Last week I made the journey from Leeds to Brighton (via London) for Brighton Fashion Week. Along with lovely bloggers Ellie, Kristabel, Maria and Sarah, I was invited by the fabulous people at iCrossing to watch the Zeitgeist fashion show, which kicked off Brighton Fashion Week. Here’s a little look at what we got up to…
I arrived at the Hotel du Vin Brighton a bit early – it’s a stunning hotel, perfectly placed right on the seafront making it an ideal base for exploring the town. As I waited to check in I realised Lisa Scott Lee (of Steps fame, fact fans) was standing right next to me – queue lots of entirely unsubtle glances and some out-and-out staring. I was quite excited to see her until she pushed in front of me.
After dropping off my bags I went for a wander around – I’d never been to Brighton before but it’s quite a small place and so pretty easy to navigate. I walked down North Street and popped in a few charity shops along the way, then made my way to the pier and strolled along the promenade (or something equally seaside-y).
After a few drinks with my fellow bloggers in the hotel bar and a quick change of clothing, we headed to the most beautiful church for the Zeitgeist show. The venue was breathtaking – between every collection I was staring at the architecture above me.
There were a range of collections within the show, ranging from the classic to the rainbow-bright. I loved the contrast and was particularly impressed by the very last collection from Roadkill Couture – designer Jess Eaton uses ethically sourced animal remnants, like feathers, fur and bones, to create stunning headpieces, jackets and jewellery.
One restful night’s sleep and some filming for iCrossing later, Ellie, Kristabel and I set out to discover the best of Brighton’s vintage shopping. Armed with recommendations from our respective readers, we hit The North Laine and nipped in and out of every shop, hunting around for treasure. I particularly liked Snooper’s Paradise, a huge emporium of vintage delights and weird old stuff.
After seeing Ellie off to the train station, Kristabel and I continued our Brighton adventure on the seafront, eating fish and chips while sitting on the pebbles and getting attacked by seagulls. A real seaside experience!
I absolutely loved Brighton – seaside towns always make me feel nostalgic for my childhood holidays in Whitby and Scarborough, and the innate Britishness of Brighton made me come over all patriotic. I can’t wait to go back and I’m already planning my next trip!