Birmingham Clothes Show Live: Day Review and mini interview with MIC’s Louise Thompson!

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The Clothes Show Live is an event which EVERYONE looks forward to, it is after all the biggest fashion festival in the country.

With loads of pop up stalls from known brands to independent labels, there were loads of things (and freebies!) to get your hands on. Brands like Barry M, Fake Bake, Candy Kittens, MyProtein, Glamour, Model’s Own and many more, there were loads of discounted clothes and makeup bundles available to all ticket holders.

Our very own were there also, with a Loughborough University stand (proud!). Editor, Leanna Kightley, and Assistant Editor, myself, snuck a few questions in for the 2nd year Textiles students Rosie Heales and Lucy Willis:

Label: So what are your plans to man this lovely stall?

Rosie + Lucy: Well, we’re only here today with the clothes show and have the catwalk later on today. There were meant to be four of us, so we could have gone and had a browse, but oh well! There have been loads of schools who have shown interest in studying at Loughborough, mostly art students that are on textiles trips.

L: Make sure you inspire them to come to Loughborough!!

R+L: For sure.

After that, Leanna and I headed to the mini catwalk, which showcased some college and university’s artwork on some very lovely models.

North Hertfordshire College had a rather edgy range of clothing showcased whereas the University of Gloucestershire went for a more classic look, with a lot of black lace, fitting for the season. Inkberrow Design Centre brought back the jazzy looks with their range of flamboyant headwear together with some understated outfits.

And onto the main catwalk performance itself. Leanna and I went for the final showing at 3pm, where there was an hour full of fabulous performances, including a saxophonist, drum soloist, singer and many dancers along with the models. Brands showcased included River Island, Miss Selfridge, Topshop, Boohoo and Oasis narrated by Mark Heyes. Joey Essex even came on stage to take a selfie with the crowd and complained about the bright lights feeling as if “[he]were in Spain, init, sik”. He also expressed how he thought it was lovely how the clothes show brought the whole country together and it was nice to promote his calendar, his favourite month being December, also “very sik”. Lovely.

And finally, the big break of the day was scoring a mini interview with Made in Chelsea’s Louise Thompson! A very approachable lady indeed, she was simply stood among the MyProtein stand, unguarded unlike the rest of the headliners – very down to earth and chilled – and might we add, TINY in real life! First, she spotted our goodies from Freya Lingerie, telling us how she loved the brand too!

Label: “Hi Louise! It’s great to meet you! How’s it going so far?

Louise: “It’s good, it’s nice to not be setting up for a change! And now I’m coming from London rather than Edinburgh like I did when I was studying 5 years ago. Now I just have to take the 1 hour train and it’s so much easier.”

La: “Ah cool, we’re here with our university magazine! Have you seen anyone else yet?”

Lo: “I’ve seen Joey, but I’ve seen him so much recently. Binky got here really early I think and we were sat in the holding room together for a while and had a chat! Jamie should also be around here somewhere…”

La: “We’ll have to loom around the Candy Kittens stall for a bit then, maybe!”

Lo: “Oh definitely, I think I’ll have to get some of those delivered to my stall!”

A very successful day for Label overall, and Leanna will bring you some of the key highlights from the day, including our teeth-whitening journey…

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