It’s November. Which can only mean one thing in the shopping world: sharpen your elbows, you’re going to need them. Yes, Christmas fever is almost upon us. But what if we told you that this year there’s no need to sweat it out on the high street, fighting over mass-produced items and spending hours in seemingly endless queus? Bold Souls Stardust has come to save us all.
Bold Souls is a fashion Pop-Up, created two years ago by Glasgow-based designer Silvia Pellegrino and blogger Jonathan Pryce of Les Garçons de Glasgow and Another Garçon. Offering a unique shopping experience the event brings a plethora of local designers together under one roof, and give shoppers the chance to buy one-off items and personalised pieces. GUM spoke to organiser Silvia to find out how Bold Souls was conceived:
“What we wanted to do was to promote local talent and expand the community, meet more people that we could work with, meet more customers. We wanted to have a very seamless, open and fresh place where people could go to find unique fashion instead of buying high street and mass made fashion, that we find a lot of the time doesn’t really have spirit”. It is this community aspect which gives Bold Souls it’s buzzing atmosphere, uniting designers, creatives and customers alike over canapes and complimentary Kopparberg.
One year on from the last Bold Souls, Stardust promises to be bigger, better – and yes – bolder than before. Thursday 22nd November 2012 will see Flat 0/1 and Lucky 7 packed out with more than 20 stalls, where you can pick up one-off pieces from a host of local designers, both up-and-coming and established. As Pellegrino explains: “We try to keep it colourful and diverse, everybody’s got their own style, we’re trying to have different tastes; the taste of our customers.” With such a variety of designers offering up everything from womenswear and menswear to accessories and jewellery, there really is something for everyone. Plus each item is beautifully crafted, high-quality and totally unique: this is a chance to see independent fashion at it’s best.”
Expect to see the likes of Bonnie Bling, the jewellery designer who has dressed everyone from Lana Del Rey to Usain Bolt with her dynamic knuckledusters, and organiser Pellegrino’s own label Chouchou which is sure to impress with a collection of high-fashion hoods. You’ll be able to speak to the designers themselves and even have pieces tailored to meet your needs. And if shimmying from stall to stall takes it’s toll, you can sit back and relax as Rainbow Room International style your hair free of charge.
For the first time ever, Bold Souls will also include not one, but two dazzling fashion shows – the first named Cosmic and the second, Galactic – giving event-goers the chance to see the designs they can buy from the stalls making their way down the catwalk. Pellegrino explains the idea behind the shows: “There’s a huge difference between seeing something on a hanger and seeing it in the whole context with the styling, the model, the music. It’s way more dynamic and you can see how the fabric works with the body movement.With the high street because they are trying to cut the cost, the fabrics they buy look good when hanging but don’t look good on because the pattern is approximate and the type of textile is cheap, whereas the majority of designers at Bold Souls really have a passion for good quality things.”
Bold Souls Stardust is not just a Pop-Up shop or a catwalk show, but an event which provides an interactive and fun platform for local talent and customers to come together, have a chat and be pampered! As Pellegrino explains: “It’s really about giving people something that they will remember”. Limited to only 100 tickets, Bold Souls Stardust is set to be the ultimate, and unforgettable, shopping experience. But shhh, don’t tell Santa.
Designers featuring: Chouchou, Bonnie Bling, Dawntroversial, Athena Boutique, Tres’ Demented Designs, Katie Lees, MochMess, Nadine Schloen, Vaslav & Lilly (Lilly Wiggler’s brand new label), Ruth Swan, Jane Gowans and many many more!
Bold Souls Stardust
Thursday 22nd November 2012
6:00pm, show starts 7.00pm
Flat 0/1 and Lucky 7; entrance at 162 Bath Street, Glasgow, G2 4HW
Tickets can be purchased from: http://boldsouls.bigcartel.com/