Not wanting to sound glib, but I’m one lucky woman because I get to live, work and enjoy family life in beautiful Bath. I could wax lyrical about the many benefits of living in our small city (the architecture, countryside on the door step, friendliness, the schools), but Bath is also attracting major cultural oomph with its unparalleled festival hosting. We do literature, we do food, we do Fringe, arts, folk, Jane Austen and we do Susie Bubble.
Susie is a self-made blogging phenomenon. Her maximalist dressing and sharp fringe are unmistakable amongst the frow at the international shows. Her blog has become massively credible too. It’s her no-nonsense and artistically sensitive reviews, coupled with her objectivity (so rare in the fashion industry) that gives it real weight. On a lighter note, she brings us – on the periphery of the fashion world – clothes and ideas that push boundaries and visually stimulate whether you love or loathe them.
On the subject of love, I ADORE Lulu Kennedy’s aesthetic. Her Instagram feed is a dream. All rainbows, vintage tiaras alongside a nineties rave vibe of colour and edge. She’s named-checked often as the fairy godmother of London fashion, having nurtured the likes of Holly Fulton (here talking at BIF too), Louise Goldin, Jonathan Saunders, Gareth Pugh, Roksanda Ilincic (also here) through her non-profit initiative, Fashion East.
She’ll be joined by another designer the initiative has helped showcase, Ed Marler. Opulent, regal and, in his words, a “bit bad”, his latest show was an extravagant fairytale parade. Each model (men and women) sporting an oversized crown. They’re definitely his thing!
So for our southwest city idyll, it will be inspiring stuff. And bravo to those gathering the influencers and making our festivals happen. Long may they reign!
* Susie Lau already has history with Bath when last year she chose the Fashion Museum’s Dress Of The Year. She plumped for a Christopher Kane.