I was thrilled to be asked to attend Bristol Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2016 as a guest blogger. And so with my new Olympus Pen camera, notebook, pencil and my Mum as my bag man off we went to review.
Hosted once more by Denise Van Outen and Mark Heyes, the show was Sponsored by John Lewis and M & S, with Race for Life as the official charity partner. For the VIP launch on Thursday evening, guests were invited to wear something pink in support of the charity. Denise and Mark showed theirs, with Mark in a pale pink suit and Denise resplendent in a River Island fuchsia trouser suit. The great thing about the event is that it not only brings you the seasons trends but everything on the catwalk can be purchased at the Mall, Cribbs Causeway, where the show takes place. The summer events calendar set the themes for the catwalk, to offer real life inspiration.
Trends to shop:
This season it’s not about the regular Breton, anything goes for stripes: colours, widths, direction, along with mixing up of directions and prints. Great options at Warehouse, Reiss and Karen Millen.
Dress from the show, left is John Lewis
The show aptly used Bristol Balloon festival to showcase this colourful trend. It’s all about bright block colours in just about any colour. Buy fuchsia now as it’s a key colour for Autumn/winter. Find some fabulous colour pops at Ted Baker and Oasis.
Outfit from the show, left is John Lewis
Still going strong from last season, also shown at Dolce and Gabbana for next Autumn/Winter. Find them bold on dark hues and fresh brights. Clash prints for added optical interest. Just about everyone has done prints, some of the best are found in Hobbs, Karen Millen, Joules, Oasis and Warehouse.
Dress from the Show, left is Hobbs
With visions of Wimbledon, weddings, romantics and boho, white is common theme. It’s a crisp and clean summer wardrobe addition worn either alone, as a layer or to break up prints. Take a white shirt and style it with printed trousers. Lots of white at Warehouse, Jack Wills and New Look.
Outfits from the Show, left are M&S
Denim never really goes away, although this season sees a change in style as the skinny jean is replaced with the cropped flare. But it’s not just about jeans. Find denim jackets, shirts, dresses and dungarees. Great teamed with this seasons stripes or go double denim!
Outfits from the Show, left are all Fat Face
Sign up for Race for Life at Raceforlife.org
Local events run from May through to July 2016