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“Blink” Events: House of Hackney SS’15 at The Communications Store’s SS’15 Press Day

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

The first time that I walked into the House of Hackney shop, I nearly fainted from an overwhelming sense of joy. Okay, that may be a slight overstatement but there was definitely a minute where I couldn’t catch my breath (you can read more about that first visit here). If you haven’t been in then get yourself to Shoreditch High Street and prepare yourself for a highly patterned, highly fabulous retail experience.

The shot here is of a mini version of the House of Hackney experience via The Communications Store‘s press day. The SS’15 collection was displayed along with a couple of their interiors pieces, just to help set the scene.

House of Hackney SS'15, at The Communications Store press day

House of Hackney SS’15, at The Communications Store press day

The new collection features some brilliant new print designs shown as standalone statements as well as in some wonderful combinations. From skins to florals and botanical inspired leaves, the scale and colourways are as bold and vivid as we have come to expect and love from this genius British brand.

To top it all off, and to pull the whole mood together were these stunningly 70’s platforms. Get buckled up on to my feet now you beauties.

House of Hackney SS'15, at The Communications Store press day

House of Hackney SS’15, at The Communications Store press day

For more inspirational events, including more highlights from TCS’s press day, just click here.

“Blink” New Designers: Jena.Theo, London Fashion Week

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

We do love a new label, and although Jena.Theo is not strictly brand new (they won the Fashion Fringe award in 2009), they had escaped our attention until this February’s LFW show at Somerset House. Founded by Jenny Holmes and Dimitris Theocharidis, who met at the London College of Fashion in 2002, Jena.Theo is the result of their combined creative skills and experience in design and buying, as well as their diverse backgrounds blending British and Greek influences.

What first attracted us to their AW’14 collection was the brilliantly bold pattern combinations and the diversity from denim through to structured, dramatic dresses. Much of the pattern is due to O.Two, aka James Carey, a graphic artist/ illustrator who joined the team in 2011. Romy, the Jena.Theo studio assistant, showed us through the collection which actually comprises of three parts- Pre, RTW and Denim. The pre-collection featured gorgeous tropical, brightly coloured pattern that was reflected in the mainline RTW, which diversified into wonderful metallic finishes, graphic lines and more structured base cloths. The denim offer works with the rest of the pieces, but is a separate and complete entity showcasing clever cutting, great finishes and cool graduated colour effects.

Jena.Theo AW'14, LFW

Jena.Theo AW’14, LFW

Jena.Theo AW'14, LFW

Jena.Theo AW’14, LFW

Jena.Theo AW'14, LFW

Jena.Theo AW’14, LFW

Already internationally stocked in prestigious stores Jena.Theo has made an impression on the fashion world, and we think this collection may be the one to bring this creative and innovative label into the general fashion crowd’s consciousness. I’ll be slipping into some of their AW’14 pieces as soon as they drop into Wolf and Badger or pop up at ASOS and Young British Designers.

For more new designers, take a look here.

“Blink” Retail: SS’14 Press Days- Topshop

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

I hope that you enjoyed our little look at Wallis’ W collection yesterday. Now we take a look at our favourtes from Topshop. This was a couple of rails that were virtually vibrating with energy as bold pattern, embellishment, bright colour upon colour and lots of shine were hung up side by side by side. It was as overwhelming as it was exciting.

Even though bright shades were the strongest statement, my favourite item and one that’s on my Spring shopping list (I hope it makes it to the shop floor!) is this stunning peachy pink, trench style coat. Perfect proportions, luxe feeling fabric and cool detailing. And brilliant when styled with the fuzzy pastel pink pencil skirt hung next to it.

Topshop SS14

Topshop SS14

Sports inspired looks are still very topical, and this wasn’t the only sweat that we saw across the press days but it was the prettiest and also the blingiest. Love the clean, slickly sporty finish of the backpack and this clutch bag. Oh, and those go faster striped, sporty wedges are quite fantastic too.

Topshop SS14

Topshop SS14

Topshop SS14

Topshop SS14

Topshop SS14

Topshop SS14

Topshop SS14

Topshop SS14

I really like the matching tops and bottoms sets. Cut in graphically simplistic shapes from firm fabrics at Toppers, ensuring that the focus is on the stunning patterns. We saw these from several labels, but these were amongst the boldest.

Topshop SS14

Topshop SS14

Topshop SS14

Topshop SS14

Finally, to add to the riot of super bright colour and eye popping shine, Toppers were also showing a collection of gorgeously bold, bright and brilliant jewellery. Statement necklaces have rarely before made quite such a, well, statement!

Topshop SS14

Topshop SS14

Topshop SS14

Topshop SS14

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