I was given the fantastic opportunity last Friday to take part in the first #TweetSeatMarch at the Manchester Arndale and live tweet, share and blog about Spring/Summer 2013 trends from some of the great stores in the mall. Over the course of the day, a dozen bloggers, fashion tweeters and enthusiasts were going to be taking to the tweet seat and spread the love for everything they were going to see. I was to be the first, what could go wrong?!
If you were following that day you could see all the tweets and can still read them back by searching for #TweetSeatMarch on Twitter or Instagram. I was to be shown all the latest clothes by Debs Hatfield, the Arndale’s Personal Shopper and stylist. If you need help finding an outfit, she offers a free service in the centre to help find what you want. It is the lovely Debs seen in most of the pictures holding up the clothes for me!
We started with Superdry, Debs had a range of both mens and ladies clothes to look at. They are going very much for the nautical look this season for men, lots of anchors and blue colourings, I tried and got stuck in a very bright yellow canvas jacket that wouldn’t have looked out of place aboard a fishing boat but still I’d wear out round town. I was here for the ladies fashion, they are going for very light Summer items like this dress, simple and perfect for any warm(ish) day in Manchester!
After this we went onto Next. You may have the same thoughts of next in my head, standard clothes that are a bit generic, good for men’s suits and maybe kids clothes. The dread of the 5am opening and buying stuff that doesn’t fit just because it is in their sale. Well I hope you’re prepared to be as blown away as I was. Everything in the first gallery below is from the current Next SS13 range. Fantastic tops, skirts and handbags that you’d expect to pay a lot more than the £32 price tag. My find of the day came from Next, a gorgeous peach skater-dress that would look just fine on the racks of Monsoon, Jane Norman etc. I’ve found it on their site, for £65 you would be mad not to pick it up.
Looking through the gallery for Next you can see the rest of the items that I loved, there is such a great range on offer in there I’d totally recommend giving it a visit on your next shopping trip out. One of the mannequins was beautifully dressed in a bold red dress and matched with a fab black belt and accessories. All again can be found in store in Next. One of the staples for this season is cobalt blue, which you can see in a lot of their clothes, I love this colour and loved everything they had on show.
Finally we moved onto Bank. Now I’ll be honest and admit it’s not necessarily somewhere myself or Mrs B would shop, thinking the clothes are ‘for the young uns and the kids’ but I was, yet again, pleasantly surprised. Debs had some of the Tulisa range to show off, which was filled with monochrome, one of the key trends at the moment and although I’m not normally a fan, I really liked most of the pieces. This is obviously a big push for the brand and why not, I wasn’t sure it was something I’d like but again I’ve been surprised.
The Tulisa range, I think, is aimed at the X-Factor generation, teens and early 20s, but they also have many items for all ages. I especially like the tight, wet-look leggings on the right shape of person, and the same goes for the blazer and short set. I could happily recommend both of these to some of the ladies I shop for. I did also like the maxi style dress, perfect for any occasion or for hiding a multitude of sins!
The short time I had sat in the amazing big brother style tweetseat was great. I think I now need to research into Space Zero and see how much a couple of these are for my library!
I couldn’t have enjoyed my day more; fashion and tweeting, perfect day! I came away with my opinions changed on some stores and also some great ideas for recommendations for the coming season. I can also see myself spending a lot on Mrs B!
Hopefully you have been inspired to check out these shops and see what they can offer you, I look forward to hopefully being on the next tweet seat, looking at some different stores, looking for more fantastic ideas and clothes but looking slightly less dishevelled! At least I was ‘on brand’ in my Next chinos. I try my best!