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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.
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.
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!
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.
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The other day I was researching a lecture that I was planning on brands and how they interact with social media. I chose Burberry as my case study because even though they celebrate their heritage and roots at every turn, they are also very possibly the most progressive of luxe labels when it comes to the way they interact using social media, constantly embracing new opportunities and also driving this field forward. I knew pretty much what Burberry had been up to in this field, and then I came across a new initiative that they had introduced at their AW’13 show in February. If you fell hard for any of the new coats or bags shown in that wonderful latex, skin printed and heart filled collection, you could order one (or ten?!) straight from the catwalk, with the additional free option to have your name engraved onto the metal coat tag or on the bag plate. Now that really is a bespoke service.
Aside from the joy of owning a piece of new season Burberry before the rest of the planet, and having it personalized to boot, each of these items will also feature some rather snazzy in-built technology. By passing your smart phone over the product, or by standing in front of special mirrors in the Regent Street store, you will reveal video footage showing your selected style’s journey from inception to production. Amazing.
This just leaves me wondering what on earth they’ll come up with next.
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When Colette makes a strong fashion statement, the fashion world listens intently. The statement Colette was making in one of it’s main windows this week, was that it loves the kitsch chic of the fabulous Anya Hindmarch ‘Marano’ clutch bags.
These are packaged like something you were saving your pocket money up for so you could add some brilliant bling to your Sindy doll’s wardrobe. Looking like retro fun, but priced to be really quite a serious investment, these tread a pretty fine line from a taste perspective. I must admit that if money was no object, I would have bought all 3 versions of the ‘Marano’. There’s the fabulous snow globe version, the music box and one that lights up… but then I do love a bit of kitsch, and fashion is supposed to be fun sometimes.
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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…
As we near the end of our London Fashion Week coverage, and we look at one of our favourite categories. For the past couple of season’s the knit report has been the easiest one for us to fill month on month. There is so much fabulous innovation happening in this field, and the fashion crowd certainly embraced that at this Fashion Week, rocking some really lovely knitted looks.
Reflecting what we have been seeing at retail, hairy and fluffy knits are super important, as are textural as well as patterned looks. As expected, these themes were taken to the extreme in some cases at LFW, but still looked super stylish. We love the surprise elements in some of these knitted looks, where knits are encased or interspersed with sheers or pattern is blown out and artfully placed. Proportions and detailing are incredibly important, especially when you are working a pretty simplistic knit style. So, we think that this Autumn Winter knits will be super important ( I know this may just sound like common sense and all…) so wear your wool with pride, feel simple chic in cashmere and embrace the hairy effects with lots angora bunny fluff.
Its no news that fashion loves black. Now are you sitting down, because I can exclusively reveal that fashion loves colour too! I know, its a shocker. Well, more of the colour on Monday. Today we focus on a non-colour statement. This is all about monochrome, head to toe black, flashes of white and even some diversity into soft greys.
London Fashion Week‘s fashion pack showed us how to make all black look fresh with the addition of textural layering, highlight accessories, matte and gloss combinations, dense and sheer, and some eye popping geometrics and graphic effects. You see, in fashion, sweet thing, black and white is very rarely, well, black and white…
Now, prior warning in advance of tomorrow’s post dropping. Have your sunnies at the ready as we’re featuring lots and lots of colour…
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