Get ready for The Art of Style, a brand-new fashion and beauty event coming to Highcross from 23rd – 29th April, taking place on the Lower Mall, outside Debenhams. Visit the pop-up gallery and let the expert stylists talk you through the season’s top fashion trends – all brought to life by amazing sculptures and live catwalk shows. For all the beauty lovers, you can treat yourself to a makeover with one of their professional makeup artists who can also help you perfect the latest beauty trend at home by offering tips and advice.
Highcross have highlighted four fashion trends, and three beauty trends that they will be showcasing to the public. The clothing and products used within the shows will all be available from Highcross, so you can hit the shops straight after the shows and replicate some seriously stylish people. Then, if you get a little peckish, you can always pop to one of the many cafes or restaurants inside and outside of Highcross.
KEY TRENDS- FASHION
Get ready to embrace dark denim as those deep shades you coveted in the noughties get a new season refresh. We’re talking indigo jackets in sharp cuts, capes with neat lines nipped-in at the waist, and ultra-flared jeans with exposed stitching. It’s time to say goodbye to pale mom jeans and grunge jackets, and say hello to your dark side.
Fashion’s prettiest hues have been given an edgier, stronger look this season with sharp tailored pieces coming in sugary shades of Parma Violet, lemon sorbet, and cool mint. These mix-and-match ice cream pastels are perfect for any occasion, whether you’re off to a summer wedding or just a lazy sunny afternoon with friends.
Florals will always have a place in your spring wardrobe, but these blooms are brighter, bolder and more wearable than ever. Find them on dresses, statement blouses and new-season accessories. The fresh and modern way to wear floral is to steer clear of ditsy prints (no more shrinking violet) and take centre stage with painterly splashes, retro blooms and eclectic patterns.
Mad About Plaid
Thought plaid was just for winter? Think again. This fashion-favourite has been given a refresh for spring/summer with brightly-coloured tartans and checks making their way straight from the catwalks to the rails in all of your favourite stores. There’s no denying plaid is the pattern for spring. Expect to see it on everything, from statement blazers to rocking jumpsuits.
KEY TRENDS- BEAUTY
From everyday natural peepers (with the most luscious of lashes) to all-the-drama smoky eyes, we’ve plenty of fresh looks to make your eyes go pop – whatever floats your beauty boat. We’re all after minimum effort for maximum impact, so let us help you master eye shadow once and for all. And who doesn’t want to perfect that cat-eye flick?
Who can deny the lipstick effect? Applying a slick of your favourite colour is the ultimate feel-good beauty treat, whether that’s your fail-safe pillarbox red or a pinkish hue that makes your skin glow. With so many lipstick trends out there – matte, sheer, balm, tint – we’re here to help you achieve the perkiest of pouts.
The fastest way to transform your look is finding the right eyebrow shape for your face – it’s like a mini facelift! We’re all striving for beautiful arches and thick brows. And once you’ve got brilliant brows, we’ll show you the kit to keep them groomed to perfection: think pencils, powders, gels, brushes. Say hello to your brow beauty booty…
PLUS APP, COMPETITION & STYLE SEEKER
Download PLUS today to reveal all the latest Highcross store discounts and fabulous competitions. It’s available for both iPhone and android phones. Not only will you be able to keep up to date with Highcross news and offers, there’s some seriously amazing competitions- including a MASSIVE £500 giveaway from Urban Decay, right now. Go, Go, Go!!!
Plus, take a look at Style Seeker- an amazing piece of technology that lets you take a photo of an item, upload it to the app, and will source it for you at one of the shops in the Highcross.
Try it out by snapping the trend sculptures, search the outfits and discover the looks – all ready to buy in Highcross. I’ve tried it with celebrity style pictures, and lifestyle imagery too, and both times I’ve managed to track down the PERFECT piece for me. You can refine the search too, so whether you want to concentrate on the exact colour, or are learning more towards the pattern, the algorithm logic helps to work this out. See my demo below!
Keep up to date with everything over on social media by searching #AOSHighcross. I’ll be around snapping away on Friday, and hopefully see some of you there!
*In collaboration with Highcross, Leicester