Bristol Fashion and what I wore


So we were very kindly invited to the live blogging event at Bristol Fashion week (although John couldn't make it), I was invited last year but couldn't attend at the last minute so it was really nice to finally make it and see what the new season trends are looking like. On arrive the Bristol Fashion Week tent was very imposing, I have been to London Fashion Week a few times and it reminded me of the main catwalk at Somerset house but of course on a smaller scale. Once inside the tent the staff were friendly and courteous and some bubbly and cupcakes where immediately on offer. All the seats had all the information about the different lines that would be walking the catwalk.

The show started with a very impressive James Bond theme with some very talented dancers come models. It was hosted by celebrity stylist Mark Heyes and hairdresser to the stars Andrew Barton, whose covent garden salon I really want to visit the next time I am in the big smoke.

You can really see how the runways of Paris and Milan transfer to the high street with monochrome taking centre stage as well as florals, pastels and prints being very popular. I really liked what John Lewis had on offer, as they show off various brands such as a Ralph Lauren Jacket John had been eyeing out the other day, I also liked the retro swimwear from Fat Face and the festival fun youthful clothing of Timberland. Marks and Spencers have also come a long way with transforming themsleves into a more on-trend brand and the River Island clothing was very fun as was the childrens wear from Gap and Next. There where a few designer touches from D&G sunglasses, lingerie from Ann Summers and some sophiticated where from Phase eight. I was very impressed with the hair and makeup which was provided by Body shop and Tomlinson Hairdressing.

Here are my favourite picks from the show

Season trends
Monochrome love

John Lewis
Florals from John Lewis
fat face
Retro swimwear from Fat Face
Marks and Spencers fashion
French inspired prints from Marks and Spencers

festival style
Timberland festival style
Not only was there some great fashion and styles on show as well as some really useful tips from the presenters it was also really great to meet some bloggers. I finally got to meet Fritha from Tigerlilly Quinn - a blog I love and sponsor. I also had the pleasure of meeting the very well travelled Bonnie from The Compass Rose - she has done some really nice write up's about the show and took some great photos, including the one below of me and Fritha.

Waiting for our goodie bags after the show and Me rocking my New York Laundry Mac - picture taken by Bonnie
In terms of what I wore, because I was driving quite a far way to get there (around an hour) I decided to go for something a little bit more comfortable and free flowing, although looking back I wish I had packed some heels being quite short and everyone towering over me. I went for a Dorothy Perkins dress I picked up for a steal and a New York Laundry Mac with my Carlos studded bag and two tone brogues from UO.

Retro dress

We were also given some really great goodie bags with a lovely little tote and a bunch of useful samples to try out. Looking forward to next year.

Tote bag


  1. It was so lovely to meet you and a Cardiff meet up is a must. I really adore that Dorothy Perkins dress! If it makes you feel better about the shoes, the front of my thighs have been so stiff and sore these last two days. When I photograph (like at the fashion show) I stand and bend a lot to get different angles and in those shoes I was wearing it became a workout. ;)

    Ps. Can I get your email address?

    Bonnie Rose | A Compass Rose

  2. Lovely dress,I bet you had a great time :)I would have love to have seen the show ...

  3. Great stuff to see, especially dresses are awesome! Alternative tees, a smart choice to be like a eye candy.


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