Chic Networking and events will be hosting their Liverpool Fashion and Lifestyle show on Sunday 30th November 2014 from 3:00pm. It will be returning to the luxurious Hilton Hotel, Liverpool.

Previous events have attracted a mass of fashion pioneers in the industry and countless celebrity guests. Each year the events evolve and are expanding with new brands. With leading North West designers confirmed such as Style Clinic, KU Spendlove, The Dressing Room Wigan, Mode Mwah, Dressing Room and Mark Melia, Their will also be new up and coming designers showcasing a glimpse of what they have to offer. The fashion shows never cease to amaze and inspire, showcasing the innovative looks and designs associated with the North West’s style.

The Chic events are all about socializing with other businesses, creating new connections and showcasing what you have to offer. Each event has a number of exclusive businesses involved that are looking for extra promotion, increased profits and brand awareness.

During the event, you will see your favorite designers on the runway for a show stopping catwalk. The events are becoming a more dynamic experience, with mini makeovers, stylist tips and demonstrations for your essential beauty fix.

Chic will also be giving attendees the opportunity to mix and mingle with bloggers, models, local businesses, magazine executives, photographers, independent designers and event coordinators. The networking event will feature a business card exchange, a runway show, a shopping experience and the opportunity to speak to PR and marketing companies about expanding your business. Chic Networking will be pulling out all the stops to ensure this is another unforgettable experience.

This year the after-party will be held at the same venue as the event in the Hilton bar PIMA. 241 cocktails will be on offer for guests from 8:30pm so they can carry on the networking experience until the early hours.

After two years of unparalleled success, with their networking events and breath taking fashion shows, Chic Networking have decided to open up their services to fashion graduates in the North West. This will give a selection of graduates/up and coming designers fantastic new opportunities.

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Peter’s Lane – Where Catwalk Styles Come To Life

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Where catwalk styles come to life

If you want to ensure you are ahead in the style stakes this Winter then look no further than Peter’s Lane at Liverpool ONE. This is where you will find premium designer brands, together with the latest catwalk looks.

With personal shoppers at hand to find that perfect outfit, whether it is a Christmas party number, statement winter coat or the latest must have accessory, you are guaranteed to find ultimate satisfaction and luxury with the Peter’s Lane shopping experience.

Home to top name brands including, Ted Baker London, Hobbs, Reiss, Karen Millen, Cadenzza and Michael Kors, Peter’s Lane at Liverpool ONE is anchored by the UK’s only Beauty Bazaar, Harvey Nichols.

There are lots of designer brands too with the likes of Tessuti and Flannels including the famous Jimmy Choo, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Paul Smith and Moncler. If your outfit isn’t quite the fit you are looking for there is even an on-site tailor to cater for all of your needs.

Take a break from the atmosphere of Peter’s Lane with a coffee break at Home Coffee or Hotel Chocolat and then continue your shopping experience at the Beauty Bazaar, Harvey Nichols where you will find all of your favourite beauty brands from MAC and Bobbi Brown to ESPA and Jo Malone. The WOW Bar within Harvey Nichols provides the ultimate in relaxation and you can even enjoy a glass of champagne while being pampered with a manicure or make-over. Not forgetting Electric Hair Salon on the second floor, which has expert stylists at hand to cater for your every need, whether it is a simple blow dry, a new style or party hair which will turn heads!

No matter what your fashion needs are, Peter’s Lane at Liverpool ONE is the must-visit destination for the latest catwalk looks, luxury beauty and your favourite designer brands.

Celebration of Style, Liverpool

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Last weekend saw the fashion extravaganza, Celebration of Style, hit the city of Liverpool. Organised by Cricket co-owner, Justine Mills, and managing director of SK Events, Denise Harris, in association with Matalan, Celebration of Style brought together some of the biggest fashion hitters in the industry to “inspire, motivate and mentor future talent”.

Manchester-born Matthew Williamson hosted an intimate dinner at Knowsley Hall, fellow Northern boy fashion designer and illustrator, David Longshaw, did a book signing for his latest publication, and Cricket co-ordinated a high glamour, high fashion catwalk to showcase the latest collections of the likes of Stella McCartney, Givenchy, Kenzo and Balenciaga.

The beautiful Abbey Clancy attended the press launch on Thursday in the Liver Building to give us all a sneaky peak at her latest collection for Matalan, and fashion photographer Tim Bret Day had an exhibition of his work displayed in the building for the duration the event. He also hosted a seminar on the Friday with Rosanna Falconer, head of digital at Matthew Williamson, and Stephen Shaw, marketing opportunities director at Blippar, debating the changing face of fashion, and discussing how digital technology has changed fashion marketing.

