This years Clothes Show was a whole new beast… and I loved it! I’ve been going since I was 12 and besides my 3 year hiatus (what can I say, I’m a busy girl!) it’s up there with family birthdays as a date in my diary.
For those of you who’ve never been, think of your perfect girly day out shopping trip with all your favourite fashion and beauty brands… and then put them all in one HUGE venue.
So let’s get down to business. The Show is essentially a giant market place with everything us girls need (yes… need!) mixed in with some really cool catwalk shows. This year I got to watch a few shows and whilst the clothes were really pretty, personally I couldn’t see myself in them. But it did remind me of the scene in The Devil Wears Prada when Meryl Streep talks about how designers vision filters down to high street fashion… so who knows, I might be wearing some of those funky numbers next year!
The big change this year was that the Clothes Show had a distinct lack of, well, clothes! The new focus this year was on how we look without our clothes on. It appears the millennial woman puts a strong focus on physical appearance and this showed with the ma-hoo-sive presence from gym related brands such as Gym Shark and My Protein.
Even though I’m on the brink of Christmas overindulgence, I thought I’d plan ahead for January and ducked & dived through the crowds over to Cute Nutrition. I’ve not really been big on the whole shakes thing but after a chat with the guys on the stand, I’ve bagged myself an super cute shaker and a tub of protein to try out. Look out for my blog post on how I get on with it all but so far they’re going down a treat.
So I guess it’s time for me to come clean. My name is Laura Snow and I am a makeup-a-holic. This years “Clothes” Show gave me that feeling you get when watching fireworks and it’s just so pretty! The beauty stands sparkling with blushers (ahhhh!), bronzers (ooooh!) and everything a girl could need to contour like a pro!
All the major players were the representin’ (Honey G pose) with brands such as Spectrum Brushes, Elemis, Barry M and so so many more! I couldn’t help myself, I had to do it, the deals were too good! Most stands were offering a discount of some form so it’s definitely their fault. Models own had 5 items for £10, Selected Spectrum sets were £45, Lee Stafford was 3 for £10. You could spend all day and I may have treated myself to a few new bits ;).
I got a huge goody bag full of my fave brands as well. St Tropez, Elemis, Burts Bee’s, Lee Stafford and the rest! There was also a years subscription to Glamour mag and a cheeky bottle of coconut water, for only £9! Happy Christmas to me!!
As always there are a few celebs dotted around the place signing autographs and whilst I didn’t get to see the people I wanted to, it was nice to see them interacting with the crowds. Apologies about the photography, have you ever tried taking pics surrounded by screaming teenagers?!
I can’t wait for next years show though. After being in Birmingham for god knows how long the Clothes Show has now found a new home in Liverpool. But with a bigger venue there’s more opportunity for more brands old and new to attend and more problems for my bank account!