Intu Eldon Square has had something of a makeover recently; from the subtle changes in lighting, right through to the brand new Grey’s Quarter which houses a whole host of new eateries including Tapas Revolution and The Alchemist. There’s no denying that Newcastle’s shopping mall is looking slicker than ever.
But we’re not here to talk food, this time we’re looking at fashion, and in particular, how to take key trends for SS17 and spin them on the high street. If the thought of trend led dressing fills you with fear, then hang on in there Voyeurs, Intu Eldon Square have their Walk in Wardrobe experience with expert styling and beauty advice and dedicated workshops, to give you a helping hand towards Spring wardrobe success with Emma from Stylissimo as their secret weapon….
Venue: Mall space in front of Debenhams & New Look
When: Mar 24 – Apr 01
With a core collection of trends available to view in a handy wardrobe, you’ll be able to chat to a Stylist to determine the best trends and styles for your lifestyle and body shape. Not only that, there will also be daily style talks, workshops and body mapping where you can find out exactly what body shape you are, and the clothing styles that flatter and elongate your body.
Held daily at 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm, styling workshops will look at transitional pieces, key trends and styling tips – it’s literally never been easier to get free advice from a personal Stylist.
Got an event on the horizon and want to know how to look like you aced Fashion Week? Then you’ll want to see the schedule:
24, 26, 28 and 30 March:
11am – Florals: You’ll be learning about the impact of print on your body shape, teaching you how to choose the right floral print for your shape and stature and most importantly how to style the trend to ensure you look amazing.
12pm – Swimwear Masterclass: You’ll learn all about the science behind swimwear, including how to choose the right style and shape to accentuate your assets and ensure that you feel confident and ready to go poolside.
1pm – Blush Flush: Millennial Pink is a key background trend this season, whether it’s blush nude or a deep fuchsia, Intu Eldon Square’s Stylist will teach you how to identify the right shade of pink to suit and enhance your skin tone and hair colour.
2pm – The Perfect Spring Capsule Wardrobe: You’ll be given help and advice on identifying those key seasonal pieces in order to build a selection of different looks for all occasions.
3pm – All Day Makeup: The arrival of Spring means wedding season and vacation planning are upon us. You’ll have access to expert MUAs from all over the mall who’ll deliver workshops on how to create the perfect “5 Minute Face” as well as tips on how to ensure your makeup can stand the test of time, while remaining fresh and perfect.
25, 27, 29, 31 March:
11am – Big Spring Occasions: Weddings, christenings, a day at the races, whatever your occasion, help is on hand to help you create the perfect look from head to toe. Already found the perfect outfit? Bring it along for expert advice on matching (or clashing) footwear and accessories.
12pm – Perfect Day to Evening Makeup: After work cocktails? Expert MUAs will teach you all the tricks you need up your sleeve to take your makeup look from boardroom to dance floor.
1pm– Personal Stylist Suite: A style specific Q&A workshop where you can pitch your fashion woes and get expert advice on bringing your look up to date.
2pm – 80’s Redux: Think 80’s glam at max volume. You’ll explore putting together the perfect party outfit with some killer trends on the high street. You’ll learn about how to style molten metallics and high shine fabrics to your own body shape and skin tone.
3pm – The New Athleisure: Sports luxe, Athleisure, Activewear, call it what you want, the trend for luxury sports based separates is going nowhere and here you’ll look at how to incorporate those influences into your own Spring wardrobe.
1 April: The final day of the Walk in Wardrobe experience. The contents will be refreshed and the Stylist will be joined by a live model who’ll be showcasing the key trends and looks for Spring.
You’ll also have the opportunity to overhaul your beauty regime and look at key makeup trends for Spring 2017 influenced by the runway but toned down for everyday wear. The Spring Beauty Pod will host a variety of beauty retailers who’ll be on hand to pimp your look.
– Friday 24: No7 Makeovers
– Saturday 25: Elemis Skincare Demonstrations
– Sunday 26: Urban Decay Makeovers
– Monday 27: Urban Decay Makeovers
– Tuesday 28: Liz Earle Skincare Demonstrations
– Wednesday 29: NYX Makeovers
– Thursday 30: Benefit Makeovers
– Friday 31: NARS Makeovers and GHD Hair Products
– Saturday 1: NYX Makeovers
I had an exclusive VIP preview (natch) of the Walk in Wardrobe experience at Eldon Square prior to its launch this weekend, and can vouch that it’s a great place to go before hitting the shops (the pink carpet helps too). With a curated selection of key trends, all laid out by retailer, it’s a good place to start if you’re looking to tap into seasonal trends. Emma from Stylissimo is a great soundboard for style advice, you can even bring along an outfit and she’ll show you how to style it up for maximum impact.
The Walk in Wardrobe is packed out with clothes, accessories, shoes and even home styling – there’s a rose gold pineapple in there from Accessorize which I bought immediately after my visit – in a roped off area that you can peruse at your leisure so it’s a must visit if you’re lacking inspiration.
Think of it as a curated version of the high street – the best SS17 trend conversion pieces have been selected and displayed taking all the hard work out of weekend shopping. Take advantage of it whilst it’s there and hopefully you’ll learn something new; whether it’s how to dress for your body shape, how to create the perfect eyeliner flick or just what colour will compliment your skin tone. If you’ve always fancied using a stylist, now’s your chance….