It’s that time of year again, when the sun comes out and the flowers begin to bloom. When we trade in the confinement of our duvets for a glass of the good stuff in a beer garden. But, with great summer comes great style and I’m here to tell you what this season has in store for us on the clothing front.
Myself and a few other local bloggers (I shall leave their links below) all met at the infamous Emmett Clock on the 2nd floor in the Victoria Centre for a run down of the day. We would be treated to front row seats of 5 of the fashion shows, a VIP tour of the new Sostrene Grene store and cocktails at Thaikhun. We were handed a cute (and very pink) goodie bag from the organisers and headed back downstairs to take our seats before the first show began.
First of all, the set up was quite different to last year (you can read about that here), with an enclosed box covered in flowers, housing well dressed mannequins looming within the concaves on each side. A large screen giving onlookers information about the shows and logo’s of the brands that would be showcasing their wares.
We were treated first to the new range for the warmer months by Trespass. Not a shop I ever think of to go for clothing, I always saw it as a sporty / outdoorsy kind of place… which it is but they have hit the ground running with the latest fashion trend (wearing gym attire…err… not at the gym) and have produced some lovely pieces for both men and women.
Ben and I will certainly be taking a visit following our summer holiday later this month ready for our weekend break to Snowdonia in July!
Up next, one of my favourite stores in the inTU centre, River Island. The models strutting their stuff and looking very much like a new girl band, in layered bohemian and showing off one of my favourite outfits of the day, this gorgeous culotte jumpsuit, teamed with a light shirt style kimono.
I believe RI has created a new theme for this season with the rise of ‘Smasual’ – Smart Casual to you and I. With loads of prints and textures within the S/S range, there is something for everyone and certainly an opportunity to be bold and comfortable at the same time.
Quiz graced the runway next, flaunting a lot of floral print and bright colours, enough to make even a miserable May Day seem brighter. Another of my favourite pieces was this flirty floral prom dress which is very soon going to be making an appearance in my wardrobe for holiday.
House of Fraser, gracing us with formal party pieces with a bit of sparkle. Perfect for those upcoming wedding receptions, garden parties or formal nights if you are heading off on a cruise this summer. It’s still all about the classic monochrome, tailored fit and with a bit of bling for good measure. Not sure you would get away with the plimsolls on an evening dinner though…
Next… Next! They teamed up with Claire’s Accesories this year to show us how to finish the looks with some nifty tittivation from earrings to necklaces, rings and fascinators. I loved the colour coordination with this range and there is certainly something to suit all age ranges and body types this season for pretty much every occasion too from a day at the races to a simple night on the tiles of Nottingham! Did you know, Next also stock a selection of Lipsy dresses too? I also love the pale teal suit… I know a certain someone who would look very handsome in that. CUE GIRL BAND!!!
After admiring what this season has to offer in the form of clothing, we headed upstairs for a VIP tour of the new Sostrene Grene store. I will be writing a separate post on this so look out for that but for a bit of background… Sostrene Grene, translated to Sisters Green, is a dutch business started by 2 sisters in 1973. With a keen eye for pretty and very affordable finds, you can’t help but fall in love with each item as you make your way through the ikea-esque set up – although slightly more inviting with pastel colours and warm lighting and more importantly, no screaming kids!
We were each given a lovely goodie bag from the manager too containing some of their best selling pieces. Please note though – they are known to change up every single week so add it on to your to do list to take a visit each time you are in town – I can guarantee you will leave with something.
Last and by certainly no means least, we headed to Thaikhun for a little bit of Clock tower dining… without the dining… but certainly with the drinking aspect. We were making cocktails! This is the first time I have ever made a cocktail in my life and I certainly enjoyed being behind the bar shaking it up and creating a tasty pink number called ‘Good Time Girl’ an exotic punch made which was very much vodka based and very pink, served in a martini glass laced with those little sugar balls you get on Jazzies. DELICIOUS! Although we didn’t eat at Thaikhun, I had done so previously and it is so worth the visit – you can read my review here.
The inTU Victoria Centre is fast becoming my favourite place to go for all my shopping needs and the fashion show just confirmed that for me. With all the amazing brands you can get under one roof, a variety of eateries and some lovely seating areas where you can admire the hand painted birds hanging from the ceiling… what’s not to love?
Take a peek at my ‘On the Go’ Vlog – https://youtu.be/MxBovHs-fWI
What is your favourite piece from the new collections?
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Maryam – Fashion By Daisy
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*with thanks to inTU Victoria Centre, Nottingham and Cartwright Communications for hosting us and the event.