Wednesday, 24 April 2013

My Striking Magenta Fashion Awards Outfit | Freak Factory SS13

Purple dress & black blazer | Freak Factory SS13
Purple dress & black blazer | Freak Factory SS13
Purple and black Freak Factory SS13
Purple dress & black blazer | Freak Factory SS13
Purple dress & black blazer | Freak Factory SS13
Ta-dah! This is it - the first outfit I've worn to any kind of fashion awards: I attended the Bath in Fashion Blogger Awards catwalk show (yes, I was FROW) as a finalist last week... I'm sure most of you know I didn't win, but I rocked the hell out of this Freak Factory magenta patterned top and skirt which made me a happy girl on the day.

I recently wrote about Freak Factory in my post A Beautiful Orange Dress - and this was the second outfit I chose from their spring/summer collection to style. They were good enough to loan it to me long enough to wear to the awards... I think this has to be one of my top five - maybe even top three - favourite outfits ever

The Freak Factory SS13 collection is "dedicated to sailors, love and pop culture" (doesn't that sound so cool?) - I LOVE the silicon coated pattern on this jersey fabric, and the colours are absolutely beautiful. If you look closely at the pattern, you can see an octopus (across the t-shirt), a ship's wheel, fish scales, waves, and of course sailors' stripes. It's definitely not the sort of thing you'd get at Primark, that's for sure; it definitely looked (and felt) totally unique with that incredible pattern across it.

In my usual style I added extra drama with my black crochet pattern tights, black blazer and the best Asos statement necklace ever made (sadly no longer available). On the day I also had to battle with the wind so my hair went everywhere, plus the cobbled streets of Bath don't give girls in heels an easy time. But it was a fantastic day; the catwalk show was amazing and I met some lovely people including one very famous blogger (see last photo), so it wasn't too disappointing not to have won.

Bath in Fashion

I was joined on the day by my sister Vickie and Mr. Summers, who came to support me (thanks guys) - these pictures are very typical of my sister and I when a camera is pointed our way. The sun came out so we basked in its glory in a doorway - but only briefly before we started giggling at pretty much nothing.

Bath in Fashion Blogger Award Finalists With Susie Bubble
L-R: Me, Becky of The Flower Girl, Susie Lau of Style Bubble, Steph of Stephanie Dreams, Megan of The Briar Rose Blog

And here are some of the lovely finalists, with none other than Susie Bubble whom we met just before the show! Interesting fact: I noticed at least five of the ten finalists were redheads... we're going to take over the world.

We really are ;)


That's all for now, see you back in a couple of days. Thank you so much for all your support with, well, everything!!
Catherine x
Top: on loan from Freak Factory, Skirt: on loan from Freak Factory, Necklace: Asos, Jacket: La Redoute, Tights: Asos, Heels: Aldo, Clutch: American Apparel 

Shop my look! Although I'm wearing a top and skirt here's some magenta dresses that you might like (check out that amazeballs faux leather one!!):

Thank you to Freak Factory for the loan of these items. I have not been compensated for this post; all opinions are my own, however.


  1. WOW! You are the winner by far!
    This is stunning - so chic and your style.
    My favourite outfit!!

    Lady of Style
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  2. You look stunning in that dress, Catherine.
    More dresses, please.
    I love Susie, ahhhh. Great experience.

  3. Where are your tights from? I admired them on the day, but didn't get a chance to ask you! They're gorgeous.

  4. The magenta is absolutely stunning on you! Love the way you styled it too.

  5. Good coour for you! And the tights - everyone's probaby asing, where did you get them!

  6. This is the most awesome outfit- I love it head to to!

    xo Emma

  7. I cannot imagine why you did not win. To me you are the best. This outfit looks so good on you. It is you all over. What do they mean... " loan it to you" ?? If they don't give it, I would buy it. Such a shame to have to give it back.

  8. Oh my! That dress is stunning! And those tights...lovely!
    A Modest Fashion Blog:

  9. You rocked this look and that color is fantastic on you. Congrats on the nomination and how exciting to have this whole adventure. Yes, I believe you will change the world. I so appreciate your helpful tips on blogging by the way~super informative and easy to understand. As you offered once I would love a little nod towards R-style me from you if you get the chance for
    More awards in your future-no doubt!! :)
    xx, Heather

  10. You look stunning! I love how the pattern on the dress seems to continue to all the way down to the stockings.. brilliant! You really nail this look :) Congrats on your achivement


  11. You definitely rock this dress! It's a gorgeous dress and you sure know how to pull it off with the right stockings =)
    Congratulations for making it into the finalist!

  12. You look super gorgeous in this purple dress- and those patterned tights are ULTRA chic. Looking fabulous and flawless! XO!


  13. Love the mix of patterns. Great color combination.

  14. Yes, we so clearly are. I'd tease you about being shy in choosing your catwalk dress, but it's clearly so bold and perfect that I am shocked and dismayed that you did not win from sheer force of color, texture and style.
    I'm wrecked you didn't win, but red's everywhere weep with me.

  15. I have to not be using twitter correctly at all. I've never seen whatever thing mentioning these types of awards. Oh well, doesn't reverberation as if I am missing too much.

  16. Each time I used to always check blog posts within the first hours in the break of day, because I like to get information increasingly


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