For those of you who are unfamiliar with the wonderful city of Leeds, Briggate is the main shopping high street. On Briggate you will find a beautiful towering glass building and a traditionally suited gentlemen who will greet you and open the door to a place filled with everything you could possibly want. You’ve arrived at Harvey Nichols! For me, Harvey Nichols plays a central role within Leeds’ fashion scene. It is THE place to go to spoil yourself and additionally be treated like a VIP. As soon as you walk through the doors you are welcomed into a world of pure luxury retail bliss.
On Tuesday night, I attended their A/W 13 fashion show in the VQ. Me and my friend were greeted at the door with a smile and a glass of champagne (full marks so far). We then had a browse around the downstairs floor where we fell in love with Laura Mercier’s Ambre Vanille moisturiser. If you haven’t smelt that stuff I highly recommend you go into Harvey Nicks and have a sniff – it is unbelievably good! I am definitely going to treat myself to the Souffle Body Creme at some point! (Click on the link to have a look). After having a few pictures taken by various photographers (felt like superstars), we made our way to the catwalk which had been placed in the central part of the beautiful Victoria Quarter building. I have to say, I was very impressed with the organisation of the whole event. We were seated quickly yet calmly and weren’t waiting long until the show started. The tall ceilings and intricate architecture of the Victorian building created an amazing setting which wouldn’t look out of place at London Fashion Week.
The show commenced with the chiming of Big Ben, a strong and powerful start which definitely reflected what was to follow. As the chimes sounded, the glamorous models appeared onto the mosaic tiled runway with a strong walk, razor sharp straight, long hair that was literally gleaming in the light (hair by Sassoon Salon) and red berry lips (make up by MAC).
The fashion that followed was without a doubt a great testament to the designer collections they stock. From Acne to Alexander Mcqueen, Harvey Nichols showcased their impressive selection of designer clobber that left the audience swooning. The styling was immaculate and classic with a definitive air of glamour and sophistication – all characteristics Harvey Nichols seems to uphold as a company.
There was a running theme of power dressing throughout the show – something we all know Leeds lasses can pull off perfectly. Black appeared frequently in everything from Saint Laurent court heels to a a Dolce & Gabbana leather dress. Colour was introduced in the form of statement pieces such as the beautiful Giorgio Burrito faux fur red coat – something you would purchase to make yourself feel fabulous. Actually, when I think about it, all the outfits oozed confidence in a certain way. One of my personal favourites from the show was an Alexander McQueen silk shirt with gathered detail on the arms, giving it a Baroque influence and showcasing how a simple silk shirt can be tweaked to give it character and a little something different that onlookers will gaze at.
Sharp and clean silhouettes were softened by teaming outfits with delicate lace up Sam Edelman heels, as well as feminine details such as the bow on the neckline of the cobalt blue Philip Armstrong dress.
The show ended with a round of applause and a scurry of people heading to the bar to carry on the occasion or to the store to start purchasing after a batch of inspiration! Leeds has got a great fashion scene and thanks to Harvey Nichols, we can celebrate it in style.
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ps. I fell in love with this Alice and Olivia dress during the show – the full tulle skirt combined with the leather racer back detail is to die for! It’s the perfect Christmas party dress – I’m gonna start saving!
(Catwalk images courtesy of Harvey Nichols)