Saturday, 25 September 2010

Gok, Goodies and Fashion: The Ultimate Fashion Weekender at Cabot Circus

Cabot circus has long been known as the shopping destination of the South West. With it's multiple department stores such as House of Fraser and Harvey Nichols to high street giants Topshop, New Look and All Saints, as well as a wide range of independent stores, Cabot Circus is definitely a shopping heaven for even the most devoted fashionistas.

However, this weekend Cabot Circus went that extra step to bring shoppers the Ultimate Fashion weekender. Spread over two days, the fashion weekender includes free fashion shows with TV's favourite stylist Gok Wan, as well as goodie bags and a range of store discounts.

Today, FYI BLOG was lucky enough to sit front row at one of the Gok Hosted shows, which showcases the latest trends for this season.

After kicking off with a introduction from Gok, it goes without saying copious amounts of screaming was evolved, the show started with a decadent themed scene with clothes from Ted Baker. A mixture of autumnal colours, including purples and varying shades of grey, the clothes featured metallic detailing and naturalistic prints heavily. Metallic is going to be a big trend this season and could well follow through to Spring/Summer (metallics were seen at many London Fashion Week shows last week including Paul Costello and Felder Felder). If the idea of wearing block metallic doesn't appeal to you however, you can always add some metallic influences within your outfit through accessories and jewellery.

Holmes London was the title of the next scene and before I go into that let me just tell you one thing. If your going to buy a coat this season, make it camel. Camel coats are HUGE this season and have been seen all over the catwalks from Milan to London so it's definitely worth investing in a good quality one to see you through the season.

Camel coats aren't the only way you can stay warm this season however. As seen on the catwalk today, quilting is another way in which the quintessential british style is coming through this season.

Scene 3 brought a selection of Chanel inspired outfits from high street giants French Connection. A sea of grey, black and white, models donned chunky knits, stripes and berets. But perhaps the most important garment of the scene was the cape. Outwear has taken a new form this season with the development of the cape. Now before you begin envisaging batman and robin style characters, let me assure you, capes are definitely more chic than geek this season and so if you're looking for a fashion forward way of keeping warm the cape is definitely an option you should consider.

Scene 4 saw classic preppy style mixed with a slightly more sophisticated edge. One of my keys tips for guys this season is dressing smart casual. When you're not sure whether you should be dressing smart or casual, dress both. Smarten up a casual look by wearing black shoes with chinos and a jacket or jumper draped over the shoulders to add an element of sophistication.

Scene 5 was awash with trends but two of my favourite were sheer and high waisted. Sheer has been doing the fashion rounds for a while now and it's definitely still going strong for this season. If your opting for sheer this season, however, just make sure your underwear is more Victoria's Secret and less Bridget Jones! However, if baring all in a transparent top doesn't sound like your idea of fun, high waisted trousers and shorts are one trend that everyone can get any with.

Everyone knows that the British winter weather isn't the most appealing in the world and so the penultimate show included chunky knits from Fat Face to keep you nice and toasty this winter. If however, on the off chance the sun actually does make an appearance (wishful thinking, I know), team chunky knits with rolled up chinos for a look that is practical as well as stylish.

Last, but certainly not least, was one of my favourite high street brands Reiss. I recently discovered my love for Reiss when I attended their London Fashion week pre party last week and they had some great pieces in today's show. One of the key themes that caught my eye was definitely the leather trends. Whether it's leather shorts, trousers, dresses or jackets, leather is everywhere at the moment. For an option which is more fashion forward, don't be afraid to experiment and opt for leather shorts or a leather dress rather than the typical leather jacket as it will definitely get you noticed for all the right reasons.

So, for a day full of Gok, goodies and most importantly fashion, head on over to Cabot Circus this weekend – you certainly won't be disappointed.

Au Revoir

Friday, 24 September 2010

London Fashion Week - Day One

It's that time of year again when members of the fashion industry attempt to block out the fact they are fast approaching the cold and wet of the winter months as they fill their minds with the delights of the Spring/Summer Collections. This season, I've sat front row at shows, browsed exhibitions and attended parties (it's a hard life) all to bring you the freshest and most exciting news from the week.

Rather than posting catwalk reviews and trend reports, I'm going to give you a more personal insight into my week by posting pictures, videos and stories from each day. Don't fear, however, if you were looking for a more in depth analysis as I will be posting more comprehensive reports from the catwalks over on Fashion Beans from next week.

After collecting my pass (which had a handy schedule attached to it this season) I bumped into the lovely Alex from Alex Loves. Some of you might remember that I posted about Alex loves before and it was great to finally meet in person. I can safely say she is one of the friendliest people EVER and she took some great photos of myself and Dan from Last Style of Defense which I'll be posting later. So, after a quick chit chat, we all headed off to the BFC show space for the first show of the day.

Paul Costello was awash with metallics, full skirts and jackets over dresses....not to mention his 6 sons who made a rather sheepish appearance at the end of the show.

Next up was Maria Grachvogel who, having sent out a rain forest inspired invitation, could only be expected to show a collection full of bright colour flashes and bold prints. However, these were also mixed in with a surprising amount of nudes which gave the collection a far more relaxed feel.

