The Town Hall fashion show was in so many ways very different to the Bullring show. For example in this spectacular show, the models showcased their acting and interpretative dancing skills, which was very surprising for visitors!
They also set the scene for all nine collections very well – I was particularly impressed with the ‘Shades of Autumn’ scene, where the models danced whilst striking some very strong poses at the same time!
I loved the ‘New Native’ scene, particularly because of the folky/tribal prints and the fact that you can incorporate this trend into your look so easily. If you’re a Topshop girl, make sure you bag this beaded collar necklace, chiffon playsuit or these über cool tribal earrings to spice up your wardrobe! Or if you want to be a fierce warrior but you’re on a budget, try New Look’s fringe t-shirt for £14.99 (there is currently 20% discount for students both online and instore!) or this quirky Aztec print hat to achieve the ‘New Native’ look!
The ‘Shades of Autumn’ scene basically summed up the staple colours you need in your wardrobe for Autumn/Winter 2011. Think neutrals such as cream (as seen on the model below) and brown, or if you want your staple piece to ‘pop’, include an orange or green palette into your closet. Accessorise with faux fur Cossacks such as this one from New Look, for a cheap £8.99 to complete your outfit.
I loved, loved, loved this scene! ‘Future Avatars’ was all about metallics, from short sequin dresses, to sparkly jumpers clashed with distressed jeans (as seen in the image below), to even sequin hoodies! By adding just one metallic piece to your outfit, you will instantly be on trend! Republic, Urban Outfitters and Jaeger all have knitted jumpers which you must have this Autumn/Winter! If you don’t fancy metallic clothing, try some accessories – I especially love the headpiece that the model below is wearing!). Head to H&M for this funky metal chain necklace or try River Island for some glamorous metallic bags. One bag which caught my eye was this silver fringed one for a whopping £150! If you’re like me and live on a budget, try this grey studded purse for only £17.
When I saw that ‘Vintage Glamour’ would grace down the Birmingham catwalk, I didn’t really know what I would make of it. I mean vintage does play an important part in fashion and in today’s world; there are many more ‘vintage’ stores than there were in the last 10 years or so. So how can something which is so easily accessible (just by looking in your mum’s wardrobe) be a trend?
Well, despite my initial questions, I believe that ‘Vintage Glamour’ did justice for the vintage world. The looks were reminiscent of 1920s to 1940s glamour, which I think is what the scene was all about. Take inspiration from intricate dresses worn on celebrities such as Gossip Girl’s Blake Lively and style icon Mary-Kate Olsen. The colour palette for this trend was mainly taupe, white, black, grey and gold – some of the colours I’m sure will be in every girl’s wardrobe!
The final scene was ‘Dark Side’ and the outfits were basically all black. Think the Addams family but with more ‘style’. Despite the one block colour, the models pulled off these looks perfectly without going gothic! Try black zip dresses such as this one from Republic, or a pussy bow blouse from River Island, as well as Boohoo’s PU leather shorts. Anything stylishly black goes and I guess the black coloured-clothing world really is your oyster for this trend!
That’s it for Style Birmingham; hopefully I covered everything you wanted to know! Look out for future fashion event posts!
Ps. I would like to apologise for the lack of posting, ever since I came back to uni I have had a lot to deal with and I guess it’s affecting my blog – which I did not want it to do! But avid readers don’t worry! I have plenty of posts planned for the upcoming week!
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