Friday, 28 February 2014

New Season Now!

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This Carpreena tweed dress from Diane von Furstenberg's spring/summer 2014 collection has just arrived in store!

Complete with its original sales tags, this metallic mini is a real style steal!


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Size: 12 / Price: £225.00 (Cost New £360.00)

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Thursday, 27 February 2014

New Season Inspiration

Jason Kibbler for Vogue Russia





































I love this shot! It may not be the most practical of looks, but what great inspiration for taking traditional winter layering into the new season...

Styled by Olga Dunina for the March edition of Vogue Russia.

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Trending at London Fashion Week...

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White trainers are where it's at, according to the fashion cognoscente at London Fashion Week. 

From slip on sneakers to high fashion high tops, white was the only colour to be seen in in the capital this season.

And you can pick up a pair at Past & Precious! These brilliant white B&D sneakers have just arrived in store...    



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Size: 3-4 / Price: £55.00 (Cost New $128.00)

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Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Alexander Wang x Linda Farrow

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These super cool sunnies were designed by New York darling Alexander Wang for the iconic British brand Linda Farrow.  

Made from black/brown leather and in a textured matt finish, they will add a unique edge to your new season wardrobe. 

They come complete with their original case, box and unused cleaning cloth!  


Price: £125.00   (Cost New $365.00)

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Monday, 24 February 2014

As Seen In...

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This metallic mesh vest, as featured in Zadig & Voltaire's campaign with Texan model Erin Wasson, has just arrived in store...



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And there's certainly no need to wait for summer to wear it, as this versatile vest is the perfect layering piece. Enjoy it now by slipping a simple t-shirt underneath and popping on your cover up of choice.  It's all in the styling... 


Size: 8  / Price: £75.00 


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Sunday, 23 February 2014

The Updaters

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Working out how to update our wardrobes between seasons can be tricky.  But the key to savvy 'trans-seasonal' shopping is simply investing in those pieces that, with a little clever styling, we can wear now, as well as into spring.

Here's an edited version of Frankie Graddon's recent article for The Telegraph online, on the best 'wear now/wear later' new season buys...  


Spring Bikers
The classic black biker has had a feminine makeover and the savviest among us will be purchasing one in on-trend pastel tones.

Wear now - with tailored trousers and a fine knit.
Wear later - over summer dresses on chilly summer evenings.


A-line Silhouette
The new shape for spring is A-line, with full skirts and wide-legged trousers taking centre stage. For the adventurous dresser don a pair of wide-leg culottes.

Wear now - with a cropped jacket and ankle boots.
Wear later - with a camisole top and embellished sandals.


New Romantics
The overwhelming tone of the new season is one of romance with lace, pleats and barely-there fabrics dominating the catwalks. Team a delicate lace skirt in white or pastel tones with grey marl for a casual approach to the look. Pleats offer a modern take on ethereal dressing and when worn long are wonderfully dreamy.

Wear now - with an over-sized knit and socks.
Wear later - with putty tones and a bare leg.


Indigo Denim
This season make your denim indigo and apply liberally to your look. Jeans are the easiest way to work this trend, but if just a hint of indigo is what you are after, then a denim shirt is the perfect in. Brilliantly versatile, it will modernise a feminine skirt or make a statement when doubled up with jeans or denim shorts. 


Wear now - with a biker jacket and metallic accessories.
Wear later - with pretty florals and lace accents.


Florals
Be they garden blooms, tropical fronds or graphic prints florals are big news. A permanent fixture in spring/summer dressing, this is one trend that is almost guaranteed to never date.

Wear now - with textured outerwear and biker boots.
Wear later - with more florals and embellishment.



To read Frankie's article in full click here

Saturday, 22 February 2014

RHW x Isabel Marant

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Spotted! British model Rosie Huntington Whiteley sporting her super cool Etoile Isabel Marant 'Ivo' cords.

And we've a pair just for you at Past & Precious!



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Size: 10 / Price: £79.50 (Cost New £200.00)

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Friday, 21 February 2014

Leather Meets Denim

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Japanese designer Junya Watanabe has partnered with Spanish fashion house Loewe to create a capsule 'leather meets denim' collection.

The range of clothes and bags sees the designer fusing the two contrasting materials together to create some truly unique patchwork pieces.

And you can get the look with this Jamin Puech bag!   In store now...  



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Price: £99.50


For more details about the Loewe by Junya Watanabe collection click here


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Thursday, 20 February 2014

Seeing Double!

                                              Sandro                                                                                          Isabel Marant




























These two ruby red tops have just arrived in store.  

Whether you prefer a matt or metallic look, they'll provide the perfect pop of colour for your spring wardrobe!  


