Last night I attended my first ever Cosmo Fash Fest. If you aren’t aware of it, it’s five fashion events held across five consecutive days at five different venues in London.
Obviously the main attraction of the night was the catwalk show (I was lucky enough to be seated in the front row, but at too awkward an angle to get any good photos!) featuring lingerie from brands including Ted Baker, Freya, Ultimo, Next, Figleaves, H&M, George and Evans.
One thing I liked about the show was the selection of models. Most were tall and lean, but there were a couple of gorgeously curvy ladies.
I’d never really paid much attention to the brands on show (I’m an Ann Summers girl, or Agent Provocateur if I’m out to impress) but I’m now lusting after lingerie sets by Babeappeal (gorgeous lace with gold accents) and Ultimo (sexy black lace with wet look trims) after seeing them on the catwalk.
Before the catwalk show started we were treated to a performance by Rae Morris. As well as her hit song ‘Love Again’, Rae performed ‘Don’t Go’, a song she dedicated to breast cancer awareness organisation CoppaFeel. Now, CoppaFeel deserves a post all of their own, so I won’t mention them too much now, but I was very moved by the video accompanying ‘Don’t Go’, and a pre-performance talk given by Kris Hallenga – a breast cancer survivor and founder of CoppaFeel.
CoppaFeel had their own photobooth style area on the first floor of the venue, where several brands had stands, as well as there being a bar and various treatments on offer. Oh and delicious canapes.
The Freya stand was possibly the busiest, as not only were they holding bra fittings (you guessed it, I’ve been wearing the wrong size!), they were holding a prize draw and giving away goodie bags with beautiful knickers inside. I received a lacy pair in the most gorgeous green.
Other notable stands were those from Ted Baker (who actually had very little lingerie on show but who were giving out goodie bags with Ted Baker eau de toilette inside) and Tutti Rouge.
Tutti Rouge aren’t a brand I’d ever heard of. And having previously thought I was a C cup, I would have walked straight past if I hadn’t just had my Freya bra fitting! Not only was their stand eye catching, with a beautiful ‘can can’ (I think!?) dancer dishing out pick & mix, but they were holding a competition to guess how many knickers were in a vase.
The lingerie itself was absolutely beautiful, really feminine and colourful. I’m definitely going to be purchasing the pastel yellow and pink Tallulah Sunshine set (bra £35 and Brazilian style briefs £16)! Tutti Rouge lingerie ranges in size from 38-38 DD-HH. Definitely my discovery of the night!
I obviously had to have one of the manicures on offer from Barry M, using their Sunset Daylight Curing range of polishes and top coat. I wasn’t aware of the range before the event, and was interested to hear from my nail technician that the polishes and top coat are a special formulation to mimic the effect of gel polish, but they don’t need a UV lamp or special remover. I went for a beautiful greige with a hint of purple called ‘Dark Side of the Shroom’.
Tickets to The Lingerie Show were priced at £35 which included a lovely goodie bag. Each goodie bag had a random pair of knickers. I got some high leg briefs in size 14 from George. Since I’m a size 8 and don’t wear briefs, they’re going to a friend!
I had such a lovely evening and will definitely attend another Fash Fest in the future! If my diary wasn’t already crammed I’d have gone to them all this week – I’m actually hoping to fit another in, perhaps the Wrap Party on Friday 19th September.
Even if you can’t make it to any of the Fash Fest events, you can still participate in their Online Discount Shopping Day on Friday. Cosmopolitan will be offering one day only exclusive discounts on fashion and beauty brands – so make sure you check out the website on the day for all the info!
All photos my own.