Friday, 19 September 2014

NWFF streetstyle

If you read my last post, you'll know this one was coming. Last weekend I attended the North West fashion festival held here in Liverpool. There were fashion shows, stalls, cupcakes, dancers, and girls painted with green and glitter. Hundreds of local fashion enthusiasts (is that a thing?) came to the event, some dressed devoted to trends, others with a strong sense of their own style. You can take a guess at which ones I decided to snap. 

north west fashion festival liverpool streetstyle, novelty accessories

This bag excited me as soon as I saw it's owner strutting down the red carpet. They've been around for a while, often appearing in river island every AW for the past few years, but the way this bag added so much excitement to this outfit got me giddy. It won't be to everybody's taste, but it will probably make you smile. Novelty accessories are becoming more and more popular, not just with the kawaii crowd but with the fashion week front row now too. Even Bryan Boy owns a fake Chanel perfume bottle phone cover.

north west fashion streetstyle, emerging trend chunky boots

These women all have completely different personal styles, as you can tell straight off, but they're all wearing chunky black boots (the hawk eyed among you will notice the second and third pair are identical), which all blend seamlessly into their looks. Look one is gothic and grungey with platform soles and laces, whilst looks two and three are slightly more girly but with a tough edge. Look three definitely took inspiration from the grunge era and glammed it up with her curly blow and embellished belt, whilst look two kept it simple and almost preppy. I don't know how old the woman in the middle is, but I do know that she was there with her daughter, so kudos girl, because I don't know many mothers that have the confidence to pull off a PVC midi and platforms so well, you look amazing.

north west fashion festival streetstyle, emerging trends gender role reversal

north west fashion festival streetstyle, holographic silver brogues

A rise in gender neutral arguments, linked to feminism, LGBT rights and half of tumblr, has influenced fashion in a big way over the past few months. You may think it's either 'geek chic' or a 'feminine touch' (depending on which way you look at it), but it is blurring the gender lines from either side, making it not only perfectly acceptable for girls to dress in brogues and blazers, but for men to wear delicate prints and flash a bit of ankle. I love this, and I'd put my money on the fact that we're going to be seeing a lot more of it. Bonus points for making your masculine pieces even cooler like these holographic silver brogues. Need!

north west fashion festival streetstyle jessica steele

After snapping this photo, I later found out that this stylish girl is Jessica Steele from the voice, but all I noticed was the fun lip print offset by her stunning red hair and perfectly crisp white converse. More of a summer look of course, but great for on stage. I think I need this print on everything.

And that's what I snapped at this year's NWFF. Do you see any emerging trends that you might like to try? And which is your favourite look?

Good vibes guys 

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

vampy lips and floral flares

Who said florals had to be girly? It's September so I can finally wear dark lipstick and all over dark colours again without feeling like a goth. Not that that stopped me during the summer anyway. I wore this look to attend NWFF last weekend, see more about that here. But for now, let's talk OOTD.

OOTD featuring forever 21 purple ribbed high neck crop top, primark black duster coat, floral flares, black cleated sole sandals and a primark satchel

OOTD vampy lips and floral flares

small gold peace sign necklace with primark rings september 2014 and gold midi rings

crop top forever 21 / duster primark / pants (actually pyjamas, full story here) george at asda /  sandals new look / necklace gift / rings on right hand primark / ring on left hand miss selfridge (old) / bag primark (old)

This has to be one of my favourites. You know when you just feel good in what you're wearing, that's a great feeling. Me and this crop top are going to be inseparable from now on, I can feel it. That's a lot of feels for one paragraph.

Good vibes guys 

Monday, 15 September 2014

north west fashion festival 2014

Over the past year or so, it seems fashion and beauty events in the North West of England have doubled or even tripled in number, and this can only be a good thing. This corner of the country has been steeped in fashion history for centuries, and we need to regain some of the shine from London. We can be loud, exciting and we always make an effort. This weekend, I attended NWFF and I have to say, it was the best local fashion event I have ever been to. It was held in the palm house in sefton park, a grand venue which believe it or not I've never actually been to. It was lovely to be surrounded by so many pretty flowers, and the models of course.

You see these prints? These are all done by individual artists and are then printed onto t-shirts by Tee-co tees, a sick new start-up you should all take a look at. The prints are so unusual, my favourite was one of Dorothy crying what can only be described as green slime. Sounds weird but trust me. 

north west fashion festival, tee co art prints

body painting

face clutch

Throughout the day, hundreds of ticket holders had the chance to browse the stalls of local boutiques and MUAs, eat and drink at the pop-up bars around the venue, be entertained by dance troupes and singers, one of whom, Jessica Steele, used to be on the voice and there was also a boyband called Stateside who had hoards of screaming girls waiting for them at the gate. I'm not exactly down with the kids so I can't elaborate much on that, but I can talk about the fashion all day long. I actually snapped a few stylish people around the venue and will be doing a streetstyle post sometime this week, so keep an eye out for that!

patty fashion dress

tiger print dress

open side dress

lace dress

I got the best spot in the house for the second round of the fashion show, featuring designs from Patty Fashion, Mode Mwah, Didi Boutique and Ku Spendlove. Ku Spendlove had to be my favourite collection, showcasing genuine talent and creativity, which can unfortunately get a bit lost in the world of samey samey eveningwear. My favourite stall had to be from The Cotton Patch, with beautiful pieces embellished with feathers and pom-poms to be worn day or night. I fell in love with a pair of pom-pom covered denim shorts and a black feather collar. I got chatting to the founder who was absolutely lovely, rocking the faux fur even in 20+ degree heat, and I left feeling so inspired. She started her business just 4 months ago and is doing so well that she is now able to dedicate her life to her work, travelling the country, covering us in pom-poms and feathers one garment at a time.

the cotton patch

victoriana shirt

blue dress and cape

black cape

What do you think of these gorgeous creations and which is your favourite? Keep an eye on chic networking for the next event and I hope to see you there!

Good vibes guys