Wednesday, September 29, 2010

BFW?

With LFW still fresh in our memories (it had only finished a few days beforehand), last Friday, Birmingham hosted a little fashion event of their own called Style Birmingham which lasted the weekend. Emma from the Bullring Mall kindly invited me to check out a special high street runway show (aptly named 'The Show') held in the middle of the shopping centre and another show held in the Town Hall.
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Those who are familiar with Gok Wan's TV show would probably recognise the space since he seems to like filming in the Bullring. The show showcased all the brands available in the Bullring shopping centre.

The looks were really accessible and along with my partner in crime that day, Kristabel we both really enjoyed the show.
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I need some gray knee socks in my life.
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Those amazing heeled creepers are from Office.
After this, we wandered around the shops and as always, cutesy kitschy things caught my eye. These salt and pepper shakers from Urban Outfitters are definitely my kind of thing!
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Next up was a show at the Town Hall, hosted by the very dapper George Lamb. My photos of the suave presenter were sadly very blurry. We were treated with a look at Osman's AW10 collection, who was is originally from Birmingham. It was a real treat as neither Kristabel or I had been to see his show in February.
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Stunning
The rest of the show showcased other brands in Birmingham (not just confined to the Bullring) ranging from brands from Harvey Nichols and House of Fraser. The show lasted about an hour and with most shows like this, there was nothing minimal about the looks and were styled like mannequins in shop windows, laden with accessories.
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It was fun and definitely a world away from the fashion shows that we're familiar with. Plenty of wolf-whistling for the boys in boxers...which I didn't get any photos of. Sorry to disappoint! Perhaps it's not quite 'Birmingham Fashion Week' but I would really love to see local graduates showcase their designs eventually and somehow be incorporated into the city's style weekend.

Not quite runway worthy but this was my outfit of the day! It was quite chilly as it became dark and I soon envied Kristabel's layering...scarves, jumpers, tights. Oh the Summer has well and truly left us.
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Cardi (UO) Dress (French Connection) Belt (H&M) Lace Top (New Look) Socks, Shoes (Topshop) Bag (Vintage)
Before Kristabel left for her train back to London, we stopped off for Dinner at my favourite place, Mount Fuji for some good ol' Bento boxes. The food is simple but delicious. I could eat here everyday!
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To prove that I didn't spend the day alone, here is the lovely Kristabel enjoying her Bento!
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Mmmm. I could definitely eat another Bento right now!
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51 comments

  1. Such pretty tights and shoes! Btw U look so gorgeous as always, darling Winnie!

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  2. What a yummy looking bento! The post is lacking yummy male models though, haha. It looks like you had so much fun there, nothing beats a fashion show. And I really want those salt and pepper shakers!

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  3. aww your outfit looks so cute! like japanese street style (which i am currently trying to work hehe)
    please come and check my blog

    x

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  4. I'm kind of gutted I didn't go to this now!! Looks like a fun day, and that Bento looks yummy...may have to check that place out :D


    Danni
    xxx

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  5. ORGH yum, that bento looks sooo good.

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  6. omg what cute salt and pepper shaker! the runway posts are nice too, I love the lace leggings!!

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  7. so love your outfit. amazing wedge pics..umm..you are mak'n me hungry.

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  8. Haha, I had a similar fun time in Bristol with our Fashion Weekend thingy! I love those shoes though beneath the Osman picture, I don't know why but they remind me of the McQueen Alien shoes. Love!

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  9. this looks like a great day & proves you don't have to be in london to see some good fashion!

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  10. Sounds like such a fab day ! Pretty outfit, I need to start wearing knee socks more !

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  11. I am genuinely considering buying those Office creepers, I think they look great!

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  12. Love the office creepers, I need them in my life!

    Really love the photos of Osman aswell looks like a lot of fun.
    Your dress is lovely by the way!

    MMMMM bento haha

    http://aforteforfashion.blogspot.com

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  13. i want the first outffit in the photos!!!! i lvoe the lace on ur outfit ^^ and tehe i love playing with my hair :3

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  14. I like the second outfit (*_*)

    http://becksmakeupcorner.blogspot.com

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  15. It looks like so much fun. I really wanted to go.

