Sunday, 10 November 2013

The Ice Festival arrives!

On Thursday night the blog was kindly invited down to the launch of the new Ice Festival in Liverpool One. 

We were treated to fabulous canapes from Pickled Beetroot catering, tunes from Anton Powers and free cocktails whilst appreciating the new, temporary winter hangouts and awaiting the unveiling of Liverpool designers Philip Armstrong's Ice dress. 

The launch was held in the new Apres and Ice bar at the top of Kenyon steps next to the new ice rink.  The alpine themed Apres Bar is purpose built cafe bar that will provide a stop off point for shoppers to grab a winter warmer or a tasty snack, with a wide range of drinks for all the family to enjoy.  (the apple, ginger and lemongrass virgin cocktail was amazing) Shoppers can take a break from the new ice skating rink in true style.

Whist at the party we took the opportunity to take a few pic's of those at the launch who were looking sartorially devine!  As per usual everyone had dressed up for the occasion but we did particularly notice the effort put into outerwear.  There was a great selection of classics from the guys including a variety of Barbour's, Belstaff's and wax jackets over classic tailoring, typical Liverpool boys and from the ladies we seen a lot of gorgeous wool and fur coats styled with a fine selection of fedoras and scarves!  DiscoFashionArt have noticed the growing trend in hats on ladies in the city recently and we love it! DFA loves a finely crafted hat especially in the winter!

We then moved on to the new Ice Bar so designer Philip Armstrong and design partner Tony Burke could unveil their iconic ice dress.  The floor length dress had a deep v neckline cut to the waist, a structured fitted bodice and a stunning layered fishtail design inspired by their current Autumn / Winter collection.  The dress was carefully sculpted by the team at Ice Box who specialise in frozen art.  It was stunning!

Philip told us "We are obviously used to working with fabric so its been amazing to work with the Ice Box team and see how their craftsmanship with ice can bring our design to life in such a different way.  I was thrilled to be asked by Liverpool One to be part of the launch of their Christmas activities and create the design for this totally unique dress".

The cool and contemporary pop up Ice Bar featured a stunning room filled with furniture made entirely of crystal clear ice.  The bar opened to the public on the 7th of November, access is ticketed in half an hour slots and booking in advance is highly recommended.

We had a wonderful time at the launch and we highly recommend a visit to the festival, even if it is to snap yourselves up one of the snazzy metallic annoraks.

All tickets and time can be found at Liverpool ones website

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