Monday, 31 October 2011

Trick or Treat for Halloween

Trick or Treat?
There's no trick here just lovely lovely treats:

Charming his way in to our hearts is Thomas Sabo with his collection of Halloween charms including black enamelled cats.

New this year is the cute orange enamelled pumpkin charm at £42.95. Shown here on a black obsidian stone bracelet with sterling silver charm carrier £29.95. The charm carrier can take up to 3 charms. Next to the pumpkin is the acorn with oak leaf charm £29.95.

 Anna Lou is heads up with her new 3D skull embellished 14kt gold plated cuffs at £35

And Olga Berg has us in her clutches with this black lace and satin clutch evening bag complete with spider lock. Price £65

Hope your Halloween is magical!

Saturday, 29 October 2011

Johanna Hehir's new Bridal Collection

Johanna Hehir’s latest Bridal collection ‘the Central Park West’ is seen videoed in New York with models Michelle Banzer and Katja Tomse.  
Johanna was selected to represent the UK by UK Trade and Investment at the New York International Bridal Week.
 The collection:Straight clean silhouettes and lots of lace – dreamy!

The next video shows the designer herself talking about her inspirations for the collection.

For more details on her gowns visit her website on or her Marylebone store: 10/12 Chiltern Street, London W1U 7PX

Melvita participates in One Day on Earth - 11.11.11

11th November 2011 is to be the global day "One Day On Earth"
Founded in 2008, One Day On Earth's 1st media creation event was 10.10.10  The collaboration was the first ever simultaneous filming event occurring in every country of the world.
Over 60 non profit organizations participated and collectively created over 3000 hours worth of video.
See below how Melvita, the french organic beauty brand, is helping:

Friday, 28 October 2011

Tracy Rose 'Hats Off' Exhibition

When Tracy Rose first wore her own hat design to Royal Ascot, the photographers couldn’t get enough snaps. Now 30 years on she is still creating quirky designs and the photographers are still snapping. To celebrate all these years in the millinery industry, Tracy decided to showcase a large selection of her original hats for 2 days so the public could get a closer look.

Tracy’s launch party for the ‘Hats Off’ exhibition was last night and here’s a few of her wonderful creations: 

2006 - Rose Cloud
White silk with blue & black chiffon roses.

2010 - England World Cup

White silk, red satin with Swarovski crystals. 
This hat represents the England flag waving in the breeze with goalposts at each end.
The black veil represents the goal net and on the net are 11 tiny footballs representing the 11 english players.

2001 Picasso hat

Turquoise chiffon, silk face with brown chiffon hair. 
Inspired by Picasso. 
The brown represents hair.
If the hat is turned upside down the crown becomes the neck with a bow.

2011 Windmill hat

Black, pink, yellow and white satin. 
It became known as the windmill hat only after a few people observed that it looked as thought it was moving.

2008 Zig Zag hat
Lilac, pink, orange and blue satin.

2004 Art Deco hat
Yellow and pink silk with beaded fringing. The skull cap has more fringing at the back.

2011 - Wimbledon hat

This is one of Tracy's latest and of course she wore it to Wimbledon. 
White satin, veiling and crystals.
It is to celebrate Lavazza being the official coffee at Wimbledon. 
The crown represents a coffee cup,
the brim a tennis racquet,
the veiling the tennis strings 
and brown Swarovski crystals are scattered around like coffee beans.
The petals at the front are satin replicas of Lavazza coffee capsules and in the centre is a velvet tennis ball.

1996 Heart hat
Black chiffon with white pearls

1987 Zip hat
Bronze lame and zips

1982 - Gold Ra Ra hat

This was the first hat Tracy wore at Royal Ascot. 
Gold lame.
It may have caused a stir in its day, but now it looks a bit tame compared to her latest creations.

1998 - Tiger hat

There's nothing tame about this Tiger hat.
Tiger print chiffon with gold thread. 
Gold lame and black fringing.

1995 Butterfly hat

Pink satin crown with dark pink chiffon and crystals. 
Tracy explains that the split brim (just to the right) is one of her signature designs.
Other signature designs are swirls and waves.

2003 Candy Delight
Pink and yellow Marabou feathers with black lace up. Behind is the Leaf hat.

2011 Staircase hat

Pink silk, gold lame and blue velvet. 
There is a door with 300 on it at the top of the crown (not shown)  in celebration of Royal Ascot 300 year old birthday this year. 

2010 Chocolate Box hat
Definitely one of my favourites! Purple satin, lilac chiffon and brown silk chocolates- yummeeee!

2003 Oriental Lily

Pink crystals, organza silk lily, silver lame swirls and silver chains. 
Tracy created this in tribute to her grandmother Lily, who had just passed away. 
Lily was also a milliner and Tracy still uses her wooden block from 1923.

