Thursday, 31 July 2014

Jean Genius

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It was eighty years ago this year that Levi's launched its first range of jeans for women, and in doing so changed the course of fashion history.

In a recent article for the Telegraph online, Kate Finnigan looked back at how the humble jean has become the mainstay of our modern wardrobes.  And here's a short recent history of how denim developed from the utilitarian to the ubiquitous...  


The 1970s
Denim was brought into the world of high fashion with the launch of 'designer jeans' by Gloria Vanderbilt and Calvin Klein.  The idea that you would spend a lot of money on a pair of jeans was a novel idea in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

The 1980s
Anna Wintour's debut cover as editor at American Vogue featured the model Michaela Bercu in a couture Christian Lacroix sweatshirt and snow-washed Guess jeans. It was the first time denim appeared on the cover of the magazine, and it launched the hi-lo fashion culture that is still prevalent today.



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The 1990s
Earl Jeans, launched in 1996, produced low-rise jeans, slim around the thighs and boot-cut, bringing body-consciousness back into denim.  


The Noughties
Skinny jeans for men were introduced by Hedi Slimane, then the designer at Dior Homme, and the style was taken up for women by Stella McCartney. Worn with ballet shoes by Kate Moss and French Vogue editors to such chic effect, the cut was taken up by all denim companies from Levi's to Gap to the new "premium" designer brands.


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Today
In the past 10 years jeans haven't changed that much. We may dally with slouchy boyfriend jeans, boot-cuts or crops, but skinny is still the mainstay. What has changed though is jeans' ubiquity. They've become entirely universal. 



To read Kate's article in full click here

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Little Pot of Magic!

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As many of you will know, I love a dark nail varnish (I've just discovered Essie's 'Wicked' which is giving my Chanel 'Rouge Noir' a run for its money), but what l don't love is the messy job of removing it.  

After years of scrubbing at stained nails and fingers, I came across this simple but super effective product from Bourjois last week, so I thought I'd share the details with you...

There's no need for any cotton wool as you simply dip your fingers one by one into the pot which contains a pre-soaked sponge, et voilà!  No mess, no fuss.  (The '1 Second' claim is pushing it a bit, but for the sheer convenience I'm more than happy to overlook it).

The product I bought (above) is designed for feet as well as hands - the lid doubles as an applicator for removing polish from your toes, another genius invention - but you can buy an original 'hands only' version too.

Costing less than £6.00 a pot, I think it's a small price to pay for a product that delivers big! 


Both 'Magic Nail Polish Remover' products are available at Boots, although it seems only the original 'hands only' version is available online here 

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Timeless Treasures Part 2

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Just in! This 'Artist Heart' pendant by Danish design brand Georg Jensen.

This pretty silver piece makes a simple but stunning style statement, and would also make the perfect gift!



Price: £75.00  (Cost New £125.00)

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Monday, 28 July 2014

Timeless Treasures Part 1

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New in store!  This sterling silver cross pendant by Irish born jeweller Tom Binns.

Famous for his 'tough luxe' aesthetic and with a cult following, this subtle but standout piece from the designer is a timeless treasure...



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Comes complete with its original pouch and monogrammed box.


Price: £100.00 (Cost New £179.00)

Look out for another 'Timeless Treasure' on the blog tomorrow...

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Sunday, 27 July 2014

The Journey Of A Dress

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It seems hard to believe that the now iconic wrap dress, created by New York based designer Diane Von Furstenberg, is this year celebrating its 40th anniversary.

The easy to wear style has become a staple in many women's wardrobes, having sold five million worldwide.  And to mark the milestone, the company has created a series of videos documenting the journey of one dress.

Released in monthly instalments, the series has so far seen the dress worn by model Coco Rocha, and bloggers The Blonde Salad, Betty Autier, Song of Style and Tuula Vintage. 

The latest video features actress Emma Roberts... 


   



To read more about this iconic item and watch the previous videos click here

Saturday, 26 July 2014

To Have & To Hold...

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This dramatic Alexander McQueen 'De Manta' clutch has just arrived in store!

Two magnetic fasteners in the top corners create the designer's signature 'De Manta' style, which also features a two way zip fastening and internal patch pocket. 

The brushed metallic finish will add an instant edge to any outfit! 


Price: £175.00

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Friday, 25 July 2014

Fashioning The Scarf

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As avid readers of this blog may recall, I've written about the tricky subject of scarf tying before. And this video tutorial proved to be a great hit (here).

