A fortnight ago, I was given a ticket to attend the Stylist live event at the Business Design Centre in Islington.
I must admit, I was absolutely thrilled, since I love reading the Stylist magazine so much. The programme over 4 days consisted of a whole host of talks by prominent celebrities, such as Nigella Lawson, Salman Rushdie, Helmsley & Helmsley, Davina Mc Call, Yotam Ottolenghi and many more.
There were creative sessions from cookery to styling, empowering seminars from pitching to magazines,to kickstarting a portfolio career.
Running alongside were also fashion shows and sessions with beauty experts.
The list goes on. . . .
Unfortunately, I was only there for a short period, so did not manage to attend the talks.
I was interested to learn that Stylist asked 25 fashion designers to create 25 bespoke looks for Kylie. A celebration of her being in the charts for 25 years.
Interesting to see all the interpretations. One of the resulting shots later made it to the cover of her album The Best of Kylie Minogue in June 2012.
Balloons and pink, two of my favourites. I’m liking the ombre effect of this backdrop.
Feast your eyes on this colourful display. Definitely a place to stop by for fashion conundrums. Isn’t that white Sophia Webster Evangeline heels with the wings so pretty? I’m liking that green snakeskin embossed Beaumont stiletto on the bottom shelf too. It is from Kurt Geiger.
Great to see a mix of designer with high street brands on the Stylist’s shelves. Mesmerised by this colourful sparkle? I certainly was, as I analysed the colour palette of emerald, mint, dusky pink, sapphire blue and bold orange. I forgot to mention that this event was not just all fashion shows and talks.
In fact, you could literally shop till you drop, or until you’ve broken the bank.
I wanted to buy the mint and pink heels above from Yull, but unfortunately they didn’t have my size.
I met Sarah Watkinson-Yull, the creative director, and she told me that she could make them bespoke in a variety of colour combinations. Now, that is tempting! I stopped by at Uzma Bozai’s stand and proceeded to buy one of their beautifully designed bib necklaces that was adorned with a variety of stones.
I have admired Sophie Hulme’s handbag collection for a while. When I saw this bubble gum pink mini envelope handbag, I knew it had my name all over it.
Not sure what was in the air that day, but I have always shied away from bold animal prints on shoes. These classic French Sole pumps in leopard print designed by Jane Winkworth won my heart over. It was a delight to see homewares on sale at the event too.
Love these lamp shades from Kith and Kin. Another design from Kith and Kin. Very on trend with the still popular pineapples and botanicals. Birchbox has also collaborated with Stylist for their October box filled with cosmetics. You can find out more here. The colourful meringues from the Meringue girls are always a visual delight.
These yummy cakes are from Pearl and Groove. These spiced Bramley apple and pear crumble doughnuts are from Crosstown. Portobello Road Gin, a blend of 9 botanicals, wins for its cool display. I’m liking the sound of Juniper, citrus, nutmeg and a peppery finish.
Hope you have enjoyed this post. Have a great start to your week.
( Photography are all by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little big Bell except French soles, Sophie Hulme and Yull.)