On Monday 5th December 2011, I spent the day at the Clothes Show Live (NEC) with Oxfam. Oxfam had two fashion stands there, selling the kinds of lovely second-hand pieces you would find in their charity shops. They had a wealth of yummy, chunky knitted jumpers and warm faux fur jackets. I bought myself a hand knitted Aran jumper, and an oversized, super thick, brown, Christmassy jumper to keep me warm over winter. I also bought a fantastic 80s black mini dress from a different vintage stall. It has long sleeves, boning, and is embellished with star and moon studs (very on trend). I absolutely adore it and it makes for the perfect Christmas party dress.
So what did I spend the day doing? In the morning I was based on the Oxfam fashion stall, where we happily sat customising clothes. You can see what I was upto below, adding new buttons and glitter thread to embroidered flowers. After some lunch we drummed up participants for a competition that Oxfam were running for the event, win Beyonce’s dress! And kept our eyes open for fashionable shoppers to style spot.
The Clothes Show always put on a good fun fashion show and this year was no exception. It was based around the different floors of a shopping centre – first floor sportswear, second floor womenswear . . . sixth floor lingerie, you get the idea. On leaving the show we managed to catch up with Louie from the band Daytona Lights and give him a quick interview.
I was very impressed by the amount of vintage at the show this year courtesy of ‘Anita’s Vintage Fashion Fair’ and testament to the fact that vintage has become much more mainstream in recent years. They also had the ‘Sknitch’ area where you could knit! Run by the UK Hand Knitting Association shoppers could learn the basics of knitting and take home their free ball of yarn and knitting needles. Next to Sknitch and the Vintage Fashion Fair, was the inspiration stage pictured below when a customisation demonstration was taking place. It is great to see the Clothes Show branching out and welcoming these niche areas of fashion and clothing.