Monday, 30 September 2013

Von Follies by Dita Von Teese - Sheer Witchery

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Clements Ribeiro SS14 video campaign

Clements Ribeiro SS14 re-imagines tourists in Rio – partly retro tropical glamour, partly street-savvy fashionista. Inspired by the designers’ collection of 30s-40s butterfly trays from Rio, it started with the prints: a tropical floral enveloping a postcard photo of the Rio Bay is the obvious centrepiece. Ferns and parrots make up other tropical themes.

The iconic black and white wavy pattern of the Copacabana pavement makes a graphic counterpoint whilst the ruffled pencil skirt defines the tropical silhouette. Shorter swing skirts and dresses also introduce a fresh look for the brand. Tailored shorts and tourist shirts complete the Rio look. Black and white, red and white tops and t-shirts evoke the football jerseys. Introducing a new range of printed sweatshirts and t-shirts.


Sorel Rain Boots to Brighten Up Any Rainy Day

Sorel bringing style and a pop of colour to the rainy days.

Slimpack riding glow boot
Medina rain ankle boot
Conquest Carly Glow boots

Sunday, 29 September 2013

French actress Roxane Mesquida stars in the Jerome C Rousseau AW13 video

LA based French actress and model Roxane Mesquida stars in the Jerome. C. Rousseau AW13 video. Directed by Mary Rozzi and shot in Los Angeles.

Jerome C Rousseau AW13 campaign from J CR on Vimeo.


Patouf Spring/Summer 2014 campaign video

Transfixed by the enduring story of love, beyond the love affair, but rather that blurs the lines of all conformity, Anna’s inspiration for the SS14 collection is the magic between Robert Mapplethorpe and Patti Smith.
 The intricate detail, subtle contrasts and duality in his photographs urged Anna to look at the traditional suit, wanting to make something that followed the masculine and feminine body contours.

Seeing the world as a Mapplethorpe photograph, transfixed in duality, Patouf have added zips to the leg to change the shape, forming new lines and blurring existing ones, as did Patti Smith and Mapplethorpe’s relationship.
The subtle changes adapting into the contour of the body in this seasons relaxed and elegantly fluid suit. Being comfortable in your own skin has always been Anna’s motto. The fingerprint pattern that can be seen in this season’s collection identifies with the somewhat continuous explorations with the lines that follow the cut of the suit.
One has to take a closer look to see its true identity. “I learned from him that often contradiction is the clearest way to truth” - Patti Smith, Just Kids


House of Fraser AW13 Collection - Biba licious!

Getting ready for AW13 in Biba from House of Fraser!

 Biba faux Snow leopard coat £199
Direct link to Biba coat
Worn with Linea Weekend’s blurred dot blouse Was £45 now £36
Direct link to Linea Weekend blouse

Biba colour block V neck tunic dress. Was £135 now £108
Direct link to Biba dress

Friday, 27 September 2013

Barbie to wear Herve Leger by Max Azria for autumn/winter 13/14

This Autumn/Winter Barbie is stepping out in two designs from fashion brand Herve Leger by Max Azria.
The two outfits are:
The Judith red bandage dress accented with a black corset harness belt, black gladiator boots and a signature black and gold clutch.
The Denisa jagged-pike black and white jacquard dress with open toe booties and a black studded clutch.
The miniature dresses are constructed out of authentic Herve Leger by Maz Azria bandages and yarns, and they are manufactured at the same factory that produces the full designer collection.
The Barbie collection (£110) will be sold exclusively in the UK at the Herve Leger by Max Azria store, 29 Lowndes Street, Knightsbridge, London SW1Z 9HX. The VIP launch takes place on Wed 23rd October but customers can preorder ahead of the launch by calling the store directly on 0207 201 2590 or other globale Herve Leger stores.
And if you want to copy Barbie’s look, the outfits are available life-size from the Herve Leger by Max Azira collection on

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Dolce & Gabbana SS14 Women's Collection

Titled ‘Visions Amongst Temples in Ancient Sicily’ the SS14 women’s collection was inspired by an imaginary journey to rediscover ancient Sicily where history and myth come together.

The Greek temples and theatres of Sicily, symbols of classic architectural perfection, are reinterpreted as if in a dream as lithographs on pieces. The collection included inlaid wood wedges decorated with coins and stones.

Large golden ancient coins created  belts whilst the smaller coins adorned the front of flat sandals..

Almond tree flowers are printed, hand painted or applied to the fabric to create a 3D effect.

The finale was a  glittering array of various gold lace dresses.


Tuesday, 24 September 2013

London College of Fashion students collaborate with accessory designer Bill Amberg

 London College of Fashion's 2nd year students have collaborated with the accessory designer Bill Amberg's Studio to produce a range of accessories inspired by funtional luxury. The students are studying BA(Hons) Cordwainers Fashion Accessories.
Here is a selection of the work produced:

Stefania Malewicz

Accessories for the chic cyclist using sparkling stingray and burnt orange.

