“Blink” Retail: Browns get Curious

Browns have teamed up with Thomas Erber, art director and fashion consultant, to stage a wonderous ‘Cabinet de Curiosities‘ in their South Molton Street store. Featuring the work of around 30 artists and designers, all who have a relationship with this illustrious store, this is a real treasure trove of inspiration, exclusivity and true luxury.

We spotted the work of Manolo Blahnik in the window of Browns, which is part of the ‘Cabinet’. This is the ‘Albero’ shoe. If you’re a size 4 and have £3,850.00 to spare, then you’re in luck! If that’s not your size, you could still go for the sketch by Manolo himself, which is a snip at £4,480.00!

Manolo Blahnik's 'Albero' shoe, as part of Browns 'Cabinet de Curiosites'

Manolo Blahnik's 'Albero' shoe painting, as part of Browns 'Cabinet de Curiosites'

The exhibition closes on 23rd December so do pop in soon if you don’t want to miss it. And if you’re feeling particularly flush, you can even make a purchase, and 10% of the proceeds go to Namibian charities concerned with conservation & community.

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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Blink Events: Chritmas Lights

So, its all about Christmas right across the London retail scene. Its a festive frenzy of spangly lights and that Wham CD gets dusted off so that we can all hum along to ‘Last Christmas’ as we contemplate the joys of buying for others versus more self gifting!

I thought I’d share the Christmas joy with you via some shots of my favourite Christmas retail looks. On the whole, the high street and department stores seem to have gone for high kitsch this time around, but I have managed to unearth some slightly more tasteful options…

Enjoy and sending you Santa shaped Christmas best wishes!

Linear chic on South Molton Street

Eco energy powered lights at Stella McCartney

Selfridges go super sized with these mega scale disco baubles

Selfridges also have these gorgeous Christmas characters bobbing around the store