However, many beautiful scarves are given as gifts to non-scarf wearers, so no matter how many options there are for tying them, they stay safely stored away.  

One of my clients shared this common styling dilemma with me recently, and so I thought I'd pass on to you the suggestions I gave to her for getting the most out of these unworn gifts...  

Firstly, wearing a scarf needn't necessarily involve tying it around your neck! Here are some super stylish women showing off some non-traditional approaches to scarf tying... 



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And secondly, if wearing scarves, in whatever way, just doesn't work for you, then why not display them as art?  


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Thinking creatively about alternative uses for unworn or unused items is always a good idea.  The Vivienne Westwood mural I have hanging on the wall of the shop is actually a framed rug!


If you would like to book a personal style consultation with me, simply pop in and see me at the shop or click here for my contact details.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Wanted: Designer Handbags

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Do you have an unworn or unwanted designer bag that you're thinking of selling?  If so, we have customers waiting to buy!

Here's our top ten list of most wanted brands, including some specific style requests, but we'll gladly consider any bag that's in perfect condition.


Anya Hindmarch
- Elrod (Black Leather)

Aspinal

Céline
- Box Bag

Chanel
- 2.55
- Backpack (Black Leather)

Chloé

Gucci

Issey Miyake
- Bao Bao

Louis Vuitton
- Speedy (Size 30)

Mulberry
- Bayswater (Chocolate Brown Leather)
- Daria Hobo (Large Grey Leather)
- Messenger
- Roxanne (Brown Leather)

Smythson


And if there's a particular designer bag on your wish list, then simply send us the details here and we'll do our very best to track it down for you! 

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Heroine Chic!

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Stop Press!  We've just taken delivery of not one, but two beautiful bags from Alexander McQueen's 'Heroine' line. 

These black leather bags both feature a fold over closure, gold hardware and gold embossed designer logo. And each comes complete with its original dust cover.

The Heroine Tote (above left) has a textured finish, three internal pockets, one zipped, and a studded base.  It measures approximately 24cm(h) x 31cm(w) x 15cm(d), but can be unzipped at each side to increase the size. 

The Heroine Day Clutch (above right) has a smooth finish and one large internal zipped pocket.  It measures approximately 37cm(w) x 23cm(h) x 8cm(d). 

These classic bags will add a touch of luxury to any wardrobe!    


Tote:       £795 (Cost New £1,395)
Clutch:     £420 (Cost New £920)

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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

More Marant Must Haves!

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Just in!  These beautiful black 'Franklin' boots, as sported by the super chic editor of French Vogue, Emmanuelle Alt...



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These fabric boots by French designer Isabel Marant can be worn a myriad ways!  With the cuff turned up, or down as shown here, straight or slouchy through the leg, and with the blue bead chain at the ankle or without!

The perfect edition to your new season wardrobe.


Size: 6 / £350.00 (Cost New £755.00)

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Monday, 21 July 2014

McQueen Animal Magic

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This super silk scarf has just arrived in store!

The dramatic black and blue animal print design, featuring a border of the designer's signature skulls, measures 134cm x 134cm.

A McQueen must have!  


Price: £150.00  (Cost New £325.00)

To register your interest in this item simply click here and we'll keep you updated regarding its availability.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Oxford Street: Fashion, Fame & Felons!

















Oxford Street is Europe's busiest shopping street. It's hard to imagine the Oxford Street of today as anything other than the centre of London's shopping district, but it has a long and interesting history.  

Here are ten little known facts about the famous street courtesy of LDN Fashion... 


1. Oxford Street was once the road that connected Newgate Prison with the hallows at Tyburn. Condemned prisoners were driven down the street from the prison and hung from the Tyburn tree at Marble Arch. There is still a small round stone in the road, marking the original location of the hanging tree.

2. The Tyburn stream originally ran alongside Oxford Street and gave the street its original name of Tyburn Road. This stream now flows through underground conduits and the only place in the city it can be seen running freely is inside the basement of Grays Antique Centre on the junction of Oxford Street and Davies Street, complete with resident goldfish.

3. Oxford Street was hit repeatedly by bombers during the blitz of 1940. John Lewis, Selfridges, Peter Robinson and Bourne & Hollingsworth department stores were all badly damaged or destroyed.

