Fashitecture // The Festival Launch, York // Part 1

On Friday I travelled to the beautiful city of York to attend the Love Architecture festival launch at the City Screen cinema. The beautiful building designed by Panter Hudspith Architects, with its large window overlooking the river was flooded with sunshine, it was a picture perfect summer evening.

I have to admit that as this was my first time event blogging I was slightly apprehensive, I soon learned I had nothing to be nervous about though as everyone was more than willing to pose for photos and answer my questions. (Thanks everyone!)

Not everyone was an architect, I met councillors, artists, engineers, economists. People came from all over Yorkshire with one common cause: celebrating great design.

Now it’s my turn to celebrate their style…

(From left to right) Emma, Rachel & Cathy

(From left to right) Emma, Rachel & Cathy

Emma wears a beautifully tailored Jaeger dinner jacket, Mango top and a bracelet from one of my absolute favourite jewellery shops Collard Manson. Rachel channels the ethnic look with her vibrant top from M&S perfect for the sunny day that it was. While Cathy wears one of this seasons key trends: the smock and it’s not just any smock it’s vintage Chloe.

Emma – favourite building – Nottingham Contemporary (Caruso St John) or anything concrete.

Colin Briggs, Chartered Architect

Colin Briggs, Chartered Architect

Colin doesn’t put a blue foot wrong in this outfit, a Burton cardigan, blue vintage shirt and ochre trousers from Australia (General Pants Company). He draws his architectural influences from the senior architects in the practices he’s worked in. He enjoys challenging himself by imagining how he would improve the new buildings he sees around him.

Helen & Robin

Helen & Robin

Helen (Bloom Arts Management) and Robin (Architect at Bramhall Blenkharn) look like they’ve walked straight out of the stylish set of Mad Men. Helen’s dress draws attention to her narrow waist, resulting in that famous 1950’s alluring hourglass shape. She finishes the look perfectly with red lips and white stilettos. While Robin goes for a steel grey 2 piece with matching shoes and belt.

Favourite places in Yorkshire- Yorkshire Sculpture Park (they love the combination of the modern artwork against the natural landscape.) – Castle Howard (for it’s interiors and of course the peacocks!)

Mark Skeels

Mark Skeels, Project Architect

Mark‘s Portobello road market satchel is both stylish and functional. He said it was looking a bit worn but I think that only enhances the vintage feel of it. His shirt is from River Island, blue shirts seem to be very popular amongst male Architects, his watch is Timex. 

Favourite buildings in Yorkshire – Hepworth Gallery & Broadcasting Place (Leeds).

(From left to right) Tracey, Lucy & Sarah

(From left to right) Tracey, Lucy & Sarah

Tracey (Deputy leader of York City Council) wears an a-line skater dress from New Look and earrings from Sweden. Lucy (YAA) wears a French Connection ombre shift with leggings. Sarah, an Architect from Whitby, looks great in this Holly Willoughby tea dress.

Charlotte Harrison & Helen Whittiker

Charlotte Harrison &                 Helen Whittaker

Charlotte’s a ray of sunshine in this Sarah Coggles dress, Helen’s nautical jacket is from M&S. Helen works in stain glass (http://www.helenwhittakerart.com/) an interesting and unusual career, it was really motivating for a recent graduate like myself to learn of her career journey. Her historical influences also show in her favourite building which is the Norman church of St. Michael’s in Garton on the Wolds.  

Tomorrow’s blog will be all about the sponsors of the event The Nest, featuring some great vintage outfits so don’t miss out!

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