Spanning three days, the ‘hottest fashion and beauty event of the Summer’ hit London’s Earls Court. Playing host to a hive of the UK’s fashion icons and buzzing with atmosphere, stunning stylistas, gorgeous glamazonians and aspiring model material girls swarmed to spy upcoming catwalk trends, shop ‘til they drop and even spot a celebrity or two!
I was lucky enough to nab myself a ticket to this historical event, unbelievably now in its 21st year and still going strong. My main secret aim, like every female visitor, was to be the next Erin O’Conner or Holly Willoughby, getting ‘spotted’ by the model scouts in residence. Shockingly, this didn’t happen. Bum. The consolation prizes however, very much made up for my burst bubble. They came in the form of E4’s honey, George Lamb (yes, he is just as gorgeous in the flesh), and THE legendary Clothes Show aficionado; Caryn Franklin, who, I quote, said ‘I had a really strong look’; my English Rose cheeks flushed with the flattery.
Other highlights included the Elemis SpaBus, offering blissful treatments in their double decker of tranquillity (just the ticket to rest those weary manicured tootsies), The Benefit makeover salon transforming volunteers into Summery Sirens, the ‘Stop & Chop’ shop where radical hair transformations took place under the guidance of celebrity hairdressers, and the ultimate showstopper; the fashion and dance extravaganza in the Fashion Theatre. It felt like I had suddenly been beamed in to the X-Factor! An awe-inspiring 45 minutes of choreographed-fast-paced-foot-stomping-magical-fashion-meets-West-End-artistry. Wow.
OK, so any far-flung dreams I had of a career in high-fashion may have plummeted as fast as Naomi Campbell in Vivienne Westwood heels, but lets face it, any compliment from Caryn is enough to send a girl into the dizzy heights on Naomi’s airspace. Cloud 9 accomplished, I headed home with a supermodel strut and a goodie bag of confidence.
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