4. The site of the Marks & Spencer branch at 173 Oxford Street once housed the Pantheon – an entertainment building designed to resemble the Pantheon in Rome. 

5. Oxford Street has only one remaining pub – the Grade II listed Tottenham at number 6 Oxford Street. 

6. Oxford Street has its own square on the original Monopoly board game. 

7. The original branch of HMV on Oxford Street played an important part in the discovery of The Beatles. The band's manager, Brian Epstein visited the store in 1962 to discuss turning the band's demo tapes into discs. The disc cutter was so impressed with what he heard that he called down a music publisher from the top floor of the building, who in turn, called George Martin of Parlophone Records. The band were given a contract and recorded their first album within a few months.

8. Oxford Street contains a secret roof top garden – Brown Hart gardens, built on top of an old Victorian substation. 

9. Several people working in Oxford Street in the '80s and earlier have claimed there is a secret underground street beneath Oxford Street, complete with cobble stones and abandoned Victorian shops. This secret street can allegedly be accessed via the cellars and basements underneath the modern shops including Selfridges and Forever 21.

10. Topshop is now one of the best-known fashion names on the high street, but few people know it started off known as 'Peter Robinson’s Topshop'. Peter Robinson was once a department store chain with a branch at Oxford Circus, which was destroyed in the blitz and then re-launched under the Topshop name in 1964. 



To read the article in full click here

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Pistol Power!

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Termed a 'timeless classic' by premier online retailer Net-A-Porter, Acne's Pistol boots are the perfect all seasons staple.


And this black leather pair, complete with their original box and Acne dust bag, have just arrived in store...



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Currently available online for £380 here, or at Past & Precious for just £200!


Size: 5* / Price: £200.00 (Cost New £360.00)
*current owner usually takes a size 6

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Friday, 18 July 2014

The Mulberry Tillie

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Just in!   This super Tillie satchel bag from much loved English label Mulberry.

This super soft black leather bag, featuring gold hardware and a detachable cross body strap, is in immaculate condition and comes complete with its original dust cover.

Measurements are approximately 9"(h) x 14"(w) x "3(d).

If you're looking to invest in a new 'take me anywhere' bag for the new season, then look no further than this terrific Tillie!  



Price: £450.00 (Cost New £795.00)

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Thursday, 17 July 2014

All About Yves




















It's arrived! I've been waiting for the release of this DVD since the film was launched in cinemas back in March.  

It's one of two Yves Saint Laurent biopics out this year celebrating the life and work of the great man, one approved by Pierre Bergé, his partner in love and work, this one, and the other, titled 'Saint Laurent', not. (Although I do have my eye on that one too!). 

Here's some fascinating facts about the late designer, put together recently by Vogue's Alexandra Brown...


The Partner: Pierre Bergé
Bergé was not only Saint Laurent's greatest love and confidant, he raised the funds and gave the designer the confidence he needed to start his namesake label after being fired from Christian Dior.

The Editor: Michel de Brunhoff
Saint Laurent showed his early drawings to the editor in chief of Paris Vogue, who promptly introduced him to Christian Dior, who hired him as a studio assistant in 1954.

The Predecessor: Christian Dior
When Christian Dior died in 1957, Saint Laurent was made creative director of the house at the age of 21, becoming the world's youngest couturier.

The Rival: Karl Lagerfeld
A rivalry between Lagerfeld and Saint Laurent began in 1954, when Saint Laurent won the International Wool Secretariat award for dress design.  Lagerfeld took out the less prestigious award for coat design.

The Muses 
Saint Laurent surrounded himself with a string of beautiful muses throughout his career, including Victorie Doutreleau, Jerry Hall, Catherine Deneuve and Loulou de la Falaise.

The Photographer: Helmut Newton
Saint Laurent's designs were captured by some of the world's greatest photographers. In 1966 Helmut Newton captured for Vogue one of the most iconic images of its time, a woman in the now iconic Le Smoking suit.

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The Designers
Mental and physical ill-health forced Saint Laurent to step back from the brand in 1998. Since then, men such as Alber Ebaz (from 1998), Tom Ford (from 2000), Stefano Pilati (from 2004) and now Hedi Slimane (from 2012), who were long inspired by the designer, took the reins of the house he founded.


I pre-ordered my copy of the 'Yves Saint Laurent' DVD from Amazon here

Read the original Vogue article here

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Marant Must Haves!

