of Chatsworth House (along with plenty of Downton banter from Mark and Andrew).

I just love this muted colour pallete of burgandy and bottle green, thrown in with tweeds, wool and just a smattering of tartan. Heritage has been a recurring theme for several A/W seasons recently, and its one that’s so easy to wear.

One catwalk scene was also dedicated to Alice Temperly’s new label, Somerset, which recently launched exclusively at John Lewis. BFW chose to focus on her eveningwear – elegant black lace and pretty pleated dresses – but I’m actually more interested in her tailored blouses, leather pencil skirt and accessories – black and silver suede brogues, anyone?

Due to my late arrival I was at the back of the venue, but here are some of the best snaps of the afternoon.

Did you make it to Bristol Fashion Week? What are your favourite looks for A/W12?

Andrew Barton and Mark Heyes at BFW

Andrew Barton and Mark Heyes presenting BFW

Coast at BFW

Coast dresses at Bristol Fashion Week

Anne Summers at BFW

One for the boys… Anne Summers at BFW

Somerset dresses by Alice Temperley

Somerset dresses by Alice Temperley

River Island

Space age style from River Island

Heritage from Marks and Spencer

Heritage A/W12 from Marks and Spencer

BFW S/S12 part two…

Scene six - Evans and BHS

Fashion (and exceptional eye contact) from Evans and BHS

As promised, following on from my first post, here are a few more snaps from this year’s Bristol Fashion Week at Cribbs Causeway, including tropical prints, kimonos, beachwear and aquamarine influences. I think I’m definatly going to have to explore the S/S12 collections from Oasis and Jigsaw, which, according to Mr Mark Heyes himself, is ‘one of the best Chanel rip-offs I’ve ever seen’. I look forward to how other high street stores will approach the season’s key trends, and I’ll be keeping a close eye on Zara and New Look.

Did you attend BFW? What was your favourite outfit, or moment from the show? Let me know by commenting below…

Scene seven - Oasis

Tropical prints from Oasis

Mid-century chic from Jigsaw

Mid-century chic from Jigsaw

BFW beach backdrop - one of the many awesome graphics from the show

BFW beach backdrop - one of the many awesome graphics from the show

Scene five - Animal

Beachwear and casualwear from Animal

John Lewis scene eleven

Aquamarine influences at John Lewis

Scene nine Jigsaw and River Island

Prim and proper looks from Jigsaw and River Island

BFW Miss Selfridge

Nudes from Miss Selfridge at BFW

Oasis kimono

Caught in motion - a kimono top from Oasis

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