Got plans for next Saturday afternoon? Well cancel them and hang out with me instead! I’m teaming up with Selfridges to host one of their in-store workshops to celebrate the new Denim Studio and this one is for both hardcore denim geeks and those who still haven’t found their perfect jeans.
I’ll be teaming up with a member of Selfridges’ personal shopping team and one of their expert alterations team to discuss everything there is to know about denim and jeans. Think of it as an insider’s guide to denim. So if you want to know what the emerging trends are in denim (and the how and why), the secret to knowing what to look for in fit, cut and wash, what the limitations are in remodelling a pair of denim jeans (or dress or jacket for that matter), or you just want an opinion on what looks good on you, then please come and join our masterclass.
We will be in an informal hub in the denim personal shopping area so the aim is to make this more of a relaxed conversation than a lecture. The workshop is free, just email firstname.lastname@example.org to book a session – 2pm, 3pm or 4pm – on Saturday 6th July.
And if you can’t come but want questions answered, or want to send a question in advance, leave it in the comments below or email/tweet me (email@example.com, @disneyrollrgirl) and I’ll get an answer from my experts.
From tomorrow Google Reader is no more. So if that’s what you use to follow blogs, you’ll need to find an alternative sharpish. Bloglovin is what I use to keep all my favourite blogs in the same place and if you follow this link, you can import your Google Reader subscriptions easily and painlessly. (more…)
I found this great photo in National Geographic at the hairdressers (I go to Cuts in Dean St – v good if you want short hair). It reminded me that I’ve been planning a post on women in ankle socks and pumps. There are actually quite a few high profile fashion women who have made this their ‘look’ and I don’t think it looks infantile. In fact, I think it looks really cool and self assured. Take a look at Katie Grand, Lucinda Chambers, Consuelo Castiglioni, Carla Sozzani and Miuccia Prada…
I’m very much liking all the new sites and brands popping up that answer my need for updated wardrobe staples. Where Winser London delivers year-round multi-taskers and The Style Director curates working woman hero pieces, Studio Nicholson has a sportier, more youthful approach. (more…)
Best casting and styling ever from Haider Ackermann’s first menswear show. Early trends coming through for menswear ss14 include structured tunic tees, 50s Harrington jackets, post-pop graphics and sloganeering, lots of leather, extreme trouser shapes (super-wide peg at Topman Design, meggings at Gucci, culottes at Jil Sander) and more wonkiness following aw13. Plus on the hair front, lots of fabulous quiffy dos!
How to capture the zeitgeist of the current moment? You could do worse than peer into a makeshift photo studio at precisely 730pm at the old Selfridges Hotel last Thursday. Here, 300 invited denim lovers gathered, smartphones in fist, to shoot the world’s first ‘co-created and interactive denim campaign’ for Selfridges’ new Denim Studio. (more…)
When I posted about the Eine X Louis Vuitton scarf a couple of weeks ago, it was really hard to find out any info. That’s because it hadn’t been launched yet. I’d seen a snippet in Red magazine and that was pretty much all. In fact, the scarf launches today, exclusively at Selfridges, Oxford Street for one week, sold in the new ground floor Louis Vuitton accessories pop-up. (Not to be confused with the pop-up on the second floor.) (more…)
Anyone for a retro mobile? Polaroids and Fujifilm Instax cameras are having a moment, and mobile phones could be next. I remember reading about the Motorola StarTAC in US Vogue in the mid-90s and being desperate for one – at the time they retailed for £1400. Fast forward a couple of decades and they’re all but extinct thanks to the all-singing-all-dancing beasts from Apple and Samsung. (more…)
For Burberry Prorsum’s SS14 menswear show in its new London home we were treated to a collection called Writers and Painters. A gentle mashup of Alan Bennett boyish shapes and a Hockney colour palette (primary brights expertly layered by Burberry stylist Elliot Smedley), it was certainly commercial but thoroughly eye pleasing.
Styling is so important for a show like this in which the pieces don’t reinvent the wheel and you can’t inspect the quality up close. The outfits were accessorised with soft leather drawstring duffles and polka dot ‘Wave’ sunglasses. (more…)
The Pet Shop Boys have made a bangin’ house track for the millennial generation (I think we’re calling this EDM now, yeah?) and it’s brilliant. And they’ve used amateur footage from the raves themselves for the video.
According to the press release, the song and video (by filmmaker and photographer Joost Vandeburg) are a tribute to the way British youth in the late ’80s ‘found its own freedom with a new culture epitomised by dance music and raves’. It seems we can’t stop looking back at past times of freedom and innovation which prevents us innovating in the now. Part of the problem is that we can’t get enough of the vast mine of original material being shared online, some of it never seen before. I’m guilty as charged, I love discovering and sharing ancient pictures and footage, but I think that’s OK, I’ve done my bit of innovating. But for younger people, it’s time to step away from the nostalgic nineties, get out there, get physical and create, without endlessly looking to the past.