A few weeks ago I received an invitation to the intu Derby autumn/winter fashion event. I’ve got to admit, I’d already had a sneak peek at what was to come! I’d seen some of the shows at the intu Victoria Centre in Nottingham the week before so I knew that they’d be fantastic.
Rather than your typical catwalk which (let’s be honest) can be kinda boring, the models performed dance routines instead. The chorography was mostly the same but each performance had a theme which incorporated the music and the clothing. The models were showcasing clothing from stores in the centre such as Phase Eight, Topshop, River Island and Oasis.
I got there early and managed to catch a glimpse of one of the performances. It wasn’t long before a few other bloggers arrived and someone from the intu team came over and said hello. We sat down in the VIP seating section and were given our goody bags full of treats from stores in the centre.
The goody bags were so huge that I’ve decided to dedicate an entire post to them. I want to make sure that every brand that donated their products to the goody bags receive the love and gratitude that they deserve! You can check out my post about the goody bags here.
We kindly received a complimentary muffin from BB’s which has recently opened in intu Derby. Plus we received a free drink from Patisserie Valerie. I chose a classic hot chocolate and it was absolutely delicious! My muffin was really tasty too, however I’m not sure what kind of muffin it was. It wasn’t particularly sweet except for the buttercream on the top but it was very tasty nonetheless.
It wasn’t long before the performances began. As soon as the music started playing and the models began their routines the centre’s atmosphere changed completely. Almost everyone passing through the area stopped to watch. Both the dancing and the choreography were of a high standard. I don’t know much about performing arts but, in my opinion, the performances were fantastic!
Phase Eight & Infinities
This performance was particularly interesting for me as I actually used to work at Phase Eight myself. I absolutely adore Phase Eight however I’m not so keen on the price tag. Nevertheless, the garments the models performed in were gorgeous!
Also, I need to give huge props to the model wearing the black floor length gown. It’s part of Phase Eight’s Collection 8 range and those dresses weigh a tonne! It’s because they’re usually made of multiple layers of fabric and they’re covered in sequins and beads. It can’t have been easy for her to dance in such a heavy dress but she did a fantastic job.
The other girls’ dresses were just as beautiful and went together perfectly with red and black tones in each. All of the dresses the girls showcased would be perfect for an upcoming Christmas party or New Years celebration. It just depends on which style you like the best!
The male models looked smart in clothing from Infinities. I especially liked the simple pairing of the pale grey shirt with the dark trousers and boots. However if you prefer a more bold shirt then the patterned one would be a great choice too. That one also looked smart when matched with dark trousers and shoes.
Oasis & Infinities
For this performance the boys were wearing the same garments I mentioned before from Infinities. However the girls had changed into some gorgeous autumn/winter pieces from Oasis.
To be honest, Oasis isn’t a shop I regularly visit. Whether that be online or in store. I always perceive it as one of those more expensive stores that I can only afford on a special occasion or if I really feel like splashing the cash. But, after seeing the clothes that the girls modelled, I’ve already had a cheeky browse or two on the Oasis site!
One particular piece that blew us all away was the light grey coat with the fur collar. It was worn by the model on the very left of both of the images above.
For me personally, it’s the perfect length. Plus there’s a waistband to the coat which is beautifully flattering. Sometimes coats seem to be designed solely for their practicality. Of course practicality is important, but a garment that you depend on throughout the colder months has to be stylish too. I can’t comment much on the practicality of this coat, but it’s definitely stylish!
The performance dedicated to River Island’s fantastic autumn/winter fashion pieces had a metallic theme. In fact, I might be wrong because my memory isn’t great, but I think this performance was called Midnight Sparkle.
This couldn’t have come at a better time because Christmas is fast approaching. Everyone loves a bit of sparkle at Christmas time, don’t they?
My friend Emmie from Carpe Diem Emmie particularly loved the black checked sparkly top. You can see it in the first image worn by the second model in from the left. I’ve got to admit, it was one of my favourite pieces too!
I also loved the metallic silver bomber jacket worn by the model on the very left of both of my images. I’m obsessed with bomber jackets at the moment and this one is beautiful! The metallic fabric makes it much more dressy than a typical bomber jacket so you could wear it to a party or a night out.
Bomber jackets are also a huge trend right now for men too. The plain black one worn by the second model from the left in my second image is fantastic for a classic yet practical bomber jacket. You could dress it up or down depending on the occasion and it’s black so it’ll match everything.
Topshop & Topman
The highlight of the Topshop performance without a doubt was these embroidered mom jeans. They just grabbed my attention and wouldn’t let go! I absolutely love them. I love the way they were styled for the performance too. It’s the perfect casual autumn/winter outfit.
I also loved both the grey and the pink coats the girls were modelling. They would be lovely to wrap up warm in with an oversized scarf on a chilly day.
However, like I said earlier, my heart lies with the classic bomber jacket (for now at least). So when I spotted the burgundy one styled with the embroidered mom jeans my heart skipped a beat. It’s a beautiful autumnal colour which you could match with almost anything. I’ve definitely got my eye on that!
I’ve also got my eye on the denim jacket with the shearling collar. Yes I know it’s for men but, believe it or not, it wouldn’t be the first time I’ve bought a men’s jacket! You can see just a bit of it behind the first model on the left side of the second image.
I don’t think I’ve ever been in Two Seasons before. I’ve walked past it so many times but I’ve never actually gone in. I always thought it was either a men’s store or an outdoors store. Well, I was wrong. It turns out they actually do some really cute clothes!
My favourite piece from their performance was the navy and red checked cardigan with the flowy edges. It’s kind of like a mix between a wrap and a cardigan. I absolutely love wearing wraps on dry days in the autumn and winter but I hate it when they slide off and move around! The sleeves in this piece would prevent that from happening but would still maintain the flowy look.
Checks must be a bit of a trend at Two Seasons right now because they were also showcasing the most perfect casual checked shirt. Everyone needs at least one causal checked shirt in their wardrobe! They’re so easy to just throw on and layer up on chilly winter days.
Checks are also a trend for men this season too. I loved the red checked jacket worn by the second model in from the left in my first image. It’s a warm and practical jacket, but it’s cool too. My boyfriend Jordan is on the hunt for a new jacket so I might show him this one and see what he thinks.
The performances were being repeated at regular intervals throughout the day so once we’d seen them all we headed upstairs to see what else was going on. There was an enormous green screen which allowed you to be the star of your own magazine cover and girls offering free makeovers!
The queue for the makeovers was huge so we didn’t bother with that, even though it looked super fun! However we did get involved and have our picture snapped for our own magazine cover. As you can see below, Jay was the true star of the cover!
It was great to catch up with a few of my favourite blogging friends but the event itself was really well organised and so much fun! I loved the magazine cover green screen but my highlight was the incredible performances by the gorgeous models.
I would like to say a HUGE thank you to intu Derby for inviting me along. It was a fantastic event and I had a wonderful time. I would also like to say thank you to Patisserie Valerie for my lovely hot chocolate and BBs for my delicious muffin. I want to say a big thank you to all of the brands who gifted their products to us. I am honestly so grateful! You can find out what I got in my goody bags here.
Let me know in the comments what you thought of the incredible pieces showcased in the intu Derby autumn/winter fashion event. Do you have a favourite piece or a favourite performance? I’d love to know what you think!