Week 3 at Cocosa: Martin Grant and Sykes

This is my third week as guest editor of luxury flash sales site, Cocosa.com* and may be the best yet. Even better than the Mawi baubles, the Luella shadesΒ and the Basso & Brooke dresses are cheap-but-chic pickings from Martin Grant and Sykes. (more…)

The case for the iPad

I still can’t make my mind up about the iPad. I’ve had a brief play on one but I haven’t decided if it really has a purpose. Of course that doesn’t stop me from looking longingly at cute little cases for them – you know I love a ‘tech-cessory’. These iPad cases from Dooney & Bourke and Oscar de la Renta Resort are very appealing, especially in ravishing red…

Dooney & Bourke $65

Oscar de la Renta Resort

What do you think? Yay or nay to the iPad?

Frock n Roll


They say that recessions feed creativity and going by this one, I’d say that point has definitely been proven. Just look at all the clever cut-out-the-middle-man fashion retail sites that have recently sprung up, giving emerging designers a platform to sell their wares directly to the public – Catwalk Genius and Beta Fashion to name two.

Another example is that of Mrs Jones Emporium, a by-appointment shopping experience that totally trounces the oft-dull high street option. Firstly, let me introduce ‘Mrs Jones’. Fee Doran is a designer whose work speaks for itself. She has worked with Giles Deacon (Doran Deacon was the springboard that set Giles on his ascent to stardom), Scissor Sisters, The Killers, Florence Welch and Kylie – remember the white hooded catsuit? Last year she created Oxfam DIY, a range of upcycled clothing for the charity chain. She doesn’t really do fashion-fashion but her years of designing costumes for bands and special projects have culminated in the emporium, her latest baby.

Up a couple of flights of stairs in a nondescript Clerkenwell office building, you are greeted by the visual feast that is her archive. These dresses, jackets, ponchos, feather head-dresses, spangled shoes and all manner of other sartorial fabulosity are merchandised in her own inimitable style – colour, fabric and embellishment as far, wide and high as the eye can see. In one corner is a homely sofa, in another Victoria Saunders has set up her hairdressing chair, upstairs is a roof terrace for rock n roll debauchery summertime hanging out and further inside the tardis-like space is the nerve-centre, her design studio.
On a dummy hangs a dress made for singer Kirsty Almeida out of glued-together sheet music. The point of Mrs Jones Emporium is to kick back, try on and get creative. Flamboyant, fun and funny, essentially Mrs Jones Emporium is a dressing up box for grown ups. I’m sure there is some fancy newfangled term for these creatives like Mrs Jones and Supermarket Sarah who open up their homes/studios to the public, giving a memorable and eclectic experience to the consumer. It’s fashion as fun experience rather than trend-led ‘you should wear this’. How refreshing and how right for now…













Home is where the art is


Yay, check my shit out! Blog buddy That’s Not My Age has done a Through The Keyhole-style interiors feature on my gaff. There are lots of Mickey Mouse characters, art books and novelty pens. No surprises there then. Oh, and I had to tidy up a lot for that visit. See more here.