Archive for February, 2011

London Fashion Week: Felicity Brown, AW ’11

Friday, February 25th, 2011

As we mentioned in our London Fashion Week Overview, we were delighted to catch up with Henry and Felicity Brown again. This was for two very good reasons really. Firstly is that we were really excited to see where the Felicity had decided to take the collection. The SS’11 show was fabulous so it was really exciting to see how she had developed the collection on from there. The second reason is that they are two of the nicest people that we have come across within the fashion industry.

If you’d like more background on Felicity, do have a read of the interview with her that we posted a little while ago. It details what she was being inspired by when creating this AW’11 collection, so its great to see the results and have taken the journey with her full circle. Felicity Brown reinterprets her unique take on deconstruction for the AW’11 collection, incorporating inspiration from cubism and tribal markings, along with elements of striped back theatrical costume. Voluminous layer upon layer of raw edged textiles are balanced with strictly boned corsets laced up with cotton ribbons. Each piece is a work of art realized through her incredible artisanal approach.

Along with the dresses sits Felicity’s T shirt label, No 23, which this season integrates back to the dress collection through the use of the same colour palette and pattern inspiration. If  you’d like something from Felicity Brown’s collection to wear everyday, the T shirts are the perfect option and we have our eye on several!

Thanks to Felicity for spending so much time with us explaining her working practices and her design vision. Thanks to Henry for sending over these amazing images of the new collection.

Felicity Brown's AW'11 collection

Felicity Brown's AW'11 collection

Felicity Brown's AW'11 collection

Felicity Brown's AW'11 collection

Felicity Brown's AW'11 collection

Felicity Brown's AW'11 collection

Felicity Brown's AW'11 collection

Felicity Brown's AW'11 collection

If you’d like to read more about London Fashion Week, then just click here. Enjoy!

Enjoy! Lucy

London Fashion Week, Streetstyle: Slip into Neutral

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Here’s some more streetstyle shots for you from London Fashion Week at Somerset House.

Every action has a reaction, and in the case of fashion colour, the desire for brights is balanced by a passion for neutrals. The return to camel toned, warm and luxurious shades has been super topical since the Autumn last year, and it has not gone away. The 70’s mood has created the perfect environment for camel to live on, and in the company of such retro shades as mustard, ochre and rust. At London Fashion Week, we style spotted a little of that palette, but more so we noticed a very soft, subtle and pale neutral direction. Honey, sand, caramel and creamy shades looked chic and ultra wearable. We really love them mixed with pastels too.

London Fashion Week at Somerset House

London Fashion Week at Somerset House

London Fashion Week at Somerset House

London Fashion Week at Somerset House

London Fashion Week at Somerset House

London Fashion Week at Somerset House

London Fashion Week at Somerset House

London Fashion Week at Somerset House

London Fashion Week at Somerset House

Click here for more streetstyle, and click here for all of our coverage of London Fashion Week. Enjoy!

Enjoy! Lucy

London Fashion Week- Clements Ribeiro give us ‘Romance, Darkly’

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

We were so lucky to have been given an invitation to the Clements Ribeiro show (thanks Dansoa!). For Autumn ’11 this husband and wife team presented an utterly beautiful collection. It was pure Clements Ribeiro joy from start to finish. Chic, refined, artfully intellectual and grown up without being at all fusty. We spoke briefly with Inacio Ribeiro after the show and he told us that both he and Suzanne were delighted with the collection this season. They had reconsidered their approach, refined their vision and crystallized their handwriting and this really shone through the 48 piece offer.

The lean silhouetted collection embraced their artful print handwriting, their passion for fine textiles and their skill with knitwear. Titled ‘Romance, Darkly’, tousled ponytailed models looked feminine yet strong, channeling a touch of period Russian hauteur, or was that just us? Something of ‘The Last Station‘ perhaps in the softly military detailing invoked by contrast frogging on softly tailored coats and jackets. Deliciously melting, ombre style print combined elements of brocade and animal print to great effect. We loved the jet beading, lacquered lace and brocade creating incredible depth in the black on black looks. The stack heeled Charlotte Olympia shoes and crochet looking lace tights were the perfect finishing touches.

Clements Ribeiro AW '11 show at London Fashion Week

Clements Ribeiro AW '11 show at London Fashion Week

Clements Ribeiro AW '11 show at London Fashion Week

Charlotte Olympia with her glamorous mother, Andrea Dellal, FROW at Clements Ribeiro

Clements Ribeiro AW '11 show at London Fashion Week

Suzanne Clements and Inacio Ribeiro interviewed post show

Charlotte Olympia for Clements Ribeiro show shoes

If you’d like to see full show coverage, the best place to have a look is, as always, Style.com. If you’d like to see more from London Fashion Week, just click here. Enjoy!

