Bristol Fashion Week AW16
Bristol Fashion Week was one of the first events I actually attended as a blogger, so it is always something I look forward to each season and actually I now work on the marketing team that puts this event together, so it's even nicer to be able to post about it after the event with a real sense of achievement. This season, the show was presented by Mark Heyes and British Fashion Designer Henry Holland, who brought a fantastic mix of fashion props and humour to the catwalk. Of course, as always, the show was broken up into scenes and each scene detailed a key trend and look for the season, ranging from military to sports luxe, and the journey this year was based around the theme of an art gallery. Fashion and art overlap in so many ways, so it was really interesting (and fun!) to relate trends and themes to movements in the art world.
My favourite scene was the opening scene which focused on the Military trend, something I wouldn't have chosen as being in keeping with my style, but the fluid shapes, elegant touches and soft tailoring from the pieces on the runway from M&S changed my mind! I also loved the Animal scene, which focused on the print of the season: Leopard. This is my all time favourite print (I always say that leopard print is my favourite colour) so it was fabulous to see so much of it, and not just on the classic faux fur coats (although they were represented!) but on footwear, bags and dresses, too.
The Great British high street is often overlooked these days in favour of more 'fast fashion' shops and I think there is less of an onus on buying for investment now than there used to be. Bristol Fashion Week really helps to highlight some of the strongest pieces on offer in stores which people often overlook - Marks and Spencer or John Lewis, for example, are not often portrayed as particularly cool or 'high fashion' but they do stock some lovely items, which are often excellent quality and can easily be worked into your daily wardrobe. I really like M&S in particular, the Autograph range is fabulous and they have also really upped their game on denim this season.
As always, Bristol Fashion Week was a smash hit and procured a cultured edit of all that the high street has to offer. I loved the energy and vibrancy of the show, and can't wait for the next one!