Beauty, Fashion, Lifestyle

5 October 2015

Intu Victoria Centre Fashion Show, Nottingham


 When an email pinged into my inbox asking me if I wanted to come along to watch Intu Victoria Centre's A/W15 Catwalk Show, as part of the V.I.B (Very Important Bloggers), I jumped at the chance. You will all have guessed by now that autumn is my favourite fashion season, clothing gets so much more experimental. Think opulent prints layered with lavish accessories, I just can't get enough. So when the opportunity arose to see what my local shopping ground had in store for this upcoming season I was very excited.

 On arrival I was greeted by the lovely Kath, Intu Victoria Centre's Digital Marketing Manager, who explained the structure of the day and introduced me to fellow Nottingham blogger Sherry (Sherry Scribbles). Then, we were then took over to the catwalk where the shows would be taking place.

 The catwalk was beautifully set up with soft fuchsia up lighting that created a striking, yet romantic mood. It was also lined with perfectly cleaned mirrors, which were going to be used throughout each of the show's to create a visually vivid feast for the eyes.




 We took our seats and chatted eagerly as we awaited the first of the shows to begin. As soon as it was time to start I grabbed my camera in anticipation. Opening the show were Superdry and their A/W collection.

 
 
Superdry's A/W15 collection was very fun. It tied in your classic autumn wear, like your knits and berry tones, and then clashed them with a bold print or a vibrant flash of colour. The collection was very focused around layering, and the mixing of textures. Most of the outfits featured a shirt layered underneath a jumper, then again with a jacket. The colours and fabrics complimented each other well.
 
  My particular favourite of this collection is the classic black coat, with the flashes of neon pink that are reciprocated in the jumper too, bringing the whole look together (see image 2). The collection was practical yet fashion forward.
 
 
We had a mini interlude after the first show for a glass of bubbly, and a quick toast to the day ahead.
 
 

 


Next up on the fashion agenda was John Lewis showcasing their new A/W collection.


John Lewis took the classic tailored monochrome route to Autumn/Winter, but kept it very on trend with stunning prints, textured fabrics and well cut garments. This collection was a nod to luxury in a glamorous muted palette. Perfect for the beginning of party season.

 I really loved the floral applique skirt, which seen close up had impeccable detail. The skirt is from Alice Temperley's line 'Somerset' which you can find in the women's fashion department in Nottingham Victoria Centre's John Lewis.

After another stunning show we were given a massive treat, which was to speak to the stylist behind the show Jo Wilson.

Jo Wilson was the eyes behind the show and was kind enough to spare some of her time to speak to us about the collections, as well as some of her own style advice. Jo advised us that monochrome was going to be big this season, alongside rich jewel tones, such as emerald greens and vivid reds. Think opulence. She also shared with us that her best advice for styling is a fantastic set of underwear. What you wear underneath your clothes can redefine how the clothes fit and look, which is something I will definitely be taking on board from now on.

It was so lovely to be able to understand how much effort goes into each of the collection's styling and I really appreciated hearing Jo's expert advice.

We were also extremely fortunate to get to talk to Lucy Budge, Reporter for The Nottingham Post. Lucy was super friendly and asked us a little bit about our blogs, if you fancy having a nosey at her article you can find it here.

We were then ready for the third collection which was from Next.

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I thoroughly enjoyed Next's collection, with its muted tones and warm camel accents. There was even a bit of leopard print peaking in, which is another pattern I have been seeing popping up in stores for this Autumn. The ladies sported a stunning berry lip, which, with the camel tones in their outfits, really set the whole look off. If you follow me on Instagram you will have seen that Rimmel Kate Moss 107 is my go to lipstick for Autumn. Now all I need is a long camel coat and I'm set for the rest of the season!

I really liked the men's styling in this collection, particularly the sleek leather bomber jacket and camel shirt combo. The look is perfect for day to night.

The final collection we saw that day was House of Fraser.




 This collection by House Of Fraser really hit the opulent tone on the head, and the stunning jewel toned turquoise seen in the suit and dress really made your head turn. It's definitely a tone I would love to add to my wardrobe. Again there was a hint of camel in the fur gilet and a pop of leopard print in the coat. These striking pieces paired with the jewel tones definitely made the collection luxurious and playful. It made me want to experiment with more print and textures in my own personal style.

 Overall I was taken away with how innovative the show was. It wasn't your typical catwalk show where the models just walked up and down. It was a lot more interactive and visual, with the models dancing and re-positioning the mirrors. This really helped show case the clothing to it's maximum potential. It was good to see how the fabrics moved and fell, as well as being able to see what the centre's stores have to offer this season.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have a shopping list to write...


 
 What are your thoughts on this seasons collections?
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