Tag Archives: designers
Did I mention my love of outlet shopping? Not just any old outlet but one with a good mix of the classic brands that I wear on a regular basis. Like, you know, Gap,Lacoste, Joseph, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren… And oh look, here they all are at Cheshire Oaks! AKA one of the vast McArthurGlen designer outlets and one I’ve never been to – until now.
McArthurGlen invited me up one sunny Saturday to discover the outlet and work on a video edit of my seasonal fashion picks. Continue reading
I do love the wearability of Louis Vuitton’s Icons collections. Devoid of the drama of the RTW collections, these pieces have a lasting usefuless that also transcends seasons. To emphasise that point, inspiration is taken from architect and designer Charlotte Perriand, both the woman herself (timeless black-and-white portraits of her in sportif mode dotted a showroom wall at the press day) and her modernist furniture and interiors. Continue reading
This is just me emptying my head of all the nuggets of retail biz info I’ve picked up lately. Continue reading
Well who’d have thunk it? Six years ago today, I started a fashion blog. This very one, in fact, albeit on a Blogspot platform with a slightly clunky white-text-on-black-background layout. If you scroll back far enough, you can see my early posts; embarrassing though they are, I’ve not deleted them as it’s good to remember the journey.
My six year anniversary coincides with a pithy New York Times T Magazine story by Suzy Menkes lamenting the blog mob and the changes in fashion media and critiquing. Do read it, it’s certainly thought provoking. Alas, Menkes does come across as slightly jaded in her disapproval. Flagging up the common practice of ‘bloggers’ (read: the Fashion Week style blogger elite) who get photographed in next season’s looks, often gifted by designers in exchange for coverage, she reminds us that real reporters don’t play the gifting game (or ‘bribery’ as she puts it). It’s a funny one I admit. On the one hand, why not help give young designers exposure by wearing their clothes, if it will give them a leg-up and boost your visual presence as well? On the other hand, when the pre- and post-show peacocking starts to get more attention than the shows themselves, then that clearly signals a change in how things are working. Is it dumbing down though? or is it just an evolution in how fashion is seen and consumed now?
Six years ago, no-one even considered any of this stuff. As a phenomenon, it simply didn’t exist yet. Instagram didn’t exist, Vine didn’t exist, Twitter was in its infancy and Anna Dello Russo was just another jobbing fashion editor. How would fashion have weathered the recessions were it not for fashion blogs, Fashion Week street style and the powerful role they played in opening up the fashion industry to the masses? More pertinent still; where will fashion, blogging and the street style strutters be in another six years time? I guess that’s for us to witness, while documenting the process…
Thanks for the last six years of support!
Image: Stefania Yarhi/Textstyles – NYT
One name kept cropping up last New York Fashion Week that I’d not heard of before. In fact, Ostwald Helgason (Susanne Ostwald and Ingvar Helgason) have been designing for a few years but only now have stepped up a gear. The London-based duo switched strategy and chose to show in New York for AW12 and SS13 and lo, suddenly they’re on everyone’s radar. Continue reading
Sexy, flattering and highly wearable, Roland Mouret has spread his magic from frocks to footwear. Now creative director of Robert Clergerie, you can see his creations in a special Selfridges pop-up shop until 22nd October. I’m a big fan. The heels feel lighter than they look (Mouret is determined to make comfortable heels, not a small challenge) and the flat brogues are timeless beauties. Continue reading
Female designers are at the creative helm of some of the most successful luxury brands right now and coincidentally or not, a rather important trio of them has risen through the ranks of fashion via Chloé. Stella McCartney, Phoebe Philo, and currently Clare Waight Keller are at the forefront of intelligent, female-friendly fashion, gifting women the multi-tasking wardrobe fundamentals that answer our everyday demands. Continue reading
Looking forward to seeing Vilshenko at London Fashion Week. I’m loving her AW11 long sleeved, posh peasant dresses which would go so nicely with all the stack heeled boots around right now (hello Chloe camel beauties)…
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]