Saturday, 27 September 2014

Fashion: Bristol Fashion Week AW14

Bristol Fashion Week

Earlier this year, I attended Birmingham International Fashion Week and I was very lucky, to be given a second chance to see a fashion show. I visited Bristol Fashion Week where countless trends and brands were showcased at The Mall in Cribbs Causeway, Bristol.

Bristol Fashion Week is the city’s biggest fashion event and runs from the 24-28th September, so if you haven’t got any plans for this Sunday, I highly recommend you to make your way over to Bristol. The show is amazing and brings the latest trends to the catwalk. Afterwards, you can hit the stores in the mall to shop the season’s must-haves.

Bristol Fashion Week tent at the mall
Catwalk Tent Bristol Fashion Week
The runway at Bristol Fashion Week

I spent all day at Bristol Fashion Week yesterday. The first show started at 1pm and I sat front row so I was close enough to see the hottest trends for AW14. The atmosphere in the fashion tent was amazing and as soon as the lights turned off and the loud music started, all eyes focused on the catwalk. Marks & Spencer opened the show with some stylish winter coats featuring faux fur.

Marks and Spencer Fashion Show

The catwalk scenes presented brands such as John Lewis, Timberland, Next, Warehouse, Coast and many more well-known high street brands. I really enjoyed seeing high street trends, something I was missing at Birmingham Fashion Week earlier this year.

From my experience with Birmingham Fashion Week, I expected the models to walk down the catwalk slowly, but I was really surprised how each catwalk scene told a little story and had a theme. The models came on stage, they danced and smiled and were so energetic and powerful on the catwalk which made it easy to watch. Gap Fashion presented their cool parkas in the London Underground followed by a hipster performance from River Island and Lipsy.

AW fashion trends
Autumn fashion trends at Bristol Fashion Week

I lusted over two outfits, which was a bomber jacket from River Island teamed with shorts and over-knee socks. The second outfit that caught my eye was an Aztec printed poncho during the Timberland show.

River Island Fashion Autumn Edition
Timberland autumn trends

Phase Eight’s scene introduced Ella Rothwell, a Bristolian singer, on the stage and she enchanted the audience with her souly voice and seductive Paloma Faith cover song ‘I can’t rely on you’. What a voice!

Fashion show at Bristol Fashion Week
Phase Eight Lingerie Fashion Show

In between the runway scenes, hosts Mark Heyes, TV fashion stylist, and celebrity hairdresser Andrew Barton vowed the audience with their charm. They cracked jokes and shared their latest celebrity gossip and fashion tips: statement colours, faux fur and teddy bear fabric are the trends for AW, oh and Mark’s tip: an investment piece (aka an expensive bag or coat) will never fail you this season as it will glam up any outfit in an instant. My personal favourite was a poncho from New Look.

Bristol Fashion Week Cribbs Causeway
Mark Heynes and Andrew presenting Bristol Fashion Week

At 5pm, my friend Tamara joined me and we went to the highly exclusive blogging event. It was great to meet other South West bloggers and to see the show again from a different perspective (that’s why some of my pictures are taken further away from the catwalk).

With Tamara at Bristol Fashion Week

Bristol Fashion Week was a great experience and I definitely come back in the new year for their SS15 Are You Ready To Take Off Fashion Show.

Tickets for the show start from £8.95 for a standard ticket, £9.95 for a second-row ticket and £13.95 for a front row ticket.

Thank you so much for reading today's post. Have you been to a fashion show yet? Till next time and let me know if you went to Bristol Fashion Week, too.

xx CAZ xx

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