Earlier this week I was invited to The Mall Cribbs Causeway to take part in a styling challenge with Oasis ahead of Bristol Fashion Week. The Mall has a special place in my heart as I remember it opening in 1998 very clearly. It was so exciting, and going on shopping trips there with friends soon become the 'it' thing to do! It felt so shiny and magical, so I'm always happy to see events like Bristol Fashion Week keeping it relevant. From Wednesday 25th - Sunday 29th March seventeen catwalk shows will be taking place, filled with all the SS15 trends.
Prior to the styling challenge we all met at Cafe Rouge for drinks and nibbles, where the lovely Gina talked us through some of the plans for Bristol Fashion Week and the key trends we should keep an eye out for when styling our outfits. It was then off to Oasis where we were let loose in the store, fuelled on cakes and fizzy! Together with Tara from The Style Rawr and Jo and Victoria from She and Hem, I picked through the rails gathering an array of pieces to try. Instinctively I was first drawn to a corner full of summery pastels, a number of which I tried on. Given my coord obsession, I was also drawn to the striking 'Shadow Floral' prints. Not only are they the perfect nod to the monochrome trend, but they're a nice change to the top/skirt coords I usually opt for! I ended up getting the matching duster and shorts, with a contrast hardcase clutch as a finishing touch. The look is a little different for me, but I can't wait to get some proper photos of it!
This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Bristol Fashion Week fun and excitement! Last season's show was so full of energy and colour, and I hear this year will be packed with even more surprises. Tickets start at £8.95, including a goodie bag and M&S refreshments. There's also a Q&A event being hosted for people wanting to work in fashion. If you're in the area, it's definitely worth checking out!