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Bristol Fashion Week AW15 in pictures

4th October 2015

Autumn/Winter 2015 was probably the busiest fashion week ever here in Bristol, with fashion, fun and faux furs aplenty!

sequins from john lewis

This season’s shows were presented by Mark Heyes and Denise Van Outen – a dynamic duo who really made the event sparkle. As usual I was on PR and social media duty, but did manage to catch a few snaps between work duties to give you a little peek at all the fun we had.
YSL LE smoking style

For the press show, I persuaded the marketing team to dress up YSL style in some sharp tailoring inspired by the brand’s iconic ‘le smoking’ look. Some people thought we looked like the Blues Brothers but I think we were quite sharp! Suits and sharp tailoring are all the rage for this season, plus it was super comfortable to run around in. I think this outfit is a keeper!

BFW team

We create a lot of content for Bristol Fashion Week, but my favourite bit this season has to be #ModelCam. We gave the models a couple of DLSRs and let them go to town with them backstage. Some of the shots we ended up with were a bit too risqué to be published (!) but there were some real gems, as you can see….

backstage at Bristol Fashion Week

backstage at Bristol Fashion Week

backstage at Bristol Fashion Week

Hands down, the most memorable part of the show was the Devil Wears Prada inspired scene, which showcased this season’s heritage update trend. Fashion Live did an amazing job bringing this look to life with vintage Vogue covers and model Denise had Meryl Streep’s sharp look down to a tee!

heritage update at Bristol Fashion Week

Fashion-wise, black was big news on the catwalk – I’m really looking forward to dipping into M&S for some opulent faux fur and velvet separates to mix and match this season.

m&s noir trend

As always, I picked up loads of tips from Mark – he’s such a lovely person to work with and really knows his fashion, so when he says it’s time to invest in flares, I listen to him! Denise was also a delight and they made an amazing team together. Although it’s my job, it rarely feels like work because it’s just way too much fun. As soon as this fashion week ends, we’ll start planning the next one, so stay tuned for updates!

denise and mark bristol fashion week

Can’t get enough of Fashion Week? Check out the Mall Cribbs blog for all the latest trend updates.

Catwalk photos: Charlotte Stone/Bristol Fashion Week

Bristol Fashion Week Autumn 2012

13th October 2012

Autumn/Winter 2012 at Bristol Fashion Week was a fun-filled affair, with rich fabrics, juicy berry tones and models of all ages, shapes and sizes – hurrah!

It may not be high fashion in the same way as London Fashion Week, but Bristol’s celebration of style is always great fun and features high street trends we can all afford. This season’s shows featured oriental prints, purples, brocade fabrics, heritage style tweed and fabulous French inspired LBDs.

Once again, I was manning the live blog at The Mall Cribbs Causeway and watching all of your reactions and tweets during the show. One thing us bloggers loved was the diversity of the show – there were women sizes 10 – 16, aged 18 – 60, all of them confidently wearing this season’s styles and looking fabulous. In Bristol, models dance, laugh, smile at the audience during the show and – gasp! – actually eat backstage! Long may it continue. Check out the gallery below for a few of my favourite looks from the shows.

Autumn/Winter 2012 trends

1st October 2012

If fashion were the Olsen twins, last season would be Ashley and this season would be Mary-Kate. Spring/Summer was the season of the lady, but Autumn/Winter is a time for her edgier, darker sister, featuring rich brocade fabrics, black leather, optical prints and oversize layered shapes. Check out our summary of the key trends to watch for and start your shopping list now.

Winter florals

If you stocked up on florals last season, hang onto them for winter but darken it up by adding lace overlays and layering them with leather items. This season’s florals are much darker and far from girly – think Alice through the Looking Glass rather than Alice in Wonderland.

Purple passion

Last winter we saw jewel tones take over the high street, but this year the king of the Quality Streets will reign over us all – get set for a purple invasion! Amethyst eyes will be big beauty news, while violet shoes, dresses and coats will stretch across high streets as far as the eye can see. Mix and match your shades for a sumptuous sultry look.


Bigger is better when it comes to coats this season. Cocoon coats, billowing sleeves and dropped shoulders are where it’s at right now. This look is ideal for long and lean tomboy types or taller apple shapes, but avoid it if you’re petite as it can swamp littler frames.

Optical prints

The clashing prints trend will continue into this season, although they’ll be further amplified by wilder and richer colours. Sharp suits and tailored coats with clean lines will really enhance the optical illusion on geometric prints. This is a tricky trend to pull off on the high street, so if you’re on the fence try it out with accessories – a printed satchel or scarf can go a long way.

Black leather

Back in the spring, Bristol Fashion Week host Mark Heyes told us to keep an eye out for leathers this season, “The catwalks for autumn had quite a gothic theme, with a lot of leather on show,” he advised. As usual, he was right – keep it chic by avoiding the gothic crimson lips and keeping your make up natural to soften the tough edges.

Opulent fabrics

Velvet, silk and embroidered leathers were all over the catwalk for this season and this look is set to filter down to the high street, with rich damasks and brocades gracing coats, jackets and dresses near you soon. If it looks like something you’d find decorating a fancy French boudoir, you’re probably on the right track.

Waist belts

Cinched in waists are big news this season as last season’s girly peplums give way to belted middles. Adding a large belt on top of your jacket or coat in the same colour is a great way to elongate your torso and create an hourglass frame.

Oriental prints

Silk floral fabrics are back again this season and work wonderfully layered up with heavier fabrics and leathers. Brocaded kimono jackets and obi belts are key items to look out for.

Country girl chic

Familiar country classics such as tweed and corduroy are good autumn staples to squirrel away in your wardrobe this year. Utility fabrics and earthy autumnal colours will be all over the high street, as will Fair Isle knits and brown leather boots.

Colourful furs

Some girls refuse to blend into the background and if you’re one of them, invest in a funky fabulous coloured fur this season. Rainbow coloured furs brought sunshine to the darkness at Michael Kors this year and, if you’re on a high street budget, you’ll find fabulous faux furs at River Island that’ll really stand out this winter.