Friday, 30 November 2012

The Trench with a Twist!

Ann Demeulemeester




























Add a touch of the avant-garde to your wardrobe with this super silk coat that's just arrived in store!

As you would expect from a piece by this Belgian designer, there is much more than meets the eye to what seems like a traditional style trench, such as the buttons hidden inside the lining which can be fastened in a myriad ways, changing the shape of the coat.

It's time to have some fun with fashion...     

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Master of Couture

Valentino with Models (2007) - Lorenzo Agius



























Today sees the opening of the much anticipated Valentino retrospective at London's Somerset House.

'Valentino: Master of Couture' will showcase 130 of the Italian designer's couture creations, as well as give visitors an insight into the private world of the man himself and behind the scenes access to his atelier.    

The exhibition runs until 3rd March, 2013 and you can find full details here. 

If you're not able to visit the exhibition in person, why not take a tour of the Valentino Garavani Virtual Museum...



click here to enter

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

The Power Cardigan

vogue.co.uk
                Taylor Swift                                             Chloe Sevigny                                       L'Wren Scott





















"The trophy jacket, the status handbag, the statement shoe - all have had their shining moment but now they are making way for the rise of the power cardigan." Tilly MacAlister-Smith - vogue.co.uk 


Show off your fashion credentials in this beautiful brand new cashmere cardigan that's just arrived in store...



                                        Diane von Furstenberg





Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Louis Louis

Louis Vuitton

























This beautiful bag has just arrived in store!

The iconic 'Speedy' is a Louis Vuitton best seller, so it won't be around for long...  

   

Monday, 26 November 2012

McQueen

Alexander McQueen

























These perfect pieces from one of fashion's most forward thinking labels have just arrived in store...

The dramatic dress and superbly cut dress coat show off the house's razor sharp style beautifully.


Sunday, 25 November 2012

Inner Nomad

Donna Ida





























Channel your inner global traveller! 

Team quirky knits with your favourite designer denim and top off the look with a cool but oh so cosy parka...


     Parka / French Connection            Knit / Hobbs      Jeans / J Brand

Saturday, 24 November 2012

Ethnic Chic

Da-Nang























This amazing jacket has recently arrived in store!

Ethnic inspired embroidery and sharp military detailing have been fused to create this truly unique piece.      

Friday, 23 November 2012

A Bit of Fluff

H&M Winter 2012 / Fashion Gone Rogue





























Oooh I do love a fluffy knit!

I've recently invested in a super soft white angora sweater, and you can too with this brand new knit that's just arrived in store...  



                                                         Reiss























Thursday, 22 November 2012

Winter Pink

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                         Balenciaga                                                           Céline                                              Maison Martin Margiela

























Add a pop of pink to your wardrobe to brighten up these dull days!

These images from the autumn/winter catwalks show just how well cerise can be styled with our favourite neutral shades.

And this brand new skirt would look super paired with a lovely loose fitting neutral knit...  



Jigsaw

















Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Signature Styling #8

The Sunday Times Style Magazine


























I've had some great feedback on my last Signature post (Signature Styling #7), which took issue with this recent press article on dressing for your age.

Here's my favourite comment, which did put a smile on my face...

" I wouldn't bother to get up if I had to dress like an old lady...And I would never be without a leather jacket and I'm 61 eeeeek!!  Right now I must get on and do the ironing...wearing my skinny jeans, slightly low rise, Isabel Marant blouse and Tods trainers...for my age I should be in an M&S grannies dress and pinny!"  

To balance her argument the article's author, Flossie Saunders, also listed those items she feels we can wear when we reach a certain age.  And while I also take issue with most of these as, amongst other things, they take no account of individual taste, colouring or body shape, I do wholeheartedly agree with adopting these three pieces of fashion advice, whatever your age...

* Invest in on trend bags and shoes
* Wear your good clothes - all the time
* Keep experimenting



Look out for future posts in this series...

To learn more about booking a personal styling appointment simply pop in and see me at the shop or click here for my contact details. 
     

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Marant Must Have!

Isabel Marant





















This beautiful chocolate brown tote bag has just arrived in store! 

The buttery soft leather has a distressed finish lending it a lovely vintage feel...  

Monday, 19 November 2012

Embellishment

Baku Magazine / Fashion Gone Rogue

















These images from the magazine's 'Queen of the Desert' shoot showcase these black embellished pieces beautifully.  

