Lakeside fashion show makes a splash

Lakeside’s fashion shows made a splash when they returned this weekend as part of the shopping centre’s 21st birthday celebrations, with celebrity appearances, a stunning new pink-edged catwalk and shows featuring over 8,600 items from around the centre.


Huge crowds of excited shoppers gathered to watch the 15 catwalk shows on Friday, Saturday and Sunday which showcased the hottest spring fashion from over 40 Lakeside stores.

M&S model, radio presenter and TV celebrity Lisa Snowdon hosted the event on Saturday and proved to be incredibly popular with the crowds. Dressed in an elegant navy blue dress and striking pink heels, Lisa charmed Lakeside’s shoppers and added extra glitz and glamour to the day.

Diversity front man, Ashley Banjo, even treated fans to a surprise visit when he stopped by to watch dancers from Diversity’s sister group, Out of the Shadows, perform his choreography. Not wanting to miss out on the birthday celebrations of the centre that helped to launch his group to fame, Ashley visited Lakeside on all three days.

To complete the celebrity line-up, each show was opened by Renako from Got to Dance’s and the finale featured a live performance from saxophonist Julian Smith, who launched his career on Britain’s Got Talent. Julian’s melodies were punctuated by huge birthday confetti canons that signalled the exciting end of each show.

Shoppers were also treated to a styling experience over the weekend with the aid of a 3D body scanner. Run by qualified stylists, shoppers received personalised printouts showing their body shape and accurate measurements, along with information about which size clothes should fit them best in a number of Lakeside stores.

Lakeside’s fashion fortnight continues next weekend on 22nd, 23rd and 25th April when shoppers will be able to meet the centre’s “Jean Genie”. With a huge choice of styles and sizes from a wide range of stores, the Jean Genie will work her magic and help shoppers discover denim perfection. Shoppers can book an appointment in advance by visiting www.lakeside.uk.com/jeans.

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