We are pleased to announce that the Cabot Circus website has undergone a fabulous renovation. The new look site, which is now open, will have its very own blog – so we will be moving base!
But not to fear trusty followers, our brand new website will be bigger and better than ever, offering lots of exclusive content to cater for all fashionistas, including
- Product of the week
- New collection reviews
- Film reviews
- Latest offers and discounts
- Trend reports…
… And so much more! So what are you waiting for, get your fashion fix today at www.cabotcircus.com
With the return of the Barbour, the knitted polo neck and the Hunter welly, the catwalk and high-street alike are endorsing the English heritage trend. Spurred on by the Queen’s Jubilee and the triumph of Team GB, everyone is keen to celebrate Britain’s recent success and display their heritage wardrobe.
For anyone unsure on how to approach this trend: luxurious fabrics are a must. Country glamour can be ensured with fabrics like tweed and tartan, herringbone and check. This structured Vivienne Westwood jacket (found in GarmentQuarter) is a perfect example of how to modernise the way you wear tartan:
Team with a pair of black skinny jeans and knee-high riding boots, or a slim fitting midi skirt, and you will have achieved the two Stella McCartney looks perfectly. And Stella isn’t the only celebrity designer ruling this trend. Victoria Beckham (GarmentQuarter) also has a selection of leather satchels and slouchy knit dresses to perfect the casual heritage style:
Accessorising this trend is simple. Brooches, leather gloves, waist-belts and fedora hats are all essentials and work effortlessly with the A/W season. This French Connection boater hat will add the final touch to any tweed-inspired outfit, and teamed with a Timney silk scarf (House of Fraser) you’ll be dressed for the most stylish of country dog-walks!
Unless you’ve managed to escape every fashion magazine for the last few months, you’ll be well aware that big, bold prints are a massive trend for A/W. As a result of this, print is in all the stores right now and it can be tricky deciphering what to buy and how to wear it.
Printed jeans and trousers are a stylist favourite at the moment and are being fully endorsed by celebrities like Cherry Healey, Katie Holmes and Jessie J
Whether you go for the 1950’s floral print, the geometric pattern or the elegant baroque, the high street is offering something for everyone, and there will be something to suit your style.
Zara and H&M both have an enviable selection of printed trousers in subtle floral prints and monochrome colouring – perfect if the thought of prints covering your bottom half is slightly daunting! For a simple style that can easily be worn with a woolly knit, River Island are selling a pair of leggings featured here. Whilst those of you who are more daring, check out these eye-popping, digitally floral trousers by Ted Baker:
Mary Katrantzou, a British designer who hit high-street stardom with her range of printed dresses and t-shirts for Topshop, has made her mark by collaborating more printed pieces with Ted Baker. If you fancy standing out at the New Year’s party, head down to Quaker’s Friar for a range of dresses that allows you to boast the print, pastel and oriental trend all in one item!
Whether you go prefer the 1950’s floral print, the geometric pattern or the elegant baroque, the high street is offering something for everyone, and there will be something to suit your style.
It’s not essential to wear bold patterns for the print trend to work, but eye-popping styles and pattern clashing will no doubt have you maximising this trend to your best potential.. The question is, how will you wear your prints this autumn?
Cabot Circus is set to host a two-day culinary extravaganza this weekend. Celebrity chefs Jean Christophe Novelli and Dean Edwards will take to the stage to showcase their culinary talents along with head chefs from restaurants within Cabot Circus.
The free event will see the celebrity chefs demonstrate their skills and reveal the secrets that have helped them achieve their successes. On Saturday Jean Christophe Novelli will share some of his culinary secrets with us and also judge the final of the Cookie Competition, where the winner will scoop £100 worth of Carluccios vouchers. The excitement continues on Sunday when Dean Edwards will teach the Bristol crowd some delicious and simple recipes.
Jean Christophe Novelli said, “I am looking forward to being part of the Food Festival at Quakers Friars. Visitors to the event can expect to see wonderful dishes being prepared healthily, using local produce. The recipes will be full of flavours that some may find unusual to combine but the results will be fabulous I promise.”
