Due to work commitments I missed the first few stores but managed to catch up on the key trends from the Manchester Arndale stylist.
Pastels Pastels always come into play for spring/summer and this year is no different. Think sorbet shades, pretty lace detailing and collared tops. Team with white pieces to give your look a fresh feel.
3D Florals Whilst florals for spring may not be groundbreaking, 3D florals will bring your fashion to life. From prints and patterns to 3D detailing, this romantic trend will allow your look to bloom. If you're on the daring side, try head to toe florals with a colour pop lip and clutch.
Paintbox If you're after something a little bolder than the pastels trend, try the paintbox colour wheel as seen at Kurt Geiger. After walking around their store and speaking to their store manager, it was clear their main colour scheme for the season - cobalt blue and hot orange. Cobalt is great for those who lean towards more monochrome pieces as it's a gentle step away from the darker shades of fashion. However if you're feeling brave, hot orange worn with confidence will make your style seriously stand out. Elle Woods may have been in shock at someone saying 'orange is the new pink' - but after the pink season of autumn/winter 2013, orange is making its stamp on the fashion scene. Keep the rest of your look simple and then add a zing of colour with an orange ankle strap heel or a bright blue clutch.
After some fashion education for the season, we were treated to make up and hair styling by Bumble and Bumble and Smashbox Studios. I've never actually tried either of these brands so was very excited. I went for an up-do at B&B which was beautifully done at the back of my head (I need to learn some pinning techniques from this...) and tried my first ever smokey eye at Smashbox Studios. The make-up artist there was really good and took me through each step and what each technique achieves. The look was very different for me, and whilst I won't be rocking a dark eye in the daytime, it's something I'd definitely consider for a night out look.
Thank you to Manchester Arndale for the evening - I'm compiling my spring wishlist as I type...