Other seminars at Friday’s expo included a session with British hair stylist, Andrew Collinge, make-up artist, Cassie Lomax and celebrity stylist, Lorraine McCulloch, who talked about turning their passion for fashion and style into high-flying careers. Shelley Whalley and David Mellett from Matalan, Caroline Hertz, the principal fashion design lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University, and Cricket’s Justine Mills discussed the realities of working in fashion, and gave tips and advice on how to succeed in the industry.

Throw in some exclusive previews of the new collections by Oasis, Nails Inc. and Illamasqua, in store events with the likes of Boodles jewellers, personal hair consultations with Andrew Collinge, make-overs and style advice, and you have the perfect recipe for a refreshingly high octane fashion blow out. #INSPO’s personal highlight? Stealing a moment with Matthew Williamson to give him a copy of our first issue of the magazine! (Then finding ourselves in the lift with him, swearing down we’re not stalkers!)

X Factor Hairstyles

Your guide to X Factor hairstyles!


The X Factor Stylist, Jamie Stevens, says: “A modern twist on the classic side sweep. This look is all about unleashing your creativity and giving your hair extra personality.”

Prep hair with TRESemmé Heat Defence Spray (RRP £4.99 for 300ml) spritzing generously from root to tip.

Take small sections and wrap hair around the TRESemme Volume Curling Wand, hold for 15 seconds and release. Sweep hair to one side with a comb and use grips to secure in place. Create shape, volume and movement by gripping the hair in places, get creative, this look isn’t about being too done. Use the grips to accessorise the hair.

Spray TRESemmé Ultimate Hold Hairspray (RRP £4.99 for 500ml) to finish the look and hold hair in place. Like Parisa you can add hair chalk for added playfulness and impact.

#INSPO Magazine Issue 2 Fashion Shoot Behind the Scenes

Another great video produced by very Sane Seven with a sneak peek into one of the fashion photoshoots for #INSPO magazine Issue 2!


Photography and video: Sane Seven

Makeup: Lucy Mckeown

Hair: Phill Gallagher at Electric Hair

Styling: Jurga Skeiryte

Stylist’s Assistant: Simone Navardauskaite

Model: Danielle Blunt


Here are some images we took (by phone!) on the day!


#INSPIRED Tailoring

Well this is a bit fabulous, isn’t it? I’ve loved oversized soft tailoring since I was an intern at Vogue and got to be second assistant on a tailoring shoot with Lucinda Chambers (shameless name dropping there, sorry). I think it’s sexy, cool and, most importantly, quite comfortable! I really do think masculine-inspired clothing on women is the sexiest kind of clothing there is. I personally wouldn’t wear the crop top (my days of flesh flashing abs are well and truly over), but I love the sporty twist it gives this look.

If you’re happy to bare your midriff, Topshop have a selection of long-sleeved (we are coming into winter don’t forget) ribbed crop tops, including this one in black .Or why not take the sports element literally and go for an actual sports bra? H&M have some classic simple designs in block colours. Go black like our cool lady here, or mix things up with a contrasting bright or printed design. I would be more inclined to stay covered up with this gorgeous Whistles cami .The silky fabric retains the sports luxe vibe, but is a bit more sophisticated, and if necessary, work-friendly. I’d get it a size up to keep the whole look slouchy and more laid back.

So, this suit. Wow! The colour is awesome, the cut is slouchy and I love how she’s layered the longline sleeveless jacket over a matching blazer. The perfect way to do winter tailoring. I’m all about mixing and matching, and throwing in a textured curve ball, such as this gorgeous wool Roksanda Ilincic sleeveless jacket. This would look awesome over a pale leather jacket (good old Primark have a selection of multicoloured faux-leather designs, perfect for some fast fashion action), or something a bit more tailored, like this little cropped number by New Look. If you’re worried about the shades of blue not working well together, then go tonal with other soft neutrals and pastels. I reckon the Roksanda jacket would look beautiful layered over this grey crepe blazer , also from New Look (and currently in the sale, woohoo!).

I’m a bit in love with these wide-leg ankle-grazing Delpozo pants, with their leg-lengthening high waist and sleek pleat detailing at the waist, the flash of ankle bares just a teensy bit of flesh and you can show off some fabulous footwear. I’ve also just discovered this more budget-friendly ASOS pair, which are now sitting patiently in my ‘saved items’ list…

Kerryn Grady

X Factor Beauty

X Factor beauty trends revealed!


