If you’re looking for a fresh outfit for your home workouts, we’ve got you covered! Olympic gold medallist Denise Lewis OBE has teamed up with Next (one of our resident retailers here at The Rock) to release a Spring 2021 activewear range.
The debut Denise Lewis Edit is comprised of pieces that have been tested and approved by the Olympian herself. Suitable for a wide range of workouts, the collection has all the major features you’d expect from activewear staples – from sweat-wicking squat-proof leggings that lift your legs whilst keeping you cool, to inner waistbands and side pockets that are essential for keeping valuables secure.
As well as being a great accompaniment to your home workouts during lockdown, the collection is also engineered for “the gym of life” – in other words, it’s perfect for keeping you comfortable while going about your daily duties. Specially created with busy mums in mind, it caters for women who don’t always have time to fit workouts into their schedules.
This is certainly something mother-of-four Denise can relate to. Nevertheless, she finds that activewear keeps her looking and feeling good whilst juggling parental responsibilities, allowing her to go from running errands to working out without a wardrobe change.
“What I love about activewear is that it’s easy. It doesn’t matter what time of the day I put it on. It’s simple. I can go to the gym, I can pick up the kids from school. It’s just comfortable and I feel good in it.” – Denise Lewis
Stylish pieces made from breathable fabrics
Denise’s range is suitable for a host of different workouts – from high intensity training to low impact stretching and yoga – making her debut edit a versatile one-stop-shop for all your activewear needs.
With plenty of printed patterns and colourful designs to choose from, the collection doesn’t compromise on style. One of Denise’s favourites is the zip up hoody because it’s versatile and easy to throw on at a moment’s notice:
“I just love this zip up hoody, it’s such a strong piece. It’s perfect to throw on whether you’re coming from the gym and heading out to go shopping or picking up the kids, it’s just easy. The attention to detail is fabulous, a little bit edgy – I like!”
To cap off the outfits, Next have also developed technical trainers as part of the collection. Suitable for running and high impact activities, these sports shoes are lightweight yet supportive, available in four colours and with a moulded heel to prevent inward or outward pronation.
“These trainers are great for running or high impact activity. They’re really comfy and supportive – my feet don’t slip inside and they really grip the ground!”
So, if you’re looking to give your workout wardrobe a revamp, why not head over to the Next website to explore the Denise Lewis Edit? You can then collect in-store at The Rock.
The TV star has designed a range of chic and cosy pieces for your winter wardrobe – the perfect accompaniment to the colder months.
Her recent collection with Next features pieces that are a great addition to your working from home wardrobe and will bring some colour to your outfits for the dark and gloomy winter days ahead.
Read on to find out about her latest collection, ready to order online from the Next website and collect in-store at The Rock Bury.
A fashionable edge to working from home
While the previous collection focused on getting comfortable working from home, Emma’s newest collection brings a touch of professionalism back into her styles. Her range continues to put comfort as a priority, as many of the pieces come in soft fabrics such as cotton and satin, combining comfort with professionalism.
Emma has designed a white cotton shirt for the collection, as well as black sheer tops that can be worn for work or for any virtual events in your calendar. Other staple pieces include the cropped denim and wide leg trousers which can be a nice change from loungewear and pyjamas.
Bringing colour to gloomy days
Emma’s latest collection will brighten up your wardrobe with bolder colour choices. The edit consists of bright orange, soft olive and dark blue – colours that are easy to pair with. Whether you are trying to be adventurous or stick to an understated style, the pieces are super versatile and available in a range of colours. The chunky roll neck top, for example, which comes in orange, cream and navy blue, can be paired nicely with cropped jeans or suit trousers.
“This jumper was such a hit in the last collection we’ve done it again but in a brand new colour, with trousers to match.”
Emma’s love of colour has also prompted her to design pieces in a range of fabrics and prints – from the long-sleeved animal print dress to the divine velvet suit in olive green. Both pieces are perfect for celebratory evenings at home.
