Anyone who knows me knows that I don’t need an excuse to dress up so when the ultimate event in dress up comes along many outfits needed to be planned!!
Last year outfits were planned and never worn due to a little gallstone problem leaving me feeling a tad poorly so I had great fun sorting what I was going to wear this year!!
The first event was on a pre-fashion warm up at Dipple and Conway an ultra cool opticians, sponsor of The Hair and Make Up show and official eyewear sponsor of the whole of Norwich Fashion Week. We ate delicious canepes washed down with bubbly from Brasteds whose staff effortlessly wandered around the room filling up our glasses!!
Norwich Fashion Week officially kicked off on Thursday with The Retailers show. This dress was bought from Ebay last year with the view to wearing it for fashion week but was never worn and sat in the wardrobe, it did have an outing in the summer for a wedding but I really wanted to wear it this year. What I really loved about it was the fabric a kind of brocade – and the colour – can you image how much that would cost now if I bought it from a designer or the high street – if it actually existed in retail shops??
Next up was the Hair and Make up show on Friday – this outfit was of course inspired by Gucci – a mixture of last A/W, this season Sp/S and next seasons Pre- fall collections!! I know I am a little obsessed with Gucci at the moment but I just love the way that Alessandro Michele puts pieces together that really shouldn’t work but somehow it does, the colour combinations and clash of prints totally inspire me!!
One event that I was really looking forward to was the Enterprise Day at Open – talks from industry insiders, displays from local fashion businesses took place and it was a chance to catch up with a few fashionista’s and see all the amazing talent that this “Fine Fashion” city has to offer.
During a little wander around Norwich the previous week I just happened to wander into New Look – as you do – the clothes are so not me but they do sometimes have the odd designer style shoes. I had had my eye on a pair of velvet sandlels from Prada so when I saw this pair – the only ones on the shelf in my sizes at £10 with an extra 20% off it would have be rude to leave them there – wouldn’t it??!!
That evening Joliene from Retreat Vintage met for a glass of fizz before heading off to the Top Shop show. I do love a bit of Top Shop and they do a great range of designer style shoe rip offs but I must say that I found the clothes a little bland and colourless!! You can see from both mine and Joliene’s outfit choices we did not blend into the see of black and grey!!
My final outfit is one of my current favourite dresses that when I saw it in Attik and Seller I knew that it had to go home with me!! With touches of Gucci again with a bit of Dolce and Gabbana it is one of those dresses that I can throw on for any occasion which makes me feel and look fabulous with any effort!!
I only wish that there were more fashion events throughout the year that I can create fabulous outfits for and showcase the vintage pieces that sit in my wardrobe waiting for an outing – maybe I need to start planning some myself?? My goal this year is as I have said before is to get out and about more to places that I can wear fabulous my fabulous vintage too so watch this space more outfit posts coming soon.
Thanks to Denise Brady for the snaps.