Get the look for less!  This brand new Whistles blouse is currently available in store...  



Whistles




Sunday, 18 November 2012

Je Ne Sais Quoi....

French Vogue





























This unassuming photo, which captures the French Vogue team at their Fashion Night Out in Paris, still managed to catch my eye.

Black and white photo notwithstanding, I think it's the fact that they all look super stylish in such simple outfits.  Most definitely a vote for the less is more approach to dressing...

Saturday, 17 November 2012

Jacket Required

Harper's Bazaar






























If you're more of a tux girl than a dressy dresser, then these super smart jackets will give any LBD a run for its money...







  

















From a selection currently in store...


Friday, 16 November 2012

The Eyes Have It




















I don't make a habit of blogging about beauty products, but when something really works I like to spread the word (Pale & Interesting). 

I'm a fan of the dark eye/nude lip look (Carine), but one of my biggest bugbears is that after only an hour or two of wear, the shadows start to settle in a lovely crease across my lid, which is not exactly the image I'm after.  

I've tried using different shadows, and have also bought several eyeshadow primers but nothing has solved the problem, until now...

Introducing the Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base.  Despite reading some very positive online reviews, I was very sceptical when I asked the girls at SpaceNK to try this under my usual eyemake up, but after almost 12 hours of wear there wasn't a crease in sight!

Using a primer does mean that shadows can be more difficult to blend than without, but with the Nars product I've found this easier than with the other brands I've tried. And as it's clear rather than coloured, your shadows stay true to their original shade too. I'm sold!

You can find full details here.

  

Thursday, 15 November 2012

LBD

Harper's Bazaar





























With the party season fast approaching, it's time to start thinking about how you're going to wow this year!

The Little Black Dress remains the truly stylish option, and as Harper's points out in this recent article, it's the perfect transitional piece too - if you're hitting the town straight from work then with a simple bit of restyling it will take you from day to evening effortlessly.

Whether your looking for something simple or sumptuous we have some great LBDs in store, so pop in quick to guarantee the pick of the bunch! 



Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Signature Styling #7

The Sunday Times Style Magazine

























This article by Shane Watson appeared in the press a couple of weeks ago, and I've been mulling over whether to feature it on the blog ever since, as you'll see... 

As part of the piece, Flossie Saunders' 'Midlife Manifesto' lists the items she feels we should cast aside when we reach a certain age.  What do you think?

* Leather jackets
* Woolly or coloured tights
* Cheap t-shirts
* Cropped and ultra low rise styles
* Skinny jeans with stretch
* Anything your teenage daughter owns
* The must have piece of the season 

As those of you who know me (and my age!) are probably aware, I don't let my advancing years dictate what I wear, and I give the same advice to my clients and customers.  In my opinion, the most important factors to consider when getting dressed are whether you feel confident and comfortable in an item of clothing, closely followed by how you plan to style it, as this can make a huge difference to whether the piece is a hit or a miss.

My only words of caution in terms of age can be summed up by Ruth Chapman, the co-founder of Matches, when she says "Don't get stuck in a rut, because wearing dated styles is the most ageing thing of all".


Look out for future posts in this series...

To learn more about booking a personal styling appointment simply pop in and see me at the shop or click here for my contact details. 

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Signature Styling #6  
     

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Plaid

Harper's Bazaar


























A perennial fashion favourite, plaid is once again a top pick for the season! 

And here are a few of the perfect plaid pieces we currently have in store... 



     Coat / Max  Mara             Skirt / Jigsaw             Dress / Orla Kiely






Monday, 12 November 2012

Catwalk to Closet #2

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Isabel Marant

































I'd been lusting after a leopard print jacket ever since I set eyes on this stunning cover up by Isabel Marant on her autumn/winter catwalk.  Then as luck would have it, this beautiful blazer was brought into the shop...



                               Caroline Charles

















A simple bit of restyling later - I did away with the belt, turned down the cuffs and changed the buttons from brown to black - and I now have my own perfect piece of animal magic! 



                                Customised




Sunday, 11 November 2012

The Velvet Touch

Vogue  /  Harper's Bazaar






























Sumptuous and stylish, add a velvet jacket to your outfit for instant opulence...



