Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Amanda Wakeley AW15 Collection at London Fashion Week



Drawning influence from Mongolia’s remote Subarctic Taiga, Wakeley was inspired by the textural layering of the Nomadic tribes and the prevalence of extreme light and dark in this region.


 This is reminiscent of architect Tadao Ando’s sensitive treatment of light – his layering of shadows, tones and gradients informs the season’s colour palette and techniques.


Luxurious cashmere is brushed and felted into ribbed merino.


Textured mohair degrades into a quilted satin twill or contemporary tartan jacquard creating a blend of colour and textured. 


Sumptuous coatings create luxe warmth that envelop the body in cocooning oversized pieces with graphic details. 

Wakeley’s passion for textural contrasts transcends into the bullet bag collection in the form of exotics, calf skin or compact wool.


Monday, 23 February 2015

Belstaff Womenswear AW15 - The Pursuit of Freedom

Taking inspiration from the first pioneering women to dress in Belstaff, aviatrixes Amelia Earhart and Amy Johnson, the collection explores the concept of a woman taking off into a natural realm with no frontiers or limitations - the Free Spirit.



Outerwear oversized at times and worn layered for a sense of protection. Traditional male shapes of  parkas, capes, quilts, pea coats, and Belstaff iconic Roadmaster are tweaked for the female silhouette.



Down brings a modern outdoor functionality but is treated in a feminine way. An updated bomber and parka bring a fresh interpretation of volume to two classic shapes. A variety of quilted liners and hoods - in keeping with Belstaff’s heritage offering - are easily mixed between jackets.



 Tailoring counterbalances the omnipresence of outerwear. Pleated pants of a 1930s shape in gabardine appear to be borrowed from the men. Shirts feature a cotton neck strap, characteristic of Belstaff’s outerwear and further exploring the concept of protection. Dresses play with new silhouettes for the brand, including a wrapped one which is at once sensual and cosy. The classic boiler suit is reinterpreted in a highly feminine way.


 Leather is also tailored to create an alternative smart day look, with carrot trousers, full long skirts and a café racer blouson all cut with precision in skin and hand-waxed. The biker jacket is present in various forms, each with a unique attitude; the café racer is cut high and nipped in at the waist for a strong feminine look, while a Perfecto with effected worn leather appears borrowed from the boys.


 Knitwear plays with texture, providing protection as well as comfort. Cashmere, mohair and textural wool combine with unique stitch patterns inspired by biker elements. Jerseys and fleece, influenced by military undergarments, are given a luxury spin in cashmere. A wide selection of scarves simulate the same styles.

 Footwear is focused and references elements of the collection, i.e. biker details and shearling trims. Boots range from a combat with eyelets, to a classic Chelsea with a buckle, and an aviator-inspired block-heel in suede and leather. High thin-heeled ankle boots feature larger silver eyelets that mirror the silver details throughout the collection


The collection, Delphine Ninous’ first for Belstaff as Vice President of Women’s Design, was presented in a beautiful, slightly crumbling mansion, among a setting of vintage parachute silks, evoking the heritage of the brand as supplier to pioneering pilots and the British army.

Photos by Dave Benett

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Seven Cocktails for Seven Fragrances at the Cafe Royal with Givenchy

To complement the seven fine fragrances of  Givenchy's exclusive  L’ Atelier de Givenchy collection, the Green Bar at Cafe Royal has created seven smooth cocktails which mirror  their essence. This week I had the opportunity to taste some of the cocktails.

These cocktails price £13 are only available until 31 March.
 http://www.hotelcaferoyal.com/restaurants-and-bars/green-bar/

L'atelier de Givenchy was created to evoke the feel of Givenchy Haute Couture style in a bottle with its top is in the shape of a cotton. Now the seven fragrances too have their essence captured in a cocktail.


Chypre Caresse



Fragrance:  Crystalline lemon flesh, jasmine dew, green accent of angelica and patchouli.  Top notes are subtle and fresh with base note revealing a deep woody character.  
It is the interpretation of a delicate pink Haute Couture gown with flowing diaphanous pleats, fine embroidery and evanescent feathers.




Cocktail: Gin, jasmine, lemon citrus and subtle yet rich notes of honey.  If you're wondering about the button on the napkin - this is the fragrance testing button.

Bois Martial 


Fragrance: Inspired by structured, architectural cuts and a minimalist and sometimes androgynous style, this fragrance uses a wood seldom used in perfumery: creamy coconut wood. 
Top and heart notes are creamy and sweet with coconut wood and pineapple sage before it submits to the intense minimalistic dry down of cedar wood

Cocktail: Jamaican rum, pineapple and sage leaves.