Sandro: Size 8  / Price £49.50      Isabel Marant: Size 8 / Price £85.00


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Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Covetable Classic

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New in store!  This classic Mulberry binocular bag in brown congo leather.

This vintage bag is in immaculate condition, and is versatile too.  It can be worn over the shoulder or across the body by simply adjusting the strap.

It also comes complete with its own dust bag. 


Price: £150.00


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Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Catwalk To Closet

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The gorgeous sheer studded tunic that Isabel Marant used in styling her autumn/winter catwalk show has just arrived in store...



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The perfect all year round layering piece!


Size: 8 / Price: £175.00 (Cost New £435.00)


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Monday, 17 February 2014

Mini Must Have

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                     Chloé Marcie                                           Proenza Schouler PS1                              Saint Laurent Duffle
























Designers are downsizing this season, with many producing mini versions of their classic carryalls.

And here at the shop we have our own mini must have!  This small but perfectly formed Prada is new in store...



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Price: £99.50



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Sunday, 16 February 2014

Get The Look

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The Duchess of Cambridge stepped out in this super fitted dress on Valentines Day.  And we have the very same style in store!



Detroit Dress by LK Bennett



























Size: 6 / Price: £85.00  (Cost New £225.00)

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Saturday, 15 February 2014

Mix & Match

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This beautiful picture of a young Diane Kruger caught my eye on Instagram recently.

Taken by US photographer Dewey Nicks, the black and white shot clearly shows the contrasting stripes of her breton style top and pinstriped suit.  

The mix and match styling works so well doesn't it?  And the photo could have been taken yesterday... 



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Mix & Match at Stella McCartney AW13



Friday, 14 February 2014

London Fashion Week

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Today sees the start of London Fashion Week, the second city stop in the bi-annual whirlwind of shows and presentations. 

The week long fashion fest (which actually only runs for five days) will showcase what designers here would like us to be wearing next winter, before the industry decamps and moves on to Milan.  

While the official London schedule includes some of fashion's biggest hitters, such as Burberry and Christopher Kane, the off schedule shows attract just as much attention from the international editors and buyers. These are where our up and coming designers get the opportunity to showcase their creativity, something which London is so famous for. 

Many of the designers' presentations are now streamed live, so don't forget to tune in to see your favourite shows as they happen! 

To see the full official schedule (including details of the live streams) click here and for the off schedule shows click here.

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Kate Moss: How to Dress Well

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In a recent article for The Irish Independent, Vogue's new contributing fashion editor shared her secrets to supermodel style...


Look to the Past
Most women will have an era in fashion that they're drawn towards for inspiration. I really love the late Sixties and Seventies. I don't channel it in everything I wear, but it does seem to feed through most outfits. It's important to have some inspiration or a reference point when you're dressing.

Work Your Style
It's often only other people who notice you have a signature style. If you do tend to wear the same things all the time, it's how you wear them and your attitude that counts. Dressing is like modelling – you can constantly adapt and change.

Dress for Your Mood
If you're going to an important dinner, you should plan what you're going to wear. If I'm going to an event, I make sure I plan ahead, so that I don't have a fashion crisis. However, most of the time, I dress depending on my mood.

Be Prepared to Suffer 
I prefer to be comfortable, and sometimes fancy wearing flat shoes, but there are definitely occasions where you've just got to go with heels. Sometimes, it's more important to be well-presented than to be comfortable. 


The Finishing Touches 
It's important to accessorise, and I always turn to the scarves, hats and sunglasses in my wardrobe. But wearing too many accessories at once can look very bad. And jewellery? I don't think you can ever have too much.




To read Kate's style guide in full click here

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Pleats Please

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                      Proenza Schouler                                               Gucci                                                  Haider Ackermann

























Many designers chose to play with pleats this season.

Why not join the fold in this simple but stunning shift that's just arrived in store...


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Size: 8-10 / Price £66.00

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Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Elements | Texture


                                                                    Taige Jenson for The New York Times


This short film provides a great snap shot of next season's autumn/winter styles, from both the runways, and the streets, of the Big Apple. 

The fact that its focus is on texture is, for me, a big bonus!

I can often be heard extolling the virtues of incorporating textured pieces into our wardrobes.  Whether they be fur, leather, sequins or feathers, textured garments can instantly add another dimension to what may otherwise be a very plain outfit.     

For more textural inspiration, why not take a look at my dedicated Pinterest boards here and here...

Monday, 10 February 2014

Good As Gold

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"The detail was extraordinary.  There were tiny droplets of gold in the models' eyelashes and gold woven through the parts in the hair." Tim Blanks, style.com 


Belgian designer Dries Van Noten used gold accents in his spring/summer show to great effect.  

