Despite the unusually warm and sunny weather last Saturday, The Mall in Luton saw a huge gathering of people for my fashion workshop. With the audience seated comfortabley, the show began. Models for the workshop were chosen by The Mall from regular shoppers who entered a search for models competition. None of the models were chosen from photos so I had a great selection of different body shapes, sizes, ages and ethnicities. I also had male and female models wearing the latest autumn/winter key trends so there was something for everyone.
I’m loving the 70’s vibe this season and it’s not going anywhere fast. What’s so exciting for me is that there are splatterings of 80’s influence in colour palettes as well as styles. There was a selection of florals, fringing and faux fur on stage and I demonstrated to the audience how to wear the key trends and make it their own. As River Island says ‘Style is How You Wear It’ and I love that! It really is about how you wear the key trends that will make you stand out from the crowd for all the right reasons.
With magazines bombarding us with images of London Fashion Week’s catwalk collections, not many take into consideration that some styles will not suit every body shape. My job was to show the audience what cut or style is the best option for each body shape and how we can add touches of key trends to update our wardrobe if we don’t want to spend too much money on a new outfit.
There were 8 models taking part and I styled them using a selection of clothing from River Island, Top Shop and Top Man, Monsoon, Accessorise, Blue Inc, Next Primark, Peacocks, Debenhams and M&S. I was able to style each outfit using pieces from different stores to make the outfit more interesting and with a budget that suited all pockets.
My favourite items of the show was a boho handbag from the brand new NINE collection by Savannah Miller for Designers at Debenhams and a leather-look pencil skirt from River Island.
There was audience participation too, with questions coming in about how to wear different necklines or waistbands. It was a really great opportunity offered by The Mall to their customers and all in all a very successful workshop.
Next week….The fashion show, styled by me and the lovely Monique Hines at The Mall. We will be head-to-head in a Style Wars challenge! I’ll keep you posted with the results.