Jo rubbed shoulders with fashion royalty during Bath in Fashion!
I was lucky enough last week to be invited to the hottest ticket in town, during Bath in Fashion week – a rare talk by the fabulous Manolo Blahnik, hosted by ‘Bath Life’ magazine – an event which sold out in 20 minutes!
Manolo has lived in Bath for many years, and this year finally agreed to get involved with this high profile event. He spoke about his start in life in the Canary Islands, his early forays into designing shoes for his dog, and then his stellar career designing some of the world’s most iconic shoes.
During the fascinating hour-long interview, we heard about the many famous names he has worked with or designed for, from Bianca Jagger to Angelica Houston to Kate Moss – telling us stories about the stunning shoes Kate wore at her wedding, hand-sewn in Italy the night before and flown in just in time; to the huge boost his career received from Carrie’s obsession with his shoes in ‘Sex and the City’.
Bath in Fashion gets better every year, this year featuring headlining talks and shows from designer Amanda Wakeley, Mulberry-founder Roger Saul, and milliner Stephen Jones, as well as Manolo Blahnik. With coverage now in Tatler, Vogue and the Telegraph, this week of fashion events and shows really puts Bath on the fashionista map.
We at fabulous have been heavily involved again this year, with our jewellery featuring in several scenes in the Spring / Summer 2012 catwalk show at the Guildhall, styled by famed stylist Rebekah Roy – stylist to Kate Moss – as well as being showcased at the Street Style events throughout the weekend.
Every time I go down to Bath to our store, I am amazed by the sheer vibrancy of what goes on in the city, and just how many events happen throughout the year. If you didn’t make it to Bath in Fashion this year, then keep an eye out on events later in the year, as it’s a really great place for a weekend away. We’re adding our own little bit of fabulousness to life in Bath this Summer, with our Garden Party at The Bath Priory – so if you want to see what all the fuss is about, take the opportunity to come and see us there. It’s on Thursday June 21st – we’d love to see you there!