“It’s no surprise that we’ve done another suit for this collection…but this time we’ve done something totally different! We have gone velvet, we have gone green, and it’s super comfortable, super slouchy, and perfect for Christmas.” –Emma Willis
Staying snug in style
As the colder months are now here, the new collection has pieces that will have you covered – quite literally! There’s plenty to keep you warm and snug during your outdoor winter walks. The edit features coats that range from formal to casual, with padded puffers and workout-appropriate jackets.
The new collection boasts a range of fabrics, with the formal Bouclé Revere Coat that comes in khaki and is easy to match with the khaki rib high neck. If you are tempted to opt for something more casual, Emma’s weather-proof padded jacket also pairs well with the rib high neck tops – available in either khaki or cream and great at keeping you warm.
What’s great about this collection is that not only does it keep you cosy when you are out and about but the pieces also come in a range of size options – from Curve to Regular fit.
Visit the Next website to order pieces from the latest Emma Willis Collection and collect in-store at The Rock Bury.
Emma Willis on leaving her comfort zone, designing her first ever footwear range and bringing a pop of colour to her spring 2020 Edit
A year since launching her first clothing launch for Next, Emma Willis is back with a spring 2020 edit featuring footwear for the very first time. We sat down with the presenter to hear about her latest range which launches online on the 27th February and in store at The Rock Bury on the 10th March.
On Designing Footwear
With five collections already under her belt, this will be the presenter’s first range that features footwear. Emma’s previous collections included lingerie, jewellery and sportswear but this range features shoes and sandals that can be styled for multiple occasions.
“With sandals, I like something that’s super simple and flattering on the legs. I tend to wear flats more in the summer.”
The footwear designs successfully continue her philosophy as a designer, where she prioritises combining style, comfort and affordability for her collections with Next. This season’s pieces are easily adaptable, perfect for any occasion and for taking you from spring into summer.
On Embracing Colour
As well as designing footwear for the first time, Emma has stepped out of her comfort zone with this collection by becoming increasingly adventurous with her colour choices.
While this collection sees pops of red, blue and white present in dresses, skirts and tailoring, past collections have stuck to more muted and neutral tones. This move towards colour is testament to the fact Emma is becoming more comfortable than ever and is seizing the opportunity to explore bold colours and patterns, especially during spring and summertime.
Meanwhile, her favourite pieces from the latest range are a surprising choice for the mum-of-three, who always claimed to favour trousers over dresses.
“I would say my favourite pieces in this collection are surprisingly all the dresses. I honestly think we’ve nailed it. They’re really easy to wear, really versatile, you can wear them to work or out to drinks, they cover up in all the right places. I am for the first time in my life saying that dresses are my favourite bit.”
On Stepping Out Of Comfort Zones
Emma is living proof that stepping out of your comfort zone can yield great results – an approach she tries to pass onto her daughters. She also wants to instil compassion and kindness in them:
“I would like them to know their worth. I want them to be strong in body and mind but also kind and compassionate and caring – I suppose all the things I feel I got from my mum, I hope that they will have got from me and from my mum.”
Emma’s latest spring edit includes a range of leopard, polka dot and Eastern-influenced designs in sizes 6-22. It’s available online from 27th February or in store at The Rock Bury from 10th March.
The Rock is giving its visitors a chance to win £250 in vouchers every Saturday for the next four weeks.
We have teamed up with Tower FM for its ‘The Rock Secret Shopper’ competition.
From September 8th until September 29th, running on Saturdays only, a ‘secret shopper’ will be at the centre between 11am and 3pm. Shoppers needs to tune into Tower FM to listen for clues to find the mystery person.
Then they simply need to ask them ‘Are you The Rock Secret Shopper?’ and if it is the lucky entrant will scoop the £250 voucher prize.
If there is no winner on any given week the prize fund will roll over.
Arnold Wilcox-Wood, centre director at The Rock, said: “We’re really looking forward to the first day of this exciting competition this Saturday and we hope to see lots of visitors asking ‘Are you The Rock Secret Shopper?’
“With the summer holidays over we wanted to run a competition for our visitors which would be both fun and engaging with a great prize at the end of it.
