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Bristol Fashion Week: Maternity fashion guide

17th April 2016

How to dress fabulously while pregnant – some top tips with a little help from The Image Consulting Company at Bristol Fashion Week.

1. Jacket, £55, River Island, 2. Aerin top in white, £48, People Tree, 3. Necklace £9.99, H&M, 4. Patterned trousers, £12.99, H&M, 5. Katy leopard sandals, £42, Dune, 6. Embossed shopper, £26.25, Warehouse

1. Jacket, £55, River Island, 2. Aerin top in white, £48, People Tree, 3. Necklace £9.99, H&M, 4. Patterned trousers, £12.99, H&M, 5. Katy leopard sandals, £42, Dune, 6. Embossed shopper, £26.25, Warehouse

Bristol Fashion Week is one of my favourite jobs of the year and, as PR and Social Media Manager for the event, it keeps me busy. This year, there’s even more reason to celebrate as I am expecting my first child this September. This does, however, present some fashion dilemmas for me since I’d like to be on trend for work but at the same time I need to dress for a completely different shape now. Finding something that’s stylish but comfortable and accommodates my bump was proving quite tricky, until I met Emmeline Stevens from The Image Consulting Company.

Emmeline Stevens (left) gave me some great advice at Bristol Fashion Week

Emmeline Stevens (left) gave me some great advice at Bristol Fashion Week

Emmeline and her team are on hand every Bristol Fashion Week to offer personal styling advice at The Mall. You can book in for a free 10-minute session, or get a special discounted rate on a 30-minute styling consultation. Then, if you need further support going forward, the ladies are available for private bookings. I popped in for a quick chat and picked up some great tips to help me shop a bit smarter now that I’m pregnant.

  1. Throw out your usual style rules and take a fresh look
    I wear belts with everything. They cinch in my waist and finish off every outfit I have perfectly. I even had a belt on my wedding dress. But nowadays belts don’t fit around my bump. This is a huge problem for me, because 99% of my wardrobe needs a belt to work, in my opinion. Without one, I feel a bit naked.Emmeline’s advice was to stop thinking about my outfits as I used to. I’ve got a new shape now and I need to dress for that. That doesn’t necessarily mean buying loads of new stuff, but it does mean reappraising the things I have and looking at how they can be worn differently. Instead of belting in those shift dresses as I used to, for example, I can now wear them loose – but I might need to add a jacket on top to streamline the look. She gave me a licence to look at everything with fresh eyes. “It doesn’t mean you have to be frumpy – it just means you need to think about your clothes differently and create some new style rules for yourself,” says Emmeline.
  2. Invest in waterfall shaped cover-ups
    If there’s one thing I took from the session, it’s that I need more waterfall jackets in my life. The great thing about these is that you don’t have to do them up, so you can buy them in the size you usually are and wear them over the top of maternity blouses etc. This means that from the back, your waistline is still visible, but from the front you’ve got room for your bump to grow. It also creates a vertical line over your outfit, which means you look slim, despite the bump at the front.“When you have a bump, many tops or dresses might skim over that and make you look bigger overall. Adding a waterfall jacket means you still have that slim fitting shape on the sides – it streamlines your whole look,” says Emmeline.
  3. Accessorize it
    One great way to draw the eye upwards and add interest to what might be a plain maternity top is to add eye-catching accessories. From experience so far, I’ve found the range of maternity tops to be quite limited – you don’t get many prints or patterns generally and the lines are very simple. Emmeline advised me to invest in a couple of key accessories that will jazz up these plainer tops and add some sparkle to my look.
  4. Be flexible with sizing
    While I have managed to pick up some great petite maternity jeans from ASOS in my usual size, finding fashionable maternity wear on the high street has been slightly trickier. Emmeline pointed me to H&M, which has a great ‘Mama’ range with some lovely simple shirts and palazzo pants – all of which I was able to buy in my usual size 8 and fitted perfectly. But not all stores have a maternity range and actually, you don’t need to invest purely in maternity wear just because you’re pregnant. Emmeline’s advice was to try standard ranges in other stores, perhaps in a size 10 or 12 to give myself room to grow. “For you at this stage it’s not about the size, it’s about the fit – so forget the label and try on shapes that flatter your body,” she said.
  5. Natural fibres are your friends
    If, like me, you’re going to pregnant over the summer months, it pays to spend a little bit extra and buy garments made with natural fibres, according to Emmeline. “You will feel hotter than usual when you’re carrying that extra weight and your skin might be sensitive at this time, so if you can try to invest in natural fibres like cotton – your skin with thank you for it!” After she said that, I became a lot more conscious of what things were made from – looking in a lot of the high street labels I noticed that lots of things that look nice on the hanger are actually polyester or viscose. I’ve got my eye on a few pieces from People Tree, and Emmeline also pointed me in the direction of Isabella Oliver, an online maternity retailer which has some gorgeous dresses – but the price tags are quite hefty so it might be worth waiting for the sale!

