AW13

What’s your sale shopping strategy?

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Carven-wool-jacket-aw13Eddie-Borgo-braceletMichaela-Buerger-sweater
Miu-Miu-polka-dot-coatChloe-biker-jacketBottega Veneta Earrings

I’m not a fan of sale shopping for the sake of it. I prefer to shop with a purpose so my sale strategy tends to be around useful pieces or one-of-a-kind things you’ll never see again.

Of the sale buys I’ve spotted already, the distinctive Miu Miu coat is only worth buying if you absolutely adore those spots (as I do) because it’s such a season-specific piece. But it’s a great standby for weddings etc and will look as good worn casually unfastened as primly zipped.

The Carven jacket is a good price for the quality and versatility (the faux fur collar comes off so you’ll still be wearing this come spring. Plus click on the picture and you can get another 10% off when you use the code XMAS10). And although the Dolce & Gabbana jewelled heels are still quite pricy, they’re worth it to me as it’s rare to find walkable evening heels that are such a dramatic talking point.

What’s your sale shopping strategy?

TOP ROW L-R: Dolce & Gabbana JEWELLED HEELS, £913 (£1,305); Joseph SWEATER, £186 (£265); Valentino CUFF, £97.95 (£165)
MIDDLE ROW: Carven JACKET, £478 (£683); Eddie Borgo BRACELET, £225 (£375); Michaela Buerger SWEATER, £192, (£320)
BOTTOM ROW: Miu Miu polka dot COAT, £936 (£1,560); Chloe BIKER JACKET, £1,603 (£2,290); Bottega Veneta EARRINGS, £245 (£350)

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Buy it now: the My-wardrobe edit

This has been quite the year for My-wardrobe. It’s changed it’s remit to offer a more mixed hi-lo edit, with a stable of Brit designers in its ‘London Lab‘ sitting alongside our international favourites. There’s a ton of Carven (hello wool gazar bell-shaped skirt) and an injection of Kurt Geiger London amongst core My-wardrobe brands like Joseph, DVF and Goat.

Here’s a few of my current favourites…
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ABOVE LEFT TO RIGHT:
TOP: Carven blouse, £457; Diane Von Furstenberg bag, £361; Carven red jumper, £291
MIDDLE: O’2nd coat, £540; Mother Of Pearl jumper, £495; Lizzie Fortunato earrings, £158
BOTTOM: Kurt Geiger London shoes, £250; Carven skirt, £338; Goat red top, £250

Huishan Zhang: China’s young luxury modernist

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Huishan Zhang’s signature embroidery is based on an interlocking figure of eight, which in his native China is the luckiest of numbers. Who knows if this helped the fledgling designer’s recent win of the coveted £25k Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize? On closer inspection, it’s more likely the clincher was his impeccably-cut dresses (he trained at the Dior couture atelier) and decorative ways with crystal-covered lace. (more…)

Fendi’s ‘Bag Bugs’ pop-up opens at Harrods

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Playful luxe is the trend that just won’t die and for Christmas, Fendi has gone for it in a major way. Enter its Bag Bugs, which first made their appearance on the AW13 runway in all their funny-faced, Muppets-esque furry glory.

This month, Harrods has the exclusive on Fendi’s Bag Bugs capsule collection. (more…)