Thursday, 31 January 2013

What Goes Around...

style.com SS13
                 AF Vandevorst                                          Acne Studios                                       Anthony Vaccarello

























Wrap skirts make a real style statement, none more so than this super soft leather version that's new in store...



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Skirt: £95.00

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Wish List - 30.01.13

Are you the owner of any of these 'most wanted' items?  If so, and you are happy to sell them, then please do get in touch!

  • Red Leather or Patent Belt with Red Buckle
  • Black Sheer Shirt - Size 8
  • Designer Handbag/s
  • Short Black Cardigan - Size 8/10
  • Mid-Calf Lace up Boots - Size 6
  • Green Waxed Barbour Jacket - Size 12/14
  • Black High Neck Knit - Size 8/10
  • Denim Dress - Size 8
  • Black Leather Weekend Bag
  • Designer Purse/s
  • Black Leather Handheld Small/Medium Size Handbag
  • Mid-Height Black Leather T-Bar Shoes - Size 5/5.5

And if you have some must haves of your own, then why not send us the details and we'll add them to our next Wish List.

Thank you! 

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Furry Fashion

style.com SS13
                          Miu Miu                                                            Céline                                                                 Fendi























No, that's not a typo, these furry fancies really did appear on the spring/summer catwalks!  

And here's the perfect faux piece for having some fun with this furry trend...



























This beautiful burgundy bag is currently in store.

Bag: £45.00

Monday, 28 January 2013

Signature Styling #13

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Many of you have popped into the shop these past few weeks looking for winter wear, quite understandably.  But while we do still have a selection of coats, knits and boots in store, our focus is now firmly on looking forward to the new season. 

This "...topsy-turvey approach" that we take in fashion is questioned by Vogue's Nicola Copping in their January issue.  And at the recent round of couture shows in Paris, New York Times columnist Stuart Emmrich wrote in A Tale of Two Seasons about how strange it was to be reviewing the spring styles in the snow!   

It's a subject that's often returned to, as the fashion world continues to stay at least one step ahead of the real world.  And as this state of affairs is likely to remain unchanged, here are my top tips to help manage the seasonal switchover, and ensure you don't miss a trick!     

Become a stealth shopper...
Find out when your favourite stores take delivery of their collections, as well as when their sales start.  A little forward planning will help ensure you're the first in the queue for the new styles.

Think trans-seasonal...
Separating clothes into spring/summer and autumn/winter is becoming less and less relevant as the line between the seasons increasingly  blurs.  Layering and some savvy styling will ensure your wardrobe works all year round.   

Holiday shop...
Many online fashion retailers now offer permanent Holiday Shops within their sites, making it possible to purchase summer or winter wear whatever the season. 

Get on the list...
Join our Wish List! If there's an item you're looking for, then simply let us know and we'll get in touch as soon as it hits the store.  

Follow your heart...
If you buy what you love, and what you know will suit you, then whether it's a coat in the height of summer or swimsuit in the depths of winter, it will be the perfect purchase whatever the weather.



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 #12
        

Sunday, 27 January 2013

Earn Your Stripes

Dress: Vivienne Westwood  /  Jacket: Jigsaw































Bold stripes are a key trend for spring/summer, so why not stay one step ahead in this stunning Vivienne Westwood dress!  New in store...

Dress:  £  95.00
Jacket: £125.00

Saturday, 26 January 2013

Statement Earrings

Marni





















Make a statement in these exquisite shell earrings.  New in store...

Earrings: £55.00

Friday, 25 January 2013

Layer Up!

                                            Moncler































The key to cold weather dressing is layers, and what better way to keep warm than in this brand new (with tags!) quilted gilet.

Super smart and super snug, this Moncler is a must have! New in store...

Gilet: £155.00

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Urban Jungle

Dress: Sandro / Belt: Jigsaw































Go wild in this super silk tunic dress!  In store now...

Dress: £95.00
Belt:  £19.80

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

How to...Shop Smart

Vogue




























Today's straitened times call for some seriously smart shopping, and in the current issue of Vogue Emily Sheffield considers whether post-recession we have indeed become savvier shoppers. 

We certainly no longer need a closet full of clothes to look up to date.  With a little creative thinking we can simply style ourselves into a new season, adding only those pieces without wear by dates that complement and enhance our own unique way of dressing.

So, with this mantra in mind here are my top five tips for smart shopping...

