New Shoooooeeees?

29.09.11

As I’d been working so many hours over the last couple of months during SBL, I decided a little treat was in order.  One of the models working on the show wore a pair of sturdy ankle boots backstage one of the days and instantly I fell head over heels.  Pardon the pun.

You know when you have the perfect pair of boots in your mind and know exactly what you’re looking for but can’t seem to find them anywhere?  Well, this was the problem I had.  Arabella said that these beauties were purchased from French Connection.  Great news – rather worried that these would be ‘Prada darrrling.’  But at £180 these weren’t the cheapest ones I’d tried on in my hot pursuit of trying to find the perfect pair of boots to see me through AW11.

You may know that I had my sights set on a pair of Sam Edelman boots, however these weren’t meant to be.  Plus these ‘Joby’ ones are £40 cheaper – bonus.

Now I bought these online and they arrived yesterday and I am SO excited to wear them!  But the sun goes and comes out doesn’t it.  I’m not complaining, I’m loving this taster of an Indian summer and  I’m still planning on donning these beauties for a weekend in London – I’ll just team them with my cut off Levi’s and struggle with ridiculously hot feet.  Style over comfort every time.

 


xx

Style Birmingham LIVE: The Event

27.09.11

Firstly apologies for the lack of posts recently – my life has been taken up with the manic preparation and organisation of Style Birmingham LIVE.  I’m more than making up for it in this post, with a rather lengthy write-up about my experience and photos to give you some visual breaks 🙂 (please note that Craig Holmes took all of the following photographs). I’d love to know your thoughts about the show too so please do leave a comment below…

You may have seen my article in Style Birmingham Magazine, detailing all my tasks behind the scenes in the run up to the event but now the show is over and to be honest I’m a little sad.  Admittedly it was such hard work, and now I feel like I could sleep for a week – choosing all the stock from retailers, arranging it to be delivered, booking it all in, the lengthy task of writing up the exit sheet by hand, then typing it up for the program and making sure all the preparation on my side went smoothly and then the actual event itself, but I loved every minute.

On the 24th September, 16 gorgeous models from the likes of Storm and Models One (I thought I was fairly tall – until I saw them), ourselves, the Production Team, the build team and 16 hard-working dressers from Fashion:Lab at Birmingham Metropolitan College, made our way over to the grand Town Hall to commence with hair and make up demonstrations, dress rehearsals and set up for the weekend of shows to showcase retailer AW11 fashions.

Excitement filled the back stage areas, followed by apprehensive and anxious models and dressers who were nervous that our special VIP night was only one day away.

The MAC make up girls did a beautiful job on the make up, injecting colour onto neutral faces with bright red lips, and the team at Benjamin Ryan straightened, crimped and styled the model’s hair in a modern yet sophisticated look.


Come 12pm on the Friday, the lights dimmed, the music boomed and the gorgeous George Lamb made his way onto stage to introduce what was a fabulous first show.  The show included 9 different scenes and was finished off with an audience Q&A with celebrity stylist and Visual Manager at Mulberry, Bradley Taylor.  The audience loved it and I was ecstatic everything had run to plan.  The styling was spot on too, which is crucial for a commercial show like this.

The shows that followed were no different and with up-and-coming local solo artist, Clare Maguire, singing on the VIP night, the Head Office industry professionals and press were no less than impressed.  She was absolutely amazing and sang with a hauntingly beautiful voice.

My colleague Kim and I also hosted a blogger’s event before this show to give like-minded fashionable style writers a chance to network and ask Bradley Taylor some probing questions about his job and his views on the fashion world.

A few glasses of champers later we were ready to enjoy our hard work dressed in our new outfits – I wore tiny little Topshop black shorts (which felt rather like I was wearing underwear), black tights, a raspberry coloured silk Topshop tank top and burgundy mega high heeled Gucci boots. My colleague Kim looked very on trend in black platforms, and a long sleeved leather and material black panelled dress from Oasis.  After watching the show and mingling with colleagues and friends old and new, we headed on out to the VIP after party, held in the penthouse suite of the Loft Lounge, hosted by Harvey Nichols.

It was so much fun, probably too much in fact – especially when alarms went off at 8am the next day for a busy day of shows.  No time to hit the snooze button.

A sneaky McDonalds in our dressing room sorted us out for the day.

George Lamb was a huge success with the ladies, especially during his meet and greet after each show – thousands of George’s photos are now clogging up many a people’s newsfeed on Facebook – I too am guilty for this!  (Apologies everyone)  The one below is a personal favourite for obvious reasons, and which we had taken in the photobooth of the Harvey Nichols beauty hub… Sitting on his lap was a rather awkward moment I have to say.

Gosh – my eye bags are the size of Great Britain…

I loved every bit of the show but my favourite scene was the atmospheric and dramatic Harvey Nichols one.  Oke, the Choreographer, introduced a Russian theme emphasised by amazing music and some Russian style dance moves by the models.  The clothing represented this well, with plenty of soft beautiful fur from Karl Donoghue, autumn chunky knits from Burberry and sturdy boots from the likes of Jeffrey Campbell.

And further scenes…

The last show ended at 3pm and I was really sad for it all to be over.  I loved every second and I got to work with some really talented people.  The dressers were great, all working so hard to gain experience for their portfolios – to be honest, rather a lifesaver, God knows what I’d have done without their help!

