This is going to be a photo heavy post but there will be a haul at the end so keep scrolling!
For those of you who have never been to The Clothes Show before, it’s basically a huge fashion and beauty shopping event that happens every year. There’s a runway show, fashion seminars, celebrity interviews, smaller catwalks going on during the day and industry experts doing talks. I was really gutted to miss the Company seminar on the Friday and now wish I’d just sacked off Uni to go! But I ended up heading there on the Tuesday as it’s now the Christmas holidays and judging by other people’s blog posts I got some amazing last day deals that might make you want to cry, so be prepared…
After heading to the press office to get my pass, I went straight to the beauty section to check out all the deals. I was quite disappointed that Rimmel had already sold out and that there was no Lee Stafford stall as last year he was doing amazing goodie bags and demonstrations. However there were plenty of other great brands there including Barry M, Sleep In Rollers, Bare Minerals and HD Brows but the main ones I loved were Models Own and Touch of Silver. I picked up a £5 bag from Touch of Silver which included all of their range and new dry shampoo, such an awesome deal. Literally EVERYONE was carrying around a Models Own goodie bag which included 5 nail varnishes + a goodie bag with The Clothes Show edition varnish. I spent that long choosing the colours that I ended up missing my time for the fashion show and had to wait an extra hour… Ooops.
The last time I went to Clothes Show I came back with so many unique, vintage pieces and I have to say that this time it was a little bit of a disappointment. I found a lot of the stalls to be overpriced and repetitive and didn’t come out with one vintage gem! I’d imagine this is more to do with going on the last day so all the good stock will have been nabbed. Going on the Tuesday definitely works better for the beauty deals, but next time I’ll probably bare the madness and go on the first day to raid all of the clothing stalls. A stall I did really love was ‘Elsie & Fred’ who have a shop just around the corner from me in Coventry and I’m still dreaming about their hand printed tie-dye kimonos which are now on my Christmas list and you can see in this photo! Thankfully Oh My Love saved the day with their AMAZING deals. They had two stalls, one with slightly more expensive with current stock and the other with a 2 for £5 deal or fill a goodie bag for £20. I fell in l o v e seeing as they are my all time favourite online store.
I had amazing front row seats for the ALCATEL One Touch Fashion Theatre show and loved it. The “Weekend in The Country Theme” was presented by Henry Holland and Becca Dudley and showcased current British A/W trends. I find the show to be a lot more of about entertainment than fashion, something that everyone can enjoy watching so a lot of people come away disappointed that it wasn’t the big fashion deal they might have expected. The fashion theatre performances tend to feel more like a dance show than anything else, the styling was hit and miss, but it was really enjoyable all the same. Jade Thompson looked absolutely stunning, she was my favourite in BNTM so it was so cool to see her modelling.The girls from Britain’s Next Top Model Cycle 9 were also doing a show throughout the day which featured lots of different looks, all featuring items that you could buy at the event. More than anything I loved the styling from the Diet Coke Image Catwalk, it’s really exciting to see emerging talents from UK designers and the fashion there was better than anywhere else.
Now, onto the haul!
The first thing I got my hands on was this ridiculously cheap goodie bag from Touch of Silver. They have worked absolute magic on my hair whenever I’ve had a bad bleach job and I’ve been going back to them for a long time now. The bag included the Daily Maintenance Shampoo and Conditioner, the Twice a Week Brightening Shampoo, Intensive Treatment Conditioner and Dry Shampoo all for £5. So amazing! I will be reviewing them all over the next few weeks!
Seeing as I had already bought my Company fix for the month, the only magazine I bought was Elle. They were selling two issues for £2 including an electric blue Jemma Kidd eyeliner and bright red OPI nail varnish. So that’s my £££ for the next two months of Elle saved… Perfect!
I think the Models Own stand is every beauty blogger’s dream. As it was the last day they were doing 5 nail varnishes for £10 plus the limited edition Clothes Show varnish, silver glitter eyeshadow, black, brown and glitter eyeliners, lip balm, nail buffing file, eyeshadow applicators, pocket mirror and Heat magazine (phew!). I was really happy with the goodie bag as I’d noticed people got quite unwearable colours but all of these suit me perfectly. I’m not going to go too much into detail as I will be doing an in-depth haul post soon, but I was so so chuffed with these purchases!
Finally, the stall I was the most excited about was undoubtedly Oh My Love. The first stall, as I mentioned earlier, was selling more current stock for ridiculously cheap prices. I set my eyes on the perfect, gold sequin New Years dress but it literally got snatched out of my hands by a lady with blatant superior sale skills than me who seemed to have raided all the best things on the stall #blackfridayvibes. I did a little weep inside when I overheard her buying it for £5! So I got elbow deep in the £10 boxes and pulled out so many pretty pieces but settled on a jumpsuit and black jumper dress which I’d had my eye on on the site. I so nearly put the jumpsuit back as it was a sample size and was really unsure whether it would fit or not, but luckily it fits perfectly and I am so so in love. I’ve never tried a jumpsuit before but it looks amazing on! The jumper dress is just the perfect, snuggly every day dress to throw on which is easy to style. Both of these are currently £45.00 each on the website and I only paid £10 each for them – so that’s £90 worth of clothes for £20, crazy!
Next I went to the other stall which I sadly didn’t discover until the end of the day where a lot of stock had gone. This one was fill a bag for £20 or two pieces for £5. I got a gorgeous printed cami dress which looks lovely with a black tshirt worn underneath and leather jacket thrown over. It’ll be even more lovely in the summer and for holidays! Then I got a gorgeous boho flower printed dress with bell sleeves and a scoop back embellished with little lace roses all around the neckline. So so pretty. All of these will be coming up in OOTDs and probably my first Youtube video this month!
Overall I had a great time and was happy with my purchases. The only thing that annoyed me about the Clothes Show was the lack of information given about the day. The timetables online really don’t tell you enough, there’s no way to figure out who’s being interviewed live etc and I couldn’t find any useful information on the fashion seminars. I felt a little bit lost wandering around and doubted whether I was getting the most out of the day or my press pass!
Did you go to The Clothes Show this year? What did you think of it?