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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.


Get the Look

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 


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.

Get the Look

Reiss toffee mini skirt £95
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!

Get the Look

Oasis Jessica belted princess coat 
Reiss Kara Bell sleeve shirt £89 

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


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