    Love your outfit as well. The effect on the dress is so lovely.

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  16. this sounds like the kind of show they had at the NEC clothes show live. it was really fun rather than serious straight up stuff. All the looks look really fun too and anyone could recreate them
    margief
    x
    www.margieheartsclothes.blogspot.com

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  17. Your tie dye dress is lovely and it looks like you had a fab day xx

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  18. Bento, Mmmmmm. She clothes are gorgeous!

    www.gayleisvolatile.blogspot.com
    P.S. Hope you like my post on new ring buys!

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  19. I love bento boxes! i used to be obsessive about not letting my foods touch each other when i was little and so my mom (the school teacher) brought me home a lunch tray for me to use at dinner .. . intended as a joke but i think i used it for a few weeks. . .

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  20. We had a similar thing in Bristol, it was great fun. Love your outfit too.

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  21. Wow...wish Glasgow Fashion Week was run even half as well as how that Birmingham Style Weekend went. It looks very polished, and while I'm not crazy about the styling that's more a matter of taste than anything else.
    The bento looks INCREDIBLE...I feel like my search for the perfect bento box will never be over, and I lack the skills to make up one of my own.

    Claire
    xo

    www.beewaits.blogspot.com

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  22. It sounds like a great event! I wish I could have been there. You and Kristabel look adorable and I am dying to get my hands on a bento box... you can't get tofu here and I miss it sooo much :(

    Leia

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  23. looks like a fun time! I really like your outfit too ;)

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  24. Oh...the shoes!!! So pretty! I love that red oxford and the other one with the red stars.

    That bento looks awesome, you made me hungry!

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  25. Great pictures, gorgeous collections!

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  26. dear I really love your blog! :)

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  27. look cool, and im loving the new layout!

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  28. wow such a cool post, how amazing are the photo's I love all the fashion I want to eat it. Oh I would love to be invited to something :( no body love's me hehehe
    I love the top outfits, I need to break out my tights :P
    Oh looks like you had fun, oh you had any idea's for your revamp?

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  29. your outfit is so cute! love the knee high socks win.

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  30. I just love that 1st outfit and all of those shoes! Loving your dress, also. :)SarahD

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  31. Yay - well done Birmingham, it's not just all about London (says a Glasgow girl!). The food looks sooooo amazing! xx
    http://www.weshopthereforeweare.co.uk/
    PS This week has been super busy, so sorry for the delay but have just added your link. Would be fab if you can add mine. xx

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  32. That tartan print tights are KILLER!

    Love Grace.

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  33. that bento looks bomb and I am suchhh a sucker for sparkles!! Also, you're working those knee highs and I don't hate it one bit ;)

    xx
    MILK TEETHS

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  34. Looks like a lot of fun :) Love those cupcake salt & pepper shakers too x Sushi

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  35. I didnt know Brum had fashion events!!! :O

    well, looked like you had fun :D

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  36. ahhh i love the bull ring so much. i stopped off on the way to manchester to buy a friend a brithday present and ended up spending hours just wondering around. your dinner looks so yummy

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  37. aww cute dress, Winnie. Looks like you having fun! And I want eat bento now.

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  38. Yes, yes and more yes to Osman. Saw his show at the V&A, it was fantastic! And YUM to the food :)

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  39. I love all the looks! Looks a lot more wearable than most catwalk fashion. I love your outfit, especially the dress!
    xx

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  40. this is soooo cool!!! love the show and of course, the B.E.N.T.O!!!

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  41. i really love your monochromatic outfit winnie ! and that jeweled shoe sure is stunning !
    great photos off the runway :)

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  42. oooh I adore the first look with the red layers and prints!
    sounds like a fantastic day, and yes layering is the greatest especially where I live where there's 4 seasons in a day!!

    xStace
    TEE&FAME

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  43. hi darling. youre so kind,
    and thanks so much for sharing these photos, you make me want to take a turn and go back to lfw again.. cant wait to go again next time!
    osman - wow .amazing. we were gonna see the show- but were standing as two of the first ones in the line when the show was full, and so so many were not let in. a bit disappointing..
    hope youre having a wonderful weekend love!

    xx

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  44. looks really cool! love your outfit, as always :)
    xoxo

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