This weekend, all eyes will be on Birmingham for the 2010 Clothes Show Live. I am going to be at the event with ShopStyle UK as we prepare to announce the winner of the Online Stylist competition. There will be a catwalk show of the final three looks, but I thought I'd give you a sneak preview of what to expect. Leah Bateman is the first finalist who I am going to introduce you to. She's 25 and currently lives in Bristol where she works as an IT developer.
All of the finalists were asked to create a look that was along the theme of “Magpie party”. Leah created her own take on this and explained, "I knew I'd found my muse the moment I set eyes on the Himalayan Green Magpie. The vivid turquoise plumage (perfect for this season's jewel tone trend), offset with crazy black white and coral accents; The exotic location in the foothills of the Himalayas; My mind was racing with ideas – I'd found a jewel in the jungle, and this led me to the theme of Eastern Jungle Glamour."
Leah is a long term user of ShopStyle and was excited to enter this competition. Her list of favourite designers includes Balmain, Alexander McQueen, Miu Miu, Mary Katrantzou and Christian Louboutin. She admires the style of Victoria Beckham, Anna Wintour and Rachel Zoe who she describes as having "Exquisite taste, accessorises to perfection." The final catwalk show will take place on 8th December at the NEC. Stay tuned to find out about the other two finalists.