Celebration of Style - Influence of Style and Cricket fashion show9:30 am
Remember a few weeks back when I told you all about Celebration of Style? Well the three-day event finally came along and it was beyond my wildest expectations. Day one involved an exhibition from renowned fashion photographer Tim Bret Day, free Benefit makeovers (which ran throughout), a bloggers party at Nook & Cranny (which looked amazing - I unfortunately had too much uni work!) and a VIP dinner hosted by Matthew Williamson. Can you even imagine?!
I attended the second day, which involved seminars as part of the Influence of Style event held at the new Titanic hotel, with Justine Mills (founder of Cricket boutique), celebrity stylists, Matalan buyers, digital experts and some of my very own lecturers. It was wonderful to see so many fashion lovers, students and entrepreneurs all in one place, great for networking and getting a selfie with Matthew Williamson, obviously. Influence of style was kind of a mini clothes show format if you will, but if you ask me, a whole lot better and with much better quality products. There was a chance to chat to the Matalan talent team, get your hair done by the Andrew Collinge academy, get a Nails Inc mani, sample some Kiehls and Body Shop, get your Christmas shopping done with exclusive discounts and chat to the Apparel team from MMU (that's where I'm from fyi!)
The Friday night was very exciting, with Cricket's big fashion night out held in the beautiful Cunard building. Everyone looked incredible, everytime I saw a pair of Louboutins I squealed, not gonna lie. We were treated to live DJs, one of which was Dom Chung -cue me freaking out- and a presentation from Matalan. Later on was the Cricket fashion show including Saint Laurent, McQueen, Balmain, Victoria Beckham, Kenzo and Stella McCartney. Tried to keep my cool but not sure how well I did..especially when I saw that on the front row were Chloe Green, Rosie Fortescue and Amanda Harrington. Fancy.
Just before the show we were treated to a few songs from local band Broken Men who I would seriously recommend if you're into the same kind of music as me, I'll definitely be checking out more of their stuff.
On the Saturday, while I was weeping over my assignment, even more events were held around Liverpool including in-store DJs across the city, an M&S runway, free styling services in Matalan, New Look and Oasis and even a few Illamasqua demos.
I can't say how thankful I am to SK events, Boodles and Cricket, the team behind Celebration of Style. This really showed what Liverpool is all about (no orange tan or rollers in sight, thank you very much) and what we're capable of. There's much more to Liverpool than you'd think and we sure know how to dress. If you've never been to the city before, or if you're local and like the sound of all this, keep an eye out for details on Celebration of Style 2015 - I can't wait!