Restyling the “LBD” at the FBL Show

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Last week I had the wonderful honour of being asked to participate in a Fashion Beauty and Lifestyle show which took place at the Waterfront in Belfast. 
You may remember my coverage of the FBL Spring/Summer which took place last April, (Seen Here) It was a hugely successful show and the crew at Our Events NI really pulled out all the stops to make this one even bigger and even better! 
My segment of the show was about the staple wardrobe item – The LBD – Little Black Dress and how you can restyle it to make as many different outfits as you desire.
I started with three plain and simple black dresses which I found in H&M for a bargain price of £14.99 and demonstrated how, with some tweaking and the addition of accessories, it can take you to any occasion!
The first look I showed was a Rock Chick style, I did this by adding a spiked Denim Gilet, studded accessories and an Alexander McQueen skull scarf worn as a bandana.
I then showed how the dress could be worn for work by adding a cream tuxedo jacket, black tights and a set of pearls.
The dress wouldn’t be out of place for A Day at the Races with my choice of a large rimmed hat with flower detail and a blazer to match.
I then wanted to show how a classic LBD doesn’t always have to be worn the way it was intended. I added a sequin jumper over the top to show how it can be seen as a simple black skirt, then for another glam look I wanted to show it as a top so I tucked the dress into a sky blue feather skirt and added a turquoise necklace.
Finally, I showed how the dress can carry it wearers from day to evening by turning it back to front so that the V shape faced forward and adding a frilled white shirt underneath. This look would be perfect for anyone rushing straight from work to an evening function.
To finish off my segment I then ran a competition for the audience, in which three brave volunteers picked a mannequin and styled it to suit their own taste from the table of accessories which I had brought with me from my own wardrobe.
The audience then voted for the winner, Jamie Russell, who chose a grunge theme for his, adding a sloppy hat, my oversized denim jacket and a skull print scarf.
The lucky winner got a prize of a beautiful necklace which was sponsored by “Bejewelled”.
As you will notice, I chose to wear the same “LBD” myself from H&M to demonstrate how it looks when worn and how I would style it to suit my personal taste. I decided to keep it casual with a pair of flat studded boots from Zara and a red suede jacket from Mango!
I hope you enjoy the photographs and you will even see some snapshots from the fab catwalk show which I managed to sneak to after my workshop.
Nicola x
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Photograph by Norm Keilty
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The Winner of the Styling competition – Jamie Russell
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Photo by Stephen Potter
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Video courtesy of Norm Keilty

★ ALL LITTLE BLACK DRESSES ARE FROM H&M (Including the one I’m wearing) 
★ MANGO SUEDE CORAL JACKET 
★ STUDDED BOOTS FROM ZARA 
★GUESS WATCH AND BANGLE 

FBL show was organised by – Our Events NI
Location – The Waterfront, Belfast
Huge thanks to Jean O’Flaherty from Mc O’s Vintage for the loan of the Mannequins and to Stephen Potter & Norm Keilty for the use of photographs and video.

68 Comments

  1. ALLIE

    This looks like so much fun! Great styling from everybody
    tie-dye-eyes.blogspot.co.uk

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  2. Sam

    I like the idea behind this event., there are so uniquely styled looks…love the pairing of your lbd with the red jacket, looks fantastic!

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  3. Vera Vanity

    Hi dear! Wow, so interesting post…You look great. Have a great Sunday. Xoxo V.V.

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  4. Pauline

    Great work, you should be a personal stylist. You have great taste,

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  5. Pati//LIVE TO DO

    I love your blog!<3
    Would you like following each other? :))
    xo

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  6. CoastWithMe

    Congrats on participating in that show:)! Great ideas on reworking the little black dress! I'm following you now on GFC #833! Check out my blog if you'd like! Thanks:)!

    Rita @ http://www.CoastWithMe.com

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  7. Melissa

    Love your boots!!

    <3 Melissa
    wildflwrchild.blogspot.com

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  8. Instant Milk

    awesomeness! Following you now too! Also, LOVE the dress you have on. You made it?

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  9. Ksenia

    pıctures so good!
    love ur red bot!

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  12. SG *

    la caxadora es monisima ! 😉

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  13. *°+*°* vé *°*+°*

    hi dear sure that we can follow each other…I just started to follow you…I hope that you follow me like your promises ^^
    kiss and have an happy start of week…
    ps: I really love this collection ^^
    vendy

    new outfit post!!! tell me what do you think ^^
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  14. Eva

    Hi darling!
    I just found your blog and i'm super enthousiastic! it speaks to me!
    Congrats on being a finalist in the blog awards ireland 2012 ! You must really deserve it! Also, the head picture is STUNNING!
    Love,
    xxxxx
    fashionistainthedark.blogspot.com

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  15. Rasz

    fantastic event:) great outfits 🙂 followed you wait for you on my blog 🙂

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  16. Lucie Srbová

    You look amazing! Love your dress!
    Following you on Bloglovin and GFC:)

    Kisses, Lucy!

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  17. Liora

    Excellent styling!
    Thank you for visiting my blog! Yes, we can follow each other. I'm following you now 🙂

    xxLiora
    lioraatsea.blogspot.com

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  18. smizlicazaza

    thank you for visitng my blog and your lovely comment..I really like yours and think you have great sense of style 😉 and Yes, I'm following you now and liked your fb page, so hope you'll follow back 😀

    <3

    http://elzanapjevic.blogspot.com/

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  19. Sam

    Hi dear, thank you for your comment today!

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  20. Polina

    Congratulate you!!
    I think the show was great!

    Thank you for your comment!
    And, of course, I would like if we follow each other!
    Now I follow you!

    Polina
    http://suenosdepolina.blogspot.ru/

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  21. Lona

    Hi there, thanks for visiting my blog.
    From now on, I follow you on Bloglovin and Lookbook.
    Btw, it seems you guys had so much fun at the event. I love your red suede jacket. It's very similar to my Michael Kors jacket.
    Lona
    http://twig-in-pink.blogspot.ca

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  22. zhanna

    What an amazing opportunity and event. Yes I would love to follow each other. Please let me know where you are following me and I will return the love.
    XO,
    Zhanna
    http://www.lifeandbows.com

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    Lovely blog! I adore it! Follow each other on GFC and Bloglovin? Let me know in the comments, I will be more than happy to follow you back!

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    Lovely blog! I adore it! Follow each other on GFC and Bloglovin? Let me know in the comments, I will be more than happy to follow you back!

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  26. Anouka

    The black dress gorgeous! Love your styling. xo

    LUXESSED

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