‘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.

Zatchels Pop Up shop opens in House of Fraser, Birmingham

Saturday saw the biggest fashion event on Birmingham’s social calender when Style Birmingham Live took place. There were fashion shows galore all over the city, and beauty events in most of the department stores. But by far the most anticipated event for handbag lovers was the launch of the Zatchels Pop Up Shop in House of Fraser.

Zatchels is one of the hottest brands around at the present time. Beloved by celebrities, these bags appeal to everyone from students to yummy mummy’s, with men also hooked on the more masculine satchel designs. I have my own Zatchels saddle bag and use it all the time, these bags are versatile, stylish and British Made, making them virtually irresistible in my eyes.

So a Pop Up shop in Birmingham was very exciting news. And the space looks just fantastic. A bright spot where the bags are shown to their best advantage against a stark white wall, the shop showcases a range of the current collections in many different sizes, shapes and colours. The Harmony collection is a real favourite, especially in the new metallic shades, whilst the classic polka dot design is well represented in monochrome and red and white versions. I must admit to feeling tempted to add to my saddle bag collection with the cherry red colour which is simply stunning, and…shall I say, rather Christmassy, whilst the traditional brown satchel shows the vintage origins of the collection.

Zatchels also gained a couple of new celebrity fans this weekend, as the very lovely TOWIE star Lydia Bright, who was in town to present the Bullring Enchanted show, was gifted with a Harmony satchel, whilst the newly married Martine McCutcheon was gifted a cream and chestnut Harmony satchel engraved with her married name, Mrs M McManus.

Zatchels PR Cristie gifts Martine a Cream and Chesnut Harmony Satchel engraved with her newly married name Mrs M McManus

But it wasn’t just the lovely ladies who received gifts. Olympic gold medallist Greg Rutherford received a very apt Union Jack satchel, whilst Lydia’s other half, Tom Kilbey was gifted a stars and stripes Duffle Bag.

Make sure you pay a visit to this most fabulous of pop-up shops, but if you can’t get there…

Purple Metallic Leather Barrel Bag £45 click to visit Zatchels

Cream and Chestnut Leather Satchel from £104 click to visit Zatchels

Red and White Polka Dot Leather Satchel from £91 click to visit Zatchels

 

 

Friday celebrity style special

A new month has started, a new season has begun, and the celebs are still pulling out all the stops to make sure they look fabulous at all times.  From reality TV stars to television presenters, there are some seriously stylish looks on display, from well known High Street names and online treasure troves. In addition, there are also some new season designer looks that can you get for a fraction of the cost by shopping thriftily for High street versions.

Here are a few looks that have impressed lately.

Caroline Flack wears Dahlia on the Xtra Factor

The superb Maisy pinafore from Dahlia looks great on Caroline, a real departure from her ever present shorts. She teams it with a short sleeved shirt for her look, but this will be great with longer sleeves and thick, brightly coloured tights come the colder days.

Navy Pinafore Dress with Bow Detail Style name: Maisy Price: £65.00 click to visit Dahlia

Una Healy wears AX Paris

Una is swiftly turning into the Queen of High Street dresses, and her is another one to add to her collection. This bright floral print with peplum is a really pretty number that you can now get in the sale for just £19.99 – half the original price.

Tropical Printesd Sleeveless Peplum Dress

Kate Bosworth style

Kate rocked this Burberry Prorsum Owl sweater to great effect earlier this year. Owls are a huge fashion story for Autumn, and you can get this look for a bargainous £35 from Wallis. Wear this with your skinnies and biker style boots for a fabulous cosy outfit this winter.

 

Stone Owl Sweater

Lydia Bright in Miss Selfridge

Lydia continues her love affair with Miss Selfridge in this fabulous two piece that has the feel of Miu Miu print. If you are not brave enough to wear the knicker style shorts, add a pencil skirt for a smart work wear look.

Lace Detail Jacket

 

All Over Lace Knicker Short

Another Towie star who has paid a visit to Miss Selfridge is Lucy Mecklenburgh. She chose a beautiful embellished shirt in  a nude/pink shade and teamed it with skinny jeans. I think this blouse is a real investment piece – part country and western, part Downton Abbey, and it looks super stylish when wore simply with jeans.

Cream Embellished Shirt

Pippa Middleton

Pippa made an appearance at the US open in a fabulous yellow lace dress from Phase Eight. You can also get a similar design from House of Fraser for just £26!

Vivi Boutique Lace dress