Harvey Nichols Spring fashion show…Can I have it all please?

Last Saturday saw Harvey Nichols, Birmingham, hold a host of fabulous fashion shows to celebrate the new season. The shows, being held in a fashion theatre on the ground floor of the Mailbox, celebrated all that is new to Harvey Nicks, a mixture of casual daytime and evening glamour. Designers from Malene Birger,Philip Armstrong, McQueen, DKNY and Markus Lupfer were all represented in the show, as was an array of totally gorgeous Louboutins.


Scene 1 – Americana

The show started with the boys. This was a true summer look, full of cut-off jeans and t-shirts, at least one of which, you wouldn’t wear in front of your grandmother! (See Penthouse below!) This collection was full of cool t-shirts from labels like ‘Death by Zero’ and ‘No tomorrow’ and had a real holiday mood. Deck shoes completed the look..with no socks in sight.

Scene 2 – Trailer Trash

This was a pretty, bright collection…with a frayed, laddered rock and roll edge. Gorgeous floral playsuits from Alice and Olivia were teamed with very distressed tights. I loved the Rolling Stonish vest top from Markus Lupfer that was teamed with amazing Ugg sheepskin cuffboots. There were also pastel jeans that were anything but girlie.

Scene 3 – Olympia

With the Olympics not that far away, Harvey Nichols turned its attention to more sportier themes. Tracksuit bottoms from D&G and True Religion were teamed with sports themed t-shirts, including a showstopper from Vivienne Westwood that had a medal emblazoned on the front – gold of course.

Scene 4 – Sloane Rangers

This was all about cool, casual daytime looks that are perfect for the English Spring. From yellow Burberry rain jackets to a Michael Kors trench jacket, there were plenty of chic cover ups for the drab English rain. There were also ice-cream colours that were perfect for upcoming festival season, and a touch of land girl in the form of Burberry’s safari style khaki dress.

Scene 5 – Sun bleached sands

This was a collection of preppy, wearable separates that made a great Summer casual look. There were some surprising, stand out elements, like the Diesel shirt with sequined detail that was, quite frankly, wasted on a man’s wardrobe. The omnipresent McQueen scarves looked as good as ever.

Scene 6 -Whiter shade of Pale

The perfect cool, crisp colour was showcased in a series of memorable looks. From Acne’s shirt dress that gave the impression of slipping on a lovers white shirt, to the Pinko trench that was teamed up with an Americana vintage scarf for a Grace Kelly in Monte Carlo feel, this was a collection that was cool and collected. A particular favourite was the Second Day tunic that was the absolute perfect holiday piece.

Scene 7 -Summertime blues

This was all about the seaside! Deck shoes with turned up jeans, floaty scarves and t-shirts made this your Summer holiday checklist. There were also an abundance of thin knits from the likes of D&G, a trend that seems to be recognising that English Summer’s are not all like the Summer of 76, when you could apparently fry eggs on a pavement!

Scene 8 -La Vie en Rose

Every shade of pink was represented in this collection,which included a Paul Smith shorts suit and the prettiest raspberry floaty dress from DKNY, that had the audience swooning at its light as a feather loveliness. The Finders Keepers dress was also beautiful, with back detail that resembled a cape.

Scene 9 – Futuristic

This was a mixed bag, that although entitled futuristic, had definite nods to the past. From a McQ blazer that drew on Teddy Boy culture of the 1950s, to the McQ graffiti jeans that were almost a tribute to Stephen Sprouse’s 1980s designs, this was full of wild styling for the extrovert.

Scene 10 – Girls go Glam

And so the best was left until last. This was a stunning range of evening and party looks that took in a whole host of exquisite looks, from ‘The Artist’ inspired flapper dress from Sass and Bide, to 1930s Malene Birger bias cut evening dress in Vanilla and black. Philip Armstrong was strongly represented in his structured mini dresses, but my favourite dress was the tight roses decorated shift style dress from Philip Armstrong that had a black bow. This was similar to a Valentino evening dress worn by Anne Hathaway to the Oscars a few years ago. So feminine and romantic.