Finally, Emmeline’s advice was that while this is a great time to discover a new side of myself and dress for my changing shape, it doesn’t mean I need to forget who I am. “I know you love to wear bright colours and you’re all about blocking contrasting colours – don’t lose that spark! You can still do it now that you’re pregnant, but it’s just about finding new and exciting ways to wear it!”

P.S. I did actually buy a lot of that outfit above so you may see me around Bristol wearing this look soon!

Bristol Fashion Week is now finished for this season but if you’d like to book a styling session with Emmeline and her team you can find details and prices for her sessions at theimageconsultingcompany.co.uk.


Bristol Fashion Week SS16

15th March 2016

It’s that time of the year again, Bristol Fashion Week will be back at The Mall at Cribbs Causeway on 6 – 10 April, presented by Denise Van Outen and Mark Heyes.

Bristol Fashion Week

For those who haven’t been before, it’s a fantastic event that brings together the best of high street fashion – so whatever your budget, you’ll definitely find something you can afford! And, like those Burberry catwalks where everything goes on sale right away, all the items shown on the catwalk are in stores immediately after the show, which means you can watch and wear it on the same day if you want to!

For such a vibrant and cosmpolitan city, there are actually very few fashion events in Bristol and no others on this scale, so for me it’s always a  highlight! Take a look at what happened last time here…

If you’re a blogger and would like to apply for a blogging pass for Bristol Fashion Week, email pr@mallcribbs.com.

If you’re not a blogger, you can buy tickets for Bristol Fashion Week here.

Disclosure: I am PR & Social Media Manager for Bristol Fashion Week.

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 preview night with Accessorize

27th September 2015

To celebrate the launch of Bristol Fashion Week AW15, Accessorize at The Mall at Cribbs Causeway hosted a blogger preview night where we got a sneak peek at this season’s key trends…


Bristol bloggettes Lyzi from Being Little and Jo & Victoria from She & Hem get a tour of the new merch from Accessorize store manager Amy.

Accessorize AW15 preview

As you can see from the style sheet above, this season’s key looks include 60s monochrome illusion-style prints, as well as some YSL inspired suits and tailoring. A full round-up of the trends will be presented on the catwalk at Bristol Fashion Week next week. This season’s trends are varied – from ladylike luxe styling, to cute and casual – so there should be something to suit every size, shape and style. It’s actually one of the most inclusive seasons of trends I’ve seen in a long while, so I can’t wait to see how everyone interprets the looks for themselves.

Leather totes Accessorize

Another key look for this season is 70s inspired boho chic, and Accessorize have the perfect accompaniment to this trend – these buttery soft leather totes. As my colleagues will tell you, most of my handbags are the size of a small child because I can’t leave the house without making sure I’ve packed everything! I am thinking of downsizing though and perhaps opting for a sleek and stylish tote like one of these.

Clair from All About Clair

Interestingly, many of the girls turned up already wearing a couple of this season’s must-have trends. As you can see above, Clair from All About Clair is already working the 70s look with this suedette jacket from George at Asda – I loved this look and couldn’t believe the price for this jacket! (Under £20 for one of this season’s hottest looks?! Bargain!)

