This is the second installment in our ‘Stylish Steals’ series of posts. Did you see the first one about the lovely Muji candles? Well, we now move on to a product that I first spotted in a River Island fitting room, looking rather stylish and innovative, and then saw again in Merci who actually sell this wonderful product. Nope, it’s not a hot Autumn fashion trend. In fact this post is about a wonderfully stylish light bulb!
Plumen light bulbs, in standard and baby sizes. Photograph by Andrew Penketh
This is no ordinary light bulb. This is the Design Museum’s ‘Design of the Year 2011’ award winning light bulb from Plumen. Aside from being visually incredibly pleasing, this bulb is also highly energy saving and lasts around 8 times longer than traditional bulbs. So its a win win for the aesthetic and the ecologist in your household. We bought a few for “Blink” Towers and they cast a really clean, bright light without that annoying warm up time of standard energy saving bulbs, so they come with our full stamp of approval too.
clustered Plumen bulbs. Photograph by Petr Krejci
Plumen light bulb in 'Work Lamp Gold' by Design House Stockholm
Plumen light bulb. Photograph by Ian Nolan
The Plumen bulb was created by London based company, Hulger in collaboration with industrial designer Samuel Wilkinson. Excitingly, the company is working on some new lines of bulbs to be launched in the coming months, as well as commissioning more lovely lampshades that perfectly compliment the genius light-bulbs.
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!
This week we’ve dropped in a couple of posts on some of the hottest print directions. The ‘reflected’ and photo-realistic directions look incredibly innovative and directional, but it’s nice to also look at one of the print directions that is pretty continuous, just morphing from influence to influence, but essentially always under the banner heading of ‘Geometrics’. Impacted by the textural and artistically hand executed trends recently, and incorporating some brilliantly commercial looks like the till ringer that’s stripes. Here are some of the strongest geometric looks that we spotted in the past week or so.
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Following on from yesterday’s homage to the classic ‘Little Black Dress’, today we swap the meaning of the ‘B’ and this time it stands for ‘Bright’! So, if a black dress is just a bit whatever for you, how about something with a bit more colour impact? Here are some of our favourite bold, bright looks spotted around London’s best retail addresses in the past week or so. Want to dress like a vast floral arrangement? No problem! An ice princess more your thing? We’ve got it covered. An 80’s body con attired popstrel? Look no further!
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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.
BCBG. OK, we know this isn't a dress but still...
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We had a little extra sunshine added to our lives this month as we were out retailing for the new round of reports. The ‘Colour’ message is being delivered loud and clear from all levels of the market and it really brightened up our day! We just had to share some of the best bits of this fashion rainbow with you, and add a little extra zing into this grey day for you too.
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Fringing was a look that was super hot in the Summer or 2009, so we were surprised to see this being taken up again for High Summer 2010, and right across the fashion landscape too. Less so in shoes and boots this time around, but fringes and haberdashery or brogue inspired tassels on bags look very cool.
This selection is from our Summer edition of the quarterly ‘Accessories’ report. If you’d like to see more, know more, have more why not contact your nearest agent?
Another furry focused post- not that we’re obsessed or anything!
Shaggy seems to be a key descriptive for the new Autumn product. Its a great new way to look at volume and proportion. It’s ultra light and super soft. Li Edelkoort incited us all to “dress like clouds’. Well, I vote we go one better and dress like a pom pom instead.
Its a strange phenomenon in these uncertain times, but the Union Jack and imagery of our monarchy seem to be the new subject choice for artists, fashion and interior designers, giving these motifs a whole new lease of life. I’m not sure that its to do with any particular upsurge in pride, since we are in a bit of a pickle at the moment. If you’ve any insights on this look I’d love you to leave a comment and shed some light on the matter.
Anyhow, regardless of the motivation, we really like results. There will be more on this in our next quarters ‘Graphics’ report. If you’re interested in subscribing to this then drop us a line- firstname.lastname@example.org.
Decoration has lost some of its decorum and embraced the dark side. We love the edgy touch that studs bring, taking a style from prissy to punky. This works back to the self styled and customized story that’s been emerging, as well as reflecting yet another touch of the 80’s.
See more in our next published ‘Denim’, ‘Jersey’ and ‘Accessories’ reports…