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Coexist Fashion Show 2013

Rubber 'Carmen' satchel by KatchaSince 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 showVintage 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 poseThe 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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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

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

Harvey Nichols S/S13 fashion show at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

Mary Katrantzou dress at Harvey Nichols

Paris, Milan, New York and London may be winding down from their Fashion Weeks, but in Bristol the new season sneak peeks are just beginning, kicking off with the Harvey Nichols S/S13 show that took place on Tuesday, in the impressively grand Bristol Museum and Art Gallery.

Located at the top of Park Street, the museum is one of my favourite spots in Bristol, so I was intrigued to see how it would be transformed into a catwalk fit for 400 spectators. Before the show I met up with Gina, Grace, Amy and Becca for a couple of drinks and a natter at Browns, all of us wrapped up in numerous layers thanks to the freezing cold weather – where is spring when you need it, eh?

Looks included metallics, eveningwear, all-white, monochrome and print trends, and although the outfits were out of my price range, it was fun to add a few more items to my fantasy wish list – hello, Suno NY trouser suit – and get some styling ideas. One of the models, Yeon, got all the best looks, closing each scene with fun and quirky outfits including a Diane Von Furtsenberg waistcoat and a printed full length Christopher Kane evening gown.

I loved all the fishtail braids and plaits worn by the models, making me feel less self-conscious about turning up with my hair in plaited pigtails, and the bright colours had me looking forward to spring.

It was tricky to take photos during the show but I did manage to get a few of my favourite outfits, below, and thanks to Gina for letting me us the photo of Becca, Grace, Amy and myself, taken after the show.

Harvey Nichols SS13 showFinders Keepers dress and Mulberry bagBristol Museum interiorDVF metallic waistcoatFishtail braids at Harvey Nichols SS showHarvey Nics S/S13 show bloggersBristol bloggers at Harvey Nichols SS13 show

Fashion Friday at The Station pt.2

The Station, Bristol

As promised, here are more snaps from Fashion Friday at The Station. If you missed the first post, which explains a little more about The Station’s mission and the highlights of the night, you can read it here.

This batch of photographs features Clic Sargent’s Fix Up Look Sharp design duo, Shop Dutty, Sew That Jazz and Puckoo Couture, as well as designs and customised pieces from the teens that took part in the show. I loved the shimmering catsuits and clubwear from Puckoo Couture! Not to mention the vintage blue playsuit fromm Shop Dutty.

Shows like this prove how exciting and diverse Bristol’s creatives are, and if the outfits from the young designers are anything to go by, Bristol’s fashions scene will continue to flourish. Thanks again to Andree for inviting me and putting on such a great show.

Shop Dutty at Fashion FridayVintage playsuit from Shop DuttyThe Kitchen at The Station, BristolClic Sargent's Fix Up Look Sharp at Fashion FridayFashion Friday at The StationThe Station, BristolPuckoo Couture at Fashion FridayPuckoo Couture at The Station, Bristol