The all-seeing eye

PRs need to learn that if they invite me to their showrooms I’m going to snoop around.

Spotted at Puma HQ this morning – super comfy (so I’m told, they have cushioned soles ‘n’ everything) Hussein Chalayan wedge booties …

… And the funnest suit carrier thingy I’ve ever seen hiding in the sample cupboard

Also managed to swipe the latest copy of Volt mag from the PR’s desk – j’adore this cover shot

AW10 trend report: Turkish menswear… and teatime treats

I don’t cover a huge amount of menswear in my day-to-day life but I love having a nose when I’m at press days, purely for my own personal benefit. When I came across the strangely-named Tween menswear brand at the Four Marketing press day, it rang a vague bell. After a five minute process of elimination, we worked out that it was this FT feature I’d seen it in.

The brand is based in Turkey but its creative director Gunes Güner Ikik works closely with London-based designers. For AW10, Tween has collaborated with designer Omar Kashoura on a most impressive collection – I was rather seduced by his Teddy Boy-referenced jackets and western details on the shirts. While bonding with Güner Ikik over the beautiful fabrications and execution, she let slip that a womenswear line is in the offing for 2011. As we agreed on the androgynous simplicity of Helmut Lang, Acne and Rag & Bone, I made a mental note to keep an eye out for Tween.

I swear that I don’t just go to press days for the food and fizz but can I help it if they have such generous catering? No I can not. Yesterday’s hightlight was undoubtedly the coffee and walnut cake by a company called Eat & Shoot (I Googled them but nowt came up. More investigation is needed.) So great was my enthusiasm that to shut me up, I was sent packing with a take-home portion. Well it would have been rude to refuse, right? Oink.

AW10 trend report: Melissa shoes

Melissa’s wonderful rubber shoes just keep surpassing expectations, particularly Vivienne Westwood’s contributions. For next season, the button boots come in metallic sparkles as do these Mary Janes. I am also loving the cherries on the slingbacks – so very poptastic.

And to all those people mourning the demise of seven inch whore heels (guess who has just finished a 1000 word report on the

subject?). What are you moaning about when you have these sexy-but-user-friendly beauties to tantalise you?

Anya Hindmarch presents the Bag & Bottle

Oh wasn’t the Anya Hindmarch press day a hoot! An unassuming Belgravia pub, The Star Tavern was highjacked by the Hindmarch clan for the entire week to showcase the aw10 collection. Not content with changing its name to The Bag & Bottle (ho ho!) the team plastered the premises from top to bottom with the Anya Hindmarch name. Most genius touch? That’ll be a toss-up between the AH branded peanut packets and the Beware of Handbag Thieves sign. They even had a special appearance from darts champion Colin ‘Jaws’ Lloyd – now you don’t get one of those at your average press day…

After tucking into a portion of scampi that was several notches above your average pub grub followed by rhubarb crumble that was worth the trip alone, I finally checked out the merch.

Remember the Anya Hindmarch for Barbour news? Well the results have been revealed. As expected, it’s Barbour with a luxe twist. There are some very lovely quilted coats and jackets with the Hindmarch curved collar – super feminine while retaining their practicality. There are also coats based on the trad waxed variety with detachable fur collars and cuffs. (Please don’t let’s have a fur debate here. Thank you.) Anya loves to think on a practical level – I swear she must be a Virgo – so inside these waxed coats you will find pockets embroidered with ‘lipstick’, ‘dog and bone’ (AKA ‘phone’) and ‘coins’, and get this, the coins pocket is actually a wee detachable velvet purse. Brilliant!

Amongst all the dozens of boxy, ladylike bags in all sorts of leather, ponyskin and animal-print, I zoned in on the nylon pouches of which there is one for every type of function. Heaven for a storage freak like me…

Back to the Bag & Bottle. The pub is actually available for bookings for lunch and dinner all the way through til Friday. I can’t guarantee you’ll see Anya herself throwing darts with Mr Lloyd, but you can enjoy a game of AH dominos with your pint and pork scratchings.