‘Enchanted – The Show’ at The Bullring

I took my front row seat last Saturday to watch Enchanted and was blown away by a very grown up fairy tale. ‘Enchanted’ was the Bullring’s major contribution to this year’s Style Birmingham, and it was a truly stunning spectacle. A baroque fairytale filled with gothic glamour and acres of brocade, sparkle and lace, ‘Enchanted’ was a truly, well, enchanting show that showcased piece after beautiful piece from the major Bullring stores. And with the gorgeous Lydia Bright presenting, and some pretty amazing hair styles enhanced by a range of eye-catching lace wigs, this proved to be a show that will stay in the mind for a long time to come.

Lydia Bright, the standout style star from The Only Way is Essex, looked resplendent in a 1960s style embellished dress from Monsoon, and this set the scene for everything from Chanel style jackets to brocade trousers and tulle and chiffon skirts. Cos, French Connection, Monsoon and Reiss were just some of the retailers who featured in the show, and the styling was decidedly feminine, even masculine style outfits were given a girlie twist.  And as for the aforementioned hair. Just imagine if Amy Winehouse met Alice in Wonderland and you get the idea. The hair was just fabulous – a real talking point.

Full marks once again to Emma Roberts and the Bullring team for creating a magical experience which enchanted everyone who was able to view it.

 

Enchanted in pictures.

The Show Redefinition at The Bullring Pt 1

Last week was certainly a good week for attending fashion shows. After enjoying the sights and sounds of the Jasper Garvida show, and the universally appealing Caryn Franklin show, it was off to the Bullring to enjoy ‘Redefinition’ – a show  that promised to be just that little bit different, due to the use of Hologram imagery, including a gorgeous hologram of the man of the weekend, George Lamb.

The show was a preview of all the key trends that are/or will be available, this Autumn in Bullring stores. All the key names were represented, from Cos and Reiss, to Forever 21 and River Island. Here are some of the key themes and styles from a very stylish show.

Dark Romance

The key to this theme was gothic glamour. Acres of black leather and lace made this a darkly dangerous and moody collection. There were nods to the catwalk of Louis Vuitton in the hints of sadomasochism, with models who looked like they were bound at the wrists. Tights were of the ripped variety, whilst Doc Marten boots and lace masks gave this a Mad Max feel.

 

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Bank heaven-sent clutch bag £30 

Office Academy award black suede 

 

Mod Squad

With the 1960s a big news story this season, this was a very popular collection of looks. Using the music of The Hollies and The Who has a basis for the show, this was a bright and breezy collection that evoked images of Carnaby Street and Dolly girls. I loved the white tights that were paired with the cute dresses and mini skirts. There were also  swing coats in abundance. For the boys, Jimmy from Quadrophenia was the muse, with buttoned up shirts and the ubiquitous Parka.

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Forever 21 Double Knit Epaulet Dress 

Red Herring £30.00 Cream dropped waist ponte dress 

Heritage

This was a range that looked at the true English Eccentric. Mustard, grey, camel and browns made  this the sort  of tweedy look  that has been embraced  by everyone from Stella Tennant to geography teachers. But this was also a warm and cosy look with lots of chunky knits, a great many snoods and lots of layering. key brands for this look included Gap, Reiss and Monsoon.

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Reiss Tux OVERSIZED SHIRT ORANGE £125

Reiss toffee mini skirt £95

Juniper COLLARED TOPCOAT TABAC 

French Connection ruby ribs maxi skirt

Spot it

Polka dots are a massive trend this season, and this collection was launched with a beautiful hologram Dalmatian. But anyone who thinks that Polka dots are all twee and 1950s needs to rethink. Smart tailoring from Reiss, pretty combinations of black and white and red all over, and little black dresses with the faintest of polka dot prints were all  keying into the trend without appearing just too girlish. And those polka dot tights were seriously sexy!

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Oasis Jessica belted princess coat 

Radley-Fitzrovia-Small-Across-Body-Bag 

Reiss Kara Bell sleeve shirt £89 

That concludes the first part of the review. Make sure you bookmark the page for Part 2!

