Archive | March, 2011

Stripe-spiration

31 Mar
The last couple of weeks have been very Spring-like…hurray! I’ve officially ditched my winter coat in favour of a slightly lighter coat and even wore shorts (with tights) sans jacket on the weekend. As great as the lighter evening and sunshine are, I suddenly feel like I’m ill equipped to deal with the warmer weather. It’s not as simple as just taking a couple of layers off and wearing a lighter jacket, actual hot weather will require appropriate clothing.

One of my favourite Spring/Summer trends is thankfully one that you can count on every year – nautical stripes. Stripes are already all over the high-street  in various guises from traditional blue, ultra thin stripes, vertical and horizontal stripes. My favourite are the more block-y Prada inspired stripes like the Zara skirt in the centre. I also love the Topshop  night shorts which are just too cute to be confined to indoors, I’m planning on wearing them with wedges, slouchy tee and a maxi length cardi. 

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Vice magazine interview – Gareth Pugh

29 Mar

One of the undeniable bright stars in British fashion, Gareth Pugh granted Vice magazine a rare interview for their latest once-a-year fashion issue. A critical success, acclaimed by the likes of Vogue and Dazed & Confused as well as La Wintour herself, he is definitely one of the most intriguing characters 

On being more than fashion:I don’t think about it. If I did I’d spend too much time not doing work. PJ Harvey recently said the same thing on TV—it wasn’t until two years after she wrote her songs that she understood them. What I do is more than just the clothes. It’s getting out whatever is inside that’s screaming the loudest. I wouldn’t call it therapeutic. It’s not that conscious”



On how tough it is for new labels:
There was a point a couple of years ago, right before a show, when I barely had enough money to get my team over to Paris. But I think it’s like Alcoholics Anonymous: Take every day as it comes.We didn’t sell anything from the poodle or gimp shows—nothing until the fourth or fifth show. My first show was such a last-minute thing. I was only really thinking about the show and not selling stuff afterward“.

On opening a store in Hong Kong: “Walking around the corner and seeing my shop next to Gucci was freaky. Rick Owen’s wife, Michelle Lamy, thinks moneyed Chinese women like to look very chic, like avant-garde punks. I just make more sense over there”.

On the lack of colour: “ shapes are more palatable in black. Also, I’m into silhouettes, which are black. Though we’re actually doing colour this season: black, blue, and gold. Like an Yves Klein blue. The show is all aggressive femininity and submissive vicars and very Caravaggio”.

On triangles: “They are the strongest shapes we have. In architecture and engineering, for example, triangles are used to achieve internal strength. Also, triangles are ancient symbols of power and strength”.

 For more from the interview, check out Vice magazine.

Matalan press day – High Summer 2011

27 Mar
Earlier on this week, I nipped over to the gorgeous roof terrace of the Sanctum Soho to have a sneak peek at Matalan’s high summer collection. The beautiful, tropical setting and gorgeous warm Spring weather made it idyllic for getting into summertime mode. As you know, I’m a huge advocate of the high-street and affordable fashion and I was really impressed with the range at Matalan. The range is surprisingly fashion forward and on trend, they’ve really bought into the 70s trend with gorgeous kaftans and billowing silhouettes, quirky, kitschy prints, tribal prints, nautical stripes and beaucoup de florals. The colours were gorgeous, bright and vibrant – perfect for summer days. The collection was just so effortless, perfect for the hot summer days. Most importantly, the prices are super reasonable so you can get these gorgeous pieces without breaking the bank. 

