Fashion, food, lifestyle and culture in St Albans
As I see the shops winding down their sales and flooding their window displays with a plethora of pastel loveliness, I feel reluctant to give up my winter woollies and fully embrace the fashion beauties that the Spring/Summer season will offer. It’s a weather thing and not a style thing, I cannot wait to don some floral goodness, I just wish that I could be parted from my coat and gloves.
A/W fashion in St Albans was a sight to behold. Local boutiques and high street favourites did us proud with oodles of texture, tone and lovely layering. If you’re lucky you can still grab some cosy knits in the last drops of the sales and keep them tucked away for next Autumn.
Looking back on 2012, there was one highlight in my local Fashion Calendar that stood out and still deserves a roaring mention.
The Dressing Room, a Style in my City favourite, kindly invited me to their Fashion Show back in the Autumn. They showcased the best that they had on offer in store, whilst also raising awareness and celebrating the wonderful work done by the St Albans and Hertsmere Women’s Refuge.
I arrived to a busy and bustling Verulam Golf Club, where the DR Team had transformed the simple venue into a catwalk lined with excited customers, eager to catch a glimpse at A/W’s must haves.
I found my spot, generously reserved with a ‘VIP’ note, which is now still taking pride of place on my fridge, and waited equally eagerly for the show to start.
Deryane radiated as ever in a luxe black velvet jacket, with a subtle sparkle thread woven neatly into the fabric lifting the velvet texture, as she warmly welcomed everyone to the event and kicked off the festivities.
This season promised a variety of textured, coated and patterned jeans and skinny trousers, paired with voluminous chunky knits to finish off the ensembles. A palette of jewel tones was showcased, also encouraging us to embrace colour as much on our legs as on top.
Deryane took us from day to night seamlessly, with each look being carefully put together by her and her team of in house stylists. Hair and makeup were perfectly matched courtesy of Laura at Crazy Angels and Grey’s Hairdressing, bringing the fashion and beauty community together to achieve beautiful St Albans style.
The lovely manager Charlotte, whose Mummy and sister I had the pleasure of sitting next to, wasn’t taking the night off to enjoy the festivities, but instead was acting as resident photographer, snapping away at all the looks as they came down the catwalk.
We saw an array of gorgeous coats and jackets before the finale of fabulous evening wear cascaded down the catwalk in a sweep of elegance and style. These wrap dresses, from Butter by Nadia, moved so sensationally down the catwalk. Not only was I baffled by the multitude of ways in which they could be worn, but the way the fabric hung on the body and moved with the models was beautiful.
The models were a mixture of DR staff, volunteers from the charity and fashion students from a local college. It was a perfect blend that created a lovely warm and supportive atmosphere in the room. However, Sam, one of the DR’s core team stole the show for me with her signature pout and killer strut. In the words of Miss Tyra Banks, she was fierce.
After the rapturous applause, the DR Team dashed back to HQ to get things ready for the rest of the evening. Guests were treated to a special late night opening of the store with an exclusive discount and many bubbles and bargains were enjoyed.
This post is long overdue, but the praise deserved for the team at the Dressing Room has no expiry date. On to the new season ladies…
All photography is courtesy of Charlotte Phillip from The Dressing Room.