“The secret shopper is also a complete mystery to us – that’s how secret they are! We look forward to giving away so great voucher bundles throughout the month.”
A fashion and beauty showcase proved to be a huge hit with shoppers visiting The Rock.
We hosted our six day long Rock Your Summer Look event in a large marquee in St John’s Square from May 29th until June 3rd.
It included a Pamper Zone running from Tuesday to Friday where hundreds of shoppers made the most of free treatments including manicures, make-up, hair styling and eyebrow shaping. There was also a Gents’ Grooming Chair with free beard, nose hair, ear hair and eyebrow trimming.
We asked for donations to be made to our current partner charity, The Joshua Wilson Brain Tumour Charity and over four days more than £570 was raised.
The week culminated with a series of fashion shows taking place throughout Friday, Saturday and Sunday where models showcased the hottest summer looks for women, men and children
There was also entertainment provided by The Roc Squad hip-hop dance group and the Carol Godby Theatre Workshop.
Arnold Wilcox-Wood, centre director of The Rock, said: “Our fashion and beauty event had a revamp for this year with more activity, a new name and a new look and we’re thrilled at how popular it has proved to be with our shoppers.
“Our Pamper Zone was busy every day and the feedback from our visitors has been extremely positive. The fun carried on into the weekend with a packed agenda of fashion shows and dance performances. We already can’t wait for next year’s event.”
Are you stuck for what to buy the special someone in your life this Christmas? Have you got a colleague in the Secret Santa draw but no idea what to buy them? Or need something for dad which is a little bit more exciting than socks? Or maybe you’ve decided you want to treat yourself – maybe to a new dress for the party season or that special fragrance you know and love.
Well, look no further, we’ve pulled together a handy gift guide – with the help of some of our retailers – to showcase just some of what you can buy here at The Rock this festive season.
If it’s pampering they’re into there’s some great gifts and stocking fillers available at Toni & Guy.
Buy a conditioner and get the shampoo half price – both come wrapped in a gift box.
Or, if you buy two products or one electrical item you’ll receive a free designer House of Holland clutch bag.
And if it’s something for Him you’re after, there’s this Label men’s gift set, priced at £24.45.
Plus don’t forget there’s a range of GHDs available to purchase in store.
Meanwhile, it’ll be hard to walk past Lush this Christmas without popping in store and stocking up on their goodies.
The store’s ‘Night Before Christmas’ set – priced at £10.95 is ideal for Secret Santa exchanges.
Or if you’re looking for something that’s extra special why not go for the ‘Stardust’ gift set, priced at £37.50 it contains some of the brand’s very popular Snow Fairy Range.
Does the lady in your life deserve an extra special treat? Maybe an advent calendar with a twist? Well, look no further than the ’12 Days of Christmas’ bundle filled with all the pampering treats she could wish for – priced at £67.50, this is super popular. Grab it while you can!
Over at Oasis there’s some gorgeous girly treats to make the perfect stocking fillers – including this dazzling hat and scarf twinkle set priced at £26 or these snug heart and strip socks priced at £7 – if’s sparkle they’re looking for what about this three set collection of pouches, priced at £25.
If it’s the perfect party outfit you’re looking for Oasis is the place to visit. We love this outfit the girls in store have put together. It’s a classic and would be a great addition to any wardrobe.
The Nottingham Lace Jacquard dress is priced at £60 and this stunning glitter sparkle envelope clutch is £20.
Complete the outfit with these scallop Estrella heels for £38. This look is available in store now.
If it’s a good pair of boots they’re after this Christmas – check out the latest collections at Deichmann. These Women’s Floral Embroidery Boot priced at £29.99 are both pretty and practical.
Don’t forget there’s plenty for the kids at Deichmann too, including these girl’s glitter high tops priced at £14.99.
And for the gents, these Venice men’s brown casual slip on boots would match with jeans and chinos and are the perfect choice for those looking for stylish and versatile footwear. Priced at £29.99, these are in store now – make sure you check them out.
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