Hands up who else is excited for Spring/Summer fashion? Bright colours, dresses with cardigans popped over your shoulders, bare legs, sandals, straw hats and bags…ah I can’t wait!
Bristol Fashion Week has been a staple event in my diary for the last few years and is one of my favourite ways to find out about the latest trends for the new season ahead. This year will be my fourth visit (the Mama Blonde and I always make a day of it with shopping and lunch at The Mall!). Featuring an all new site layout plus workshops and events the SS19 festival promises to be the biggest and best yet!
This year the event is running from 3rd – 7th April and is going to be hosted in a fashion auditorium that will become the hub of the festival. Visitors will be able to enjoy not only the catwalk show featuring outfits found within the stores at The Mall, but will also be treated to a talk from some of the UK’s leading influencers (more on that later) and a styling workshop with our homegrown Bristol fashionista and founder of The Image Consulting Company Emmeline Stevens and her team of stylists. Trust me when I say I’ve known Emmeline for a couple of years now and she is super lovely and supportive (plus of course she always looks fabulous!).
Last year’s catwalk led the way in showcasing beauty in all shapes and sizes and was praised for its diverse range of models. This year is set to be no different with the models included in the shows representing a range of ages, skin tones, genders, ethnicities, abilities and disabilities. You can even take a sneak-peak behind the scenes and learn more about the models here on The Mall’s website. The Bristol Fashion Week team curate an array of the latest trends in fashion, coupled with the newest beauty looks courtesy of Dior Backstage, all presented through a mixture of straight-up catwalk and dance with images and music to get you into the spring/summer mood!
Each day of the fashion festival Caryn Franklin (anyone else getting throwbacks of The Clothes Show?!) will be in conversation with some of the most recognisable faces from social media such as Clemmie Hooper (also known as Mother of Daughters), Zoë De Pass (fellow umlaut appreciator and Dress Like a Mum) , Giovanna Fletcher (author, presenter, actress – need I say more?!) and our very own Bristol fashion inspiration and all round lovely and supportive friend of mine Michelle Lee (My Fashionable 40’s) amongst many others. These fabulous ladies will be chatting all things fashion and body-confidence and you can find the full timetable of their appearances here.
Ticket holders will also have access to a series of talks and workshops run by the Bristol-based team of stylists who can help you identify what cuts and colours suit you, how to get that extra confidence boost through your clothes and perhaps even encourage you to step out of your comfort zone! You can find more information about the talks and events here.
Well if that hasn’t whetted your whistle I’m not sure what could! I’ve always had a fabulous time at Bristol Fashion Week – it’s a great day out and this year looks set to be the busiest week yet! Tickets are available to purchase through The Mall website and cost £15.50 which includes access to all of the above events plus entry to The Beauty Hall and The Experience Room if you fancy a little pampering!
Have you ever been to Bristol Fashion Week? Are you going along this year? If you spot me there on Friday 5th April please do pop over and say hello!
The Blonde x
*This is a collaborative post with the lovely folk at Bristol Fashion Week Festival but as always all opinions are my own and I only feature products or events that are fitting and in keeping with the tone and content of my blog or Instagram page.