Review: Lewis-Manning A/W 2014 Fashion Show

On Thursday night I had the privilege to be invited to a fashion show, hosted by Magna Mazda Poole and organised by the Lewis-Manning Hospice.  The goal of the fashion show was to demonstrate that it is possible to follow the latest trends by purchasing items second hand from charity shops.

Unfortunately I was unable to take photographs on the night, however if you are interested in seeing the outfits from Thursday night, keep an eye on the event’s Facebook page for an update.

The first catwalk looked at colours and prints, and most of the outfits focussed on solid primary colours or bright floral prints, teamed with more earthy-coloured accessories, thick coats and chunky boots to make it clear that autumn has arrived.

As well as casual and office wear, many outfits in the first catwalk hinted at the return of cocktail party and office Christmas dos with some gorgeous cocktail dresses – one in particular was a gorgeous deep blue colour, but unfortunately somebody else got to it first when it came to shopping.  Boo.

Some of the jewellery, provided by a local Stella & Dot stylist, was absolutely gorgeous, and whilst fairly expensive the accessories are truly one of a kind.

Entertainment during the interval was covered by GJ Cabarets, an excellent dance cabaret troupe who performed to a wide range of songs, from Michael Jackson’s Thriller to Paolo Nutini’s Pencil Full Of Lead and Marilyn Monroe’s Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend.

The second catwalk was based around fabrics and shapes, and it demonstrated how easy it is to find statement pieces for your autumn/winter wardrobe on a budget from charity shops.  Some of the looks teamed sheer, soft and silky materials with thick winter coats, parkas and fake fur detailing to add opulence to the outfits.

They also focused on fashionable silhouettes for the season – outfits with a fitted top had looser, less fitted bottoms, and vice versa.  Using a belt to draw attention to a cinched waistline was also an awesome feature.

The night ended with entertainment from Richard Knight, an opera singer, who got the entire crowd dancing to a Queen medley, ABBA’s greatest hits and more.

I had a really interesting night, and it definitely encouraged me to take more time rummaging the racks at my local charity shops to look for bargains which are also bang on trend.

Many thanks to Louise Croft, the organiser, for sending me the invitation in the first place!

Currently listening to: CarapherneliaPierce The Veil featuring Jeremy Mckinnon