 

The Fairy tale comes to life for The Dollshouse

A whole host of beautiful dolls came bursting into life on Saturday as The Dollhouse sprinkled its magic on the Bullring. A fashion show that showcased all the latest High Street trends currently available in the Bullring from the likes of Selfridges, Cos, Reiss, Karen Millen, H &M, Next and Gap,to name but a few, The Dollshouse sparkled with its bright colours, bold prints and array of designs. It was a fashion moment to cherish!

A glorious Dollhouse and stage area had been set up for VIPs and lucky competition winners, but as usual the Bullring balconies were filled to bursting point by interested viewers. A gorgeous ‘Flutterby’ opened the show wearing a glorious headpiece that could’ve been made by Philip Treacy. She was the magic charm that bought the fairy story to life.  Colour Pop was the first chapter, a blaze of colours and styles that paid tribute to both the block  and colour clashing that has been such a big story this season and into next season. This was a vibrant collection – I particularly loved the androgynous Kooples styling from Selfridges, and the orange draped dress from Joseph.

Nicole Farhi dress

The Kooples jacket Diane Von Furstenberg trousers

Joseph dress

Joseph dress

Top Unconditional jeans Ksubi

The second chapter was the Fairytale romance. Full of dusky pinks, nudes and ivory shades, this began with an amazing French connection strapless dress that was styled a la Leon Garfield’s ‘The wedding Ghost’.. There were lots of frills, ruffles and beading in this collection. One dress from H&M was very reminiscent of  Carrie Bradshaw, worn by a model  who looked like a baby Bardot with acres of long fake pearls. Simply stunning. Menswear consisted of coll linens. long shorts and cotton scarves for that Brideshead Revisited feel.

Maxi dress French Connection

Dress H&M concious collection

All from Miss Selfridge

All items Cos

Alice in Wonderland style florals were next on the agenda in ‘Garden Party’. These were floral prints of all description, from watered Monet prints to large and colourful bright flowers. There were pansies, dragonflies and butterflies in this English Country garden themed set.  The models resembled woodland nymphs as they modelled short flirty skirts and long maxis. For men there were cool and casual  gingham prints perfect for picnics in the park.

Dress French Connection

Dress Warehouse

The dolls were next attacking ‘The  dressing up box’. This was a collection based on cool white – but with colour pop accessories. There were Bianca Jagger style trouser suits worn by a stunning model who resembled the  Pierrot doll so popular in 1980s bedrooms, a gorgeous St Tropez style bikini and jumper worn by the beautiful Bardot-a-like. Standout piece was a showstopping dress by Reiss with fringing attached.

Gap clothing, French Connection tan accessories

Jacket, trousers Oasis

All from Next

Showstopper Ibiza dress 1971 Reiss

Reiss

A mouth-watering opal fruit of a collection was up next from ‘Fruit Salad’. Taking inspiration from Stella McCartney’s iconic fruit dress and Miucci Prada’s banana fixation, this was a collection that was good enough to eat. From fruit prints, to citrus shades, this was a bright and beautiful collection that mixed prints to great effect.

Top, skirt Cos

Dress New Look

Dress Spotlight by Warehouse

Clothes Left - Cos Right - H&M

Preppy style was celebrated in ‘Summer Afternoon’. Stripes, dots and prints were heavily featured in this collection. This was a very fresh  collection, evoking the coolness and elegance of the English Country Garden Party. Particularly loved the 1950s style Karen Millen dress.

Dress Karen Millen

Dress and Jacket H by Henry Holland

Dress Oasis Male - Jack Jones

There was just one collection left to enjoy. Feast of Fashion was evocative of the bright colours/knits and textures so beloved of Missoni and Vivienne Westwood. This collection was introduced by a cute cartoonish character who danced, giggled and posed amongst the ‘dolls’. This collection was an amazingly eclectic collection of colours and patterns – with the odd pom-pom thrown in!

With that, it was time for the dolls to go back into the box…well, at least until the next performance!

Special mention to the fabulous make-up artists at YSL Debenhams for their work , and the hair stylists from Regis at Debenhams who created the exquisite hair styles.