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.


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?