Style Birmingham Live 2015 – fashion fun in Brum

Last weekend saw all the glamorous people flock to Birmingham for Style Birmingham Live 2015. Held in the Gas Hall of the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, shows took place over the Saturday and Sunday and featured a range of outfits put together using the best of the Birmingham’s High Street and Independent names. The show was also a showcase for the newly opened John Lewis, who opened the show, and for the hit television show Peaky Blinders, which is famously set in the city in the 1920s.

Style Birmingham seems to go from strength to strength, this year it was expertly helmed by the partnership of ‘The Two Marks’ aka Mr Heyes and Mr Wright. Mark Wright showed why he is one of TVs hottest properties with his cheeky charm and personality, whilst television stylist Mark Heyes answered audience questions on fashion trends, and highlighted some of the key looks for A/W 2015. There was also hair advice from the Francesco Group

And then of course there was the fashion…

Pic: Ryan Phillips

Pic: Ryan Phillips

Pic: Ryan Phillips

Pic: Ryan Phillips

Pic: Ryan Phillips

Pic: Ryan Phillips

Pic: Ryan Phillips

Pic: Ryan Phillips

 

Pic: Ryan Phillips

Birmingham independents like Liquor Store and Disorder, were joined by M&S, Episode, River Island and Lipsy to showcase a wide range of styles and trends, suitable for all tastes and age groups. The department stores were represented in ranges from House of Fraser, Debenhams and, of course, John Lewis, which had only opened in Birmingham 2 days before the first show.

A disco tinged finale featuring roller skating on the catwalk closed the show as the models showed off their best Saturday Night fever moves. There was just time for a few photographs before we moved onto the next event, the Harvey Nichols showcase. (Which you can read about here.)

My dress for Style Birmingham Live was from Studio 8, you can read the full review here.

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*With thanks to Rewired Pr and Marketing Birmingham for the invitation.

Photo credits from show Ryan Phillips Photography.

Reviewed – The Becky Dress from Studio 8

A new fashion collection was launched in the Summer that had all plus size fashionistas clapping their hands with glee. Studio 8 is derived from Phase Eight, one of the most stylish brands on the High Street (and certainly one of my favourites) and it offers the same high quality design, stunning prints and fabrics, but now in sizes that go up to a size 24. The first collection offers everything from smart work wear, casual weekend pieces, and stunning evening wear and is just full of beautiful, wearable clothes.

Studio 8 contacted me about reviewing the Becky dress. This is a beautiful piece, a slightly over the knee style, with a v neckline and soft digital floral print. It also comes in one of my favourite fabrics, the scuba style that seems to put everything in place and hold it there. Studio 8 describes the dress as:-

“…A modern way to wear florals. Colourful digital print flowers decorate this vibrant scuba dress, with a soft v-shaped neckline, wide pleats at the skirt and a concealed centre back zip. In a contemporary cut, with the hem designed to fall below the knee…”

 Becky Scuba Dress £130.00 click to visit Studio 8


Becky Scuba Dress
£130.00 click to visit Studio 8

I loved this dress on first view, the print is stunning – actually far more beautiful in the flesh than the picture suggests. The colours including pinks and blues suggest Monet art, and it is quite easy to team with a range of different colours. The fit is perfect – I wore a size 18 and can get this on without pulling down the zip (useful if there is no-one to do it back up again), whilst the fabric is not too heavy, even with the lining. The dress fits so beautifully – it nips in at the waist and then flares out retro 1950s style. You just feel so feminine wearing it.

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I have already worn this dress twice for two special occasions. The first was when we were guests of the Blackpool Tower Circus in the Royal Box. It was a lovely night, but a little breezy on the sea front, so I added tights and Mary Jane style shoes that I think added to the vintage feel of the dress.

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This weekend saw Style Birmingham Live, one of the biggest events on Birmingham’s fashion calender. I wore the dress again, but as it was a beautiful Autumn day, I opted for kitten heel sling backs in cobalt and a silver Joanna Hope bag from Marisota. The dress received lots of lovely comments and was really comfortable to wear due to the stretch of the fabric.

I know this dress will work straight into the festive season, I have already tried it with a black jacket as a cover-up for cooler nights, and started Stye Birmingham by adding a faded denim jacket which dressed the outfit down slightly.

To check out Studio 8 and all the amazing styles, click here.

 

Style Birmingham Live – A huge Success

Last weekend saw what was, quite possibly, the greatest Style Birmingham Live ever. This really was an event that had it all. The weekend started with a bang with a champagne reception and hair treats from the Francesco Group. This was followed by an amazing spectacle of fashion from the cream of Birmingham retailers, from House of Fraser and the Bullring, Selfridges and Harvey Nichols, with good old M&S thrown in for good measure. The show was presented by Emma Willis and Rylan Clark, which was a totally genius pairing, they bantered so well and made the show warm and funny as well as a visual treat. With the added attraction of Brix Smith Start giving the benefit of her fashion knowledge, and Britain and Ireland’s Next Top Model winner Lauren Lambert strutting her beautiful stuff down the catwalk, this was an unmissable show with a spectacular wintry finale.

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There were other attractions all over the city. The Mailbox was transformed into Hollywood with the famous sign, a red carpet and a star search. Lady Penelope’s Fab 1 pink car was outside the town hall, along with the yellow Selfridges van which is swiftly becoming a familiar sight around the city. And there were savings galore to be had in the city’s many shopping destinations.

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Birmingham’s favourite presenter Lucy Kite was filming all the key events of the day for Shopping in Birmingham, and Fashion-Mommy managed to make it in front of the camera too, although I think the promise of a role in Corrie is a little bit ambitious…