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Barbour bites back





Barbour is the latest British heritage brand hoping to ‘do a Burberry’. It’s autumn/winter preview showed some nice steps in the right direction. A fitted silk quilted jacket which I image will go down a storm with its Japanese fans, a multi pocketed waxed jacket that owes more than a nod to Belstaff, and a quilted nylon Mulberry-esque handbag. Barbour is considering doing a link up with a designer which I’m sure won’t harm its profile. My money’s on Luella Bartley or Paul Smith.



Style-sonic




In the random mix of photos of 80s and 90s bands at the Lawrence Watson exhibition, I happened upon this bitchin’ picture of Afrika Bambaataa and the Soulsonic Force. Aren’t those white Wayfarers just sick? That’ how I want to look next time I go to Secret Sundaze. (Well I haven’t actually been there yet but when I do).



Who’s that girl?




When I went to check out the Lawrence Watson music portraits exhibition in East London last week (Maverik Showroom, 68-72 Redchurch Street, E2), I fully expected to see a bunch of scruffy Hoxtonites quaffing the free vodka-apple-juices but the last thing I expected to stumble upon was the next Kim Gordon. This is thirteen year old bassist Isobel who is in a band called…er, The Band. That’s all I know about them right now but they absolutely blew everyone away with their funk-rock groove. How cool is she? I’m on a mission to find out more – I’ll keep you posted.



Shiny and new







Let’s play a game. Guess whose collection this is? Topshop? No. H & M? No. Zara? Don’t be ridiculous. IT’S NEW LOOK! These beauties were the stars of the New Look press show and let me tell you, those guys at New Look have done a sterling job. Just check out that grey coat, totally Jil Sander, no?