As you know, every year I attend Bath In Fashion… And every year I gush about it. The organisers at BIF and Bath BID like to put together a blogger’s preview, a day during which we are given a tour of all that fashionable Bath has to offer. As though we weren’t already aware. It seems the entire city chips in, all gearing up to the big event, so the ambiance is always buzzing. Last weekend was no different. At the very least, I met some genuinely wonderful people and got to catch up with old aquaintances. What was truly lovely, however, was having the opportunity to glimpse what’s to come this spring from the 18th to the 24th April: from a fetching exhibition at the Fashion Museum, to seeing the festival line-up of events. BIF has outdone itself this year, with talks and events so exclusive it rivals LFW. I am so sure no other regional fashion event can rival it, so much so that it feels very much like an opportunity not to be missed.
We got to know a number of independent and high street brands as the day went on. Not only were we able to see the latest collections, but many of the brands spoke with us about their history, their ethos and why they were proud to be a part of Bath in Fashion. For example, at Gieves and Hawkes I saw Viscount Althorp’s dashing red uniform. So? You may wonder. He was Princess Di’s grandfather. Unique to Bath is it’s ability to produce tangible history such as this, not only in its famous buildings and historical institutions but in fahion too. Fashion and culture are inextricably linked, as we all know, but this fact is especially obvious in Bath. Interested in the historical aspect of fashion? Head to the Fashion Museum, where you can discover a history of fashion in 100 objects, then peruse the gift shop for souvenirs. Very touristy, I know, but worth it I’m sure you’ll agree.
If you plan on seeing a talk in the afternoon but not sure what to do in the meantime, well feel free to eat – as I do – to pass the time… Or visit either one of the South West’s most popular vintage inspired stores: Grace & Ted or Instant Vintage. The finds are worth the splurge, as Bath is evidently home to some of the world’s most fashionable couture connoisseurs! If independent shops are more your thing, and you crave something distinct with character, why not browse Square or Blue Women’s clothing? Uber stylish eyewear brand Cutler and Gross, favourite to the glitterati and surprisingly low-key, has some gorgeous creations to complete a look with flare. But maybe shopping is over-rated and you’d prefer to relax? Try Thermae Bath spa. I say ‘try’ because you might end up sampling all they have to offer; from a roof-top pool with a dazzling view of the city to massage rooms and saunas – basically, LA eat your heart out, because our little English gem has it all.
I suppose I am rambling on about all the things you could get up to during the Bath In Fashion festival because, to me, it’s not just something you drive up to in order to catch up on the latest trends for one day. It’s kind of an experience. In fact, it’s one of the rare times in the year you could indulge in the complete ‘lifestyle experience,’ a warmer, more familiar kind of holiday. From fashion students, to historians, tourists and fashionistas – Bath in Fashion is the event for the curious, stylish and fun-loving.