Catwalk shows close Kingston Bentall Centre fashion week


The annual event ended with fashion shows running every half hour, featuring the best autumn/winter high street trends.


By Hayley Fox

Catwalk shows brought autumn fashion week at The Bentall Centre, Kingston, to a close on Saturday after a successful week.

The annual event ended with fashion shows running every half an hour, featuring the best autumn/winter high street trends.

There was something for everyone with models wearing items from the centre’s retailers including Austin Reed, Fat Face, Links, Gap Kids and Massimo Dutti.

The shows were set to music, some having choreographed dance routines.

Model Maria Despina said: “It’s been really fun and I’ve had some lovely things to wear. My favourite was the dress in the first show.”

“It will bring more custom to the shops.”

It gathered the interest of busy shoppers. Kelly Bryne from Putney enjoyed the shows.

She said: “Everyone looked really lovely and well dressed.”

Stylist Jo Wilson, who was co-presenting the shows, said: “It’s been good, there’s a great turn out.”

Her capsule wardrobe presentation, showing how to get the most out of your wardrobe, was a success on Tuesday 11th.

“I had good feedback and a lot of garments were sold,” she added.

Scouts from Models 1 were scouring the centre for Kingston’s modelling talent. The agency was keen to spot models with the English rose look.

Modelling has become more popular since the arrival of TV programmes like ‘Britain’s Next Top Model’.

Joe Tootal from Models 1 said: “There’s more applications to modelling agencies because I think it’s more accessible.”

Earlier in the week, various retailers were offering free demonstrations, beauty treatments and launching new ranges.

On Monday 10th, cosmetic giant Clinique gave foundation demonstrations. After speaking about their skin concerns, customers could try out the brand’s treatment-based foundations for five days and then return.

Julia Hutchings from Clinique said: “It was really good, customers were keen to sit down and try something new.”

Aroma Secrets were in the mall on Friday 14th, where they gave free mini-manicures, pedicures and eyelash extensions. The business was the only one in the centre to gain full marks on a ‘mystery shop’ earlier this year.

Owner Britt Sutton said: “We had a lot of interest; we are a bit different because our door is on the outside of the centre. But apart from two regular people, we had all new people.”

She added: “We had a bed so that caused a lot of interest because the set up looked like a real set.”

T.M. Lewin offered a free measuring service and presented their new collection during the week. Panacea Health and Beauty also launched two international ranges.

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