Dean Edwards said: “I’m delighted to be appearing at the Closer to Food event at Cabot Circus in my hometown of Bristol. The city has a fantastic reputation for food and drink, a great range of restaurants and culinary talent. I’ll be cooking some exciting recipes at the event and look forward to welcoming the people of Bristol in August.”
As well as picking up some expert tips, visitors will be able to indulge in seasonal delicacies from a special local produce market, which includes a selection of cakes, artisan breads, locally-produced cheeses, chutneys, sausages and more.
There will also be a variety of stalls for visitors to explore, with Brasserie Blanc, Frankie & Benny’s and Harvey Nichols amongst those with produce and items on offer for shoppers.
Today is the day – unless you have been hibernating for the past year, you will no doubt be gripped with sporting fever, and Quakers Friars is celebrating the start of the games by showing all of the action for free on a giant screen – the perfect opportunity for soaking up the competitive atmosphere and cheering on Team GB!
If you didn’t manage to secure tickets to the sporting event of the year but still want to experience the excitement, then head to Quakers Friars for live open air screenings and follow the most hotly anticipated competitions.
And what perfect weather for it!
While there may be no Glastonbury; The Isle of Wight, Hackney, Leeds and Reading all make sure that that the British festival season gets in to full swing. Through the mud, mosh pits and dodgy glow sticks (please don’t try and drink out of them) some great fashion trends have emerged each festival season, and this year is no different. As Ted Hughes said, “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only inadequate clothing”. Festivals inspire creativity and so we believe they are a great place to spy the latest trends and keep you one step ahead of the rest.
There has been a lot of denim flying around this festival season and with it being so versatile, the celebrities have been rocking out denim jeans, shorts and jackets in all different shapes and sizes. We’re a big fan of these MOTO Gold Stud, bleach wash Denim Hotpants from Topshop. A classic festival item that can go with almost anything; from light frilly tops to heavy bomber jackets. We think it would look great with this rather neat flower girl garland adorning your locks, also from Topshop.
Floral patterns have been extremely popular around all the festivals and again go great with a huge variety of items. Get back to your hippy roots and feel the music man with a great selection of cut off floral tops from River Island, top it off with a cropped leather jacket and you’ll be mixing with Alexa Cheung in no time.
Be a Lad, Go Bold
Festival fashion for men has embraced bold colours and patterns, so stand out this season by embracing all things vivid. However, if the thought of bright clothes isn’t for you, try teaming coloured bottoms with plain white t-shirts, or go for the more conservative nautical theme. Pastel colours have been tipped to be huge this summer and so festivals are the perfect place to try them out.
Even if you didn’t get tickets this year don’t fret – as Wimbledon takes centre stage at Quakers Friars. With a big screen, relaxing deckchairs, classic lawn green games, Cabot Circus is the place to be to enjoy the tournament in quintessentially British fashion. Cheer on all your favourites (Murray!!) whilst choosing any number of delicious drinks and snacks on offer around Cabot Circus, with strawberries and cream being a must for that true Wimbledon experience. Between games don’t forget to indulge yourself in the latest fashions on offer around Quakers Friars and make yourself in to a style icon, Sharapova and Federer won’t know what’s hit them.
Sit Back and Relax
Let the players do the grunting and instead enjoy the tournament in true comfort and relaxation. Take a seat and revel in some great tennis, all shown on the big screen for pure sporting heaven. The only drama you’ll see here is on centre court
Join In the Action
Enjoy Cabot Circus in true British style with classic English lawn games, as well as some old favourites. Boules, rope toss and Giant Connect 4 guarantee entertainment for those of you who want to get involved in a bit of competition, without exerting yourself too much of course.
Forget the trophies; Wimbledon would be nothing without strawberries and cream, and at Cabot Circus this year same is true. Tuck in to the great British classic or stroll around and pick up some of the other delicious treats and snacks on offer, all of which are nearby so you don’t miss any of the action. We firmly believe that staying well fed and watered is the key to enjoying the tournament and is sure to keep you happy, even in the rain!
Yes, it is that time of the year again when we “have no idea what to get for Father’s Day”. And no, don’t reach for predictable cards or ties like every single year, because dads deserve to be treated! We have rummaged through the retailers at Cabot Circus and Quakers Friars for you, and come up with gift ideas that would make your dad trendy and hip…you might not be able to recognise him!
