“Blink” New Designers: BA14 Cordwainers Footwear, Product Design and Development Graduate, Sofie Birkin

Next we look at the wonderful work of LCF BA14 graduate, Sofie Birkin. We had the pleasure of meeting Sofie at the exhibition and learnt about her approach and inspiration. Her intricately detailed collection of shoes is inspired by the Salem Witch Trials. Every shoe is dedicated to one of the women who was killed, with the heel containing something specific to each individual. The leather is also delicately inscribed with imagery related to the events, creating an almost Egyptian hieroglyphic effect. These are so much more than beautifully crafted footwear.

LCF BA14 graduate collections, Sofie Birkin

LCF BA14 graduate collections, Sofie Birkin

LCF BA14 graduate collections, Sofie Birkin

LCF BA14 graduate collections, Sofie Birkin

This is Sofie herself, wearing a beautifully mystical headpiece that she created for previous project. Utterly, brilliantly unique.

LCF BA14 graduate collections, Sofie Birkin

LCF BA14 graduate, Sofie Birkin

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“Blink” New Designers: Cordwainers Footwear, Product Design and Development Graduate, Saul Robayna

We hope that you enjoyed yesterday’s posts about the LCF exhibition. From jewellery we move on to some footwear and wowsers, these boots are so super sexy! From graduate, Saul Robayna, these thigh highs are a stunning confection of lace and laces. I cannot wait to have the chance to add some of his work to my shoe collection.

LCF BA14 graduate collections, Saul Robayna

LCF BA14 graduate collections, Saul Robayna

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“Blink” Retail: Arcadia’s AW’14 Press Day- Accessories

Some more for you from the Arcadia AW’14 press event. This post is all about some rather lovely jewels, heels, bags and boots that were a particular highlight for me.

Starting things off are these very stylish jewels and stunning extra long, green suede boots from Dorothy Perkins. These were an extra surprise because I generally skip past this label- but I was quite literally stopped in my tracks by the really fabulous selection of accessories. I’ll be making a rare visit to good old DP’s come Autumn to see what will actually make it home with me.

Dorothy Perkins, AW'14

Dorothy Perkins, AW’14

Dorothy Perkins, AW'14

Dorothy Perkins, AW’14

Next comes Freedom at Topshop. Never knowingly understated, this is THE label to hit for statement pieces that are always super hot and brilliantly blingy. This little number looks like wearing it might replace a heavy lifting session at the gym! I love the smokey shade of the gems, adding a touch of sophistication to an otherwise extra OTT number.

Freedom at Topshop, AW'14

Freedom at Topshop, AW’14

Topshop‘s shoes and bags are some of the best on the high street. Reflecting all the hottest Autumn directions and covering all occasions in a really creative and innovative way, the shoes on show at the press day were really exciting. As were the bags. We’re still good to be rocking backpacks come Autumn. Yay!

Topshop, AW'14

Topshop, AW’14

Topshop, AW'14

Topshop, AW’14

Finally, we have Miss Selfridge. When they get it right, they really, really get it right, and this is generally it’s embellished, beaded and embroidered womenswear but also with some surprisingly good accessories. I really loved the styling of this blue gemmed style, sitting really beautifully on this blue/grey, high sheen print and pale lilac faux fur. It’s like an Autumn mood board all by itself.

Miss Selfridge, AW'14

Miss Selfridge, AW’14

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“Blink” Retail: Arcadia’s AW’14 Press Day- W Collection by Wallis

The Arcadia press day is always a treat. It’s an amazing chance to get an insight into what the UK high street’s biggest fashion brands are saying for the season ahead. One that is always a pleasant surprise is the W Collection by Wallis.

I really rarely cross the threshold of a Wallis store. It’s not intended for me so that’s just fine. Perhaps this is why I always feel that the W Collection is a bit of a well kept secret. If you’re into flattering, innovative and well designed clothes with a rather chic edge, then this is the label for you to shop. It is grown up, but still with a sexy edge and enough reference to key fashion trends for it to feel thoroughly relevant. Here are my AW’14 favourites from the press event.

W Collection by Wallis, AW'14

W Collection by Wallis, AW’14

W Collection by Wallis, AW'14

W Collection by Wallis, AW’14

W Collection by Wallis, AW'14

W Collection by Wallis, AW’14

W Collection by Wallis, AW'14

W Collection by Wallis, AW’14

 

W Collection by Wallis, AW'14

W Collection by Wallis, AW’14

Keep ’em peeled as we’ll have more from the Arcadia press day in the next few days. For more retail news, just have a click here.