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If you haven't yet got your hands on (or feet in!) a pair of Isabel Marant's iconic 'Dicker' boots, then now's your chance!

We've just taken delivery of a pair in soft taupe suede, complete with their original box and branded dust bags...



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An all year round staple, the designer's latest line is featured on Mytheresa.com as part of their pre fall collection here.

Pick them up at Past & Precious for a fraction of the price!



Size: 6 / Price: £200.00 (Cost New £365.00)

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Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Fast Fashion!

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Picking out the perfect outfit every morning can take time. But a little forethought goes a long way, and will save you precious minutes in front of the mirror! 

Here's Perrie Samotin's top five time-saving tips to getting dressed faster, as featured on stylecaster.com...


Check the forecast for the whole week.
Checking the weather the night before is standard practice for many of us, but it pays to check the forecast for the entire week every Sunday. That way, even if you don't choose clothes for everyday, you'll have a general idea about what you'll probably be reaching for. 

Pick out your clothes and shoes the night before.
Make sure you iron, steam, lint-roll or treat anything you need to the night before. And hang your outfit on a hanger outside your closet, with your shoes to hand, so all you have to do in the morning is reach for them. 

Keep a clothing diary.
It's likely that outfits you wear regularly are those that you like, but you won't necessarily remember them a few weeks later. So, simply jot down what you wear each day in your diary or on your calendar, and highlight any particular favourites you might want to wear again. Or, why not make use of one of the many Styling Apps that are out there?  I use StyleBook which is available from the App Store.

Separate your accessories.
There's nothing more annoying than deciding you want to wear a certain necklace, only to find it tangled up in an impenetrable mass with a heap of other chains! Keep your accessories totally separate from one another, and 
at the end of the day, always try to put them back where you found them.

Organize your closet
Is your wardrobe overflowing with unworn and unwanted items? If you can't see the wood for the trees then it's time to take stock! Go through your garments one by one and ask yourself one question: "If I was shopping right now, would I buy this item?" If the answer's no, then out it goes! From there, divide your wardrobe by separates (shirts with shirts, skirts with skirts, etc.) and coordinate each section going light to dark, left to right, as that’s how the eye naturally travels. 


If organising your closet seems like an overwhelming task, why not book a Wardrobe Edit and let me do the hard work for you? Simply pop in and see me at the shop or click here for my personal contact details.


To read Perry's article in full click here

Monday, 14 July 2014

Prorsum Sandal Parade!

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Just in!  These perfect pastel sandals from Burberry's spring/summer 2014 catwalk collection.

These super shoes are designer samples, and are new and unworn.

If you're a size six, you have the pick of the bunch! 
   

Price: £295.00 per pair


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Sunday, 13 July 2014

Armani At Eighty

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Giorgio Armani has just entered his ninth decade!  And to celebrate the designer's eightieth birthday, The Guardian has put together these eight little known facts about Italy's patron saint of fashion...  


1. The current cult of the bomber jacket can be traced back to Armani. The first pieces he designed under his own name were a series of leather bomber jackets in 1970.

2. He is a regular in rap lyrics, with Wiz Khalifa, Kanye West and TI recently giving Armani a shout-out. Biggie Smalls was also a fan – he had a penchant for Armani pyjamas, apparently.

3. His brand, with couture, ready-to-wear and Emporio lines on the catwalk, is big business. In 2012, the annual revenue reached £1.67bn. Armani himself is worth £4.96bn, and he is officially the most successful Italian designer ever.


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4. Armani was well-versed in fashion before he went out on his own. He was a window dresser first, working at La Rinascente department store in Milan. Freelance work for Zegna, Cerruti and Loewe followed.

5. Armani loves sport. He is a fan of Inter Milan and is on the board of Olimpia Milano basketball team. He also designed suits for the Chelsea premier league football team and worked on the interiors at Stamford Bridge.

6. Fashion wasn't his first career choice. Armani studied medicine and completed military service before deciding it was clothes that were his calling.

7. The designer, who wears a uniform of navy, is a self-described perfectionist, even arguing in a Vogue interview that he was "10 times" worse than fashion's most high-profile stickler, Mr Tom Ford. 

8. Armani is practically fashion's patron saint in Italy. He has designed uniforms for the police force, kitted out Milanese taxi drivers and even designed the cover of a gospels book for the pope.



To read The Guardian's article in full click here