On Wednesday I was invited up to the Mall at Cribbs Causeway to view the first Bristol Fashion Week show of the season. BFW is always quite nostalgic for me as it was one of the first events that I ever really attended after moving to Bristol; you can read about previous shows here and here. I've always had such a lovely time and met some amazing local bloggers through attending the event. I was so nervous before the first show I attended as I'd never done anything like that before, so to be able to go back, meet up with some lovely girls and have a great afternoon with them all is such a treat. I spent the afternoon with Tara, Kelly, Dulcie and the lovely Karen who I've been 'online' friends with for a little while but it was lovely to finally meet her properly and chat over tea and cake!
I'd been up to the mall the Tuesday previously to attend a BFW preview event and I've already talked about that here; being introduced to the trend showcase and styling up an outfit with Warehouse (the suede skirt I chose later appeared on the catwalk!) so I was expecting more of the same, but this year BFW had made a few changes. On entering the fashion pavillion, it was immediately apparent there was a theme at work; holidays! The tent was dressed out to look like an airport, with an M&S Airlines Lounge serving delicious refreshments. Soon it was time to take our seats as the show took off!
Hosted by stylist Mark Heyes and Made in Chelsea's Lucy Watson, trends ranging from Seventies to denim through utility and sports luxe made their mark. I don't usually go in for a lot of colour, but in the 'bold and bright' section I was very taken by a neon orange jumper and electric green trouser combo! I also loved the Whistles representation, the Shivy wrap back dress looked amazing on the tanned model and as part of the 'Mono' feature the bamboo overlay dress looked stunning styled as occasion wear.
After the show, a group of bloggers were kindly invited back to an after party hosted by Marks & Spencer. After enjoying some delicious nibbled and complimentary hand massages, we were able to have a look at some of the key pieces from their collections, including beautiful monochrome and printed pieces from their 'Best of British' range and a very luxury selection of perfect 70's styling including a version of the suede skirt worn by Olivia Palermo!
Finally it was time to head home, after a super fun packed evening! The shows are running until the 29th March so do try and catch one if you can!