When I used to work in an office, I was routinely ridiculed for two things. My Do Not Disturb hat (a paper hat with, duh, Do Not Disturb scrawled on it for when I was deep in thought
reading Easy Living doing fashion trip budgets) and sitting on a ball. Yep, I had an exercise ball as my chair. Sure it used to roll around the department crashing into the interns but it was super comfy. And now I have one at home as my office chair. But what I’d really love is a fun ball like Sarah Lerfel’s – maybe an Eley Kishimoto ball or a Mariko Mori polka dot ball. Or a psychedelic Patternity ball. Are there other snazzy exercise balls out there? And if not, why not…?
OMG, Mary Portas is gonna freak. Blogs are agush at news of the imminent arrival of Anna Dello Russo’s fragrance, Beyond. The scent (which contains notes of vanilla and almond) will be packaged in a bejewelled glass shoe. Rather similar I notice, to the glass perfume receptacle
ridiculed featured on one of the best episodes of Mary Queen of Shops. In the gift-slash-interiors shop that Mary famously suggested should be renamed ‘Utter Shite, Come And Get It’, the retail guru took particular umbrage to one decorative shoe-shaped perfume dispenser…
What do you think? Could ADR possibly make the shoe-bottle cool?
Hey look, Cooperative Designs have set up an online shop! May I say how much I like their bonkers creative merchandising? I may? Thank you.
It has to be said, Cesare Paciotti isn’t a name that hovers on my radar. At all. I’m strictly a Church’s-slash-Margiela kind of girl but these lace-printed Paciotti soles are quite the stroke of genius. What next? Floral blooms adorning the soles of Dolce & Gabanna’s slingbacks? Burberry checks decorating the underside of Chris Bailey’s hiker heels? Perhaps a flash of leopard print on the soles of Roberto Cavalli’s stripper heels? The possibilities are endless.
If you’re a fashion student, summer is the perfect time to do a bit of interning with your mag/stylist/design house of choice. Except it’s not always that easy is it? Continue reading
Did Dior’s couture hair adornments spark a new haute hair trend? Following Stephen Jones’ – frankly genius – cellophane flower-wrap contributions at Dior, we were treated to these sweet flower bonnets at Acne’s London store opening party. Next up, flowerpot hats…
Just spied these Husam el Odeh cut-off sunnies on Lulu Kennedy’s blog. Super-silly but kind of cute…
The concept store, er, concept is thriving in the UK. Recent additions include Manchester’s Hervia Bazaar (which has a really nice website by the way) and 123 in London’s east end which takes a sustainable stance (think Noki’s upcycled creations). Continue reading
News is trickling in of hires at Net-a-Porter’s sibling site, Mr Porter. Toby Bateman, currently buying manager at Selfridges has been appointed by Natalie Massenet as buying director for the new menswear site which launches in January. Working alongside Bateman will be buyer Katja Delaloye, previously at Brunschwig & Cie and Hofstetter Sports.
I’m very interested to see who will make the grade for Mr Porter’s editorial division. Net-a-porter is as well known for its magazine (made up of mostly ex-Elle staffers) as its buying and it will be fascinating to see what kind of content is deemed appropriate for the Mr Porter man. Incidentally, the editor hasn’t been appointed yet so if you fancy your chances, apply here!