Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet is back with another brilliant event this summer called ‘Style on Screen’ and we’ve been getting to learn all about how TV and film can help update our wardrobe.
Inspired by some of the biggest releases of the year like Barbie and the Sex in the City spin-off, And Just Like That…, their latest project is to help inform those who love fashion and being in front of a camera, as well as those who are less comfortable, on how to build a wardrobe in keeping with current trends.
Once again, taking cues from the current aesthetics Hollywood has to offer, Cheshire Oaks and the McArthur Glen group have teamed up with local celebrity stylist, Ryan Kay, to help create looks around contemporary movies and TV shows and give you some sound advice.
Ryan made a splash at London Fashion Week back in 2016 and has been building up his portfolio and reputation ever since, working with some of the UK’s most popular designers, businesses, celebrities and, crucially, multiple productions involving the screen.
From collaborating with the likes OK! and HELLO! Magazine, to styling celebrities like Olivia Attwood, Fleur East, Lucy Fallon; Gemma Owen, Gemma Atkinson and Amy Childs just to name a few — not to mention working on Strictly, Saturday Night Takeaway, Eurovision and more — this guy is in demand.
Lucky for you, following the official ‘Style on Screen’ event, where up-and-coming influencers, aspiring performers and members of the general public turned up to learn more about this summer’s looks, the Warrington-born fashion and brand consultant handed out some of his top tips.
Ryan’s top tips
1. Pairing different shades of the same colour — let’s say for instance, you want to recreate the Barbie since it’s everywhere at the minute, start off by seeing what pinks you already have in your wardrobe and build from there. As Ryan sees, it’s about “choosing accessories within the same tonal family… A bag and shoes that complement each other like this will help the outfit feel pulled together and deliberate.”
2. Don’t wear trends if they’re not your style — “I love taking looks that I love on the catwalk or on-screen and get inspired on how this can work with pieces that I already own”. Once again, it’s about trying to restyle things you already own into new looks.
3. Contrasting textures — by combining pieces with different textures and materials, “even simple outfits can look more premium and interesting. For example, a pair of structured trousers look great with a slouchy jumper, or a satin skirt looks fantastic with a crisp white shirt.” The only caveat is that if you do mix, try to stick with a neutral colour palette — “too many colours and textures will look like you got dressed in the dark.”
4. Layering — The idea is to be versatile and build multiple outfits with just a few key pieces. He suggested things like layering a crop top over a shirt to create some structure or wearing a dress underneath a skirt to create a different silhouette.
5. ‘A bag for life’ — “The perfect investment piece of a bag is one that you can wear day-in, day-out”, says Ryan, and styling it with your outfit can be an interesting challenge. “You can add a scarf around the handle of a bag to integrate it into the look”, and again, you can either have textures and colours match or let it pop on its own.
When we asked Ryan if he had one tip for those who have absolutely no clue about fashion (i.e. the person writing this article), he said that it’s all about “sustainability” and rather than just buying loads of fast-fashion pieces, the trick is to “select key items and make as many looks with them as you can”.
He also said that one thing he would always recommend is “a proper, tailored suit because it’s forever a timeless piece” and one that you can also spin into different seasons depending on the colours and how you accessorize it.
As he sees it, you can get “about 10 different looks” out of just one suit, so it’s well worth investing in a good one that you can then dress up or dress down.
It’s nice to see stylists like Ryan bringing the world of high-end London-centric fashion back up North and giving us a chance and the tools to recreate the trends and styles we see on screen.
And last but not least, you can of course find pretty much everything you need to recreate the Barbie look, the Carrie Bradshaw look or pretty much any other style, be it one you’ve seen on screen or even just something more familiar to you at Cheshire Oaks.
Watch this space, we’re going to look absolutely mint this summer and so are you!
Featured Image — Warners Bros/Cheshire Oaks/HBO Max
The incredible new lantern trail around a northern theme park with Yorkshire pudding wraps, boozy hot chocolates, and more
Yorkshire pudding wraps and boozy hot chocolates are just some of the festive treats on offer at an incredible new lantern trail.
In case you haven’t heard, Land of Lights has now opened at Gulliver’s World in Warrington, and it’s transformed the much-loved North West theme park into an immersive winter wonderland for the Christmas season – with 12 “vivid dreamworlds” full of dozens of gigantic lanterns inspired by animals, mega monuments, and wonders of the natural world to marvel at.
As the sun goes down and the nights draw in, visitors are now able to explore an amazing array of light installations as they walk all around the park.
More than 7,000 individual lanterns and hundreds of thousands of LED lights create the spectacle.
Having been already enchanting families since it opened at few weeks back now, Land of Lights is a first-of-its-kind attraction for the area, and it’s arrived in Warrington after it was held for the first time ever at Gulliver’s Land down in Milton Keynes last year, and proved to be a smash-hit success that was visited by thousands.
The award-winning work of the Zigong Lantern Group – with more than 100 people involved in the production process, and it taking six months to design, manufacture, and artistically finish – Land of Lights seems to already be garnering rave reviews.
But those aren’t just down to all the show-stopping lanterns and light installations.
That’s because visitors also have the chance to tuck into a feast of festive-themed street food and drinks all throughout the festival too.
As you make your way around the illuminated park, you can grab everything from freshly-made and generously-filled Yorkshire pudding wraps, and an impressive selection of handmade churros, to authentic German sausages and bratwursts, and a winter-warming lineup of tipples and soft drinks like mulled wine, beer, and boozy hot chocolates.
Not only that, but there’s also Lagado’s Restaurant & Grill located on site too, which offers up a wide range of sit-down meal options inside its warm restaurant on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays of the festival.
As we mentioned, the event looks to have been proving pretty popular in the short time since it’s opened, with positive reviews coming in thick and fast.
One glowing review reads: “We visited Land of Lights at Gulliver’s world, I have to say it’s breathtaking, much more than what I imagined, well worth the money, definitely recommended.
“Like stepping into a fairy tale, it’s an amazing experience. You have hot food and drink, different gadget shops during the trail, it’s an instant stress relief after a bad day. Parking is free.”