Saturday 20th October proved to be one of the most exciting, most glamorous events so far for my budding career in fashion journalism. I was fortunate enough to be handed a first class ticket to fashion heaven which allowed me to go and join in the celebrations for the closing night to one of Liverpool’s key calendar events… Fashion Week!
From the moment I walked into the Hilton Hotel foyer, I knew that the whole organisation of the event itself would be laced with class. It was 6.15pm in cosmopolitan metropolis Liverpool City Centre, and I couldn’t wait to see the show which Lifestyle Monthly magazine had been raving about as official sponsors for Liverpool Fashion Week.
After being greeted by colourful ladies on stilts, the bar reception certainly did not disappoint either, in terms of glitz, glamour and true Liverpudlian style. People wore their best red carpet dresses especially for this special occasion and had an excuse to drink expensive champagne from crystal glassware.
Not only was I over the moon to have been given the opportunity to review my first official fashion event as a member of the press, but I also got to rub shoulders with a writer from Company magazine and handed out business cards too. Who knew career networking could be so nerve wracking though?!
Once the initial awe-struck phase had worn off, I entered the main ceremony room where the catwalk magic was about to take place, found a seat and noted the goody bags carefully placed on each individual chair… a sure fire sign of ‘strictly invitation only’ quality PR.
The entertainment highlights for me had to be the sensational aerialists who performed two acts throughout the evening… Their poise, confidence and creativity were breathtaking!
Next on the schedule was the fashion itself, the real reason why I so desperately wanted to attend. I had previously seen a catwalk show in Manchester back in 2008, so it was a refreshing change to see how the Liverpudlian models delivered.
Fashion for me is all about having fun and being versatile, something which high street retailers Mango demonstrated very well. I have chosen to review this brand as I have always been a huge follower of their collections, so to see their latest collection modelled first hand was a big deal for me.
With elegant, tailored separates, there was definitely a strong focus on smart, simple styling with a laid back casual feel. Nude blazers in sheer fabrics and contrast sleeved cropped jackets teamed with leather pencil skirts said ‘hello city chic’, and gave office wear an edgy update. Also, winter woolen pieces were evident as models wore monochrome jumpers, glitter-fleck cardigans, padded overcoats, as well as scarves, snoods and not forgetting this season’s must have, the check print. From these efforts, it was clear that Mango had autumn/winter’s outdoor trend down to an art. All of these pieces represent Mango’s target audience perfectly; the young, urban woman. It was nice to see their catwalk show take centre stage, and from start to finish, I was hooked.
Another stand out collection for me was Rule 1. For those of you who may not have heard of this brand, Rule 1 are a London-based e-boutique who specialize in party dresses. The owner of the boutique said that she chose to showcase her designs specifically at Liverpool Fashion Week as her clothing represents the essence of the Liverpudlian girl and how she dresses for the clubbing scene. With neon brights, flirty hemlines, sequins and zipper detailing, these dresses are both modern and accessible.
All dresses can be purchased from their online store. They are affordable and do not compromise on glamour. I liked the fact that throughout this collection there was a real emphasis on grown-up glamour.
On the whole, the finale night was a night to remember, a complete success and displayed what Liverpool does best… Fashion. All I have to do now is to wait for next year’s event.
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