Enjoy! Lucy

London Fashion Week, Streetstyle: Colour Pops!

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

So, we’re straight in there with some pictures from the first few days of London Fashion Week. We’ve decided to have a look at one of the biggest stories of this Spring, and one that looks to have a long term impact on the way we’ll be wearing colour. From the Spring ’11 catwalks (check Jil Sander as the perfect example) colour blocking strong brights is a key direction. Translate this to the reality of a Spring day, and you have the ‘Colour Pop!’. Its the way to give this trend a nod and a wink without blinding those around you. Balance brights with softer shades- but we have to say that those who have chosen not to go the easy black backdrop route look the most interesting. Another really workable option is to rock some boldly coloured accessories.

Is bright the new black? Only kidding! Bright is just a great way to switch it up, grab a ray of sunshine and make a step change into Spring joy.

London Fashion Week at Somerset House

London Fashion Week at Somerset House

London Fashion Week at Somerset House

London Fashion Week at Somerset House

Susie Bubble at London Fashion Week, Somerset House

Susie Bubble at London Fashion Week, Somerset House

London Fashion Week at Somerset House

London Fashion Week at Somerset House

London Fashion Week at Somerset House

London Fashion Week at Somerset House

London Fashion Week at Somerset House

London Fashion Week at Somerset House

Click here for more on London Fashion Week, past and present. Enjoy!

Enjoy! Lucy

London Fashion Week: February ’11 Somerset House Overview

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Somerset House still looks beautiful through the drizzle, and the fashion pack followed suit. There was no change in the super high style stakes, aside from the addition of some umbrellas. We have some fabulous streetstyle shots to follow over the next few days, but wanted to start by setting the scene for this London Fashion Week.

London Fashion Week at Somerset House

We saw some great new collections from familiar names at the Somerset House exhibition, but we also discovered some new names that we’d like to share with you too.

A scarf installation featuring the work of Topshop sponsored NEWGEN deisgners.

Lets start with the Topshop sponsored NEWGEN group of designers, and we caught up with Henry and Felicity Brown. The new Felicity Brown collection is a continued development of her amazingly complex mille-feuille detailing layered onto dream dresses, incorporating more structured, corset style detailing. The addition of more graphic print and pattern adds a really exciting edge to this collection, which also incorporates Felicity’s great T-shirt range. We’re hoping to have some more shots of the new collection to share with you soon, and if you’d like to know more about the inspiration behind this collection, then have a look at this interview we did with Felicity while she was developing her ideas for the AW ’11 range.

Felicity Brown's AW'11 collection at London Fashion Week

We also met Yang Du for the first time, even though we have admired her collection for several seasons already and have also featured her work a couple of times on the blog (she’s currently being featured in the Selfridges ‘Bright Young Things’ windows). The AW’11 collection is titled ‘3times Lucky’ and features Yang’s signature hyper coloured graphic interpretations of animal motifs. We particularly love the elephant hat and the piglet scarf, with the pigs sporting cute crochet bra tops…

The designer, Yang Du, at London Fashion Week

Yang Du at London Fashion Week

Moving on from the NEWGEN area into the rest of the exhibition we spotted Shao Yen, who is also one of Selfridges ‘Bright Young Things’ and a designer that we have previously seen at On/Off. This is his second collection and a continued development of his stunningly textural and almost graphic or sculptural handwriting. The theme for the AW’11 collection is ‘Goddess’ and Shao Yen delivers a very new take on this time honoured theme.

Shao Yen at London Fashion Week

A brand new discovery for us was Teatum Jones. This relatively new label is the brain child of Catherine Teatum and Rob Jones. They very kindly took the time to explain to me the ethos behind their brand, and the inspiration behind this particular collection. They have approached developing their brand in a very restrained and refined way, focusing on a narrow portfolio of textiles translated into a focused selection of silhouettes- but the way that they have combined those textiles, shapes- and most critically, the element of print, creates what feels like a comprehensive and compelling offer. Their inspiration is really fascinating too, with not a small touch of the macabre. We are hoping to interview them soon, so more details to follow…

Teatum Jones with their "Eva Moore Shirt Dress" in the Endurance print, at London Fashion Week

Watch out every day this week for more London Fashion Week coverage, and click here for all London Fashion Week coverage. Enjoy!

Enjoy! Lucy

Blink Retail: Bright Young Things at Selfridges, Part 2

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

We hope that you enjoyed the first installment on the ‘Bright Young Things’ that we posted last month. Selfridges promised a new set of names for February and they did not disappoint. This is such an amazing opportunity for new creative names. Selfridges are behaving in a really altruistic manner, and we think they are setting a great example for other retailers who seem to just repeatedly focus on known and established ‘safe’ labels.

