Clothes Show Live 2008

Posted on: 18/12/2008

Written by Becky Coles

Fashion fashion and more fashion… yes the largest fashion and beauty event in the world returns.

Clothes Show Live was back for yet another Christmas and another great show and shopping experience. With bargains that you can’t go wrong with and celebrities enough to make you scream!

The Clothes Show Live takes place every year around Christmas and this year it was held from December 5th – 10th at Birmingham’s NEC. I attended on the last day, which in my eyes, is the best day to go with prices of beauty, gadgets and clothes cut to the max. So you can make the most of your money especially during this credit crunch.

The show takes place in one of the NEC’s huge halls and I when I say huge I mean the size of a football stadium, when I’m thinking maybe more Man United size. The hall is full with different stalls and labelled zones purple, pink, red, black and blue.

The purple zone offers a unique mix of styles of sports, streets, and chic streetwear. The pink beauty zone is the place to pamper yourself with teeth whitening and nail extensions.  The red zone was for the more eccentric and one of a kind brands. The black zone was for the best of glamour and how to create your perfect look, mostly to do with hair and introducing some of the top celebrity stylists and their teams; Sam Bright, Michael Barnes, Tara Smith and Errol Douglas! And finally the blue zone aka the vintage zone packed with pieces you wouldn’t find anywhere else…also with the Maybelline New York Image Catwalk with designs from final year students.

I’d describe the clothes show in one word as amazing. Ideally you should get to the NEC early, roughly 10-11am so you can get the best buys before or after the fashion show. You need to have enough time to go to every zone back to front not missing out on a thing.

By going with the college also you save so much money you don’t even realize! If you were to go off your own back it would easily cost you £100 with travel and the cost of the ticket. Not including actual shopping and lunch! But with the college, the tickets and travel cost £32! Yeah that’s what I call a bargain.

With everything going on at once you will never be bored, as fashion shows around the clothes stalls happen every half hour, also with DJs around pumping out the latest soundtracks of 2008. It’s really such an experience and really gets you in the mood for Christmas.

The choice of food is unbelievable with so many bars and restaurants such as Weatherspoons, Subway, burger vans etc. This really is such an experience.

I picked up so many bargains, including two dresses for just £20 and nothing that you find at your local shopping centre either. Also I purchased a Baby Phat bag for just £15, yess with all the labels and tags.

And I haven’t even got to the best part yet, the actual Fashion Show itself placed in a 6,500 fashion theatre. You have never seen anything like it, such a breath-taking experience.

The show kicked off with presenter Marvyn Williams from shipwrecked island! The show was immense with the hottest winter fashion from high street to designer. With models strutting their stuff up the catwalk, we were only to be more surprised from the dance routines with the girls in their killer heels and the men with their six packs out ! Not to be missed!

Thomas Cox (Peter Symonds College) said with a huge grin on his face: “I thought it was really fun and a good experience, I enjoyed the exhibition although I didn’t think the fashion show was as good as it was last year. I bought a bag, a belt and a t-shirt and also got to see lots of demonstrations for beauty products like the teeth whitening stall” 

Melissa McManus (Basingstoke College of Technology) said: “It was my first time. It was recommended by a friend, and I can’t say how much I enjoyed it, the shopping was immense and the show I thought was amazing! All the men models with their tops off! It’s something not to be missed next year!” 

If you attended with the college or outside the college leave a comment and tell us what you thought of the show… 


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