Harvey Nichols Birmingham SS12 Preview

14 Feb

It’s very rare to see blogging events being held in Birmingham so when we do get invited to them we make every effort we can to attend them. Even if it means braving the snow…

Two weeks ago (4th Feb) we were invited to the Birmingham Harvey Nichols for their Spring/Summer preview. As the other girls weren’t around in Birmingham, I went on my own. I was looking forward to seeing what they had on offer as I don’t know about you but I’m getting sick and tired of hiding my clothes under my coat. But that wasn’t changing anytime soon as on my way to the event it started to snow!

I even ended up buying socks from New Look as my feet were so cold. FYI I bought some leopard print ones…obviously hehe.

I met up with Emma from Fashion-Mommy and we made it safe and sound to the Mailbox. So after sipping on a gorgeous and much needed hot chocolate from the Cafe it was time to see what key pieces they had picked out for us this season- and they didn’t disppoint.

The presentation was by Stuart Dixon, Assistant Retail Manager for Womenswear and Personal Shopping at Harvey Nichols. As he predicted before the presentation, SS12 is all about femininity swaying away from the androgynous and masculine lines from AW11.

As a bit of a tomboy the idea of “a girly summer” did scare me a little but after seeing the outfits put together i’m now looking forward to embracing the girly girly side to me!

ACNE open back shirt, £190; For All Mankind jeans, £185; YSL Tribtoos, £550; and Mulberry Alexa, £795.

Candy colours/pastel shades are going to be big this season and I love the ‘soft’ feel to this first outfit. The pale blue colour of the ‘For all Mankind’ jeans works so well alongside the lighter shades of cream almost creating a subtle nautical feel (my fave). And that arm candy! One day Mulberry Alexa, you shall be mine…

Just Cavalli floral dress, £365; Christian Louboutin shoes, £595; Jimmy Choo clutch, £295.

Normally i’d stay away from anything floral but I have to admit I’ve bought a few things recently with floral prints. I think you can definitely get away with wearing them in the summer so why not? I wasn’t so keen on this ‘Just Cavalli’ floral dress at first glance but it’s actually growing on me now. Perfect for a summer wedding!

Philip Armstrong skater dress, £785; Christian Louboutin 160ml heels, £635; Alexander McQueen hard case, £825.

I think all the bloggers in the room were blown away by this dress- how gorgeous is it!? The futuristic but elegant vibe of this Philip Armstrong dress is worth every penny of its £785 price tag. A little out of my budget (ahem) but I’d be very surprised if we don’t see this dress on some kind of red carpet this season. It’s such a statement dress. Oh and that Alexander McQueen clutch- WANT!

Pinko dress, £205; Pinko suede layered cardigan, £645; Jeffrey Campbell boots, £95; Mulberry Daria satchel, £695.

My favourite outfit of the presentation. I can totally see myself wearing this. One of my favourite trends this season is the return of 90’s grunge which this outfit touches upon. The colours work so well for a laid back summer vibe- just stick some Aviators on and you’re good to go! Another thing I love about this look are the Jeffrey Campbell Lita shoes.

Me wearing the JC Lita shoes. Actually quite comfortable and easy to walk in!

I’ve always wanted them but the “typical blogger boot” tag put me off. However, after seeing these at the event I was once again lusting after them. After much encouragement from the sales assistant and the other bloggers to try on a pair, I did. And now I want them even more. LE SIGH!

M Missoni dress, £580; Christian Louboutin white patent shoes, £510; Jimmy Choo bag, £595.

This M Missoni dress just screams the 60’s. Another big trend this season is patterns and prints- the louder and bolder the better. I love this dress but personally I don’t like white shoes and bags. I don’t know why but that’s just me, however I do agree that the white accessories gives this dress/outfit a proper 60’s feel.

Pinko maxi dress, £410; YSL Tribtoos, £550

Saving the best till last- my second favourite outfit but by far my most favourite dress of the day was this Pinko Maxi dress. The first thing I thought of when I saw this dress was get me on a plane now. If this dress doesn’t get you excited for the summer then I don’t know what will. So beautiful! As a leopard print lover, I do like the python print on this maxi- it gives it a more exotic feel. Oh man, I can just see myself walking barefoot on the beach wearing this. PLEASE GOD LET ME WIN THE LOTTERY.

It was great seeing some of the key pieces at Harvey Nichols. It’s definitely made me start thinking about my wardrobe for this season. The fun didn’t stop there though. The lovely Lisa Piddington had arranged for me to have a makeup session with the brand ‘Stila‘. It was a brand I hadn’t used before so was looking forward to it. I still haven’t mastered the art of a smokey eye so the lovely makeup artist went through it with me. She was excellent despite me CONSTANTLY asking questions.

I was really pleased with what she had done. On my way back home in the snow, I noticed that the eye makeup (bar the mascara) had actually stayed on! I’ll let them off for the mascara hehe. I used her smokey eye tips myself on a night out and it didn’t look to bad! So i’m glad I had my Stila session. There was no pressure at all to buy anything but I might pop back in on payday as I was really pleased with their concealer.

After my makeup session I even had a hand massage from Elemis. Oh it was devine! Despite the snow outside, we were having a ball at Harvey Nics being pampered. I’m so glad I didn’t let the snow stop me from going.

Me, Doll on Fashion & Fashion Mommy

Once again it was lovely to meet the Brum Bloggers: Emily Jayne, Doll on Fashion, Fashion-Mommy and The Style Pad.

The Style Pad, Me and Fashion Mommy

Here’s to more Brummie fashion events!

What’s your favourite outfit from the SS12 preview? Shall I bite the bullet and get some JC Lita’s?

Images taken by Wardrobe Mag. More photos can be found on our facebook page.


3 Responses to “Harvey Nichols Birmingham SS12 Preview”

  1. The doll on fashion February 14, 2012 at 4:07 pm #

    It was a fab afternoon and always lovely to see you!

    PS – Get the Litas……. I’m seriously tempted, even the bf liked them and I thought he hate them!

    The doll on fashion

  2. daisychain February 18, 2012 at 8:17 am #

    Now Bristol HN needs to follow suit!

  3. Fashion Handbags and Purses February 24, 2012 at 11:45 pm #

    I really like the handbags that she was carrying. She reminds me of Kate Middleton

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