Thursday, 17 April 2014

Back On The Radar: Shellys London

Huge in the 1980s, mega in the 1990s, I'm so pleased to see Shellys London return this season. 
The collection includes grungy platforms, (Shellys pioneered the platform shoe back in the day) woven finishes and sporty metallics. 

These iridescent flat sandals are handsdown the comfiest out of the lot. I've been wearing mine with jeans and a long mac.   

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Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Osprey's London Opens Its Doors

It's all happening on Regent Street right now. Just a little way down the road from Karl Lagerfeld's shiny new store, lies another new opening - Osprey. You won't find techy window displays and iPad-installed changing rooms here though because at Osprey heritage takes the lead. 

From the initial waft of leather that hits you when you walk in, to the carefully sourced antique display cabinets and cascading flower arrangements, this store is a true feast for the eyes. When I wasn't admiring the beautifully crafted handbags and silk scarves, an ornament, knick-nack, stuffed butterfly or inviting armchair would catch my eye - all sourced from the buyers around-the-world travels and all for sale. 

A spot-on blend of English eccentricity, be sure to pop downstairs on your visit where you'll find a basement packed with a too-tempting array of cushions, greetings cards and home gifts. There's even an in-shop cafe, making it all the harder to leave. 

Top buy: Osprey's classic saddle handbag is one of those pieces that gets better as the years go on - let the leather wear in, soften and deepen in colour. 

Each scarf different, you'll even find these beauties framed and hung as posters on the walls in store.

Osprey buyers travel the world and pick up unique fashion and interior gems to complement the traditional British offering in store...

27 Regent Street, St James, London

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Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Happy Nike Air Max Day!

I teamed up with Nike to design these Air Max Lunar90's in celebration of Air Max day.

March 26, 1987 marked the release of the first ever Air Max 1, and now nearly three decades on we're celebrating an iconic shoe with serious lasting power.  

Happy Nike Air Max Day! 

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Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Lulu Guinness Sweetie Inspired Handbags

From the traditional humbug, to the hard boiled sweet, Lulu's taken childhood favourites to inspire her spring/summer 2014 handbag collection. 

This practical chevron tote was an absolute staple at London Fashion Week this season, and being an avid lover of black skinnies and dark knitwear, really perked up my colour-free outfits. 

A more recent addition to my collection, this stripe pouch now lives inside the chevron tote for last minute after work drinks, or when I want to leave my big bag in a coat check. Very handy. 

EDIT: spring handbags at Lulu Guinness... 
Continuing the theme, there's even a hook up with London based sweet connoisseurs Spun Candy, available in store and online 2 April. 

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Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Inside Karl Lagerfeld's New London Store

A few highlights from my mooch around Karl Lagerfeld's new London store.

Karl invited press down to his first ever UK shop one afternoon last week for a nose around and up-close browse at the stock. 

All plush black carpets and shiny walls, Karl Lagerfeld monochrome is the theme and the item causing the most buzz? These Karl Lagerfeld Mr. UK Tokidoki dolls!

Rails are fitted with iPad's where you can flick through the Karl Lagerfeld look book, share imagery and leave notes for Karl.

There's even iPad's in the fitting rooms for taking selfies. 

Key styles from Karl Lagerfeld's current collection...

Shop my look...

The Karl Lagerfeld store, 145-147 Regent Street, London, W1 is open now

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Easy Everyday Tees

Hands up, I'm not a morning person. Never have been, and if I can steal an extra thirty minutes in bed I will, which generally means my 9-5 uniform consists of throw-on-and-go items like trusty jeans and t-shirts. 

Easy shapes and anything but basic, details like contrasting sheer arms, dipped hemlines, panelling and sugary colours give these styles edge.   

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Monday, 10 March 2014

Accessory Staple: Zip Top Pouches

I'm addicted. Zip top pouches are the handiest accessory invention ever. 

Multi-tasking as a clutch, travel wallet, envelope for fashion week tickets and general safe-place for all my handbag extras (iPhone charger, mints, lippie, keys) I can't get enough of them.

This Liberty London beauty provides the colourful spring hit my work wardrobe has been craving and it has a matching iPad case. I wore the pair at London Fashion Week when I needed an on-the-go office.  

Recently in Paris I stumbled across this great find in &Other Stories and it is now a permanent fixture in my work bag, great when I need to quickly switch to a clutch at night. 

8 of the best zip pouches in store now...

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Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Paris & Patchwork Jeans

My trip to Paris Fashion Week may have been fleeting (overnight) but I certainly crammed a lot in. 

After checking in at the Westin Hotel for H&M Studio's autumn/winter 2014 showcase, I headed to my favourite concept store Merci to buy lamps for my house.

Next, a dinner meet in the hotels restaurant where I enjoyed scallops marinated in lime, tangy carrot mousse and roe pearls to start, followed by beef hanger steak with choron butter and grenailles potatoes preserved with thyme. Delicious.   

The show, a model spectacular - Joan Smalls, Malaika Firth, Lindsey Wixson, Izabel Goulart - set in Paris's Grand Palais showcased slip dresses, statement jackets, velvet, embroidery and patchwork.
The next day at a small press preview I saw the collection up close and had a chance to chat with H&M's Head of Design, Ann-Sofie Johannsson. 

"Effortless, charming and always ready for the night, I love the bohemian spirit and these pieces should be worn with attitude," she told me. "I liked the idea of models running between nightclubs in their slip dresses. There's definnitely a bit of 90s Kate Moss in there!"

My Paris uniform? Well, I've been living in my patchwork jeans all fashion month. 

In Paris, they looked great dressed down with slip on trainers for travelling and walking about. Then for meeting with H&M's design team, a leopard heel and statement jacket worked well. 

Find my edit of high street and designer patchwork jeans below. 

10 best patchwork jeans online now...

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