Special mention must also go to the team from Royston Blythe who created the fabulous big hair, and Mac for the flawless make up.



Style Birmingham Live – Style me Selfridges

Selfridge store, Birmingham Bull Ring

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We are now Just a day away from the start of Style Birmingham Live. Yesterday I bought you the lowdown on what you can expect from Harvey Nichols in the Mailbox. Now I turn my attentions to the wonderful, iconic Selfridges in the Bullring, where there is a definite emphasis on Fashion. They have Christened their offering ‘Style me Selfridges’ and there are some seriously exciting things on offer. Here is the low down on the events and special offers you can expect over the weekend.

  • An Autumn/Winter 2011/12 catwalk show with international models showing off looks from Acne to  Alexander McQueen. Shows are at 1.30pm, 3.30pm and 5.30pm.
  • A DKNY Autumn style presentation on Level 4, hosted by the brands style expert Susan Lau. Susan will  discuss all the new looks for Autumn. Customers will receive an exclusive DKNY gift with purchases from the brand.
  • The beauty Hall on level 3 will become ‘Style me Beautiful lounge. There will be complimentary makeovers for hair, nails, face and brows from the likes of Umberto Gianni, Bobbi Brown, Leighton Denny and Blink Brow bar.
  • Offer brands will be offering complimentary gifts with purchases including Alice Temperley, Calvin Klein and Alexander McQueen, whilst there will be competitions to enter from brands such as Jimmy Choo, Toy watch and Ted Baker.


Sounds great, doesn’t it, and it all starts this Friday. It’s going to be fashion fabulousness of the highest order.

Newlife spoils us with its winter warmers!

Chritmas cracker

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The weather outside is frightful, but NEWLIFE is helping to make December sparkling and glittery with lots of Christmas treats.  There are online auctions, Charity designer auctions and Sex and the City nights to be enjoyed, starting with an auction of fine wines and spirits at Cuttlestones auctioneer’s in Penkridge on Friday 3rd December.

Newlife has recently been blessed with a plethora of donated designer goods from the likes of Lulu GuinnessCartier, Prada, Alexander McQueen and Gucci. These have included shoes, handbags, cosmetics and fragrances. There are luxurious Christmas crackers which reveal silver trinkets, and luggage which would retail at several thousand pounds. Some of these items can be found by logging into Newlife’s Ebay auction site at www.newlifecharity.co.uk/eBay. Items are added daily so it is well worth a look.
The rest of these fabulous items are going to be offered in a special Christmas Auction at Cuttlestones Auction House, In Penkridge, Staffordshire on Wednesday 8th December. A famous, (unnamed, TV show will be filming on the day…). You can find full listings of items at www.cuttlestones.co.uk.

For fashionista’s who fancy throwing on their glad rags and enjoying a cocktail as they shop, the Sex and the City 2 night at the Bank bar and grill in Cannock will be just the ticket. The first Sex and the City Night held in September was a great success, raising almost £1,700 to help disabled children. The follow-up event proves to have an even greater lure, with fragrances from the likes of Vera Wang, accessories, dresses, bags and shoes all on other. Items from D&G, DKNY, Roberto Cavalli and many high-end high street branches will be on offer. There are also half priced cocktails, and nibbles for those who build up an appetite when they shop, giving the night a party atmosphere.

The manager of the Bank Bar and Grill Alistair Payne say;-

“The first Sex and the City event was so successful and so many people were enthusiastic about it that we knew they’d want another event – so we’ve decided to put one on in December. This event – Sex and the City 2 – will have the same ‘girlie night’ format as the last event and there’ll be a chance to shop, have a drink, enjoy a bite to eat and socialise all at the same time. A fantastic combination that we hope will raise even more funds than the first event.”

NEWLIFE CEO Sheila Brown says;-

“I think everyone will agree that this was a great night and we’re so pleased that The Bank Bar and Lounge and Alastair Payne have decided to re-run the event. The amount they raised was a fantastic achievement and we are very grateful to everyone involved. We are expecting the next event to help us raise even more money to help disabled children.”

For more information about any of the events check out the Newlife website www.newlifecharity.co.uk


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