A cape to covet

Summer’s not over yet (although it might as well be) but the new collections are flooding in so of course I’m going to get excited about them. A few days ago I was interviewed for a book on bloggers and was asked a question about my must-haves for autumn-winter. After the Isabel Marant ankle boots I saw at Merci in Paris, and the entire Sonia by Sonia Rykiel collection that has just landed at My-wardrobe.com, the only thing I could think of was something that doesn’t exist. Or does it? I’m hankering after a knee-length gold sequin cape – or chain mail at a push. Something dramatic and luxurious that would work as an entrance-making evening coat. Let’s be clear, I’m not talking about a namby pamby Primark flammable capelet sprinkled with a few cursory gold-coloured beads, but something substantially fabulous that weighs a ton – something Patrick Wolf might wear. 

The more I think about it, and the more I realise it just isn’t out there, the more I want it (of course). In the meantime, at the other end of the cape spectrum, I’m really feeling ASOS’s duffle cape with its straight front, draped back and nice school uniform-ish navy blue colourway. Not quite the show-stopper I had in mind but possibly something that might get more wear. Hmm, fabulous or practical – such a tough call, no?


Today has been a complete whirlwind so I’m speed-blogging to get it all down.

Breakfast with Tiffany
9am Brekkie at Automat with a very blog-savvy PR. Lots to discuss including the importance of brands to have a two-way conversation with consumers online.

First look at APC
1030am Love that familiar signature candle scent on first entering the new Dover Street store and I immediately eyeballed all the shirts, wedges and belts. Welcome back to London APC!

Murdock opens store no 3
1045am Just a stone’s throw from APC in Dover Street was the latest Murdock luxury barbers (5B Stafford Street, W1). These guys have cornered the market in high end (but not poncy) male grooming. Alongside the trad barbers service, they offer a lovely retail experience, especially if you’re a girl gift-buying for a fussy discerning guy. When I asked to have a nose round, I was invited to have a look upstairs, even though ‘it’s not finished yet’ and my host also revealed that Scott Schuman had recently enjoyed the Murdock experience. Didn’t surprise me one bit, this place is a must-visit for all sartorialists.

Falling back in love with LK Bennett
1130am: As I was in Bond Street, I decided to give Fenwick the once over including a mini- tour of LK Bennett. Wow, it’s suddenly totally right for now. I liked the high-on-the-instep Mary Janes (Selina, £155), roundtoe courts in an array of heel heights (Sabira, £130, Shilo, £140) and red low-heel pumps (Samedi £125) to go with crop skinny jeans and ankle socks. Nice work LKB.

Short Cuts
12pm This Uniqlo window caught my eye – same-day instore alterations. Me likey.
Daily Candy and arm candy
3pm After more meetings and lunch I headed to Fashion Business Club to take in an interview with DailyCandy.com‘s London editor Malika Dalamal. Daily Candy is looking into encouraging feedback from its readers via comments which I think is a very good thing indeed as it harnesses the community spirit and keeps the punters coming back. Post-interview I caught up with a number of fashion people including accessory designer, Quentin MacKay. I first met MacKay years ago when he had designed some very simple black leather wristbands and I had bought one (I think it was when Browns Focus had just opened). I still have it today and was pleased to discover that following successful stints at Tanner Krolle and Samsonite Black, MacKay has now launched a luxury accessory line under his own name – it’s the real deal, have a look here.

Bloggers go mad in Paris

After a 4am wake-up call, I found myself aboard the Paris-bound Eurostar on Saturday morning to sample their Big Break Little Difference fashion bloggers day trip. It was a long, action-packed day, so here are my highlights although not many photos (guess who forgot to charge her camera?):

*The business class treatment on the Eurostar – smoked salmon brekkie, hot towels and leather head-cushions, yes please!

*Putting faces and personalities to bloggers’ names (surreal but fun) and discovering some new blogs along the way (Vanessa Jackman, Bitchbuzz, Disconap)
*Finally committing myself to a bottle of Fifi Chachnil fragrance. It’s only taken me five years

*Perfect weather – sunny, warm with a light breeze
*The Madeleine Vionnet exhibition at Les Arts Décoratifs. Beautiful and educational. Alas, ran out of time to take the entire tour. I had to choose between the exhibition and the museum shop and… the shop won
*New charity-focussed luxury concept boutique, Merci (111 Boulevard Beaumarchais, 75003, Paris, 01 42 77 00 33). Fantastic setting, inspirational merchandising and a beautifully curated mix of clothes, furniture, books, flowers, haberdashery and knick knacks

*A lunchtime talk with Concours de Style award-winner, designer Marion Cointot and a chance to study her collection. Finely-detailed trend-free dresses with a typically girlish French aesthetic. Impressed.

*Riding the weirdly retro double-decker train. Spooky!

*Keeping a lid on my spending. Didn’t I do well, I didn’t even spend £100! Other than my fragrance and some museum postcards, I bought German magazine I Love You for a mere five euros at Colette. Cheap n chic, just like me…

Although our bloggers trip was all-expenses paid, Eurostar have some good deals at the moment, including London-Paris return journeys for only £59. Get more info here.