The set includes:
A leather cycling clutch to attach over the crossbar, a carry case and fingerless cycle gloves.

Almost makes me want to take up cycling but  these bags are multi functional so you don't have to own a bike.

Stefania has a one year placement with Balenciaga

Lydia Richards  designed a leather back pack and has been offered a one year placement with Marc Jacobs.

Iwona Krzynowek and Marine Langande designed large functional briefcases

Iwona Krzynowek
Marine Langande

Rowan Sharp

Impress them at work with this presentation stand  which is also hollow to store papers inside. Bill Amberg was very impressed and has offered Rowan a one year placement.

Roosa Tulvio goes for something a little less conventional

An intricate portable picnic tea set.

Mathilde Heintz

And no picnic would be complete without the umbrella holder and newspaper holder.

All the works showed the students' ability in engraving, laser leather cutting,  metal work, carving, embossing, carving  and molding - all traditional cordwaining skills that LCF students are reviving.

Monday, 23 September 2013

Helen McCrory sparkles at the Emmy Awards wearing David Morris jewels

Actress Helen McCrory wears beautiful David Morris jewellery at the 65th annual Emmy Awards last night.

Vivid yellow diamond earrings with white marquise-cut diamond surrounds (totalling 9.86ts)
Butterfly and flower ring with vivid yellow diamonds and white pear shape diamonds ( totalling 7.19cts)

Sperry TopSiders: New Harlow suede bootie

The warm weather has turned but no need to feel blue as Sperry have brought out their new AW13 collection and it includes this cobalt blue Harlow Wedge booties:

 Check out the starry eyed lining. Price £95
Also available in sandy with a floral lining

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

New Perfume House :TFK - The Fragrance Kitchen opens pop up store in Selfridges

Launched in 2012, the new perfume house– TFK, The Fragrance Kitchen by Sheikh Majed Al-Sabah, is available for a limited period at their pop up store in Selfridges London and online

Based in Kuwait, this perfume house combines the tradition of Middle Eastern perfumery with the French expertise of Grasse, the perfume capital of the world, where scents are analysed, executed and bottled.
Fragrance is very important in Kuwait with families closely guarding secret perfume recipes which have been passed down from generation to generation.   In the UK we may have grandma’s secret recipe for a pie, jam or cake, but in Kuwait it is much more glamorous with grandma’s secret recipe being for a fragrance.  And Sheikh Majed’s grandma was no exception as she taught her grandson how to create scents by mixing oils bought at the souk markets with precious ingredients sourced from India. Discovering he had a ‘nose’ for perfume, he was able to take it out of grandma’s kitchen and in to his own ‘Fragrance Kitchen’.

Although the fragrances are all unisex, some are more feminine and others more masculine.  
The collections available are:
 Signature Collection:
Numbered rather than named, these 36 fragrances are meant for everyday use.  The bottles are of simple design. Price £100. Some of these fragrances will be available at the pop up store.

 Exclusive Collection:
This line features more opulent scents which are narrative driven.  Sheikh Majed explains that it isn’t just a fragrance but more of a story or diary evoking memories, journeys and personal experiences.
The names vary from the straightforward ‘Kuwait’ and ‘Arabia’ to the tongue in cheek  such as ‘Gone with the Smell’ , ‘At Your Own Risk’ and Musky Ever After’. Kuwait and Gone with the Smell will be available at the Selfridges  pop up store
Also available at the pop up store is my favourite in both scent and name is ‘War of the Roses’. I love the floral heart note and the musky dry down.  Plus the name is quite apt for a Yorkshire lass.
The scents in this collection are stronger and more for evening use. This year the design of the flacon is black with white graphic patterns but this will change as the idea is to update it yearly, although the fragrance will remain the same.  At the moment there are 10 fragrances and more to come as Sheikh Majed has plenty of grandma’s secret recipes.  Price £150

Ambrosea - A Tribute to Udaipur

Tribute Collection
Tribute to different places and cities. A tribute to Rio is The Man From Ipanema - a mix of fresh spices and citrus with fruity floral accord and a woody and amber dry out.  Price £150

MY Collection
The latest addition to the collections and also the smallest with only two fragrances - Arab Spring and The Finest. Both are available at the pop up store.Price £150

We can thank Tom Ford for inspiring Sheikh Majed to open his own perfume house.  In 2009, Tom wanted an exclusive scent for his new Kuwait boutique and who better to ask than someone who already custom blended his own perfumes? The scent was called Arabian Wood and is now part of the exclusive Tom Ford Private Blend Collection.  So thank you Tom for opening up the fragrance box that otherwise may have been kept just for family and friends to enjoy.

And if you miss the pop up store all the perfumes can be bought from their boutique in the exclusive Al Hamra Luxury Centre, Kuwait City. But if that’s a bit too far, there is always their website

London Fashion Week SS14 - People Watching

People watching during London Fashion Week is an added bonus whilst waiting for the next catwalk show.
Conceptual artist Pandemonia has her own unique style using latex.

