“Blink” Retail: Brilliant Black Leather

After many, many season’s in the fashion doldrums, black leather and leather inspired looks are now super hot again. Brought back into our style consciousness through the brilliant Biker jacket, and now diversifying into great dresses, skirts, shorts and even the (gulp) leather trouser is looking very, very good again. Here’s some of our favourites shot at retail over the past month or so. From high end to high street, fashion is showing leather a lot of love!

YSL

YSL

Massimo Dutti

Massimo Dutti

Somerset by Alice Temperley

Somerset by Alice Temperley

River Island

River Island

Miss Selfridge

Miss Selfridge

All Saints

All Saints

Reiss

Reiss

YSL

YSL

Fenwicks

Fenwicks

Bershka

Bershka

Whistles

Whistles

Topshop

Topshop

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“Blink” Retail: LBD’s

As it’s party season, we’re being utterly spoilt by some stunning frocks out on the high street right now. The classic choice is, of course, the little black dress, and here are some of our favourites. From high end to mass market, this has got to be the fashion equivalent of a ‘sure thing’. These don’t look faddy, but they are all fashion relevant. Tempting enough to make you feel like you would really be missing out if you didn’t make a purchase, but with the longevity to be one of those things you could pull out of your wardrobe for season’s to come without feeling too out of step with the fashion moment.

Zara

All Saints

Prada

Warehouse

Reiss

River Island

BCBG. OK, we know this isn't a dress but still...

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London Fashion Week: Bolongaro Trevor

The static exhibition section of London Fashion Week is partly just that- a bit static, but there are some great surprises in there too. This time round, we were having a good look through all the lovely rooms at Somerset House when we spotted a really exciting stand, one which really caught our eye.

The team at Bolongaro Trevor had used a lovely light filled spot to create almost a mini version of  their shop on Broadwick Street. Its always a delight to pop in and see the collection in an environment that is filled with vintage, curios, antique military paraphernalia and a lot of quite scary taxidermy. It creates such a quirky British feeling that reflects the aesthetic of the founders perfectly.

Before Bolongaro Trevor, husband and wife team Stuart Trevor and Kait Bolongaro were the founders and original design duo behind cult brand ‘All Saints’. The new brand shares the vintage, raw edged and slightly rock and roll excitement that ‘All Saints’ has, but in a more luxe and maybe even more grown up way.

It was great to see this very British brand showing at LFW for the first time (they usually show at Tranoi in Paris) and we hope it was a very successful event for them.

Stuart Trevor of Bolongaro Trevor at London Fashion Week

Stuart Trevor of Bolongaro Trevor at London Fashion Week

Bolongaro Trevor

Colour: A Neutral Position

So far this week we have celebrated some lovely, saturated Summer shades, but here is the flip side. For every yin there must be a yang, light needs shade, and brights need neutrals. Camel and tan shades are big news in accessories this Summer and look to be major news across womenswear for Autumn 2010. To prepare your taste level for the onslaught of these more challenging neutrals ahead, the fashion fairies have prepared you a starter pack with these wonderfully commercial chino and fatigue inspired shades.

Being featured right across the fashion landscape, from high street to high end, its a super commercial and somewhat familiar statement. These look really great in a tonal head to toe statement, layered up working textural variations. Don’t be fooled into thinking that this is purely a traditionally casual look this Summer. We really love where this gets slicker and smarter, even incorporating a soft spangle from metallic golden tones. Don’t just do what you did last time this was hot however. This season it takes on a new mood and silhouette. We too are excited about the return of the cargo pant, but this time make it super skinny. If you’re using this palette in jersey, make it super fine. Be inspired by army surplus fatigue jackets and over-sized shirts. Knitwear should be slouchy and textural. Spread the influence into sexy soft wovens and more elegant styling for a really fresh take on this look.

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Reiss

Maje

Joseph

Soho, central London

DvF

All Saints

Shop Talk- The Saints come marching in

Well, we were saddened when we heard that another multiple retail name was taking space on Westbourne Grove, particularly as this store move was displacing a unique collection of traders in an arcade that served as a key part of the posher end of Portobello Market. Our quirky and historical patch of London is swiftly coming to resemble Oxford Street and its making us feel blue. I guess it’s progress of a sort, but it does make me wish for the old days when it was all a bit shabbier and a bit shadier in W11…

As of December 2009 a huge section of Westbourne Grove, up to the corner of Portobello Road, is now an All Saints store. It’s a behemoth of a retail space across two levels, containing womenswear, menswear, kids, undies and a smattering of homewares across 10.000 sq ft. I had never realized that they had so much product in their collections, but barely any styles are multiply displayed.

The interior mood certainly builds on their dark and slightly gothic signature shop fit, but there is an interesting additional feature. In what seems like small homage to the history of the area (one of London’s best markets for ‘antiques’), the windows don’t feature mannequins sporting the latest look. Instead there are rows upon rows of beautiful old fashion Singer sewing machines. These continue instore, covering much of the back wall and surrounding the staircase. So, we have to give credit where credit is due. They have slightly tailored their retail statement to make it feel appropriate and empathetic to the surroundings. It is a very cool shopping experience, just not the experience I’m looking for when I wander down Portobello Road.

All Saints, Westbourne Grove

Graphics- Digging Skullduggery

As we prepare the next quarter’s ‘Graphics’ report, we couldn’t fail to notice this theme emerging. Spearheaded by the genius that is Alexander McQueen, and also a key motif for All Saints, skeletons and skulls have really taken off across the board. Feeling more Mexican ‘Day of the Dead’ than horror flick, this look errs on the scary side of chic.
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Exposure for Topshop

Exposure for Topshop

Howies

Howies

Topshop

Topshop

All Saints

All Saints

Miss Selfridge