There are times when a Facebook status intrigues me so much I just have to investigate further - saying something about "Live Mannequins" and "Grand Opening" definitely does that.
On Saturday afternoon I was trying to decide between going over to my Dad's village to see the switch on of the Christmas lights and going home for a quiet night in - when I saw a Facebook Status with those exact words. Further investigation was definitely required.
I ended up spending a rather enjoyable time seeing some stunning designs, as well as being able to talk to some of my favourite Creatives (and adding a new one to that list).
Although I didn't have my camera with me (I ended up being glad that I could just sit back and watch the show unfold) I could still enjoy myself whilst the trainee and professional photographers took their pictures.
The Facebook status was posted by someone who I call my favourite "Womble". If you have read this blog before you will realise that title goes to a friend of mine who is the brains behind LUVINBLING (who creates upcycled jewellery).
The reason for the "Grand Opening" was that LEONE Designers now have a permanent shop in the Highcross Shopping Centre in Leicester. (Those of you who are thinking - "I know that name from somewhere" - are correct. I blogged about them when they had a "Pop-up shop" a few months ago.)
The fashion show all the Designers put on was first class. Making use of two large windows (one on each side of the doorway) for the "Live Mannequins" - aka Models - to be shown in was ingenious.
The clothes, hats, and jewellery showcased by the LEONE Designer ladies and LUVINBLING were very imaginative but were also the kind of clothes I could also imagine myself and some of my friends wearing. (Usually whenever someone utters the words "Models", "Fashion Show", or "Designer Collection" I immediately think of sizes which only a garden rake could wear, and designs which are obviously not to be worn in the real world.)
I told you that I added another Designer to my list of "Favourite Creatives", didn't I??? Well, that is not entirely true - Sam West (of Samuel West Fashions) managed to add himself to the list by doing something I had previously thought was impossible. All he did was show a collection which included one of my favourite designs in wearable fabric form.
To say I love holographic patterns is something of an understatement. Holographic patterns to me are like catnip to felines. By creating and making his own holographic fabric himself he has won me over to his Fan Club without even trying.
Not only are the Designers who have items for sale in LEONE Designers's shop all based in Leicester - every single item is a unique, one of a kind, product.
Of course - there is another reason to visit LEONE Designers. Ryte and Zoya are both very friendly ladies who will make you feel extremely welcome in their shop.
By the way - the next event that LEONE Designers are going to have in their shop is the official launch of LUVINBLING's products in their collections. This will be on Saturday 17 December 2016 between 1.00pm and 4pm - including a live demonstration.
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