Shoes and Accessories

Spring / Summer trends 2012


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!


Oscars 2012: Red carpet trends

The lives of Hollywood stars are full of glitzy awards and glamorous premiers, but nothing compares to the biggest awards show on earth – The Oscars.

The Oscars are the chance for stars to firmly place themselves at the forefront of red carpet fashion, or in some cases create a little stir with a flamboyant take on Oscars attire – we all remember the Bjork ensemble circa 2001 (eeek!).

We have trawled through the unending amount of opulent gowns and sultry suits of the 2012 Oscars to bring you some of the hottest trends directly from the red carpet, and this year the stars haven’t failed to disappoint!

Ladies in red

Women of the Oscars were not afraid of matching their dress to the red carpet at the awards this year, with a number of red dresses gracing the ceremony – our favourites were Michelle Williams in a strapless tulle Louis Vuitton gown, and Natalie Portman in a vintage dress from the Dior archives (1954).










Walking Oscars

You need to have a lot of gusto to don a gold frock – but the starlets who braved the image did it in style, including lady of the awards Meryl Streep in Lanvin, and Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain.










White isn’t just for Weddings

Romance hit the red carpet this year with a sea of whites and ivories. Floor-length white gowns were hauled out of the wedding stereotype and pushed to the forefront of Hollywood style. Rooney Mara looked positively angelic in a gorgeous gown from Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci. Our favourite dress award must go to Gwyneth Paltrow, who hit the style nail on the head in a no-fuss Tom Ford caped dress –what a knockout!










Sexy starlets

Effortlessly sexy isn’t something many people have got, but of course Angeline Jolie is an exception to the rule in Atelier Versace.










Hollywood of old

Some dresses are exceptions to style rules, and are beautiful just as they are! Milla Jovovich looked absolutely stunning (and so she should!), and Kate Mara oozed 1920’s couture, both in Elie Saab – doing what he does best.










Here come the boys!

As well as beautiful women in exceptional gowns, our hats go off to the men of Hollywood in their tuxedos – and here are some of our favourite beaus of the ball!

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!

New Heights

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:

Red Shoes Evening

In case you haven’t heard, Harvey Nichols is holding a special event this evening showcasing the best in designer accessories with an event to mark the opening of its dedicated Christian Louboutin area.

The “Red Shoes” evening will be staged at the Cabot Circus store tonight (Wednesday March 9), from 6.30pm-9.30pm.

Guests can walk the red carpet and discover the latest trends for shoes and handbags. Tickets cost £10 and include cocktails and canapés, Spring Summer 2011 presentations and a goodie bag. For tickets and further information, contact the store now on 0117 916 8888!

Wow Factor

Add a touch of va-va voom by stepping out in style with these show-stopping, glamorous heels. Guaranteed to glam up any festive outfit!