“Blink” Retail: All Aboard the Liberty Express this Christmas

Some month’s back I was delighted to be invited to the Liberty Press Day. That was pretty much in the midst of Summer time and I am only now feeling mentally ready to admit that Christmas is in fact just around the corner and so I am prepared to share some seasonal joy with you…

Liberty took inspiration from the Victorian age of luxurious steam train travel as well as classic Hollywood movie train moments from the like of ‘Brief Encounter’, ‘Some Like it Hot’ and ‘Murder on the Orient Express’. The Liberty Christmas windows will be transformed into a whole Victorian steam train, bursting with sumptuous and luxurious gift ideas, gold paper chains and festoon lights.

Here’s some highlights from the Christmas Press Day, and let me tell you, if Stella McCartney did an adult version of that super cute bunny onesie, I wouldn’t be wearing anything else for the whole Christmas holidays!

Liberty London, Christmas 2012

Liberty London, Christmas 2012

Liberty London, Christmas 2012

Liberty London, Christmas 2012

Liberty London, Christmas 2012

Liberty London, Christmas 2012

Christopher Kane at Liberty London Christmas Press Day

Christopher Kane at Liberty London Christmas Press Day

Stunning silk scarves at Liberty London Christmas Press Day

Stunning silk scarves at Liberty London Christmas Press Day

Stella McCartney kids at Liberty London Christmas Press Day

Stella McCartney kids at Liberty London Christmas Press Day

Marvellous millinery at Liberty London Christmas Press Day

Marvellous millinery at Liberty London Christmas Press Day

British made product featured strongly at Liberty London Christmas Press Day

British made product featured strongly at Liberty London Christmas Press Day

Richard Nicoll at Liberty London Christmas Press Day

Richard Nicoll at Liberty London Christmas Press Day

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“Blink” Retail: Fashion Prozac, part 2

The other collection that has caught my eye from all of the great Resort and early Spring drops, is the fabulously fluorescent Christopher Kane collection. Loving his work with J Brand too. This is another collection that fills me with joy, just like the Stella looks we shared with you a little earlier. I think it’s to do with the energy packed in to the pattern and colour combinations. The shapes are graphically simple, allowing the focal point to the be the surface detail, be that the eye popping solid shades or the wonderful rainbow hued print and pattern. The high sheen silver additions add a whole new level of excitement too.

Christopher Kane Resort 2012 collection

Christopher Kane Resort 2012 collection

Christopher Kane Resort 2012 collection

Christopher Kane Resort 2012 collection

Thanks to Style.com for the images.

Enjoy! Lucy

London Fashion Week: Streetstyle, Clutch Control

I think this is pretty much our final streetstyle post from this September’s London Fashion Week. Its been immense, but you have to draw a line somewhere. There will be other posts about the event (yes, there are some things that we haven’t shared with you yet!), including some great videos, a couple of brand profiles and our favourite catwalk looks from New York, London, Paris and Milan.

Before we move on we wanted to focus on a key accessories trend. Lets just start by saying that we have never seen so many Celine bags in any one place at any one time, and that may well include the Celine boutique. These ultra luxe shoppers were the practical option for those in the fashion world who had to tote around a lot of very important files, folders, brochures, ipads etc etc- but if you were into a far more minimal approach (and maybe had a willing assistant to carry all your baggage) then the envelope style clutch was a really popular look too. We have been looking at the rise of the clutch for several seasons and this slightly more portfolio style looks functional and linearly impressive, working well from mini to a pretty good armful in size. We spotted a couple of Christopher Kane‘s stunning plastic pencil case style clutch bags too,  looking really innovative but not especially capacious. The fashion mags are referencing the ‘grab’ which is all about gripping on to a softer, less structured clutch, and there is much talk of Louis Vuitton‘s S&M inspired handcuff attached clutch bags, but we think this option is the more functional way to go, and therefore the more commercial. That’s not to say that we’d refuse a Chris Kane jelly bag if offered one…

London Fashion Week, September 2011

London Fashion Week, September 2011

London Fashion Week, September 2011

London Fashion Week, September 2011

London Fashion Week, September 2011

London Fashion Week, September 2011

London Fashion Week, September 2011

outside the Meadham Kirchhoff show, LFW

outside the Meadham Kirchhoff show, LFW

outside the Michael van der Ham show, LFW

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Blink Retail- More LOVE at Liberty London

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

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Streetstyle: South Molton Street Chic

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

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