Cabot Circus Fashion Tour – AW11 Trends

As I posted on Sunday, I went to Cabot Circus to see their fashion shows. Laura was there as well, so after the first show at Quakers Friars that I saw, we went to Harvey Nichols for a cup of tea and a gossip. Yes, we are actually little old ladies.

The second show I saw was in the main Cabot Circus building, and had some gorgeous stuff.

For the men, it was all very casual wear – from knits, shirts and chinos to t-shirts, scarves and jeans. Nothing overly exciting or trendy, but all quite similar to things that my boyfriend would wear.

There was more variation with the ladies, with some gorgeous work wear from Hobbs (loved the cloche hat and black suit (top right in photo)) – not just black suits, but dresses with prints on of silhouettes and whippets (!). Gant and Guess had quite similar items, casual looks with jeans, shirts, and tweed (I love the heritage trend this season!). A|Wear had some lovely autumn-y colours, combining knitwear with shorts and chiffon with denim – this seemed a bit strange on Sunday when it was sunny but mild, but this week seems perfect! River Island finished the show with a mostly black and white colour scheme, with a huge dance routine.

The problem with these fashion shows is that I end up wanting to buy lots of new clothes!

Cabot Circus – Autumn/Winter Fashion Tour

Its that time of year again where I pretend that I know stuff about fashion…Cabot Circus invited me back to watch their Autumn/Winter Fashion Tour and blog from their back stage area. Always a bit strange having people watch you type (I’m not one of those people who will go to a coffee shop and sit there typing away!)

I caught two shows this time, the first in Quakers Friars – slightly damp, but the rain held off for the most part while the models did their thing. The second show in the main Cabot Circus area was much busier, although of course not quite as bad as when Gok Wan presented last year!

While lookbooks and fashion shoots in magazines are all very nice to look at, it’s shows like this that allow you to see the actual clothes, and how they move. I love that Cabot Circus have people dancing as well because it shows how restrictive the clothes might be!

I’ll be doing a post in the week more about the actual clothes, but for now, above is all of the models in their final outfits from the 2pm show – this was themed around red and black, and all clothes were from River Island.

Cabot Circus Fashion Weekender – SS11 Trends

So as I mentioned in the most uncasual way ever on Saturday, I was invited to view the Cabot Circus fashion weekender fashion show and then blog from the backstage area. I thought I’d give you a bit of a recap of what was actually shown at the show – after seeing the different outfits, I’m itching to buy a new wardrobe already.

Denim Duty

The first scene featured lots of denim looks that were quite casual. It looks like double denim is going to be about for a bit longer, which isn’t a style I would wear myself (and not just because I don’t really wear jeans any more)

The clothes in this section were from Warehouse with shoes from Dorothy Perkins

L.A. Poolside

I’m not a beachy sort of holiday girl (or really any sort of holiday – my trip to California in December was the first proper holiday I’d had in 12 years!) but for that fortnight in the middle of summer that its unbearable to be indoors because of the gorgeous sun, I’d happily wear the cover ups with some shorts underneath. The model in the middle was so brave to walk down the catwalk in her swimming costume, she was posing for quite a while as well – I couldn’t do that! The men in board shorts got a lot of whoops and hollers – I wonder why!

The clothes and accessories in this scene were from New Look with the same shoes from Dorothy Perkins.

Tough Love

This was a much harder edged look with the biker style returning again (has that ever gone out of fashion?) This is a lot more wearable for me, lots of blacks and greys, denim and leather, and lovely big boots. Since we’re unlikely to get much of a summer, they’re always important!

The clothes in this were from Guess with shoes from New Look (for the girls) and Next (for the boys) and accessories from River Island

Latte with Cream

Another look I loved. Although I don’t really have much need for my work wardrobe at the moment, this is the sort of thing I’d love to wear to the office.

Clothes and accessories were from L.K. Bennett with the gorgeous heeled lofters from French Connection

Man Up

I’ll be honest, I didn’t really pay much attention to this section because – well, I’m not exactly the target audience! They were quite casual looks although, the sort of thing Alex wears actually!

Clothes from G-Star, shoes from Next and accessories from River Island again

Frocks and Frolics

The final look was a lot more glamourous than the rest with dresses in simple shapes that looked really easy to wear. The colours were mostly quite light colours, creams and light greys, but there were a few dresses in navy blue if you’re as clumsy as me (as soon as I put a white blouse on, its just a matter of time before I drop something down it!)

Everything was from French Connection for this collection

All of the scenes were a great way to show off what the shops had available right at that moment. There was quite a bit of dancing again in this show, which really helped to show off the clothes more than a typical catwalk.

Photos again thanks to Cabot Circus – I took a few but they didn’t turn out anywhere near as good as these!

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