The High Street Show
The final show of Brighton Fashion Week was upon us. After high fashion, sustainable designs and theatrical costumes, it was fitting that the show should end on the most relatable fashion of the High Street. The catwalk (albiet much smaller than St Barts Church) was in Churchill Square, the perfect place to be surrounded by all of the high street shops. Opening the show was Warehouse, who showcased elements of monochrome (a key trend that was shown throughout) in block prints; Black jumpsuits, white blazers, keeping the look subtle and timeless. Adding in some black and white aztec print kept it updated for summer and easy to translate some of the pieces from season to season.
Up next were Burton. Simple styles, yet the small prints such as anchors, birds and polka dots prevented it from being anything but dull.
Miss Selfridge showcased next and didn't disappoint. Their boho style is continuously on form in summer, and their kimono jackets in exotic prints were the stand out pieces of the collection. Lace and fringing set off their beautiful bags and dresses, adding some texture to the pretty outfits. A personal favourite of mine was the clunky cut out boots offset against beautifully elegant white lace shorts.
River Island's collection continued with the style of clothes from the Rihanna collection of clingy pencil skirts and and skinny heels; exactly what you see on the pop star after hours. And with their mens section having some classy matching blazer and shorts, this unfussy style actually worked well for River Island.
Crocs presented their shoe range, with their usual rubber material of loafers and flat sandals. Whilst not for everyone, you can't deny they have done well and now they are branching out from their famed style of shoe and presenting a variety of rainbow colours, the stigma of Croc is soon to be in the past.
BHS were the penultimate collection of the first half, and their ladies range emphasized a trend that hadn't yet been seen; safari. Khaki greens and espadrilles created a more grown up feel of outfits for the summer, so it's no surprise that it was BHS who presented this style.
Ending on a brand that has grown significantly in the past few years was Zara. First out was a simple white outfit which presented the classic white skort that has been lusted over by all bloggers alike. While the base colour was a clean looking white, the colour pops of blue, green and pinks meant it never looked dull, but bright enough to keep the summer feel.
Next portrayed a collection heavily focused on the nautical look with lots of blues and whites keeping it fresh. Dorothy Perkins was in keeping with the monochrome trend, with some leather leggings being one of my favourites (even if they aren't practical for summer!)
O'Niell and Pineapple presented what they are known for best; beachwear and sportswear respectively, with a hint of coral for O'Niell and some 80's fame legwarmers for Pineapple. Republic and Bershka followed with more pencil skirts and floral headbands as well as a union jack collared theme throughout. Lipsy had some gorgeous dresses that would be perfect for any garden party or summer ball, all with some form of embellishment or pattern, whilst not looking too fussy. La Senza received a cheer when the models walked down in skimpy underwear and pretty baby doll nightwear.
The final store to present their collection was Debenhams, and with the most outfits sent down the catwalk, they really presented some amazing designs. 60's geometric prints, floral shift dresses and even more monochrome meant they were definitely the most spectacular in their outfits. And my favourite outfit was a beautiful peach maxi dress with sheer sleeves and sequinned all over.
The Highstreet show, whilst not as mesmerising as the previous three shows, enabled the audience to be a part of the fashion and not just a spectator of the wild and wonderful.
The week I spent at Brighton Fashion Week was some of the most exciting and educational things I have ever done, and I was so lucky to be a part of it. I just have to thank Delia Chandler for giving me this opportunity to both be there and write for them. I cannot wait to attend again next year! You can continue reading about it all at www.brightonfashionweek.com