Ylang Austral 

Fragrance: Inspired by structural precision with freely chosen  materials, Exotic, chic and radical scent of luxurious woody floral warmth.
It starts with a classic fruity green mandarin leaves, moving to the heart: ylang ylang  and then envelopes the senses in a woody base of sandalwood 


Cocktail: Rum, sour apple sherbert, orange, curacao and mandarin oils.

Ambre Tigre

Fragrance:  It evokes the magnetic sensuality of Givenchy Couture  fur, leather and animal prints with amber whilst the vanilla and cistus labdanum softens the fervour to show this intoxicating feline can be a pussy cat (when she wants to be) and purr!


Cocktail: Rye American vodka, Dutch honey whisky and English amber beer

Neroli Originel 

Fragrance: Inspired by the elegant taffeta  ball gown worn by Givenchy’s first muse Audrey Hepburn starting with the powdery kiss of Tunisian neroli, the elegant caress of  iris which is then enveloped with the rich smoothness of musk-vanilla.  



Cocktail: Cognac, vanilla, lemon and essential oils from bitter orange. 

Cuir Blanc 


Fragrance: Inspired by leather gloves, the original profession of the Givenchy House and the ancestral  embodiment of French luxury, notes include  white leather, white pepper and white musk


Cocktail: Martini with Siberian pine needle extract,.

Oud Flamboyant 


Fragrance: With an oriental and mysterious spirit, this fragrance represents precious sparkling embroidery and golden brown fabrics on an Haute Couture gown. The oriental Oud gives the fragrance its dazzling heart blended with labdanum  ciste and smoky aroma of leather for truly magical evening fragrance.


Cocktail: Japanese whisky and mandarin juice

The fragrances are £150 and exclusive to Harrods:

Monday, 16 February 2015

UK Fashion & Textiles Awards 2015 will be hosted by model Amber le Bon and model/presenter Jack Guinness


UKFT is the voice of the Fashion and Textile industry, promoting the growth of the sector and bringing together all parts of this vast industry. Representing 17 Federated Association Members and comments on all issues relating to the UK;fashion & textile industry. Making it the most inclusive and influential British fashion and textile network, representing over 2,500 companies throughout the UK and promoting the industry in the UK, at EU level and globally.


The UK Fashion & Textiles Association are holding their annual UKFT Awards on 21st May at London's Tobacco Docks.
The Awards are a celebration of the industry, recognising the talent, manufacturing and design.
The judging panel will be made up of industry influencers, professionals, journalists and designers including: Colin McDowall Henry Holland Patrick Grant Melanie Rickey Alister Mackie Lou Stoppard Anita Barr and Susie Lau

SOPHIE ELLIS-BEXTOR UNVEILED AS FACE OF 'COPPER BLUSH'

Singer and song-writer Sophie Ellis-Bextor has been announced as the face of 'Copper Blush' - the 2015 Colour of the Year as predicted by the team at leading paint brand, Dulux.

The model and mother of three dazzles in the release of a stylised film and stunning series of photography that shows her waking in the morning in a romantic boudoir discovering the Colour of the Year surrounding her and breathing warmth into the room.


 Sophie, who has become known for her stylish and exciting use of colour, beautifully embodies the warm glow of a new dawn with the 'Copper Blush' shade, as she embarks on a new chapter of her career heading back into the studio to record her 6th album.


The film begins with Sophie soaked in teal, last year's Colour of the Year, before she wakes in a nightgown and begins walking around her bedroom. As the sunlight seeps through her curtains, the copper light comes to life and reveals a unique insight into Sophie's first moments as dawn breaks and she prepares for the day ahead.

  Sophie Ellis-Bextor, comments: "Style is incredibly important to my everyday life and although people regularly comment on my vintage fashion tastes, it was really great to be part of such a lovely contemporary shoot with Dulux. Copper really is everywhere at the moment and totally on trend so it's no surprise that 'Copper Blush' is this year's Colour of the Year. The shade is full of warmth and it was a real pleasure to wake up in such a lovely bedroom."
 Dulux is offering a limited supply of free testers, which can be ordered online through http://www.dulux.co.uk/colour-of-the-year/2015. Free testers will only be available up until 00.00 GMT (midnight) Monday 16th February 2015.

Dulux is the UK consumer paint brand of global coatings manufacturer, AkzoNobel

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Richard Nicoll's first collection for Jack Wills‏


Richard Nicoll’s first collection for Jack Wills as Creative Director is now available in stores and online www.jackwills.com


Under Nicoll’s precision and polish, the range has been broadened and a cohesive, considered, collection has emerged, with the introduction of more versatile and timeless options.



 See the campaign video

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