A look back at British Style Collective

By Jessica Bond

THIS weekend saw a city-wide style takeover when the annual Clothes Show came to Liverpool launching its new name: British Style Collective.

Fashion fanatics turned up dressed to impress to get a first look the latest designer trends and check out up and coming brands selling their new A/W lines for discounted prices.

The Clothes Show, previously at the NEC in Birmingham, spread across four locations, allowing ticket holders to visit St George’s Hall, Exhibition Centre Liverpool, Albert Dock and Echo Arena.

Designer catwalks, featuring names such as Philip Armstrong and Ebeleen Lee, were brought to life by the grand backdrop of St George’s Hall. Here people were able to watch the shows, shop the looks and hear expert interviews with celebrities such as Lisa Snowdon from Britain’s Next Top Model.

Kath Bond, 41, from North Devon, said: “I love watching the designer catwalk shows because that will impact what we buy on the high street in a year’s time.”

Katie Sims, 17, also from North Devon, said: “I got the ticket as a Christmas present because I’ve always loved anything fashion or beauty. I also buy and sell second hand clothes on Depop so like to keep up to date with the latest trends.”

Echo Arena held Alcatel Fashion Show, a 45 minute magnificent catwalk production combining music, dance and cutting edge fashion.

For those looking to go more retro, Fine Tuned at Albert Dock offered stalls with vintage designers to inspire an alternative look.

After taking in all the newest styles, it was time to shop until you drop at Liverpool’s Exhibition Centre, and the room was packed full girls and guys weighed down with their hot new purchases.

Refreshment was never far away with the help of Bubbles Bar, offering fruity cocktails sponsored by Liverpool’s very own Lambrini, as well as a selfie wall to give you something to remember the day.

Discounts, deals and free gifts were available in abundance, selling make-up, skin-care, jewellery, home ware, shoes, artwork and lingerie.

Connie Fox, 59, from Hull, said: “My friend and I have just arrived here so headed straight for the bar to sit down and look through the programme and our goody bags. She bought me a deluxe ticket for my birthday and we’re excited for the Alcatel Fashion Show at six.”