Portobello past it?




A nice jaunt to Portobello yesterday. Westbourne Grove swarming with Fulham type yuppies -there is even a Smythson at the posh end. Golborne Road by contrast was full of character and still a bit rough around the edges, like Portobello used to be in the eighties. First stop was Rellik to look at a Westwood top D had seen for me. Got talking to Steven who was most charming and insisted we visit on a Saturday morning at 10am when they pull out all the rare stuff. Oh yes! Yes! Yes! On to the furniture shops. I love Ollie (69 Golborne Road, W10) where there are just heaps of old broken mirrors, desks and chopper bikes all piled higgledy piggledy against each other – a complete treasure trove and not shockingly expensive either. I fell in love with this FiFi sign in another shop but I fear the neon sign has had its moment. Maybe I’ll reconsider.



Jelly baby




I received these Jelly shoes from Aldo as a free gift. I’ve never worn jelly shoes before but you know what? I think I’m feeling these. River Island showed their high summer shoe collection this week and that too was big on jellies – gorgeous see-through candy colours – they will almost certainly be the shoe of the summer. In fact, I just remembered, I also saw some in the new Marc Jacobs shop last week. Can’t remember the specfics but yes, they were a goer!



Style Trial



Today is the launch of www.stylefinder.com. I don’t know, I’m getting a bit exausted by all this fashion and shopping mania (hmm, maybe I’m in the wrong job), it’s just relentless. I had a quick browse but will need to investigate further.



Primark vs New Look



Newsflash: Primark’s arrival in Marble Arch is imminent, as the store frontage is up and the battle looks set to commence between Primark and New Look. I’ll be interested to see how they battle it out. Pros and cons…

NEW LOOK
Good points – they have Giles and Lily Allen doing exclusives with them and their new Shoe Heaven range is a massive hit
– they are soon to start selling online
Bad points – merchandising leaves a lot to be desired and those weird trolley things – what the hell are they about?

PRIMARK
Good points – they are so stupidly cheap you can’t not buy something
Bad points – the stupidly cheap bubble is sure to burst as clearly, if it’s cheap it can’t be ethical
– queuing is traumatic to say the least and the mess…can it really be worth it?
-everyone and her granny will be shopping there

Hmm, New Look are winning so far, let’s see how it all pans out…