A/W Trends

Red Carpet Fashion

So silent film The Artist proved to be one of the winners at the 69th annual Golden Globes Awards, but there were also winners and losers on the red carpet. Kicking off the film awards season, The Golden Globes is THE first chance in the awards season for stars to shine and showcase their style credentials – and last night saw some truly stunning looks, with many opting for bright tones or ivory gowns.

We loved Angelina’s dress – adding her own unique style to the classic nude tone with flashes of scarlett. And the 40’s ruffle detail is bang on trend too.

Michelle Williams flew the flag for colour and neatly incorporated the velvet trend too… 

To get the red carpet look on a more realistic budget, Coast – available at House of Fraser in Cabot Circus has some great show-stopping gowns like this ‘Savannah’ maxi dress, £195.

Monsoon also have some great styles, like this ‘Honeysuckle’ dress for £160. Glamorous yet won’t break the bank!


A/W Photoshoot

We’ve been busy over the last few weeks shooting our winter brand campaign – here’s a taster of the photos that will soon be appearing in the magazines, newspapers and outdoor! All items featured are available from Bristol’s Cabot Circus now.



House of Fraser Fashion Show

To kick off the Cabot Circus A/W Fashion Tour, House of Fraser is holding an exclusive fashion evening at the Showcase Cinema De Lux on Thursday, 22nd September.

Guests will be treated to a fashion show of key A/W trends, featuring brands such as Biba, Pied a Terre and Label Lab all presented by top London stylist JP. Style advisors will be on hand to give advice on what to wear for your body shape and guests will also be welcomed with complimentary drinks and canapés, and sent home with a luxury goodie bag.

Tickets cost £5 and are available from House of Fraser (level 1 Buy and Collect desk) and the Cabot Circus Information Desk. £1 from every ticket sold will be donated to Guide Dogs for the Blind. Get your tickets before they all go!

A/W Trend Report

Cabot Circus will be welcoming the new season in stunning style with a weekend of free catwalk shows on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 September, celebrating the hottest trends from the latest collections.

The ‘Autumn/Winter Fashion Tour’ is being held in association with the British Fashion Council and will bring together the best of the high-street and designer brands to showcase leading looks from the new season.

To give you a taste of what is to come on the catwalk, here are some of the key trends hitting the shops now for the autumn/winter season:

1.       Heritage

Ladies it’s time to don your barber jackets, riding boots and cable knits, and embrace the great outdoors… heritage chic is back for autumn winter 2011.

What to wear: Tweed, tartan and herringbone
Where to wear: Weekend in the countryside 

Get the look: Venetia Pussy Bow Blouse £45, Harley Hacking Jacket £85, Bea Babycord Short £35, Illinois tote £120, Dallas boots £65, Monsoon

2.       Fetish

Thanks to celebrities like Lady Gaga and Rihanna, corsets and leather are at the height of fashion and will be hitting the shops this season. 

What to wear: The key colour is black, of course
Where to wear: A night out with the girls

Get the look: Black leather top, £120, House of Fraser, black shorts, £75 from House of Fraser. Tan leather clutch, £95 from Pied a Terre at House of Fraser. 

3.       Boy/girl look

Sick of summer dresses and light floral patterns? If so the ‘borrowed from the boys’ look is one for you this season. The more structured fabrics and cuts will be perfect for the colder weather, and this look is a sure way to be taken seriously and command attention.

What to wear: Oversized blazers, ankle grazing trouser and loafers
Where to wear: Shopping or in the office

Get the look: shirt, £28, cerise trousers, £38, shoes, £55, Topshop

4.       Swinging sixties

The sixties look is going to be huge this season, from graphic printed shifts to jewel coloured tunics and mod coats. All you need now is big hair and a scooter.

What to wear: A-line shift dress
Where to wear: A night out or to dinner

Get the look: Dress, £70, leopard clutch, £45, leather gloves, £28, Warehouse

5.       Jewel box colours

This summer we saw an explosion of colour enter our wardrobes and as we approach autumn there are no signs of this fading. With fushia, orange, emerald, colbolt and purple leading the colour parade, you will not fail to stand out this winter.   

What to wear: Rock a block colour dress, contrast with brights heels to accentuate a plain outfit, or easiest of all, throw on a coat in a bright shade
Where to wear: Christmas party or to work

Get the look: Dress, £14.99, H&M

Time to Sparkle

The Christmas party season is almost here and if you’re anything like us, you’ll be searching for the perfect party dress this weekend! Here’s some festive fashion inspiration that will carry you through the party season in style…


It’s a Wrap!

Celebrate Bonfire Night in style this weekend and ward off the cold by wrapping yourself up in chunky knits, gorgeous gloves and fake fur! Here’s our pick of the best hats, scarfs and gloves guaranteed to keep you toasty warm.

Purple leather gloves, £18, Wallis (level 1, Cabot Circus)


Faux fur trapper hat, £18, Jane Norman (level 1, Cabot Circus)


Cardi scarf, £50, French Connection (Quakers Friars)

You can wear it draped across your shoulders, loose over your arms or in any of the multiple other ways it can be worn – this cosy leopard print ruana is definitely on our winter wishlist.

Leopard Ruana, £32, Urban Outfitters (level 1, Cabot Circus)

Trick or Treat?

Halloween is almost upon us and we think it’s the perfect excuse to take some time out and treat yourself.  Of course if you do want to join in the fancy dress, this season’s vampy lipstick and gothic trend will at least mean you can do it in style!

Suited and Booted

Winter boots have had a seriously cool make-over this season – and we love this sheepskin style. Comfortable, snuggly and bang on trend, just ease into these leather boots from Office – perfect for keeping you warm and stylish on Halloween and Bonfire Night!

Office fur strap boot, £120 (House of Fraser and Topshop, level 1)






Kate’s final collection 

The launch of a Kate Moss collection is always a highlight, but this time the style icon has cast her net wider with seventies-inspired pieces and a vintage-style jewellery range! 

Featuring bell sleeves, chiffon and Biba-esque prints, Kate’s final collection for Topshop hits Cabot Circus on 2nd November.


Bag yourself a beauty
Ladylike bags are one of the hottest accessories for 2010 – spotted on many catwalks during the A/W shows and on the arms of celebs including Blake Lively, Rachel Bilson and Victoria Beckham. Satchels are another big trend. Treat yourself to some arm candy now!

Amelia Handbag, £48, Ollie & Nic (Quakers Friars)


Satchel bag, 36.99 River Island, (Level 1, Cabot Circus)

Pamper yourself

Relax with a glass of Harvey Nichols champagne in one hand, whilst their nail technicians work their magic on the other at the Champagne Nail Bar – bliss.

For the ultimate in luxury, indulge in a crystal pedicure using Swarovski elements – already a celeb favourite!

Crystal pedicure, £110, Harvey Nichols (Quakers Friars)