Friday, 8 March 2013

And Other Stories

I'm so bored of Zara, feel I've slightly grown out of Topshop (crop tops were never my thing), and ready for a fresh new, innovative, stylish and currently rather exclusive and under the radar brand, so enter '& Other Stories'.

& Other Stories is the brand-new-hot-off-the-press-yet-to-be-fully-launched brand behind the H&M Group. I have been looking forward to this launching since first hearing about it almost 6 months ago. Having said that, my initial thoughts were fairly sceptical... not least because of the name. Not that punchy, memorable and a bit too much of a mouthful, in my opinion.


I was told it was going to be a mix, in terms of price and product, between the Group's current labels Cos (an absolute gem) and H&M Trend (my fave section of Hennes), so I was quite excited. Having only seen a few pieces in the press before it's pre-launch tonight, I really wasn't sure what I was in for, by oh myy i LOVE it. It has the complete coolness and edginess you would expect from a Scandinavian brand - the clean cut lines seen in Cos with the androgynous and urban style of Acne.


The website creates a complete lifestyle, with mini vid clips of different garments, close ups of different textures and colours on their homepage and their 'stories' - beit the 'Ocean View' story in the 'ready-to-wear' section or the '13 Shades of Nude' in the lingerie section. It's a website you want to explore and discover, something which in the e-commerce world companies are always striving to achieve.



What I also love is that masses of the items and garments are photographed on someone which creates the idea that their clothes have just been snapped on someone walking down the street.


Sunglasses - £12

So yeah, basically I love it - I tried to pick out a few of my best bits but it was too difficult, so here are absolutely loads:


Gold Cuff - £17

                   

Knitted Tops - £29


The Leather Patch Cardigan - £55


Double Breasted Blazer - £79


Leather Tote - £95


Double Breasted Jacket - £79


Satin Mini Bag - £45


Sleeveless Top - £29


Satin Clutch - £35


Straw Hat - £17


Drawstring Leather Bag - £75

Also a brand that doesn't take themselves too seriously...



Striped Tee - £17

And it also sells NIKEs - with sports being such a massive trend at the moment, they have hit the nail on the head with getting those onto their website.


Nike Free 5.0 - £89

Check them out here, as of tomorrow

All images taken from stories.com pre-shop viewing

Sunday, 20 January 2013

Charlotte Olympia: SALE CRUUUUUUSHHHHHHHH

LOVE Charlotte Olympia, LOVE the quirkiness, LOVE the bright colours and clashing prints, LOVE these shoes, and would just LOVE them to come down in price by £500, so for now these are my sale CRUSH.





Anastasia by Charlotte Olympia - £1125 down to £562 Available here

Saturday, 19 January 2013

Illustrator: Garance Dore

Pining after a print from one of my favourite illustrators, Garance Dore. Married to blogging King the Satorialist, they are one hot fashion power couple.


The Last Smoke


My Cape


The One


Early Winter


All above pictures taken from Garance's website and available to buy here: http://shop.garancedore.fr/collections/posters


Wednesday, 9 January 2013

MUST SEE: Valentino: Master of Couture

Not many exhibitions make me speechless, but this was one of them.


I had been looking forward to the opening of Valentino: Master of Couture, and it was noooo disappointment.



The opening room, full of invitations to shows, hand written letters to Valentino from some of the top names in the fashion world, was incredible. Not only their elaborate hand writing, but their incredible stationery. It reminded me of when I was doing an internship at Anya Hindmarch, and I had to go into her stationary cupboard to find a compliments slip, and I took a sheet of her paper and an envelope, and wrote home saying that one day my name would be on stationery like that! It was absolutely beautiful.


Upstairs there was a 'catwalk' of dresses worn by the likes of Jacqueline Kennedy to Julia Roberts. One particular dress that caught my eye was designed in the 1950s, but not realised until the 1990s, echoing just how timeless Valentino's designs are.

My girlfriends and I all came away saying there was little in there that we woudn't wear... they were all SO stunning, made with the most luxuorious fabric and would make us feel a million dollars. He really is a Master.

Valentino: Master of Couture, 10am - 6pm, at Somerset House until 3rd March

Sunday, 18 November 2012

Commuting Kicks

I have a slight phobia of white trainers with work wear. Whilst I do think it's a great idea not to wear your heels, brogues, ballet pumps, boots etc whilst walking to work, a white trainer does no office wear  any justice - whether you're a guy or a gal. I've done it on one occasion and hated it so much, I vowed I would never do it again.

I walk at least an hour every day - from my flat to the tube, the tube to my office, and then the return journey. Working for a shoe company, I often (if ever) don't wear the most supportive and suitable footwear... the thought of MBTs makes me vom a little, and I wouldn't be caught dead in anything like an Ecco shoe, or a Camper trainer. However, over the last few months, my feet have given me quite a lot of pain, whilst I've been trying to solve it by wearing Converse instead of heels/ boots/ pumps on my commute, they really haven't been working, and this past week was the icing on the cake.

Sports is a massive trend at the moment, whether it's the wedge trainer, some New Balance trainers with a mini skirt or Nike Blazers with a dress... so there is masses on the market to choose from in terms of comfort, support yet still being stylish. I wasn't bothered about a pair for running in, it was purely for walking to and from work, and mincing around at the weekends.

And so to Nike Town....

If you head to there, the staff whack you on a tread mill to see how you walk, and then choose you some treads according to your needs. All I really wanted was a pair that were anything but white, something supportive yet something cool at the same time... there was masses to choose from and I was pretty happy with the ones that I ended up with. So much so, I'm actually quite excited about my commute tomorrow morning! They weren't cheap, but knowing how much I will wear them, I know it's worth it. 


Nike Free 5.0 - £85 Nike Town 

Monday, 12 November 2012

Victoria Secrets feat. Nicholas Kirkwood

Possibly the most talked about and anticipated shows in the style world happened last week in New York... the Victoria Secret's Show 2012.

Based on the theme 'Dangerous Liaisons', 'Circus' and 'Bloom', 65 different looks and 28 sets of wings were strutted down the catwalk. There aren't many people that could out-shine Rhianna as the entertainment, but Brazilian beauty Alessandro Ambrosio in a £2.5million bra did, in fact they all did.

Whilst I was drooling over Miranda Kerr's bod as much as the next person, I was also enraptured by the shoes. Nicholas Kirkwood nailed them. Where else would you want your shoes, but gracing the feet of the super-human brigade - the Angels?

Glitter, lace, leaves, thigh-highs and sports were amongst just a few themes and I would love them ALL in my wardrobe.










Images from Vogue.co.uk