Make a list...
Before you leave the house think about what you really want or need.  By far the best preparation for a shopping trip is a wardrobe edit.  This will help you easily identify which items you are missing, and pinpoint those new season pieces that are truly worthy of your investment.

Do your homework...
Expense doesn't always equal success, and when budgets are stretched it pays to do your research.  Think a little bit more about what you buy and demand a little bit more from where you buy it.  

Avoid impulse buys...
Take your time.  Items purchased on a whim, especially at the sales, often go unworn and unwanted.  Shop with your long term wardrobe in mind rather than for a quick fashion fix.

Fall in love...
Invest only in those pieces that excite you, and which you will truly cherish.  And don't save them for 'best'.  Wear them now!

And finally...
Shop your closet!  Breathe new life into your wardrobe by playing with pieces you already own.  Even the smallest change can alter the overall look of an outfit and bring it bang up to date.


Look out for future posts in this series...

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

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How to...Wear the Scarf  

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Brogues Gallery

Church's





















Not one, but two pairs of new shoes from this highly respected British brand.

Church's history dates back to 1873, and each pair of the company's brogues is handmade in the UK by specialist artisans.  

So, an opportunity not to be missed!  New in store...   

Monday, 21 January 2013

Somerset Steal!

Mulberry





























Just in!  This brand new with box tan leather Somerset purse.

A must have for all you Mulberry fans out there... 

Sunday, 20 January 2013

I Spy...

Fendi
























This much sought after Spy bag is the perfect investment piece.

It can be carried by hand or tucked snugly under your shoulder, and the distressed leather finish gives it a lovely vintage feel.

In store now... 

Saturday, 19 January 2013

Spring's New Sandals

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Alexander Wang SS13 Campaign



























Alexander Wang's new season campaign features the footwear of the season...


Styleby Magazine


























A cross between gladiator sandals and knee high boots, a pair of these beauties would be a very welcome addition to my wardrobe.  And these in particular...wow!



style.com
Alexander Wang SS13


  


Friday, 18 January 2013

Plaid Perfection!

                         wallpaper.com                                                                                 style.com
              Chanel Métiers d'Art 2013                           3.1 Phillip Lim SS13                              Dries Van Noten SS13
























Join the tartan army in this fabulously fitted dress by Italy's dynamic design duo, new in store...


                                       D&G

Thursday, 17 January 2013

Double Denim

                                                   Issa
































A denim dress is a wardrobe must have...

Whether you favour a flirty style like Issa's (above) or something more fitted à la Narcisco Rodriguez (below), with some very simple styling it will become a firm all year favourite.



                                  Narcisco Rodriguez































Both in store while stock lasts!

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Kinky Boots!

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These black patent beauties would be a great buy, especially as sixties inspired styles are a key trend for spring/summer!  In store now. 


Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Rings & Things...

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Balenciaga SS13




















I'm not big on bling, but these gorgeous gold rings have been lodged in my subconscious ever since I saw them on the spring/summer catwalk. 

And then this Repossi campaign appeared in the glossies.  Oh my...





























This white gold hinged ring is now high on my wish list.  Although with a four figure price tag, it's probably going to be staying on that list for quite some time...

Meanwhile, I'll have to contend myself with admiring it on the already lucky few. Maybe one day...    



Studded Hearts





























Monday, 14 January 2013

Dress for Less!

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Chanel SS13
































Channel new season checks in this cute little Karen Millen number, new in store...


Karen Millen
























Sunday, 13 January 2013

Shoe Secrets

My Wardrobe SS13 Preview




























Danish born Camilla Skovgaard is known for her striking, sky high shoe designs, and in My Wardrobe's new season preview magazine she shares some of her style secrets.  Here are a few of her words of wisdom...

* "A good pair of shoes can update an entire look from day to evening.  They allow you to add your very own rebel edge to an otherwise plain outfit.

* There are no rules for dressing from the feet up...It's about style and a mood.

* Some uber-stilettoes are just meant for 'in cab and out of cab moments' - but you'll look fab!

*  I recommend filling shoes with tissue paper when being stored away - both for moisture and shape." 
    

Saturday, 12 January 2013

In the Navy...

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This beautiful navy and gold silk scarf has just arrived in store.

Make sure you make the most of this must have, by simply clicking here



Friday, 11 January 2013

Vintage Glamour

                                                 Diva
































This fabulous forties style dress has just arrived in store.

