A cape to covet

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Summer’s not over yet (although it might as well be) but the new collections are flooding in so of course I’m going to get excited about them. A few days ago I was interviewed for a book on bloggers and was asked a question about my must-haves for autumn-winter. After the Isabel Marant ankle boots I saw at Merci in Paris, and the entire Sonia by Sonia Rykiel collection that has just landed at My-wardrobe.com, the only thing I could think of was something that doesn’t exist. Or does it? I’m hankering after a knee-length gold sequin cape – or chain mail at a push. Something dramatic and luxurious that would work as an entrance-making evening coat. Let’s be clear, I’m not talking about a namby pamby Primark flammable capelet sprinkled with a few cursory gold-coloured beads, but something substantially fabulous that weighs a ton – something Patrick Wolf might wear. 
The more I think about it, and the more I realise it just isn’t out there, the more I want it (of course). In the meantime, at the other end of the cape spectrum, I’m really feeling ASOS’s duffle cape with its straight front, draped back and nice school uniform-ish navy blue colourway. Not quite the show-stopper I had in mind but possibly something that might get more wear. Hmm, fabulous or practical – such a tough call, no?


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Today has been a complete whirlwind so I’m speed-blogging to get it all down.

Breakfast with Tiffany
9am Brekkie at Automat with a very blog-savvy PR. Lots to discuss including the importance of brands to have a two-way conversation with consumers online.

First look at APC
1030am Love that familiar signature candle scent on first entering the new Dover Street store and I immediately eyeballed all the shirts, wedges and belts. Welcome back to London APC!

Murdock opens store no 3
1045am Just a stone’s throw from APC in Dover Street was the latest Murdock luxury barbers (5B Stafford Street, W1). These guys have cornered the market in high end (but not poncy) male grooming. Alongside the trad barbers service, they offer a lovely retail experience, especially if you’re a girl gift-buying for a fussy discerning guy. When I asked to have a nose round, I was invited to have a look upstairs, even though ‘it’s not finished yet’ and my host also revealed that Scott Schuman had recently enjoyed the Murdock experience. Didn’t surprise me one bit, this place is a must-visit for all sartorialists.

Falling back in love with LK Bennett
1130am: As I was in Bond Street, I decided to give Fenwick the once over including a mini- tour of LK Bennett. Wow, it’s suddenly totally right for now. I liked the high-on-the-instep Mary Janes (Selina, £155), roundtoe courts in an array of heel heights (Sabira, £130, Shilo, £140) and red low-heel pumps (Samedi £125) to go with crop skinny jeans and ankle socks. Nice work LKB.

Short Cuts
12pm This Uniqlo window caught my eye – same-day instore alterations. Me likey.
Daily Candy and arm candy
3pm After more meetings and lunch I headed to Fashion Business Club to take in an interview with DailyCandy.com‘s London editor Malika Dalamal. Daily Candy is looking into encouraging feedback from its readers via comments which I think is a very good thing indeed as it harnesses the community spirit and keeps the punters coming back. Post-interview I caught up with a number of fashion people including accessory designer, Quentin MacKay. I first met MacKay years ago when he had designed some very simple black leather wristbands and I had bought one (I think it was when Browns Focus had just opened). I still have it today and was pleased to discover that following successful stints at Tanner Krolle and Samsonite Black, MacKay has now launched a luxury accessory line under his own name – it’s the real deal, have a look here.

I love this…

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…new German magazine, I Love You, edited by Christiane Bördner which I found in Colette. Gorgeous luxe minimalist format with select content.

Bloggers go mad in Paris

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After a 4am wake-up call, I found myself aboard the Paris-bound Eurostar on Saturday morning to sample their Big Break Little Difference fashion bloggers day trip. It was a long, action-packed day, so here are my highlights although not many photos (guess who forgot to charge her camera?):

*The business class treatment on the Eurostar – smoked salmon brekkie, hot towels and leather head-cushions, yes please!
*Putting faces and personalities to bloggers’ names (surreal but fun) and discovering some new blogs along the way (Vanessa Jackman, Bitchbuzz, Disconap)
*Finally committing myself to a bottle of Fifi Chachnil fragrance. It’s only taken me five years

