Bristol Fashion Week SS16

On Thursday night I headed to The Mall at Cribbs Causeway for a catwalk fashion show, part of Bristol Fashion Week Spring Summer 2016.

I’ve never attended Bristol Fashion Week before, and was excited to see what the evening would entail. Shopping is one of my all-time favourite hobbies, so I was looking forward to getting some fashion inspiration for the months ahead (when the weather hopefully gets a bit warmer and the sun truly starts shining.)

There was a special dress code in place for the show I attended, which required attendants to wear one item of pink in support of the show’s chosen charity, Race for Life. I opted to wear my favourite Forever 21 fuchsia pink cardigan for the evening and after collecting my blogger pass and meeting up with two friends, we made our way towards the venue.

Once inside, we were greeted by event staff and were offered a free Krispy Kreme doughnut – how could I resist? Everyone was also given a glass of traditional lemonade, served in these cute milk bottles, which fitted perfectly with the spring/summer theme of the show.

Making our way into the catwalk area, I was pleasantly surprised to see that everyone had a goodie bag waiting for them on their seats – I couldn’t wait to delve in and see what was inside! I’d heard good things about the show’s goodie bags from one of my friends who has been to Bristol Fashion Week before, and I wasn’t disappointed! There was a No7 mascara (I had only just been thinking that I needed a new one!), a copy of The Bristol Magazine, nail, hair and skin vitamin tablets as well as a great book of discount vouchers for shops located within The Mall itself – the shopaholic in me couldn’t wait to get spending.

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Some of the goodies that were inside

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It’s nearly show time!

Suddenly the lights went down and the show’s presenters, TV stylist Mark Heyes (who regularly features on Lorraine) and TV presenter Denise Van Outen (who is just as blonde and bubbly as you would expect her to be!) made their way to the stage. The  show was split into scenes,  each one based on a trend for spring/summer 2016, as well as a certain event from the season such as Wimbledon, Henley Royal Regatta, Royal Ascot and even the Bristol Balloon Fiesta! Alongside the catwalk models were a team of dancers, and each scene was accompanied by a video and music too.

After 45 minutes, and ten scenes, the show was over – so what did I think? Well here’s some of my personal highlights:

Stripes

I am a huge fan of stripes and all things nautical, so I was pleased to see that this pattern features heavily this season! I loved these stripey pieces from Joules which featured in scene six of the show, part of a Henley Royal Regatta theme.

Florals

Floral patterns feature heavily in my wardrobe, so I’m happy that they are part of this year’s SS16 trend. Here are some examples of floral pieces from River Island, Hobbs and John Lewis.

Colour Burst

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I’d never be brave enough to wear something as daring as this, but I love the idea! Bright colours are perfect for the summer and always look great on a hot, sunny day.

Makeover

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As part of each catwalk show, a competition winner received a makeover by Mark Heyes. I loved the outfit that was picked out from Coast for this one!

I really enjoyed my first Bristol Fashion Week experience and can’t wait for the Autumn/Winter show later in the year.

Did you go to Bristol Fashion Week SS16? I’d love to know what you thought!

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