After starting out early and getting lost numerous times on a cold, wet December morning, I finally found myself at the Birmingham NEC for the Clothes Show Live. Making my way to the press office, through the stylish crowd of ladies and a few gentlemen I couldn’t wait to join in the fun and wander the exhibits lining the huge hall, see the shows and of course, shop. This place was a fashion and beauty lover’s dream. With the 2015 campaign fronted by four British models, scouted from previous shows, this year’s CSL took a new and exciting direction and was re launched and re vamped (not that there was anything wrong with the old clothes show) and this year it was bigger and better than ever.
Whether you wanted designer, high street, vintage or to discover the latest emerging designers, this was the place to do it. My first stop was the ‘Vintage and Reworked’ section, which was home to great pieces from fashion history. Be it the 1930s, 40s, 50s or swinging 60s, it was all there.
Next up came the ‘Boutique Boulevard’, with its cobbled walkway and brands such as Little Mistress and Pink Pink. Then the ‘Designer’ outlet with great wardrobe staples from Pringle of Scotland or one-off pieces from jewellery legend, Mawi.
After a few hours wandering the aisles and shopping at Sugar Hill Boutique, NYX Cosmetics and Models Own, and buying hair pieces from Peaches & Cream, I watched a Ruby Cosmetics contouring demo and the CSL style scouts show with Anneliese Davis. I then headed over to the Elemis Beauty Bus, where you could get mini treatments such as Indian head massage, hand and arm massage or back and neck, as well as purchase their wonderful range of products at discount prices and limited edition gift sets.
Saving the best for last, I was escorted to the VIPs’ seats in the ‘Alcatel One-touch’ fashion theatre and watched a show hosted by Chanel 4’s TV presenter, Rick Edwards and an amazing performance by Ella Eyre. Then the 45-minute fashion spectacular started and what a fabulous show it was, with over 350 outfits, great sets and dancers. I didn’t want it to end. But end it did and as we all made our way out into the cold again, the Clothes Show Live was over for another year. Mandy Elizabeth – Fashion and Beauty Editor
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