If you go down to Spitalfields today…



…you’d be a prize fool not to pop into Caravan. The brainchild of interiors stylist Emily Chalmers this cave of curiosities is a must-visit. Whether your personal fixation is vintage suitcases, retro lamps or homemade skirts you won’t leave empty-handed (and you’re bound to pick up some rather good home styling ideas too).

Caravan, 11 Lamb Street, E1, www.caravanstyle.com







String for spring






It’s taken me a long time to get my head around Cruise, Pre and Bridge collections but last week I think I finally nailed it. At the preview for Stella McCartney’s pre-spring collection the PR helpfully explained what it’s all about. The Stella pre-spring collection is on sale from November to February. It’s a taster for the mainline spring collection at the same price point so it’s not a diffusion line. What it does is satify the hunger for newness so while the rest of the store prepares for the sales, there is still some semblance of ‘new’ to satisfy the forward-looking fashionista. It also serves as a transitional collection to bridge the winter and spring seasons so there are pieces for layering, a few knits, plenty of jersey and jackets galore.

Stella’s pre-spring was big on tailored shorts and blazers (Stella’s signature look), metallics (again), embellished sporty knits, and slouchy knits in muted tones. Jeans are still a big seller with high waists continuing and a classic straight leg jean on the cards in collaboration with Notify. Other highlights were sequin crop evening jackets and patent-look bags in Caran D’ache colours.

And finally…string shoes! Stella is well-known for her anti-leather stance so these raffia-knitted sandals are an innovative and surprisingly chic take on animal-friendly footwear.



Dress up Friday





While reading the blog on Style.com I happened upon two super-cool pics that I had to share. The first is one of Patti Smith by Lynn Goldsmith that I’ve never seen before. How breathtaking is this picture? And then there is Juliette Lewis on stage in New York. Loving that feather in the hair…Rockin’!

Happy Friday everyone!

Pics: Style.com