Rings by Accessorize

Kitsch bag Accessorize

As well as a seriously luxe selection of 70s inspired leather and suede bags, Accessorize also has a gorgeous selection of Anya Hindmarch inspired kitsch shoulder bags in various designs including this chocolate milk one, which all the bloggers were drooling over!

Accessorize goody bag

This season the brand has launched a whole new range of beauty products in a surprisingly huge variety of colours and shades, which they were kind enough to gift us as part of their goody bags. I can see these products making great stocking fillers because the packaging is just adorable and the price points are really reasonable, with lip glosses from £6. But of course, my favourite item was the pom pom keyring – pom poms are going to be huge this season, we’ll see them on bags and purses on the catwalk and all over the high street – you heard it here first!

Bristol Fashion Week runs from 30 September – 4 October at The Mall at Cribbs Causeway, with 17 catwalk shows presented by Mark Heyes and Denise Van Outen. Get your tickets online at mallcribbs.com. Don’t forget to follow the hashtag #BristolFashionWeek for the latest updates from the shows. 

Disclosure: I run PR and social media for Bristol Fashion Week, but the views in this post are entirely my own. 

My Bristol Fashion Week in pictures

31st March 2015

Last week was one of my favourite weeks of the year, Bristol Fashion Week! As usual, I was down at The Mall at Cribbs Causeway for the week on PR and social media duty.

So much happened during the week that it’s hard to condense it down into just one blog post so I’ll give you a whirlwind tour via some of my favourite Instagram snaps of the week…

Dress: Miss Selfridge, shoes, River Island

Dress: Miss Selfridge, shoes: River Island, necklace: Dorothy Perkins

This was my outfit on day 1 of Bristol Fashion Week. White on white is a big look for this season, but I couldn’t resist popping in a bit of colour with some orange accessories because I’d feel dull without it. I was a bit self-conscious in white as it doesn’t hide much and I think it would’ve been better with a tan, but this look got the thumbs up from BFW host Mark Heyes and the stylist team backstage, which made me feel loads better about it!

Lucy wears outfit by Oasis and shoes by Topshop

Lucy wears outfit by Oasis and shoes by Topshop

My next photo of the week is of our lovely host from this season, Lucy Watson. She wore this on day 4, but we took the photos of all her looks on day 1. This was one of my favourite of her outfits of the week, but to be honest she looked amazing in everything she tried on…makes you sick! Lucy was loving monochrome stuff this time around, and said she was a big fan of the 70s trend – she was scarcely out of her platform sandals all week, so they must’ve been comfy!

Repost from @arabellachi - festival fashion backstage at BFW

Repost from @arabellachi – festival fashion backstage at BFW

I didn’t get to spend a lot of time with the backstage team this season because I was front of house a lot of the time, but I did spot this on model Arabella’s feed and thought it was a super look on her. She and Charlotte make a great model duo and really brought the looks to life. I adore these floral festival looks, but first I need to get those abs before I’ll even attempt this look…!

hair Collage

Hair do by Tomlinsons

At the start of the week, I spent some time with our Bristol Fashion Week makeover models, who all had a complete hair transformation at Tomlinsons in Clifton. Having watched them all emerge as beautiful swans, I decided this ugly duckling needed some hair attention too, so I booked in with them on Friday and had a little makeover of my own. I had a full hair colour with balayage and a big bouncy blow dry. A change of hair can really change your mood, and I felt so much better after this, it was worth every penny!

Mark gets matchy with the carpet

I’ve saved my favourite snap for close to last – Mark Heyes took this after realising his suit matched the BFW blue carpet! Not only is this my favourite snap of the week, it might even my favourite snap of all time!

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Repost from @faberimbued – interviewing folks on the blue carpet

And speaking of carpets, here’s a little snap of our lovely BFW blue carpet interviews! We had a bit of an E-Online thing going on, for which I acted the part of Giuliana, except I’m fatter. No one was safe from my intrepid microphone and we asked all the key trend questions for this season. We made a little Fashion Week video which we’ll be sharing soon, so watch this space…

All in all, it was a fabulous Fashion Week and I was thrilled to be a part of it. What were your favourite looks for this season?