                   Ann Demeulemeester                                                             Jaeger

Saturday, 10 November 2012

Layer Up

         style.com   
              Anne Valérie Hash                                      Dirk Bikkembergs                                    Alexander Wang


























Layers are the perfect way to counter winter's cold weather.  But when woollies just won't do, look to a waistcoat to add that essential but smarter second skin.

These three super styles are currently in store...    


                     Vintage Leather                                              Ted Baker                                                   Top Shop

Friday, 9 November 2012

Bohemian

Harper's Bazaar





























For a softer approach to the season, look to the Seventies for your style inspiration.

These free spirited pieces will add some bohemian flair to your wardrobe, currently in store... 





Faux Fur / Naf Naf

Jeans / J Brand

Leather Belt / Jigsaw

Suede Boots / Massimo Dutti

Thursday, 8 November 2012

All in the Detail

Styleby Magazine #13


























The trim on this simple but stylish jacket transforms it from ordinary to extraordinary.

And it's the same for this super navy suede piece that's just arrived in store.  It's the contrasting leather collar and cuffs that lend it that modern military feel... 
  

Janet Ibbotson

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Power Blue

The Sartorialist































These inspiring images, shot by The Sartorialist's Scott Schuman, show just how powerful this beautiful cobalt blue can be.

Add this powerful piece to your wardrobe and create your own style statement this season... 



Reiss


  

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Signature Styling #6

Matches Magazine































I'm always cautioning my clients and customers against saving certain clothes for 'best', and this great article from Matches' Autumn/Winter 2012 Magazine supports this stance too.

From a purely practical point of view, this now outdated approach to dressing is a costly one, especially in today's straitened times - think cost per wear.  But there are fashionable as well as financial reasons why a more flexible wardrobe is now the way to go...     

Firstly, the line between day time dressing and night time glamour has become increasingly blurred.  Styling up a pair of jeans for an evening out and dressing down a sequinned skirt with a sweatshirt for day is now de rigeur.    

Secondly, clothes should be enjoyed.  Getting dressed is an opportunity for daily reinvention, and you'll get much more pleasure from wearing your 'best' clothes than seeing them hanging in your closet.

Thirdly, and as Matches' joint CEO Ruth Chapman says "We want our daytime wardrobes to work as hard as we do...".  Why save your 'best' pieces just for special occasions when you often want to look and feel your best during the day? 

If you need some further encouragement, then take inspiration from these savvy style mavens who know a thing or two about working dressed up day wear...   


Matches Magazine





























Look out for future posts in this series...

To learn more about booking a personal styling appointment simply pop in and see me at the shop or click here for my contact details. 

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Signature Styling #5
  

Monday, 5 November 2012

Khaki & Burgundy

L'Officiel





























Who knew?  I love these two colours, but hadn't thought of styling them together.  I'll now be pairing these two pieces from my wardrobe... 




                              Knit / Céline                               Jeans / Top Shop























And you can get the look from the shop too! These lovely items have recently landed in store... 



Trousers / Yumi-Mazao       Knit / Ralph Lauren




Sunday, 4 November 2012

Python Perfection

                Russell & Bromley                                                       Zara                                                              Stuart Weitzman

















Ssssnap up your perfect python printed piece from the shop!  While stock lasts...   


Saturday, 3 November 2012

Statement Separates

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                           Kenzo                                              Jonathan Saunders                                           Peter Pilotto

























"The general idea is that every item you wear should SAY something.  In terms of putting together an outfit, it may seem scary - but a bit of effort is all you need" Victoria Moss, InStyle                                                                                                                                                                         

For many of us, the last couple of years have been all about the dress, but separates are now once again stealing the fashion spotlight.  

And as you can see from these images from the autumn/winter catwalks, this style shift is far from a return to the days of those nondescript neutral basics.  Separates are now making a serious fashion statement all of their own.

Here's a selection of the super separates we currently have in store.  Time to have some fun getting dressed!  



                  Moschino                                           Ann Louise Roswald                                                  Mulberry

Friday, 2 November 2012

Flying High

                                              Ralph Lauren






















If you're looking for a cool cover up, with added cosiness, then look no further than this amazing shearling aviator jacket!  New in store...

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Gucci Gucci Gone!

Gucci
























This gorgeous Gucci bag was brought into the shop on Tuesday afternoon, and left with it's new owner on Wednesday morning!

It's just one of the super new season pieces we've taken delivery of recently, so if you're looking for something a little special, do pop in!