Olivia Rubin for Dune

24 Mar
Last week, I popped over to Dune to get a sneak peek of their genius collaboration with Fashion Fringe nominee Olivia Rubin. As a total shoe girl, I couldn’t wait to see the outcome of the collaboration. I came away coveting every single pair in the 12 piece collection, the prints just really stood out and made the shoes so distinctive, talk about statement heels! During the evening, I was lucky enough to have a quick chat with Olivia herself, who is absolutely lovely. She was wearing her favourite heels from the collection, round toe slingbacks in the brightest print and they looked fab on. It turns out we had something in common, we’re both heel lovers and agreed that the higher the heel the better, especially if there’s a platform for added comfort. Most of the shoes in the collection had a slight platform, there were also classic mary-janes and flats. My favourite were the gorgeous multicoloured sandals in the third picture. But with price points between £65-110, I may just get more than one pair. 

Emma Watson x Alberta Ferretti SS11

23 Mar
Last year, I posted about the news that actress/fashionista Emma Watson was going to build on her already impressive CV by designing a line with British brand Alberta Ferretti. No stranger to moonlighting as a designer, Emma has already designed for eco-brand People Tree, but I think her partnership with Alberta Ferretti is a completely different kettle of fish.

The range seems to have been delayed slightly as it was due to be out just after Christmas. The range is small but very pretty and basic but still on trend with prices ranging from $340 to $1010 and some of the proceeds going towards People Tree. The denim shorts, floaty blouses and dresses are in keeping with the huge 70s trend but they are pared down enough to be worn for the next couple of seasons. In that respect, I think it’s a very safe collection, not that that’s a bad thing. My favourite piece is the beautiful maxi, it just looks so nonchalant and effortless. What do you think of the range? 

Debenhams app review

22 Mar

Last week, the lovely guys at Debenhams invited me to meet with them and preview their new Nokia and Android fully transactional shopping apps. This was hugely exciting for me, as some of you may know I work in e-commerce so I’m a little bit of a tech geek. The iPhone app which was launched last year was hugely successful, with 360,000 downloads and sales of over £1m in 5 months, proving that m-commerce isn’t just an emerging idea or fad. Both apps are available to download now, which makes Debenhams the first high-street store to offer apps for all smartphone platforms. Despite the popularity of iPhones, Android is actually the most popular mobile platform in Europe now so it’s great that Debenhams are making their app available to all.

Smartphones have revolutionised many aspects of our lives, not least fashion. With magazine, styling and blogging apps as well as shopping apps, we’re spoilt for choice. But I think very few shopping apps actually add value to the overall shopping experience in comparison to using a mobile-friendly site. Some apps aren’t even transactional which is rather frustrating and pointless. What impressed me most about the app is all of the extra features which they’ve tied into one comprehensive little package. As well as a store finder, wish list, gift finder and video area, the app also has a barcode scanner which is super useful for enriching the in-store shopping experience by allowing customers to access reviews, check prices, create gift lists in store as well as looking at full product ranges. It also has a QR reader which is used for scanning those funny square barcodes which are being featured in their print advertising. 


For me, the app had everything you could possibly need or want to shop with. By far, the best thing about it is that it offers a truly seamless online and offline shopping experience which is what most retailers get wrong. This app has definitely raised the bar. 


The apps are available to download now through the app store or here


Mango/Stylist ‘Work It’ event

20 Mar

Earlier this week, I attended a workwear inspiration at Mango in association with my weekly essential magazine Stylist. As someone who’s workwear wardrobe is a drab sea of black, I was eager to get some workwear inspiration and inject a little more personality and fashion into my workwear wardrobe. I think it’s all to easy to fall into the boring black rut and get into the mindset that trends are for the weekend. 

Glenda Marchant, publisher of Stylist, said: “‘Trying to balance dressing on trend with looking smart and business like is not always easy and the Mango range is helping women to achieve that difficult balance.

The stylists took us through several trends they put together including Jil Sander brights, Celine minimalism, Marc Jacobs Seventies and Prada stripes showing us that it’s super easy to incorporate on-trend looks into your work wardrobe. 

Don’t just take my word for it though. Mango and Stylist magazine are running a competition on the Mango Facebook page to win one of 20 ‘Work It’ parties to win £50 to spend at Mango and 40% off for your friends.