Would your dad raise his eyebrows if you get him anything fashionable? No worries, just opt for classic items with a small twist. We love the little boat shoes splattered across these shorts from Lacoste at House of Fraser, your dad’s casualwear will be updated nice and subtly.
If your dad is always clutching his latest gadgets, check out the wide range of technology accessories that is out there. Get him something which he will be able to show off at work. This leather IPad case from Hugo Boss at Harvey Nichols is stylish and sleek.
Socks, boxers…they may be boring but the truth is they are essentials. You can get al sorts of boxers and socka, whether they be comedy or snazzy! The luxurious box set from Ted Baker at House of Fraser adds that perfect something special, and dads can look dapper head to toe.
The British theme has been everywhere this year, but you have seen nothing yet! Here comes the long-awaited Diamond Jubilee weekend, and the retailers have outdone themselves with super cool limited edition products for this special event. It’s time to forget the bad weather and embrace the bright colours of red white and blue!
What better way of celebrating four days off than getting sufficiently merry? The special Jubilee liquor bottles add that perfect touch of something special when we cheer for our beloved Queen. Even if you quickly finish the bottle – and we all know you would – you can use it as interior decoration to keep up the patriotic vibe. We love the edgy design from the classic brand Absolute Vodka, available at Harvey Nichols.
Wave your nails instead of flags! Get creative and try some Union Jack nail art at home. The perfect shades of red and blue can be found at Butter London from Harvey Nichols. Don’t forget to add that extra layer of glitter, you will no doubt stand out from the crowd.
As posh as the Queen
Tea and scones anyone? Tea parties are the very stuff of our British culture, allowing us to be as classy as the Royals. Thank God for the iconic brand Radley bringing out its very first Home Collection just in time for the Jubilee. Expect ‘awws’ when you bring out their teacups and cake platters with cute Union Jack Terriers on them.
Quakers Friars is set to become a foodie paradise next month as the UK’s biggest street food festival comes to the historic piazza at Cabot Circus for the first time.
Taking place over three days from Friday 18th to Sunday 20th May, the free festival will feature some of the UK’s finest ‘food trucks’ offering a variety of delicious street cuisine – a new concept that has gained popularity over recent months in London’s Southbank.
Colston Hall will also host a live stage throughout the event which will showcase some of Bristol’s best new musical talent. Featuring a range of local bands playing folk, acoustic and world music, performances will take place every lunchtime, afternoon and evening during the three-day event.
The street food festival will see Quakers Friars brought to life with festival-inspired food stalls and retailers and will offer the perfect opportunity for the whole family to come and enjoy tasty food, drink and free entertainment and music. Some of the vendors appearing include:
- The Swallow Bakery: boutique bakery offering speciality cupcakes and dessert pies
- The Hungry Gecko: A Masterchef finalist specialising in vegetarian Asian street food
- What the Dickens: iconic British dishes and revived vintage recipes
- Café Mor: seafood specialists from Pembrokeshire and winner of the British Street Food Award 2011
- Big Apple Hot Dogs: inspired by New York, made using only natural and free-range ingredients
- Byron Burgers: proper burgers and the ultimate in comfort food
- Churros Bros: chocolaty warm churros
“Street Food is the most important UK food trend in years” says Richard Johnson, the author of Street Food Revolution and the founder of the British Street Food Awards. “That’s why Heston is singing the praises of the street food revolution in the next issue of GQ. And Jamie has gone and got his own ice cream truck. Served out of the coolest vans, trucks and trailers, street food offers up an exciting way to eat that doesn’t break the bank. It’s throwing up a new generation of food heroes, and has given us the two most important new restaurant openings in living memory – Pitt Cue and Co and Meat Liquor. They both started out trading on the streets. The Cabot Circus event will be packed with new talent, and showcase some sure-fire contenders for the British Street Food Awards 2012 in September.”
The free event will take place from 11am to 8pm from Friday 18th until and Sunday 20th May, with the first bands playing at 12:00pm each day.
For more information on the free street food festival visit www.cabotcircus.com or find us on Facebook or twitter. Shops throughout Cabot Circus and Quakers Friars are open from 10am to 8pm, with restaurants open until late.
