Monday, 30 March 2015

Fashion: Are You Ready To Take Off For Bristol Fashion Week?

Bristol Fashion Week
Last Thursday I made my way over to Bristol's Fashion Week SS15 show at the Mall Cribbs Causeway to see what's hot and not this season. Excited after last years Bristol Fashion Week AW 14, I couldn't wait to return to the fashion theater and came hungry for more on trend styles. This time, lovely Charlotte (A Fashion Oddity) joined me for the show. This is a picture heavy post, so please sit back and enjoy Bristol Fashion Week :)

I picked up Charlotte from the station shortly after 11am and we were running a bit late. So we made our way over to the mall ASAP and there were already long queues outside the fashion theater when we arrived. In the foyer, we picked up some drinks and found some great seats by the runway, which worked out well in the end. Like last year, celebrity stylist Mark Heyes presented the show, but this time alongside Made In Chelsea starlet Lucy Watson.

Bristol Fashion Week Fashion Theatre
Lucy Watson and Mark Heynes at Bristol Fashion Week

Though I missed Andrew Barton a tiny bit, Mark and Lucy made a charming duo, cracked jokes and flirted with the audience. This is why I love Bristol Fashion Week so much. The atmosphere is always relaxed, people really enjoy being on stage and transfer this to the audience. The entire team is so professional and I'd like to thank everyone involved for organising and running such a joyful event. It's such a delight to listen to Mark (would love to go shopping with him one day) and he runs the presentation always so smoothly.

This time I particularly loved the flight theme that was centered around the show. The main idea was to take off for spring and escape dreary winter. Who ever came up with that, it was a genius (marketing) idea and the potential was used so diversely, for example the foyer was referred to as 'the cockpit', or the voucher booklet functioned as a 'passport' and the shows in between were destinations. Loved it.

Bristol Fashion Week Spring collection
Bristol Fashion Week Runway show
Bristol Fashion Week spring summer collection
Bristol Fashion Week runway shows

The 1h show showcased ten individual scenes, in this case flight destinations to present the latest SS15 must-haves. Bristol Fashion Week kicked off with Denim (M&S) and Mono (John Lewis) trends, followed by rather practical outdoor fashion from Timberland and Florals by Dorothy Perkins.

Timberland show at Bristol Fashion Week
Bristol Fashion Week Timberland
Dorothy Perkins at Bristol Fashion Week

As Miranda Priestly would say florals and pastels for spring are always a bit boring and uninspiring. That's why I found it interesting that the show featured some bright colours. Spring is all about regaining energies and strength, happiness and joy and this is best expressed through bold shades. John Lewis absolutely nailed it with their escape into the colourful and bright La Dolce Vita world.

John Lewis fashion show
John Lewis for Bristol Fashion Week
Bristol Fashion Week show John Lewis
Bright colours at Bristol Fashion Week
Monochrome Look at Bristol Fashion Week
River Island at Bristol Fashion Week
Bristol Fashion Week end credit

Oh and here's what I wore to the show. My Stradivarius leather jacket, which hasn't left me since I've bought it, teamed up with a New Look boho shirt, black Forever 21 shorts and a stunning Peacock feather necklace from Iridescence.

My ootd for Bristol Fashion Week
Stradivarius Leather Jacket

Oh and speaking of upcoming fashion trends, I say that loafers and plimsoles have a big revival this SS15. The shoe shape is a bit old fashioned but there are great ones out there with refreshing prints and materials that give the loafer a modern twist. With the plimsoles, you see a lot of hologram prints lately, which I personally don't really like (it looks plastic and artificial to me). I prefer handmade leather loafers with pony hair elements or with nude and coral colours. Jones Bootmaker and Clarks have some pretty styles, too with bows or tassels.

I'm also on the hunt for (not sure if I'm using the right term here) for Manolos. Not the luxury brand ones, but flat court shoes with a tapered front, open sides and a strap around your angle. I've seen some in Primark (but you know, it's Primark), so I keep looking and will show them here on the blog once I found the perfect pair.

Thank you so much for reading today’s post and I hope you’ll be joining me on my next adventure. Big or small, it doesn't matter but have you ever been to a fashion show? What are your key trends and must haves for SS15? I'm looking forward to your comments, please say hello and leave me your blog links.

Till next time,

xx CAZ xx

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