Capital of Fashion

Capital of Fashion

There’s a couple of fashion events going on in Cardiff this week. We’re going along to both and thought you might like to know about them too. The first is very exciting as it’s the Welsh premiere of what looks like an amazing fashion film about world renowned fashion photographer Bill Cunningham.

Bill Cunningham is an 80+ year old bicycle riding photographer who’s been taking snaps of people on the streets, for the New York Times and other publications, for years, and in many ways was the very first street style photographer, so often emulated in fashion blogs across the globe. Revered by Anna Wintour Bill is a dedicated artist who isn’t driven by money when it comes to perfecting his craft, and in fact a quote in the trailer mentions that he loses freedom in his work when he charges for it.

The showing of the film is a collaboration between Chapter Arts Centre (where it’s being shown this week) and street fashion photographer Alastair Baglee who runs Cardiff Cycle Chic, a blog dedicated to looking great on a bike. We’re looking forward to the premiere tonight as the documentary has won a whole host of international film festival awards and looks truly inspiring.

The other event this week in the Welsh capital is St David’s Shopping Centre Ladies Night which is happening on Thursday 29th between 7pm and 10pm.

Over 80 of the centre’s shops, from the flagship stores of John Lewis and Debenhams, to leading fashion brands like LK Bennett, Karen Millen and Reiss, and high-street favourites including New Look, H&M, Mango and Monsoon, will be offering discounts of up to 20% off on the night and bringing some glamour and luxury to the evening with nibbles, tipples and entertainment while you shop.

As well as the many offers and discounts, the whole centre will be buzzing with music from DJs, a roaming fashion show and pampering stations where shoppers can enjoy mini-manicures, makeovers, hair styling and more from the experts at Kamigata, Clarins and Benefit.

There’ll be plenty on offer to treat the tastebuds too, with many of the centre’s Eastside restaurants also offering special Ladies’ Night deals such as 2-4-1 at Pizza Express and 40% off at YoSushi. To satisfy a sweet tooth, there’ll be the chance to learn how to create the latest cake craze ‘cake-pops’, and pick-up some popcorn from the vintage popcorn tricycle!

So if you can make either or both of these events let us know, we might even see you there!


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