News just in! Lazy Oaf has designed its first pair of shoes and aren’t they delightful? A special collaboration with Underground Shoes, these ‘Minnie Creepers’ are limited edition and available from the Fouberts Place store or online (£85).
And for today only, there’s 20% off in the store which means you can also get a bargain on their bright and beautiful clothes, accessories and stationery. Get in!
The only benefit of having a dentist in Battersea is that the journey home inevitably involves the reward of a quick shifty in The Shop at Bluebird. In yesterday’s case, that ‘quick shifty’ amounted to a good 45 minutes. The buyers have upped their game by a huge leap this season and I’m told it’s looking even better for ss11.
I make no secret of the fact that I’m a big fan anyway. Maybe it’s that artfully presented mix of clothing (both obscure and established), books, furniture, magazines, music and knick knacks that always keeps my eyes darting in ten directions at once, but each visit allows for a new discovery. This time I fell in love with the clever trench coats by Lahssan. The capsule collection is simply a series of cropped trench coats with silk ‘fur-printed’ linings that feel beautiful and make for an interesting layering of textures and optical illusions. I couldn’t find much information online about Lahssan but I know he’s also stocked in Colette. I’d call that a name to watch…
[Images: The Shop at Bluebird, The Sartorialist]
Like every other fashion Francophile, I find myself fighting to resist the discreet charms of Carven ready-to-wear. The recently revived old school couture label – now designed by Guillaume Henry – has a similar but girlier (and less expensive) luxe aesthetic to Celine. In short it’s all about the cut and the fabrics which is fine by me. At Sefton, the line sells like there’s no tomorrow. As womenswear manager and buyer Tina Patel told me, “Carven has been our best seller. Women like the fact it is so beautifully constructed with slight twists but still classic enough to keep in the wardrobe for seasons to come”.
I’m still holding my breath for the elusive AW10 silk collar (someone must have some stock dammit) but failing that, SS11 is looking rather promising don’t you think?
“Stylists are facilitators. They channel energy, they pick up on trends way before they happen on the catwalk. They’re the key people in the industry who have something to say.”
Caryn Franklin on Fashion Creator of the Year, Nicola Formichetti
I have spent the last three months writing about silk shirts for God knows how many publications. So it makes sense that I finally bought one. Thanks to stockpiling generous gift vouchers from two Matches press days, I was able to self-gift this Freda at Matches ‘Agnes’ black silk shirt by Jo Sykes (now creative director of Aquascutum)…
And what a lovely gift it is. It’s an exact fit and beautifully made and although it’s totally of the moment, I
hope reckon it will transcend fashion to become one of those reliable staples that lasts (moths permitting). I’ll be wearing it for day under a boyish red V neck cardigan, tucked into slim crop jeans with Bass Weejuns and a charm necklace or two, or for evening part-unbuttoned, sleeves rolled up, tucked into black tapered chinos plus Rupert Sanderson heels and my silver Margiela bracelet. Perfection!
I’m loving the new type of slow-mo moving image being employed for fashion shoots. I first saw it used by Vogue Homme Japan and Burberry’s AW10 3D ad campaign and now Shopbop has done something similar with its new interactive lookbook feature. It looks like a still image but when you hover the mouse over it, the model moves in a rather compelling way – like a halfway house between a still and a moving image.
What do we all think?
It’s no secret that I’m a bit of a watch fanatic so I didn’t need to be asked twice by Time2 to answer some nosy questions about watches and fashion. Time2 supplies watches to ASOS, Selfridges (including The Wonder Room) and its own stores so is worth taking notice of if you’re a fellow watch obsessive. Continue reading
Sofia Coppola’s SOMEWHERE opens in the UK this weekend. Check out this nice little making-of video…
Going into town this weekend? Well while you’re pootling around Liberty and Carnaby Street, don’t forget to stretch your legs a wee bit further, to Youth Club at 35 Marshall Street. For TWO DAYS ONLY (tomorrow and Saturday), Sign of the Times, Double Dice and Karen Savage present TEENAGE DREAMS, a photography exhibition celebrating alternative teenage style featuring work by FDA Styling and Photography students from London College of Fashion.
While you’re there you can also have a nose at the other youth culture goodies on offer at Youth Club including hard-to-find books and photography.
Teenage Dreams, 11am-6pm, 10-11 December, 35 Marshall Street, W1 (020 7494 4546). Admission free.