Above she is on the front row for the Fashion International show at the 4 star Charing Cross hotel . Wearing a tasty candy pink and vanilla combo with raspberry pink accessories. Her faithful dog Snowy wears a matching raspberry collar.

At Freemason's Hall waiting for the Ong-Oaj Pairam show to start. The art deco makes a great backdrop for catwalk shows and exhibitions. And behind you can see part of the Graduate designers exhibition. P.S. Love Pandemonia's 'P' handbag.

 With Pandemonia on the front row of the Nico Didonna show is singer Beverley Knight and also New York singer Ariana Di Lorenzo from Ariana & the Rose.

Milliner Tracy Rose is a regular at the shows and always wears one of her gorgeous creations.

Here she is in the press lounge of the main London Fashion Week venue at Somerset House
Check out more of her creations on the website:

People watching also passes the time whilst waiting for the shows to start:

Hilary Alexander, Fashion Director of the Daily Telegraph sitting next to TV presenter Jameela Jamil at the Holly Fulton show.

 Oliver Proudlock of Made In Chelsea fame at the Maria Grachvogel show.

Monday, 16 September 2013

Ellie Goulding at London Fashion Week Vogue dinner wearing Alexis Barrell

Songstress and songwriter Ellie Goulding wore Alexis Barrell AW13 ‘future dress’to the London Fashion Week Vogue dinner party at the Balthazar restaurant last night..

This silver brocade Future dress is available for £500 at

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Getting ready for the Party Season with Chesca cdresses and accessories

Dresses left to right:
Black lace pleat bandage dress with champagne lining. Price £280 Champagne/black lace panel bandage dress. Price £240
Black net/velvet stripy strapless dress (size 14 only). Price £75

Shoes left to right: 
On Sale are the black/beige bow trim shoes. Were £120 now £80. In black mesh with strips of nude suede and patent black trim.
Pewter lace shoe with platform Price £105 – floral lace design embellished with sequins and a ribbon tie.
On Sale are the metallic gold with flower shoes. Were £105 now £90. In three tone leather.

 Evening bags top to bottom:
 Black diamante oversized clutch available with chain. Price £55.
Black square diamante clutch with inside chain. Price £80
Gold metallic clutch with gold chain. Price £50

Monday, 9 September 2013

Luxurious knitwear for autumn by Johnstons of Elgin

Getting ready for the colder weather in style with Johnstons of Elgin.

Top left to right:
Intarsia high button cardigan in teal/black/white in 100% cashmere Price £329
Glen check scarf in navy/ecru 65% cashmere and 35% silk Price £150

Mixed pattern intarsia v neck cardigan in black/light grey Price £329

Bottom left to right:
2 colour plated check round neck jumper in black/white. 100% cashmere Price £289

Cashmere poncho Price £449
 2 colour plated check poncho in black/white 100% cashmere Price £499

Gisele the Face of H&M AW Campaign

International supermodel,Gisele Bundchen is the face of H&M’s autumn campaign.

The collection is a tough but feminine street style look with utilitarian coats and blazers worn with blouses, sweatshirts and pants.

Gisele will also be the voice of H&M as she sings the Kinks; song ‘All Day And All Of The Night’ in the campaign for TV and online commercials debuting on 12 Sep.

This will be available to download for free from iTunes. For every download H&M will make a donation to UNICEF to enable the purchase of vaccines for children.


Saturday, 7 September 2013

Anoushka G SS14 Bridal Collection - Decades of Elegance

Last summer Anoushka G's collection took a tour around the world, for the summer of 2014 the inspiration takes a trip through the decades.
Starting with The 1930s

Veering away from the androgynous 20's, the 30's saw a return to the curvy figure. On the above gown, delicate and feminine butterfly sleeves fluttering around the arms- a fashion popular in the 30s 

The Forties
Broad shoulders became the trend by the late 30s, early 40s. Above Anoushka emulates the padded shoulder look with beaded embellishments. The embellishment continues around the back.

The Fabulous Fifties
By the mid 40s the swing skirt was in style and in the 50s, well you could say it was in full swing! The strapless gown was a popular evening choice. Here the above gown juxtaposes the strapless with a more demure lace overlay.
The Swinging Sixties
A fashion revolutionary decade ranging from the mod look with simple geometric shift mini dresses to the hippie look with bellbottoms and psychedelic prints. Here Anoushka choose the 60's A line gown in lace layers and the 60s space age look with a satin train billowing out behind a straight shift like gown embellished with corded lace .

 The low cowl back and folds is a classic, conjuring up images of the ancient Greek & Roman goddesses to the glamorous Hollywood movie stars.
Finale dress

And for a touch of the 21st century elegance was the finale fishtail gown in tulle and embellished in beads.
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