Sane Communications press day is at their unsuspecting offices just off Arnold Circus in East London, it’s the perfect location for a such an eclectic mix of big names and niche labels.
First up in Fiona Paxton, you may be familiar with her luxurious necklaces stocked at Liberty, but she’s expanded her collection to include [...]
The Rupert Sanderson press day is always a serene thing of beauty, their lovely press office tucked away in a mews off Bond Street feels a million miles away from the madness of Soho and Oxford Street.
Elegant heels is what Rupert Sanderson do best and there were definitely a few pairs that ticked the boxes, [...]
Catwalk shows are always a great way to get inside the head of a designer, but seeing the clothes up close is always an added bonus. Aquascutum‘s Spring Summer press day allowed me to delve into the collection a little further. On the runway it was all sporty fabrics, classic tailoring with masses of grey (strongly approve) and brights softened to a sorbet finish.
I’m just starting to tackle the mountain of press day images in my bulging SD card, first up is Coach‘s Spring Summer offerings in the all-new Bond St store. There was a beautiful display of some of Coach’s extensive back catalogue of vintage bags in vitrines (see last pic), I wanted every single one of [...]
Vogue’s Fashion Night Out was a bit of a whistlestop tour for me, but I still had a brilliant time checking out what everyone had to offer. My idea of a nightmare is Oxford Street on a Saturday, so it was with a bit of trepidation that I set out. I found myself wandering down Old Bond St just after sundown, it was balmy weather, the street was closed and all the crowds were milling around like a mediterranean town and I thought “ahhh, lovely”.
Balloon head at Acne
I’ve always associated Brora with luxury cashmere, but at their recent Autumn/Winter event I got to see another side to the brand. They have some really wonderful arran knits, in traditional cream but also fantastic prints. Brora have access to the Liberty archive, selecting prints and repurposing them in their own shades.
Gillian, one of their knitwear designers was kind enough to take me round the shop and was full of interesting information. Focusing on the punky mohair stripe jumper, one of my favourite pieces, I found out that it’s made from longer fibres than most jumpers out there so you wont get that really irritating scratchiness. The blue and black version isn’t just a plain blue, it’s a mix of cobalt, with a softer blue and a smattering of magenta/purple to make it really vibrant.
Victoria Stapleton, the company’s founder, touched on this when she gave a talk, she’ll go up to the mill in Scotland and unload a ton of debris/treasure like a shoe, or a leaf or a scrap of fabric to start bulding the colour palette for the season.
Back to Gillian, she explained that like some of the bigger luxury brands like Burberry and Pringle they too have an army of knitters who make pieces like the handknit baby cardigan. Her own grandmother is one of the knitters which is an indication of the loyalty and family atmosphere Brora have cultivated since taking over a mill in the village of the same name back in the ’90s.
I must confess Spanish online brand Medwinds had slipped under my radar, but when I was invited to the press day I immediately bonded with the brand. A lot of my wardrobe is vintage/car boot/charity shop, but worn all together I’d risk looking like a bit of a nutbag. This is where a label like Medwinds come in, their simple quality pieces are just the thing to offset a little vintage kook. I particularly fell in love with their handbags, the holy grail of quality leather, timeless design and reasonable price points that Spanish brands seem so good at and the UK high street hasn’t completely cottoned on to yet. Made in Italy, Medwinds bags come in clutch form, as well as purses, totes and satchel bags. In short the whole panoplie of everyday indispensable bags. Can you tell I’m on a bit of a ‘perfect bag’ hunt at the moment?
The clothes remind me of a pared-down wallet-friendly APC, their sweet Peter Pan collar shirts the perfect thing to team with a top-notch vintage print A-line skirt. Check out the awesome canapes btw, Spanish people really know how to do food…
High street maverick River Island are bringing another dose of fun and inventiveness for AW11, LOVE the ponyskin jewelled boots at the bottom of the post, they are definitely going on my must-have list for Autumn. Insta-cool. Great to see Chelsea Girl, the ’80s label which is making a comeback. It’s like the best bits of charity shop finds, all edited and revamped for your shopping pleasure. More faves: the flower collar, the BCBG slipper flats and the collar and cuffs set. Bonza.
Scroll down for a shot of RI PR Arieta throwing some shapes like no one else can.
I’m pretty sure that after we’ve finished Style The Nation filming on Saturday I will be sleeping/eating for most of the weekend, but if I can be bothered to drag my behind eastwards I’m definitely going to THIS, yay!
Oooh looky Lanvin, they’re opening up a little pop-up store in St Tropez for the summer. It’s a cute little shop with Alber’s distinctive illustrations across the walls and colourful mannequins. Should you find yourself on the Cote d’Azur let your espadrilles take you to 11, Avenue Foch where the shop is housed for the summer.