April was a pretty wet month, but the heavens closed and sunshine was upon us for the Cabot Circus spring / summer fashion shows – literally! The weekend of free catwalk shows presented fabulous, refreshing and inspiring new season trends.
With pampering treats and discounts visitors could indulge themselves into the fashion world and follow the recommendations of one of London’s hottest stylists, JP, who presented and styled the show.
We have picked some of our favourite trends from the show. We can’t wait to see them hitting the Bristol streets!!
Miami Fashion Vice dominated in style with bold colours and patterns combined with 1950s high waists, halter necks and wiggle skirts.
Fantastic fabrics are massive this season. Embroidery, chiffon layers, lace, beads, sequins and so much more. Whether it’s for relaxed daywear or night time chic, tactile fabric is a must have – yummy!
Mother nature holds the power when it comes to this gorgeous trend – earthy tones with sunny highlights create a natural looking style teamed with tie die, bold patterns or woven elements. This should not be missed!
White is the new black. – less is more this season. Focusing on the garment for the cut and shape makes this colour always an eye-catcher – stand out in style!
Men are also standing out this season and should be boldly wearing pattern their patterns and colours. Chinos are a must have – as always. Gents combine them with blazers for a relaxed look – and roll up those sleeves!
Sock it to me! Socked ankles are everywhere this season and top the cherry on the cake for an outstanding look – so dress those ankles!
And we can’t forget the coolest kids in Bristol. Local Dance School Hype strutted their stuff on the catwalk. The grown-up models have some serious rivals.
Fashionistas from Bristol and beyond will be heading to Cabot Circus this April for a series of free fashion shows presenting the hottest trends for Spring and Summer.
Taking place under the Cabot Circus glass roof on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 April, the ‘Spring Summer 2012 Fashion Show’ will feature the latest looks from the new collections available from stores in the centre.
And, with outfits from high-street to high-end, the catwalk will showcase something for every budget and taste – whether you want to indulge your feminine side with pretty florals, grab attention with this season’s acid brights or spice it up a bit with the latest Miami trends.
As the weekend of free fashion shows begins, savvy shoppers will be able to enjoy some fantastic discounts and offers at many of Cabot Circus’ stores and restaurants.
Visitors can also indulge in free treatments at the ‘pamper lounges’, where experts from House of Fraser, Harvey Nichols, Sanctuary Spa, Seanhanna and the Body Shop will be on-hand to treat shoppers and talk through the latest hair and beauty trends.
Shoppers can also get inspiration from fabulous clothes and brilliant beauty buys that will be showcased in glass display cases dotted around Cabot Circus and Quakers Friars.
Retailers that will be featured in the Fashion Show include House of Fraser, Harvey Nichols, French Connection, Ted Baker, Fred Perry, Next, River Island, Bank, New Look, Reiss and Warehouse – and many more.
Local street dance company Hype – which has previously won awards including the World Street Dance Championships and worked with artists Neyo and Sean Paul – will be participating in the fashion show this year for the first time. Young members from the Bristol-based dance crew will be turning their hand to modeling for the day as they strut their stuff on the catwalk for a special childrenswear show at 5pm on Saturday.
The Cabot Circus Fashion Show are being presented by JP, one of London’s hottest stylists, who will give even the most fashion reluctant a nudge in the right direction to fulfil their style potential.
SATURDAY 21 APRIL
Cabot Circus (level 1, outside House of Fraser)
11.30am / 12:30pm / 1:30pm / 2:30pm / 3:30pm / 4:30pm
Children’s Fashion Show with Hype: 5pm
SUNDAY 22 APRIL
Cabot Circus (level 1, outside House of Fraser)
12pm / 1pm / 2pm / 3pm / 4pm
If you want to make a bold statement, vibrant, acid bright colours are huge this year. This is a trend that you can’t tone down so it’s all about mixing colours together – not for shrinking violets. Put together pinks, blues, yellows and greens for a new take on last year’s colour blocking trend. If clashing isn’t your thing but you still like this look, try it with denim, which will give you a flavour of the trend.
