Urban Retreat



Oh dear, a fire broke out in New Look yesterday demolishing the buiding. Thankfully it was the crappy Oxford Circus branch and not the Marble Arch flagship or worse, Urban Outfitters. Urban Outfitters has just added a new top floor solely for its designer labels. We’re talking the Gallic two – Paul and Joe Sister and Vanessa Bruno Athe, alongside Margiela 6 and oh-my-gosh, Tsumori Chisato. Not impressed? How about US label Opening Ceremony? Or white hot Swedish jeansters, Whyred? Come on pay day, I NEED new stuff!



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Who wants to be in a magazine? Well get your best outfit on and head to Carnaby Street! I don’t know if today was Dress Up Friday or what but Carnaby Street seemed to be swarming with people taking photos of other people in cool outfits and writing down their clothes. Maybe it’s the rise of the street-style blog (www.sartorialist.blogspot.com, www.facehunter.blogspot.com) but it seems any semi-fashionable bod is having their picture taken these days. I don’t mind but it kind of defeats the object. I want to see inspiring, individual dressers, not a bunch of people who look just like me!



Roll on pay day




It’s not pay day til Monday but that didn’t stop me going to Topshop this afternoon for a preview. I didn’t see the dress I wanted so saved £40 but saw lots of nick nacks which pleased me greatly. My pay day strategy involves appeasing myself with a small token gift or two. Perhaps a notebook, a keyring or a pair of socks (or all three). I get the same buzz as I would if I bought a Miu Miu bag, but I spend less money. I spotted the Iris Apfel book, Rare Bird Of Fashion (but it will be cheaper on Amazon), a Freedom plastic elastic rainbow-coloured bracelet for £4, and some adorable polka dot knickers next door at Miss Selfridge. What’s your pay day strategy?



Micro trends



Some autumn/winter micro trends I’ve spied already: Printed denim at People’s Market (why did no-one think of it before?), sweatshirt dresses and cardigan-dresses at Benetton, Boxfresh, Lee and Fornarina (the new sweater-dress) and necklace dresses (er …dresses with necklaces attached) at French Connection and Religion. My money’s on the sweatshirt dresses…