Next up we headed over to the On|Off show space at Victoria House for Jean-Pierre Braganza. Now, I quite frankly could of jumped the male models and ran off with all their clothes as I absolutely LOVED the menswear.


I must say that the press lounge was great this season. There was a constant supply of coffee, which believe me, many of us needed, as well as periodical deliveries of food throughout the day.

Afternoon Tea

So, after a brief pit stop, it was on with the shows as we headed back to On|Off for Bora Aksu. A mix of lace, sculptural designs and what are sure to become the IT leggings of the season, Bora Aksu was definitely a pleasure to watch.


The penultimate show of the day for me was the amazing Felder Felder. I was lucky enough to be moved to front row and so I had an amazing view of what was, most probably, my favourite show of the day.

Myself and Dan from Last Style of Defense


Felder Felder was shown back to back with Hannah Marshall who presented a very muted collection of blacks and greys alongside sheer and sculptural detailing, as well as some amazing shoes which we all agreed were to die for.


After a day full of shows it was off home (I will be posting a separate blog about my stunning Fashion Week home later) for a quick outfit change before heading to the Jean-Pierre Braganza after party. Unfortunately, I don't have any pictures from the evening, I can't think why. It certainly wasn't anything to do with the strength of the freely flowing cocktails....


All Images my own or from

Saturday, 11 September 2010

FNO: The Aftermath

So, all the other bloggers may be way ahead and posted all their FNO gossip already but I've never been one for keeping up with the Jones' and so here is a little insight into what I got up to on the night.

To be perfectly honest with you, I didn't get around as much as I would of liked. A major mess up with my hotel made me nearly two hours behind schedule with a headache and some VERY tired legs! Nevertheless, I had a wonderful evening in the company of fellow Fashion Beans Writer Jacob Kamara and his wonderful (and rather beautiful) friend  Emma Llyod.

We spent the majority of the evening sipping champagne pop at the Mulberry party in Selfridges to celebrate the launch of their lovely new boutique. There were glittery tigers, celebrities and gorgeous bags (I will never, ever get over my Alexa crush) in abundance and not to mention some rather gorgeous waiter's too!

During the evening I also headed off to Mango where I picked up a free fan, which I continued to use in a diva like manner on the tube throughout the next day, as well as stopping by Pull and Bear where the ever fabulous Alexis Knox was taking part in a styling competition against super blogger Pelayo Diaz from Kate Loves Me.

After a long and tiring day I eventually decided it was time to through in the towel and head back to the hotel. However, on the way to the train station we were stopped by a very friendly new blogger by the name of Malenya who asked if she could snap some pics for her street style post. I always love meeting and helping out fellow bloggers so we found a nice pink background and snapped away, much to the amusement of a few passers by!

Topman boots and jeans, Junk De Luxe shirt, Zara blazer, Vintage bracelet, Oscar De La Renta scarf.

The lovely Emma Llyod

Mr Jacob Kamara

Overall, a great night out in aid of a really fantastic cause and, while I may not I been able to do everything I planned, I still had a great time. I hope all of you who went enjoyed yourselves and for those of you who didn't, I better see you next year!

Da bo ti

Thursday, 2 September 2010

My Wardrobe Goes Military With Operation Dockers

Ever wondered what it would be like to be a covert operative? Following cryptic clues through bustling cities to find and secure top secret material? OK, so it's not really MI5 and the 'top secret materials' aren't mastermind plans or nuclear missile system launch codes but actually, in my opinion, something far more exciting!

Tomorrow, online retailer My Wardrobe launches 'Operation Dockers', offering you the chance to win some EXCLUSIVE goodies.

For those of you that haven't spotted them on My Wardrobe, Dockers is a leading American brand which is famous for their relaxed style, fantastic chinos and military inspiration (they make chinos for US soldiers I'll have you know!)

This season however, Dockers have stepped it up a notch with the release of their limited edition WW2 military inspired chinos. Not only are these rather gorgeous trousers exclusive to My Wardrobe but they also come packaged in an authentic WW2 ammunition case, a touch which I absolutely love!

So, how can you get your hands on some of these exclusive prizes? Well, My Wardrobe will be hiding a key in two secret locations, one in London and one in Manchester, with 5 clues to the location being released on their Facebook page HERE and Twitter page HERE tomorrow. The key will then be in place for budding operatives to find as of 12 Noon tomorrow. Find the key, learn the location to the box, unlock the box, grab your prize!

Good luck!

Over and Out

Wednesday, 1 September 2010


Yes, the time has arrived. It's the moment we have all been waiting for, the biggest ZOMG since that model with the watering can fell over twice at the Vivienne Westwood show (yes, we've all seen the video!).

Tomorrow morning, thousands of shoppers will be able to purchase their favourite pieces from Zara, only this time from the comfort of their own home . Now, quite frankly, I love Zara; they offer really good quality, stylish and on trend pieces at what I consider to be incredibly reasonable prices and I am over the moon they've finally decided to join the rest of us in spreading the joy online.

So, if your lucky enough to live in France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain or the UK then make sure your up bright an early with your credit card at the ready because tomorrow is going to be a very busy day over at, let's just hope it launches without any problems!

Toodle Pip
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