The X Factor Stylist, Jamie Stevens, says: ‘’We saw cornrows on the AW14 catwalks, but they can look quite severe, so we wanted to make this trend more wearable, Lauren has tight braids on one side and loose, soft waves on the other.”

Apply TRESemmé Texture Style Tousled Wave Spray (RRP £5.50 for 200ml) to towel dried hair and roughly blow dry for a textured, matt finish.
Using medium tongs begin working around the head, curling the hair but leaving the last two inches of each section so this stays straight. Once finished, loosely brush out the curls. (At this stage, we added tinsel hair extensions to complement Lauren’s outfit – you can use some clip in extensions for the same effect.)
Use a tail comb to create a low side parting and create four tight braids, each one inch thick, plaiting from the front of the head to the nape and secure with an elastic.
Tease the curls so they look undone and spray all over the hair with TRESemmé Ultimate Hold Hairspray (RRP £4.99 for 500ml).


The X Factor Stylist, Jamie Stevens, says: ‘’Crimping long hair like Betsy’s looks incredibly dramatic. Pulling the front section up into a high ponytail gives it a modern structure and the illusion of even more length.”

Section the hair and use a crimping iron to crimp all over, starting with the underneath sections of the hair and working upwards.
Secure the front section of the hair into a ponytail on the top of the head in front of the crown. Give it lift by spraying the underneath of the ponytail with TRESemmé Ultimate Hold Hairspray (RRP £4.99 for 500ml) and secure with a hair elastic.
Take a two inch section of hair from behind the ear on each side and wrap it around the elastic at the top of the ponytail, securing with more kirby grips.
Using a soft bristle brush, brush the crimp out and dust TRESemmé Texture Style Backcomb Dust (RRP £5.50 for 10g), into your hands then work it into the hair.

#INSPIRED in winter whites

I have an unfortunate obsession with white clothing. I’m clumsy, messy and it’s so unforgiving to wear while I need a lot of forgiveness! Winter whites are NOT compatible with lumps and bumps, and I have more than I’d care to discuss. However, this German boutique owner and buyer appears lump free and oozes poise and sophistication. Brave too, she’s wearing the whitest of white. Outside! She looks so crisp and fresh, with that lovely slouchy silhouette that stops her looking uptight. Almost as if it would be no big deal if that gorgeous Carven coat got a nasty dirt mark on it… Hmm…

So, if you trust that you have a protective invisible force field around you and want to fork out for a fabulously expensive pair of wide leg white trousers, look no further than Net-A-Porter. They have a great selection, including this gorgeous Stella McCartney crepe pair. If I were taking the plunge I’d probably go for these wide leg Marni culottes. They’re a slightly less predictable fashion choice (although culottes are currently the style du jour, they’re not that easy to wear – I’d definitely stick to heels over flats). These rose gold cracked leather courts from Topshop are a bit wonderful, don’t you think? And the hems won’t drag and get all grubby! For a much more purse (and washing machine) friendly option, try these full-length babies from Next.

Everyone knows Gap is the master of the white shirt, but why not mix it up a bit with this sleeveless collared top for a slightly more casual twist on the tailored look. I love the sleek clean lines, giving a more minimalist finish. But, as I already said, I’m not a neat, sleek kind of person, I’m much more comfortable in something sloppy and oversized. This MIH oversized shirt is my perfect shirt, and currently has 15% off at My Wardrobe.

Now, that coat. My goodness, I need to get my priorities straight and stop frittering away my earnings on rent and bills and focus on buying something as glorious as this white coat. Net-A-Porter and My Wardrobe both stock a gorgeous Carven wool number, but if you get in there quick you can get the 15% discount at My Wardrobe saving a massive £140 (okay, £141). To be fair, this heavier fabric will actually keep you warm throughout the winter months. Will it last you forever? I guess that depends how mucky you’re likely to get… But fear not! The high street has some brilliant options, and H&M never fail to disappoint on the coats front. This is the perfect alternative to the Carven bank breaker, coming in at well under £100. Who can argue with that when it comes to chic, sophisticated outerwear? If, like me, you like to add a bit of texture into the mix, they also have an awesome shaggy faux fur jacket , and if the yeti look isn’t quite your thing, this lovely bracelet-sleeve quilted-textured coat in a soft ivory colour, which is a little less harsh than pure white. I love the subtle ovoid shape, which I always think looks a bit more editorial and cool. I can actually see myself throwing caution to the wind and purchasing this little number for myself!

Kerryn Grady