Thursday night myself and Emma (100 Days No TV) made our way over to Granary Barns in Woodditton to the Velvet Fashion Show in aid of the Arthur Rank Hospice. I saw their first show three years ago so had an idea of what to expect but was unfortunately ill last year so I missed it. The show had the magical theme of The Enchanted Forest with a beautiful floral catwalk, and I had heard that it was a sell out which is always a good sign.
When we arrived there was time to wander around the pop up boutique and check out some great local brands, obviously with a drink in hand. I was immediately taken with Five Six Blue Boutique who are an independent online clothing boutique with a Scandinavian style, anyone who knows me well is aware of my Scandi obsession! Their pieces are so versatile so you can create the perfect capsule collection.
Another pop up that caught my eye was Ivy Joan who have a range of fashion, gifts, homewares, and some fabulous retro cases covered in kittens!
We took our places in the main hall ready for the show to begin and were treated to some fabulous outfits. It was good to be able to see clothes from the pop ups on real people which made it easier to envision how they would look. It also made me fall more in love with Five Six Boutique and add outfits to my wish list from my favourite Cambridge Indie Boudoir Femme.
Nicola Sexton had models on the catwalk sporting what can only be described as a cross between a onesie and a morph suit. This was obviously to make her elegant accessories, shoes, and bags your sole focus and the concept worked well. Make sure you head over to her store in Bury St Edmunds for all your faux fur which is set to be one of the biggest trends this season (as you would expect). Having just checked her website I have found out that she stocks pieces from Helen Moore who I absolutely love.
The show was actually split into two sections so that you had a chance to browse the pop ups again. This was handy for us as we only made it halfway round before the show started. We also bumped into Pippa (Clashing Time) and found time for a little selfie at the Selfie Clothing stand. I think we need to work on our selfie game somewhat!
I had a really good night, it is great to be able to attend a fashion show locally rather than always head to London. I think that is is important to support independents too and the show was a brilliant way of showcasing them!
Were you at the fashion show? I would love to know what you thought!