Last Friday was an evening of clothes, clothes, clothes at Cribbs Mall 👗 👠👘👖👛 during the Spring/Summer Bristol Fashion Week, you could get free mini manicures, indian head massages, makeovers, eyebrow threading and more…
Photos were prohibited, but here’s your sneak peak (and some dodgy photos) of what you can expect… Take your pick of 16 fashion shows over 4 days; for a showcase of the best of this season’s high street fashion.I’ve been a few times before, the music is always upbeat and the models are of all shapes, sizes and ages, with a great feel-good finish. You’ll probably be clapping along and cheering at the end. It’s usually a popular/sold-out event and meant a busy 15 minute queue outside the venue waiting to be let in. We’d paid for ‘platinum’ tickets and hoped for a sneaky queue jump, but the only benefit we got from paying a little bit extra were front row seats.Once inside, there was a ‘Club Tropicana’ 80’s theme with records hanging from the ceiling and two large displays from John Lewis. M&S were serving drinks and nibbles to take in with us, sadly alcohol free!
Everyone was given a bag of goodies, with 60+ vouchers, leaflets (and a section to write notes about each look for the hardcore), plus a raffle ticket for an espresso machine with the lucky number picked randomly halfway through the show.Mark Heyes is an old-timer having hosted the show from the very beginning, and Henry Holland‘s second time; though he’s already picked up the Bristolian lingo and was on ‘gert lush’ form!
You could tell they’ve presented the show a few times before and some of their in-jokes seemed a bit lacklustre, but they showed some sweet childhood pics of themselves (from during the 80’s – obvs) and kept the banter flowing.The show got off to an energetic start, with podium dancers busting shapes to 80’s tunes and the audience singing along.
It was nice to recognise a few faces who’d been strutting the Bristol catwalk for a few years, mainly the older ladies. I love the big age range of models and the all-inclusivity of the show.
There was quite a big difference between the models who got into it and you could tell were enjoying themselves, to others who took it too seriously (poker faces stronger than Lady Gaga). ^ There was no messing about with the programme! 11 different looks were speedily showcased within 45mins; a bit of something for everyone. 🎤 It was acceptable in the 80’s 🎤
‘Colour washing’ was a bold look on the catwalk: wearing the same or clashing (bright purple, green, orange) coloured outfit and tights.
Hair colour is the new makeup: with purple ombre being a popular look and quirky temperature-reactive hair dye now on the market.
Handy makeup tips and tricks by Charlotte Tilbury were sprinkled throughout, you can watch tutorials by Charlotte on her YouTube channel.You can find out about the hot 10 trends predicted by Henry and Mark here. If you decide to go next time, here are a few of the things you can expect in your goody bag! Throughout the mall are ‘as seen in Bristol Fashion Week’ tags so you can easily snap up the bits and bobs you liked.. Clearly I only had an eye for pink (didn’t realise at the time!)So, the overall verdict: Not a show for the serious fashionistas, but a fun intro into fashion and a girly day/evening out. (There were even a group of 11yr olds having a birthday party when I went!) The audience is mostly women, expect lots of prosecco-fueled jokes, a friendly atmosphere and tickets are a bargain ranging from £8-15.