By adding a touch of metallic magic to each of the models' outfits, he really brought them to life.  

And this brand new Maje dress, with its Net A Porter tags still attached, will add a touch of metallic magic to your wardrobe... 



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New in store.



Size: 10 / Price: £170.00 (Cost New £240.00)

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Sunday, 9 February 2014

The Art of Layering

Photo: Garance Doré





























As many of you will know, I'm quite a big fan of the layered look.  

But mid way through winter, when how I like to dress becomes how I need to dress, my love affair with layering does start to wane.

So, these inspiring images taken by Garance Doré are just what I need to help see me through to next season... 
  



Photo: Garance Doré




















Photo: Garance Doré


















To read Garance's blog post on the art of layering click here

Saturday, 8 February 2014

All Of A Flutter

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                  Alexander McQueen                                       Louis Vuitton                                                   Gareth Pugh
























These fancy feathered creations made quite an impact on the spring catwalks.  

Take inspiration from these show stopping designs and dress up your daywear in this stunning feathered scarf that's just arrived in store...



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Price: £45.00 

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Friday, 7 February 2014

Marant Must Haves!

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Calling all Isabel Marant fans!  These three perfect trans-seasonal pieces have just landed in store...



Size: 10 / Price: £125.00


























Size: 8 / Price: £125.00



























Size: 10 / Price: £66.00




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Thursday, 6 February 2014

Stardust

Kate Moss by David Bailey (2013)



























Today sees the opening of 'Bailey's Stardust', an exhibition of over 250 of David Bailey's works, personally selected by the photographer himself.

Almost the entire ground floor of London's National Portrait Gallery has been dedicated to the project, which includes portraits of famous faces such as Kate Moss, Mick Jagger and Jack Nicholson, as well as footage of Bailey's trips abroad.

'Bailey's Stardust' runs until 1st June, 2014.

For more information about the exhibition click here 

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Year Of The Tiger

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It may be the year of the horse in terms of the Chinese calendar, but in fashion terms the tiger is still king of the jungle.

Ever since designers Humberto Leon and Carol Lim sent tiger emblazoned tops down the Kenzo catwalk, this big cat has been big news up and down the high street.

So, why not create your own animal magic in this cosy cashmere knit, new in store...



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Size: 10-12 / Price: £125.00 (Cost New £500.00)

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Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Vintage Valentine's Day Greetings

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With less than two weeks to go until Valentine's Day, time is running out to find the perfect card for your paramour.


So why not pop into Past & Precious and take a look at our unique designs by local artist Fola Akinsola?

Fola uses vintage and recycled materials to create her pieces of 'Say It' artwork, a philosophy that fits perfectly with our own here at the shop, and she has taken select canvases and used them to create these super cool cards.

The design featured here is just one of four we have on sale, so if you're looking to say something special to someone special, do pop in and see the full range!


Price: £4.95 each
 

Monday, 3 February 2014

Sleek & Simple

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This delicate duo caught my eye on Pinterest recently. But I had no idea where they came from, or whether they were available in silver, my metal of choice.

Then as luck would have it, they were featured on Style & Minimalism, one of the many blog's that I follow, with a link to the designers' website!


    
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So, a few clicks later, and these little beauties are now winging their way to me from down under.  The power of the internet...

Thank you Vikki!

Sunday, 2 February 2014

The Bold and The Beautiful

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Brows are big news.  With model of the moment Cara Delevigne sporting bold and beautiful brows, the cosmetics companies have have been quick off the mark to push their volumising products.

But if, like me, you were rather over zealous with your plucking in the past, getting that fabulous full look still isn't easy.

I've tried a plethora of pencils and powders, but find that pencils are too harsh and leave a rather unnatural finish, and powders are, well, too powdery!

So when I read about Benefit's new 'Gimme Brow' gel I was more than intrigued... 



Gimme Brow by Benefit




















This 'brow volumizing fiber gel' is exactly that.  It's not sticky like traditional brow gels, and the fibres really do create that essential fuller finish.

I couldn't wait for the product to launch in the UK, so I bought it online from their US site here.  However, it took a month to arrive and with the UK launch set for this month, so I understand, it'll now probably be worth the wait. And you'll save on the shipping costs too!

Gimme Brow comes in two shades, Light/Medium and Medium/Deep.

Saturday, 1 February 2014

Put A Ring On It!


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Just in!  This I Love You ring from Tiffany's exclusive 'Notes' collection.

This sterling silver ring comes complete with its original Tiffany blue packaging, and would make the perfect Valentines Day gift.



'I Love You' Ring
















Price: £75.00 (Cost New £120.00)

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