The Clothes Show bids farewell to Birmingham as British Style Collective heads to Liverpool
It’s the end of an era! The Clothes Show has said a fond farewell to the Birmingham NEC, it’s home for the last 27 years, as British Style Collective heads to Liverpool.
We sent our Kate, a Clothes Show veteran of 20 years, down to the NEC for a last look around the boutiques and shows before Liverpool takes over the reins in 2017, here’s how she got on.
I jumped on the train to Birmingham with a heavy heart this week. One last wander around the fashion boutiques and beauty pop-ups before taking my seat in the Alcatel Fashion Theatre to be blown away by yet another stellar runway show that has left me gob-smacked every year, since I was 14.
The first time I went to The Clothes Show was in 1998, with my classmates from Broadgreen High school. We all met at Lime Street station for the 7:30am train absolutely buzzing with excitement at the thought of seeing catwalk shows up close for the first time. Not to mention blowing all our Christmas money on the discounted brands and beauty treats!
This exact scenario played out for years to come, through school, college and eventually into work and becoming a mum to a very stylish little girl too! My love of fashion was born from that first trip and despite not being scouted by a modelling agency to be the next Kate Moss, (fuming) I’ve gotten the same buzz when booking my ticket, every year since.
The Clothes Show encapsulates 350 pop-up fashion and beauty boutiques, live-performances, trend reports and style advice from industry experts and non stop runway shows like you’ve never seen! With the added bonus of glamorous bars, cafes and a dedicated Pamper Lounge, its a full on 4d experience and perfect winter day out.
The annual shows have welcomed visitors, brands, sponsors and celebs from around the world and launched the careers of some of the UK’s most well-known TV personalities and models, including Holly Willoughby and Cat Deeley.
The Clothes Show 2016 didn’t disappoint and having chatted with hundreds (I really do talk for Britain) of fashion and beauty brands, university exhibitors and models, they all said the same thing, they cant wait to come to Liverpool!
Having racked up 7km taking in all the fashion boutiques showcasing phenomenal talent and beautiful designs (and the loveliest of owners) I made my way to the Alcatel Fashion Theatre for my favourite part of The Clothes Show experience, ‘Rock The Runway’.
With a wicked soundtrack, live performances, jaw-dropping haute couture and gorgeous models, presenter Jamie Laing of Made In Chelsea did a fine job of rallying the crowd ready for the final performance.
The Clothes Show 2016 handed over the baton Liverpool in spectacular fashion as the Alcatel Fashion Theatre rocked out with our city’s famous skyline emblazoned on a backdrop with a fierce dance and catwalk show. And what an experience it’s going to be.
New dates, new city, new experience and a new name for one explosive city-wide celebration of style! Set across 5 of Liverpool’s most iconic locations, including St George’s Hall, Camp & Furnace and the Anglican Cathedral, British Style Collective, presented by The Clothes Show is set to take over Liverpool from 7th-9th July. Click here for all the details.
I may have left Lime Street with a heavy heart, but I came back full of excitement! Liverpool is about take its place on the world stage again as British Style Collective, presented by The Clothes Show rolls into town. Fabulous Darrhling!
Watch as Jay chats to Nicky Darling, Fashion Theatre Show Manager about British Style Collective and what we can expect when it comes to our fabulous city.
Advanced priority tickets are now on sale, click here to book and follow all the updates and build up on Twitter @ClothesShow and be part of the British Style Collective, presented by The Clothes Show.