2006 Spanish hat
Black lace, black and white crepe, pink and red satin.

2002 Fan hat
Lilac lace, pink and lila Marabou feathers. Dyed silk glove with acrylic nails.

On a close up you can see the acrylic nails clearly with their nail polish. 
Tracy's nails are the same length and on the day she painted them in the same colour and design.

So that's a few but still more to see at the exhibition. It is at the Gallery Different, 14 Percy Street, London W1 and there is still one more day of viewing.  From 1000am - 6pm on  Sat 29th Oct. Entry is free. 
Tracy Rose
 My favourite has to be the Chocolate Box hat - which is your favourite? Please let us know in the comment box.

For more details on Tracy's hats see her website:

Thomas Sabo host celebration for their new 'Exotic Issue' Collection

To show the highlights of their new sterling silver collection called ’The Exotic Issue’, Thomas Sabo hosted a  small party at their Kings Road store in Chelsea . 
Panda pendant £219 black enamel & zirconias

Walking in to the narrow store felt like entering Aladdin’s cave with the glitter and sparkle of the collection all around you. But even more so with the red walls and the dragon embossed black wallpaper.   Apparently they redecorate every time to match the new season’s inspiration.  
A perfoming artiste was resplendent in a traditional Chinese costume and entertained us with a few magic tricks. However the magic was the actual jewellery with cute little pandas, chinese doll, pagodas, red/black enamel fans and the great blessing symbol as charms, pendants and rings.
Pandas were everywhere, even on top of this specially made iced cake.
Dragon ring £359 Blackened silver, zirconias & black onyx

For those of you who prefer Thomas Sabo's Rebel at Heart line, here were the more dramatic dragons, swords and blood red lanterns. I do love those cheeky cute pandas, but absolutley adore this ring with the sleeping dragon curled around the onyx stone.

And when in Chelsea, who do you invite to your party? Some of the ‘Made in Chelsea’ cast of course. Here’s Spencer and Jamie charming as ever.

Thanks Thomas Sabo and Task PR for the invite.
Available online;
or visit their store at 33E King's Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 4LX

Jewellery images provided by Task P

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Couture Bridal Gown by Nina Naustdal

2012 sees the launch of Norwegian born Couture designer Nina Naustdal 's first ever bridal line:
Nina Naustdal White.
Feast your couture hungry eyes on her key bridal gown costing around £60,000. Images and more details will follow later.

For a closer inspection, step in to a magical couture world at her London boutique: 176, Walton Street, London SW3

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Pan Am TV Fashion Craze soon to hit our Shores

Pan Am,  the US TV series,  is flying over to the UK and just like Mad Men , it is sure to make a big impact on our style wardrobe.
It's still the 1960's (1963 to be exact) so think Jackie Kennedy sunglasses, sharp pencil skirts, shopper bags and prim gloves.

Get caught up in the glamorous world of travel with a Thomas Sabo blue enamelled sterling silver globe charm Price £49.95

Dazzle them in a pair of Kirk Originals Sculpture glasses with a blue harlequin front.
Price £290
Called 'Dusty' after the iconic singer.

Step out in a pair of blue suede high heeled pumps from Marc Cain.
Price £259

Wave to the passengers in the second class queue as you make your way to First.
These prim and proper white Marc Cain gloves look pretty cute with their bow.
Price £49

If you're jetting off, then your ladylike handbag needs to be large enough to carry a few travel essentials. 
This black Marc Cain leather bag with rivets should do the trick.
 Price £279

Now your accessories have passed through the 1960's travel customs, like the runway, keep your skirt silhouette smooth and straight. 
Joseph Ribkoff black pencil skirt
Price £154

And match with a white blouse. 
This white blouse by Joseph Ribkoff adds a touch of glamour to the structured tailoring with ruffles and dazzling buttons.
Price £210

So fasten your seat belts and get ready for the Pan Am fashion craze to take off.

Images provided by Task PR

La Perla - New Italian Design Shop fit in Selfridges

This month La Perla launched its new shop fit in Selfridges which was designed by Italian architect Gabriele Buratti and is an exclusive project for La Perla at Selfridges.

Detailing includes laminated lace mirrored glass representing the important Leavers Lace used by La Perla, contemporary sofas and dressing rooms framed with rich shantung curtains.
Colour palette is soft glazed shades of beige, sand, dove and grey complemented by the dark gold metal fitting, with the soft furnishings
Glass walls provide inviting niches to explore the collection.

Most importantly is their ‘Undressed Review’ service, where customers are offered personal advice not only on finding the best bra to suit them, but also the right style for a particular look.

La Perla is located on the third floor at Selfridges, 400 Oxford Street, W1A 1AB
The AW11 collection is now available in store and online
Images provided by Hornvale


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