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Take a look at our latest Summer Style video, currently playing on the Big Screen in the Orient. There’s some great ideas for relaxed weekend wear – perfect for this Bank Holiday weekend!

Which look is you?

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Well, we’re all fashioned-out this week after the fantastic success of this year’s VIP Fashion Show, which took place on a catwalk in The Orient area of The Trafford Centre.

DANCER: Dressed by Clavin Klein Jeans.

DANCER: Dressed by Clavin Klein Jeans.

 

The “Denim and Diamonds” event aimed to raise much needed cash for our chosen charity The New Children’s Hospital Appeal – as well as inspiring fashionistas from all over the North to indulge in a little of the denim and sparkles trend that has swept the High Street.

I designed a ‘Diamond’ cocktail for the event – and we even had some dinky little drinks stirrers made with our Denim and Diamonds logo printed on – many of which went missing as people took them for souvenirs of their evening!

There was also music and dance on offer, including some breath-taking urban dance moves from The Dance Art Productions crew.

You can see their nimble footwork on the new video that’s currently top of our playlist on our YouTube channel. The dancers modelled, and the models danced, and it all made for a dramatic and very exciting show. I went back-stage afterwards to pass on my congratulations to our choreographer Cheryl – but the place was so hectic with models and clothes that I didn’t stay too long.

 
Hundreds of people were seated in the VIP seats, the media descended too – and then hundreds more stood on the balconies over-looking the catwalk near The Big Screen. If you missed the show, or the Autumn Winter Fashion Shows which followed at the weekend, catch up on all the looks in our online galleries. And let me know what you think of the dancers. We loved them!
While I’m talking about fashion, I wanted to introduce you to our latest ebook, which showcases looks for the Autumn Winter season. You can read it online here, and even watch style advice videos embedded into the pages.
What will we think of next?
 

 

 

 

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We’re busy in the office here gearing up for next week’s Race Ahead Fashion Show. This VIP event on the Main stage in The Orient on Thursday will feature the likes of Coast, Karen Millen, Debenhams, John Lewis, Selfridges and Suits You, all showing off the most stunning ways to dress for high society functions and race days.

Excitingly, and for the first time for a shopping centre, we’ve also sponsored a race day of our very own at Chester Races. We will be hosting an executive box and watching the horses romp home, as well as seeing what fashions are likely to light up this season’s events.

What I’m really looking forward to though, are the creations of Blackpool based Maxine’s Feathers, who have a scene in our fashion show dedicated to their incredible head-dresses. You’ve probably seen some of Maxine Tutty’s work in shows around the world, including Take That’s ‘Beautiful World’ tour, Darcey Bussell’s smash-hit stage show and even Kylie tours! They are sure to be a talking point at the Race Ahead show, and might give the ladies on the Trafford Centre team some inspiration for some track-side looks!

I’ll have a photographer at the ready with a wide-angle lens to capture the creations on camera – so watch this blog for my report.

* Sadly, all tickets for the VIP Race Ahead event have been allocated. Better luck next time!

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