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Cherry pops in to Bristol

Cherry pops in to Bristol

BBC presenter, author and all round fashion inspiration Cherry Healey is presenting Bristol Fashion Week later this month, so we caught up with her ahead of her catwalk debut to find out more…

We’re excited to hear you’ll be hosting Bristol Fashion Week, one of our favourite events of the year, alongside Mark Heyes. What attracted you to this role?

I absolutely love Bristol – I have a lot of friends that live in the area and whenever I visit I can’t get enough of the city – it’s got something for everyone.

We’ve been checking out your Instagram and we love your style. How would you describe your dress sense?

A total mish mash! My mum is incredibly stylish so sometimes I’ll take a leaf out of her book and experiment with looking chic and other times I’ll wear my furry sequinned jacket with leather trousers. If I’m on mum duty I’ll keep it very relaxed and wear my uniform of jeans and a Tshirt, but if I’m going out I’ll go for gold! I sometimes envy those girls that have their capsule wardrobe but I’m a bit of a magpie and love to follow the trends. It can be hard to dress for filming because the camera doesn’t like patterns, stripes or anything too dark so recently I’ve been mostly in trouser suits. They’re very flattering, come in some amazing colours and are camera friendly.

Who’s your personal style icon?

Cate Blanchett is my ultimate fashion icon – she’s not afraid to experiment but somehow always manages to look elegant, feminine and cool.

What’s top of your shopping list for Autumn/Winter 17?

I love how much burgundy is coming in, which suits my pale complexion. There also seem to be a few longer skirts coming in, which I’m going to be wearing with boots, which is quite 70’s. There’s been a bit of a push for flares to come back in fashion but I am resisting as I don’t think they’re flattering. I feel the same about wide-legged cropped trousers – if you’re built like a racehorse then fine – but most of the woman I know wouldn’t touch those with a barge pole! Fashion is a tricky thing as you want to play with it and be creative but you don’t want people to point and laugh.

What was your biggest fashion fail?

When I was small I thought waistcoats were The Thing. I had one that my mum made out of curtain material that had cherries on, and a disco one that was black satin with neon diamonds sown on. I also had an amazing (or at least I thought so at the time) crushed blue velvet cropped jacket that I would wear with plaid trousers and shiny red trainers – I honestly thought I was fashion itself.

This Bristol Fashion Week is all about Concorde- if you could fly anywhere on Concorde where would you go and who would you take with you?

The top of my wish list for travel is Bali – and to travel by Concorde would be about as good as it gets. I’d take my kids and my mum and as many friends as I was allowed – the more the merrier.

 Bristol Fashion Week takes place at The Mall at Cribbs Causeway from 27 September – 1 October, presented by Mark Heyes and Cherry Healey and features 17 catwalk shows. Tickets are available online at mallcribbs.com.

The Image Consulting Company will be at Bristol Fashion Week offering one-to-one personal style consultations, as well as workshops and lots of style tips. To find out more and book your slot with us, click here.