I also received some good news on the last show day, the Production Team, have asked me to do some freelance work for them in London on further shows, so I can continue to do what I love and we’ll be busy at Retail Birmingham uploading looks onto the Facebook page from the show, along with details of where you can purchase each item from…

Hopefully now everything has calmed down, I can update this blog a little more with fashionable finds, style news and little snippets of inspiration.

I’ll also post about my new boots; which should hopefully arrive tomorrow – I spotted them on Arabella, one of the models, and instantly fell in love.  They’re a little treat to myself!

xx

Please note that all photos used have been taken by the talented Craig Holmes – please contact me for his contact details should you wish to enquire about his photography.

FNO at Harvey Nichols

12.09.11

Last week 10 lovely ladies attended a blogging evening that we organised as part of Style Birmingham Live.  This coincided with the very fashionable Vogue’s Fashion’s Night Out at Harvey Nichols in the Mailbox.

At 6pm we met, and sipped on some delicious prosecco whilst chatting about things we love – style, beauty and our blogs.  Myself and my colleague Kim, decided to host such an evening to introduce fellow bloggers to each other in preparation for Style Birmingham Live.  It was a great opportunity for a little networking, as many don’t get a chance to do this sort of thing outside of the capital.  We chatted about the event which is due to take place between 23rd and 25th September and swooned over the Mulberry bag – the amazing competition prize (which you can enter here by the way).  We made our way over to Harvey Nichols to sample yet more bubbly and enjoy the AW11 fashion show.

We roamed the luxurious store to check out the designer collections by the likes of Acne and Burberry Brit, enjoyed a spot of people-watching – envying beautiful clothing styled by a whole host of well-dressed guests, sprinkled with a footballer or two, and then took our front row seats for the AW11 catwalk show to find a treat in the form of a lovely bottle of Harvey Nichols white wine. Perfect for the weekend.

The models strutted down the catwalk in designer wear from the likes of Alexander McQueen, Belstaff, Jeffrey Campbell (his boots are my favourite) and Christian Louboutin.  Myself, Laurie of Bell & Smokey , Kate of Bespoke Rose and Kim – my colleague, who all sat together (pictured below), snapped away – great excuse to use my new iPhone (can photograph far batter than I can text at the moment, haven’t quite mastered this one!)  We swooned some more and mentally noted everything we wanted on our wish lists.  A lot of tartan, royal red, ladylike looks, bright skinnies and androgynous styles were amongst the themes throughout.

A great evening with fashionable folk and the very lovely blogger ladies, who I’ll look forward to meeting again on Friday 23rd September with celebrity stylist, Bradley Taylor, before the VIP showing of Style Birmingham Live’s catwalk show.

xx

My New Job… Style Birmingham LIVE & Gorgeous George

04.09.11

So since returning from my travels I’ve been contracted to work on Style Birmingham LIVE, the region’s biggest fashion and beauty event taking place between 23rd and 25th September.

I’ve got a piece in the next issue of Style Birmingham magazine, so I thought I’d better update my blog with the latest news on the role.

It’s my job to involve as many retailers as possible within the city centre in order to give visitors to the event the best experience possible.  So far it’s been pretty busy, and it’s only going to get more manic, but I love it – working with fashion is what I live for, so these two months as Style Birmingham LIVE Coordinator, is a great opportunity for my career.

So far, the role has consisted of me contacting with the city’s retailers, liaising with Head Offices and production team staff.   Stores like Harvey Nichols, Reiss, COS, H&M, Ted Baker, Oasis, Levi’s and Emporio Armani, as well as so many more, have all agreed involvement to showcase their new AW11 collections.

Recently the press day took place, which required me to spend the whole day with the gorgeous George Lamb.  *Cue blushing and a rather tied tongue.

A 6 foot 6 dapper chappy, and quite charming to all that wanted a photo with him, I have to say it was a definite perk of the job to spend the working day with him.  During the morning I got to visit the local radio stations in the area in order for George to record breakfast airtime slots.  A press event at the Rotunda took place after, in the Penthouse suite, during which local media came along to interview the man himself.  An appearance in House of Fraser started off our afternoon, followed by a tasty lunch in the café at Harvey Nichols.  I joined George and colleagues for a lovely chicken and avocado salad and then we said our goodbyes at New Street Station, which was topped off by a kiss on both cheeks by dear George.  I failed miserably at trying to look cool at this point but luckily no banging of heads took place.

Now we’re preparing to visit the clothing retailers along with our stylist to select the clothing.  This will take place over a rather manic 3 days… then the styling will commence and I do hope I get to have a role in this part, for it’s where my ambitions lie for the foreseeable future.

I’ve also organised some invite-only blogger events, and the first one takes place on 8th September at FNO at Harvey Nichols.  It’ll be great for me to meet like-minded people and to spread the style love out there into the blogosphere!

I’ll keep you posted on future Coordinator tasks but if you’d like to come and see Retail Birmingham’s handy work then make sure you get your £10 ticket here – bargain!  George will be hosting the Town Hall show, as well as celebrity stylist Bradley Taylor – plus you’ll get to enjoy amazing discounts and in-store treats, as well as further shows at Bullring and the Pavilions.

Hope to see you there… xx