Edith Bowman and Dawn O’Porter hosted a four-day festival of cocktails, culture, catwalks and conversation at The Business Design Centre in Angel from Thursday 15th to Sunday 18th October. A friend and I booked £25 full-day tickets for the Sunday, which gave us access to the main floor, culture lounge, learning labs and seats at one of the catwalk shows.
As soon as we arrived, we were offered the complimentary cloakroom, given free material bags (perfectly timed with the recent 5p bag charge) and vouchers for a glass of bubbles! The centre was emblazoned with Stylist artwork and the main floor was full of pop-ups of well-established brands and new boutiques, all offering samples, treatments, discounts.
Our favourite was the Swarovski stand that had a unique photo booth where you wore a selected piece of Swarovski jewelry in a 7 second video that was printed into a photo flip book! Moreover, there were free bags with gorgeous Swarovski crystal compact mirrors and £10 off vouchers for anything bought that day…we both gleefully walked away with beautiful new pendants!
We walked around all the stalls, but sadly didn’t make it to any of the scheduled events in the culture lounge or learning labs as the queues started early and were quite large. I would have loved to have gone to The Meringue Girls learning lab to make edible flower lollipops or watch Hemsley + Hemsley demonstrate their popular recipes. We did, however, have reserved spots for one of the catwalks, which really was the highlight of the day! We managed to get front row seats to see the 5 main trends of Autumn Winter 2015: Sweet & Sour, Supercharged Tweed, Period Drama, Décor Dressing and 80s Glam. I absolutely loved it! Overall, it was an exciting day and we left with some new wardrobe ideas to go with our new jewellery! I would go back next year, where hopefully there might be more stalls and more spaces in the learning labs.
Rating: 4.5 / 5.0