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High-calibre headliners included Barbara Hulanicki


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BRINGING THE BEACH TO BATH


Team GB’s beach volleyball squad will be in Bath this


Fashion fix


What an exciting place Bath was to be from 3 to 10 May – when Bath in Fashion further cemented itself as an unmissable fixture on the style calendar. The week saw both locals and visitors from further afield sashaying into various city venues in droves to get their fashion fix; to hear favourite figures regale glamorous tales and impart advice; to see latest fashions first-hand on the catwalk; and to partake in workshops and more. The headline talk from Biba founder Barbara Hulanicki went down a storm with a captive audience at The Octagon at Milsom Place on the Wednesday night, heightening anticipation for the vintage Biba making its way down the runway at the Assembly Rooms the next day. There, Barbara was again joined by former fashion director of the Daily Telegraph, Hilary Alexander, and Felicity Green, who commissioned the design of the now-iconic pink gingham dress – a game-changing garment that sold 17,000 units 50 years ago in 1964.


Other highlights included some very fashionable gatherings such as lunches with jewellery experts Fabulous and Nicholas Wylde, as well as talks from Topshop’s Mary Homer, Jason Basmajian of Gieves


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& Hawkes and one half of design duo Meadham Kirchhoff, each offering a fascinating insight into their own sartorial experiences. Bath Life was delighted to collaborate with Bath in Fashion once more, also teaming up with the Porter for Fashion’s Night Out, which saw well-shod fash-pack feet traversing the city’s streets in search of offers in 35 participating stores. With high-profile headliners, buckets of style and the spotlight firmly fixed on Bath, what a week for the city it was – we can’t wait for next year. For more: www.bathinfashion.co.uk


summer, taking on anyone who thinks they are up to the challenge – thanks to a group of local charities who have joined forces with some of the nation’s sporting heroes to deliver a unique event for the summer. The tournament, which will take place at Bath University and is part of the South West’s Harbourside Games running in Bristol throughout June, will provide a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to compete alongside GB athletes, while affording businesses and individuals the opportunity to support their chosen good


causes, such as Great Western Air Ambulance. Ex-Bath student Zara Dampney and other members of the women’s beach and indoor squads will join the teams taking part, and after a series of timed and medal matches, the evening will be rounded off with a trip into Bath for a medal ceremony party with the squad, and beer and pizza all round.


The tournament takes place at 5.30pm on 12 June and costs £450 per squad entered (five to 10 people accompanied by one GB beach volleyballer) or £45 per individual. For more: www.harboursidegames.com


Jody Gooding and Denise Johns of the GB Beach Volleyball Legends Group


Jason Basmajian


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