Why not avoid that last minute Goodwood Revival panic this year, and pick up this perfect piece today!  
  

Thursday, 10 January 2013

Get Set for Spring!




















The new season has arrived! Well, in the world of fashion anyway...

The glossies publish their spring/summer catwalk reports in their February issues, and these have just hit the newstands. So if you want to get a feel for what's around the corner style wise, then it's worth investing in at least one of the monthly fashion titles.

What will you be wearing this coming season?
    

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Gothic Charm

L'Officiel


























Add a touch of gothic inspired glamour to your wardrobe with this bejewelled handbag charm that's just arrived in store...  




Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Signature Styling #12





















What does your current style say about you?

January is traditionally the time of year when many of us look to 'reinvent' ourselves, and changing our personal style is one of the most immediate ways to transform not only ourselves, but how others see us.  However, rethinking old wardrobe habits can be hard...

But looking and feeling great everyday is easy when you know how, and that know how is just a phone call away!  So if you're looking to discover a 'new you' or simply want to revitalise your wardrobe then why wait? Simply click here for my personal contact details.   

To help kick start your new year style-wise, here's my top dressing do's and don'ts...

Dont...

...be a slave to fashion
Looking up to date doesn't mean dressing head to toe in the latest trends.  Resolve to seek out those key pieces that will give you the look and feel of the season, without compromising your own unique style.

...forget the details
Whether you're a high street or high end shopper, pay close attention to quality, cut and fit.  Investing a little time in building a great wardrobe will save you precious minutes in front of the mirror each morning.

...get stuck in a style rut
Embracing your signature style doesn't mean that fashion will no longer be fun.  By looking out for new labels and experimenting with different styles you'll keep your look fresh.

Do...

...look after your clothes
Carefully cared for clothes will not only last longer, but look and feel better too. Replace wire hangers with more substantial versions, and invest in some scented wardrobe sachets and drawer liners to create that boutique feel at home.

...seek out a good tailor
Finding the perfect fit 'off the peg' is truly a stroke of good luck.  A good tailor is essential to maintaining a wardrobe that really works, and can also breathe new life into those tired and forgotten pieces lurking at the back of your closet.

...be inspired
Fashion should be enjoyed, and clothes are a fun way of expressing ourselves.  Getting dressed is an opportunity for daily reinvention, so be bold and be brave!  But always be yourself... 




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 #11    


Monday, 7 January 2013

Code Red

Marie Claire




























Red may be winter's hottest hue, but a little something in scarlet will take you into the new season and beyond...

I bagged this boxy Iro jacket from the shop just before Christmas...



Panache






















... and this super stretch dress will not only wow now, but look absolutely stunning with a lovely summer tan!  From a selection currently in store.


LK Bennett

Sunday, 6 January 2013

Tiffany Turns 175!

Grazia



























The iconic jeweller is currently celebrating a real milestone in its history, but despite reaching such a grand old age the classic brand has lost none of its magic. And according to Grazia magazine, fashionistas are now also seeking out archive silver pieces from the noughties...  

Capture some of the Tiffany magic for yourself in these Elsa Peretti designed solid heart silver earrings, new in store...


Tiffany





Saturday, 5 January 2013

On the Button

Stockholm Streetstyle




























This snap, posted by blogger Caroline Blomst on her streetstyle site, is all about the pearls.  But I have to admit that the beautiful silver buttons also caught my eye. Without them the rather plain coat would look, well, rather plain.

It's these little details, or lack of them, that can make or break a great outfit, and I often bemoan the lack of attention to such simple things, which in these days of fast fashion so often seem to be an after thought. However...

...it's easy to change buttons (Catwalk to Closet #2) or even add simple embellishments to a garment to create your own unique piece, or update a well worn favourite. So why not get creative and give it a go!   

Friday, 4 January 2013

Python Perfection

Styleby Magazine


























Python continues to be the animal print du jour as we head towards the new season...

...and this pretty printed dress is the perfect trans-seasonal piece.  In store now.



Ted Baker

Thursday, 3 January 2013

Happy New Year!
























I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!  I really enjoyed the long holiday, but now I'm itching to get back to reality...  

We reopen at 10.00am on Friday, 4th January, so if you're looking for some retail therapy without the scrum of the sales, then pop into Panache!  

Wishing you a safe, and stylish, new year.

Hope to see you at the shop soon!