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.

Catwalk trends: Spring/Summer 2011

28th March 2011

Bristol Fashion Week was in town last week, and we were there to capture all the latest looks from the catwalk. Check them out below.

Bristol Fashion Week: Trend update

28th March 2011

Bold colours, clashing patterns and fab florals were the look du jour at Bristol Fashion Week recently, but if you want to know how to work those summery hues, check out our video, where some of the city’s top fashion and beauty experts gave us the low-down on how to wear it. (Apologies for the dodgy camera work…your fashionista camerawoman got extremely excited!)


Hot street style at Bristol Fashion Week

25th March 2011

After watching a fab catwalk show for Bristol Fashion week, we took to the Mall at Cribbs Causeway to find out what’s hot on the high street with our Bristol Fashionistas. Here are our findings:

  • Hareem trousers are quite literally everywhere in all types of fabrics and colours. They’re being worn with basic tees or floaty blouses and statement handbags.
  • As the current weather is glorious, Bristol street stylistas are ditching heavy winter coats in favour of belted long cardigans, denim jackets and blazers. We saw a lot of girls accessorising with printed scarves.
  • Maxi skirts are proving to be hugely popular – in particular, soft fabric maxis from Zara.
  • As for footwear, pumps were the order of the day – ranging from simple ballet pumps to moccasins.
  • According to the girls we spoke to, their favourite shops are Miss Selfridge, River Island and H&M.

Take a look at our street style inspired gallery to see who’s wearing what and where to get the hottest key pieces in Bristol:

Thank you for all those who took part  – sorry if we didn’t publish your photo!

Bristol Fashion Week

17th March 2011

Mark (right) with co-host Andrew Barton

TV stylist Mark Heyes, host of Bristol Fashion Week, pinpoints the top trends for this season and tells us why Bristol girls are streaks ahead in the style stakes.

Mark Heyes is bubbling over with excitement today, and it’s not just because summer’s coming. “I love coming to Bristol!,” says the Glaswegian stylist, best known for waking up the nation’s fashion senses in the mornings alongside Lorraine Kelly on LK Today. This year will be Mark’s fifth as host of Bristol Fashion Week, alongside celeb hair stylist Andrew Barton; “I love working with him. They call us the Ant & Dec of Bristol Fashion Week!”, he laughs.

Taking place from 23 – 27 March, Bristol Fashion Week offers a mix of 18 catwalk fashion shows, style advice and free beauty treats. It’s a gig Mark loves coming back to. “The Bristol Fashion Week crowd are very fashion savvy and so hungry to know what’s hot each season”.

As part of the show, Mark will offer his rundown of the top trends we’ll all be rocking in the coming months, the hottest of which, he says, is colour blocking. “There was an element of this around last summer, but people are really embracing it this year and being much bolder with their colours. We saw it all over the catwalk, most notably at Jil Sander, but also at Lanvin and Gucci.

“Basically, the brighter you can wear it, the better. You can definitely achieve this look on the high street and remember you don’t have to wear it all over – if you want to do it subtly, work it in around navy or black, or get yourself a few statement accessories in bright shades”.

Not all of the trends are as easy to pull off, however. “All white is a big trend for this season (as shown at D&G, Chanel and Chloe), but for everyday wear it can be impractical. The best way to make it work is to use neutral colours with it – there are a lot of great nude tones out there at the moment – or go for soft grey tailoring over the top of it to make it more wearable,” says Mark.

As part of next week’s shows, he’ll also be giving five lucky Bristol women a fabulous fashion makeover. “I absolutely love doing the makeovers. It’s my favourite part. There’s nothing like meeting someone who might be lacking in confidence and seeing the transformation in them when they see their new look – they even carry themselves differently afterwards because they feel so great. It’s a good feeling”.

See Mark in action at The Mall Cribbs Causeway from 23 – 27 March. For more information and to buy tickets, click here  

Mark’s pick of this season’s trends