*Perfect weather – sunny, warm with a light breeze
*The Madeleine Vionnet exhibition at Les Arts Décoratifs. Beautiful and educational. Alas, ran out of time to take the entire tour. I had to choose between the exhibition and the museum shop and… the shop won
*New charity-focussed luxury concept boutique, Merci (111 Boulevard Beaumarchais, 75003, Paris, 01 42 77 00 33). Fantastic setting, inspirational merchandising and a beautifully curated mix of clothes, furniture, books, flowers, haberdashery and knick knacks

*A lunchtime talk with Concours de Style award-winner, designer Marion Cointot and a chance to study her collection. Finely-detailed trend-free dresses with a typically girlish French aesthetic. Impressed.
*Riding the weirdly retro double-decker train. Spooky!

*Keeping a lid on my spending. Didn’t I do well, I didn’t even spend £100! Other than my fragrance and some museum postcards, I bought German magazine I Love You for a mere five euros at Colette. Cheap n chic, just like me…

Although our bloggers trip was all-expenses paid, Eurostar have some good deals at the moment, including London-Paris return journeys for only £59. Get more info here.

Get ready…

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APC London opens at 35 Dover Street, W1 tomorrow!

[Pic: Net-a-porter.com]

What piqued my interest at the Net-a-Porter Cruise press day

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Burberry’s suede peplum trench jacket

Alexander Wang’s denim-gilet-slash-hoodie hybrid (hey Grazia, come up with a funny new name for that!)

Elizabeth & James’ 30s Poiret-esque furry coat (chill people, it’s fake)

Jonathan Saunders’ print t-shirt dresses

Christopher Kane’s chiffon biker – even better up close than in pictures

Ungaro’s posh biker jacket – literally looks and feels as soft as butter

Jason Wu’s magenta and red petal coat – very First Lady, very me

Christian Louboutin’s studded bellet pumps – I don’t do ballet pumps, but I’d do these

I also nearly keeled over when I opened the goody bag and found one of Kain’s slouchy silk-blend T-shirts tissue-wrapped inside. I’ve wanted one for ages. (Er, too bad I then proceeded to leave the goody bag and its contents in the bank. Thankfully, it was still there the next day…)

Tim Walker interview

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Finally got around to watching the edited version of Tim Walker’s In Fashion SHOWstudio interview.  I liked the observation about how in the days of contact sheets (sigh), you could see all the mistakes and almost follow the thought process of the photographer during the shoot. Interesting also how the technical aspect of the camera first put him off becoming a photographer – a bit like me choosing fashion illustration over fashion design because I didn’t know how to sew!

What tickled my fancy at the Stella McCartney Spring 2010 press day

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Pop art tote bags

Dual functionality parka that turns into a jacket

Silk blouse with detachable collar

Bejewelled leggings

Waxed fruit-coloured jeans – straight or skinny

Balloon leg trousers

Win stuff now!

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If I wasn’t being whisked to Paris on a bloggers’ jolly, I’d pretty much definitely be hitting the V&A Village Fête this weekend. The action kicks off this evening (er like, now) and continues tomorrow arvo. My lovely jewellery-crafting buddy Leona from Lady Luck Rules OK and her team of creative cohorts are ramping things up on their stand with a giant game of Rock’n’Roll Tiddleywinks. What loons, I don’t even want to imagine the carnage.

There will also be the chance to win one of LLROK’s Rock’n’Roll Kitten necklaces (named after Leona’s punk kittens Dee Dee and Joey) which have been designed and handmade especially for the Fête.

BUT if you can’t make the Fête, you can still win a necklace – just enter this exclusive (er, I think) wee Disneyrollergirl competition by answering the following question:

If you could have any pet, what would it be and what famous superstar (dead or alive) would you name them after? 
Post your answer in the comments below and the necklace could be nuzzling against your clavicle in no time.
[Small print alert! Competition closes on Friday 31st July at midnight (British Summer Time). The Winner will be announced the following week.]
UPDATE: THE COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED>>>Don’t forget to check back here for the winner next Friday… 

FURTHER UPDATE>>> Here’s the winner

What floated my boat at the Gap Xmas 09 press day

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Denim of every description including biker jackets and workwear gilets

Roll-up boyfriend jeans

Olive khaki slim-fit chinos (at last – could these be THE ONES?)

Denim-on-denim layering

Mens cardigans

Stompy suede ankle boots (Pierre Hardy I think)