This month’s selection is a diverse group of styles, handwriting and disciplines. Here are some shots of our favourites and they include some names that we are familiar with (we have featured Yang Du on the blog before) and lots that we haven’t come across before but will certainly look into some more. Have a look at Selfridges website to learn more about each of the designers, and be inspired!

Yang Du at Selfridges

Yang Du at Selfridges

Patternity, new patterned tights brand, at Selfridges

Little Glass Clementine, jewellery designer, at Selfridges

Matthew Miller, menswear designer, at Selfridges

Matthew Miller, menswear designer, at Selfridges

Jessica Dance, set and accessory designer, at Selfridges

For more on new designers, just click here. For more on retail inspiration, just click here. Enjoy!

Enjoy! Lucy

Blink Retail- More LOVE at Liberty London

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Look, we aren’t being paid off or sponsored (but not a bad idea!), we just genuinely have a very soft spot for Liberty. I would actually go as far as to say it’s our favorite London store- and globally only second to the wonderful Merci in Paris. I will try to let a week go by without praising, featuring or generally drooling about that deliciously black and white, absurdly tasteful, ever dependable style mecca- but that week is not just yet…

We were out and about researching/ retailing (uhm, those are just terms we use to make shopping seem more important and difficult than it actually is) when we spotted the new window scheme at Liberty, in collaboration with LOVE magazine, celebrating their current androgyny issue and also featuring lots of fabulous new looks from Alexander Wang’s Spring Summer 2011 collection. The windows look really exciting and energetic, don’t you agree?

There are also windows featuring fabulous and relatively new names to the British fashion scene, like Peter Pilotto, Christopher Kane (winner of the Elle Style Award for best British designer) and Michael van der Ham. Gorgeous!

LOVE magazine with Liberty London

LOVE magazine with Liberty London

For more great posts about store windows, simply click here. To read more about our love for Liberty, you can click here! Enjoy!

Enjoy! Lucy

Streetstyle: South Molton Street Chic

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

When I first discovered my passion for fashion, and first discovered London’s stylish spots along with it, South Molton Street was one of THE locations to be familiar with, alongside Floral Street, Harvey Nichols and Hyper Hyper. Showing my age a tad there… South Molton Street was the home to the incredible Browns boutique. In those days, just one store but now across several. There was also this amazing discount make up store that was a big draw for those big on style but small on budget. I can remember popping in there to top up on some Barry M sparkle between shopping stops.

Well, back to the job in hand and back to our latest streetstyle shot. I spotted this young lady outside of Browns. I love her refined, rolled hairdo and the super chic shift. Is it a Christopher Kane? The print is incredible, but on the simple and clean shape, balanced with the opaques and ballet flats, it doesn’t overwhelm her.

South Molton Street, Central London

South Molton Street, Central London

For more streetstyle shots, just click here. Enjoy!

Enjoy! Lucy

Streetstyle: Carnaby Street

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Although its become a tourist trap and the location of some pretty mainstream retailers, there is still something essentially cool about Carnaby Street. Its often a great place to style spot very unique and interesting looks. Maybe this is because it’s close to lots of Soho creative offices and the fact that it’s right by Liberty? Who knows- but the fact is, we like to loiter with our camera at the ready and we generally manage to shoot some interesting streetstyle.

Asta spotted this young lady when out last week. We just love how on first look there is something quite vintage and refined, then on closer inspection her style owes a lot more to a punky and hard edged aesthetic. The vintage jacket has been customized by some hardcore looking studs and spikes. The shorts are leather and the shoes are pretty fierce too. Great hair and a very cool attitude just puts the cherry on this particular cake. Enjoy!

Carnaby Street, London

Carnaby Street, London

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Enjoy! Lucy

Blink Retail: Love at Liberty London

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

We have a long standing love affair with Liberty, but we have only just now been provided with the opportunity to really put that love into the words of a love letter. Liberty have constructed a ‘Love Wall’ just next to where their new stationary department will be opened (did we need any more reasons to spend far too much time in there?!?). Perfectly timed for Valentines, ideal to promote their new stationary department and also incredibly romantic.

We think it may have been inspired by the obsessive love letter posting that happens in Verona. There is a house which proposes to be that of the Capulet’s (of Shakespeare fame), with a balcony and a Juliet statue. On any available space in the wall, the heartsick and love-lorn leave love notes to Juliet asking her to help them find their true love. Well, we can tell you that you can save the plane fair and get a bus to Liberty instead. Aside from the gorgeous ‘Love Wall’, where we left a few begging letters to Cupid, I can tell you that love can be found in Liberty on a regular basis- mainly in the Shoe Hall and also in the designer womenswear section if you’re feeling flush…

Liberty London's 'Love Wall'

Liberty London's 'Love Wall'

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Enjoy! Lucy