Spring is when nature comes alive, and this is reflected this season. Summer is looking hot with colour prints – from vintage-inspired florals, to luscious paradise islands and tropical flowers. Whether you go for floaty, structured or somewhere in between, achieve this look by embracing the traditional and injecting it with the right amount of attitude. There is only one rule with this trend – the bigger and bolder the print the better!
As the gloomy winter months fade into memory, it’s time to forget functional fashion, pack away your knitwear and welcome back lighter fabrics and brighter colours.
Spring is our favourite time of year for fashion and this season, you’re likely to find yourself wrapped in gorgeous fabrics and adorned with colour, from vivid brights to sugary shades.
As the latest trends hit the high street, we’ve asked the experts at Cabot Circus for the lowdown on what to wear this spring – some style inspiration before you hit the shops!
Summer becomes mouth-watering this year, with yummy colours like orange sorbet, lemon sherbet and rosy apple, giving a sweet and delicious look – good enough to eat!
The subtle, sugar pastels give a feminine, clean palette. Wear together or with white, or toughen it up with a rock t-shirt and dangerously high heels for a cute and candy appearance.
Drop the bouquet, ditch those predictable cards, Mother’s Day is about celebrating our magnificent mums, and we have nosed through the retailers at Cabot Circus and Quakers Friars to provide the alternative gift guide for your special lady!
Not a blossom in sight here as we give you a couple of different suggestions that will make your mum very happy indeed.
All women LOVE a good scarf, and we have found some beauties! Crew clothing have a lovely range of scarves, and our favourite has to be the gorgeous butterfly scarf– and we love the monochrome number by Timney at House of Fraser.
A girl can never have enough handbags you know? So why not get a gorgeous bag for your mum? Cabot Circus is spoilt for choice in this department, but our picks of the crop are from Fossil and Ollie and Nic.
This season, statement heels are bigger, brighter and better than ever before! As most of you will know, 70′s inspired pieces are huge for the spring, and that includes shoes. This season, expect to find lots of earthy-toned wooden platforms (and sliver gladiator-style heels) in stores. We love chunky heels because they can be easily dressed up or down, making them a versatile investment.
As seen on the catwalk at our Fashion Weekender, colour blocking is officially one of the biggest trends in town this year. But don’t just think about opting for dresses and blouses – colour is available from top to toe! Whether you opt for full colour blocking or add bright heels to a neutral outfit to add an eye catching element, there are plenty of options in the shops right now. And this summer, don’t be afraid to team colours that you have been traditionally told will clash!
Here’s some of our favourites:
As many of you will know, Gok brought his Channel 4 production team to Bristol at the end of January to film an episode of his new series ’Gok’s Roadshow’ in Cabot Circus, where he took on stylist Brix Smith-Start in the high-street versus designer face-off on the catwalk.
As part of the new series, Gok is doing his best to help Britain’s style-starved women and in Bristol he met three lovely ladies – all mental health workers.
Avid cyclers, Becky (32), Tors (33) and Sarah (37) had ditched fashion in favour of bike helmets and high-visibility jackets but all three received a glamorous makeover from Gok and we can’t wait to see them strut their stuff on the catwalk on Tuesday…
The thousands of you that turned up on that freezing Friday night when he filmed will already know who won – Gok or Brix – however the rest of you will just have the wait until Tuesday!
Until then, here’s a clip of Gok in action working his magic to transform a simple nude dress into a show-stopping evening dress…
Ladies – if you’re still worried about those post-Christmas pounds, for a quick fix solution try out a pair of Wonder Jeans which can help pull you in and lift in all the right places.
The bootilicious Wonder jeans from Salsa have been specifically designed to push up bums with their unique set of three lateral folds and rounded panel. This new concept in pattern and production instantly and naturally highlights the feminine posterior for a curvaceous and attention–grabbing look. The fabric has a great subtle stretch nature, giving you the perfect fit.
House of Fraser at Cabot Circus has the range in stock now – we love these Skinny Wonder Jeans at £95 per pair. Say hello to your new favourite jeans!
Christmas is nearly upon us – if you’re not ready yet don’t panic! Cabot Circus is open until 8pm tonight (Wed 22) 9pm tomorrow (Thurs 23) and until 6pm on Christmas eve.
Here’s some inspiration for last minute presents…