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London sample sale guide – December 2011

1 Dec

What: Alexander McQueen sample sale
Details: Cash and cards accepted, you must print off the
invite for entry.
When: Until 3rd December 2011. 
Where:  The
Westminster Room, The Old Sessions House, 22 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1R 0NA.
What:  Antipodium
sample sale
Details: From £10, womenswear and menswear past season stock
and samples. Cash only. 
When: 6-9pm 1st December 2011. 
Where: Unit 3, 7 Winkley Street, London, E2 6PY.
What: Preen sample sale
Details: from £15, main collection, diffusion line, show
pieces, one off samples Details: and accessories. and accessories.
When: Until 3rd December 2011. 
Where: 5 Portobello Green, 281 Portobello, London, W10 5TZ.
What: Designer Sales UK
Details: Margiela, Sophia Kokosalaki, Jil Sander and others
at up to 90% off.
When:  2nd
3rd December 2011. 
Where: Chelsea Town Hall, King’s Road, Chelsea, London, SW3
What: Emma Cook sample sale
Details: Up to 90% off one off samples and show pieces.
Cash/cheques only.
When: 2nd – 3rd December 2011. 
Where: Buzzer 1, 18-24 Shacklewell Lane, London, E8 2EZ. 
What:  The Secret Sample
Details: Think Gucci, Westwood etc at up to 90% off.
When:2nd – 4th December 2011. 
Where: T2, 85 Brick Lane, E1 6QL.
What: Designer Warehouse Sales
Details: Womenswear including Moschino, Celine and Philip
When: 2nd – 4th December 2011.
Where: Thane Words, 5-7 Islington Studios, London, N7 7NU.
What: Christopher Raeburn sample sale
Details: Womenswear and menswear at up to 80% off.
When: 10am – 7pm 3rd December 2011.
Where:  Unit 10, G1
Peanut Factory, Dace Road, Fish Island, Hackney Wick, London E3 2NG.
What: Christopher Kane sample sale
Details:  womenswear
and menswear. Cash and cards accepted.
When: 1-9pm 8th December 2011.
Where: Mercer Street Studios, 16 Mercer Street, WC2H 9QE.
What: Temperley sample sale
When:  5th
6th December 2011.
Where:  20th
Century Theatre, 291 Westbourne Grove, London W11 2QA.
What: Nicholas Kirkwood sample sale
Details: Cash and cards accepted.
When: 8th – 9th December 2011.
Where: The Music Rooms, 26 South Molton Lane, London, W1K
What: Erdem sample sale
Details: Cash and credit cards are accepted.
When: 8th – 9th December 2011.
Where: The Future Gallery, 5 Great Newport Street, WC2H 7HY
What: American Retro sample sale
Details: Between 50-90% discount on current womenswear,
shoes and bags.
When: 8 – 9th December 2011.
Where:  Brand Apart
Showroom, 5a Noel Street, London, W1F 8GE.
What:  Peter Jensen
sample sale
Details: Up to 90% off past collections.
When: 9th – 10th December 2011.
Where: Buzzer 1 , 18-24 Shacklewell Lane, London, E8 2EZ.

London riots

9 Aug
I’m beyond saddened for London right now. It’s my city, your city but its been torn to shreds for the past four days by mindless vandals and looters. The things that I’ve seen and heard have been horrendous; cars, buildings and people’s livelihood burning to the ground, thugs stealing from an injured and bleeding boy, a five-generation family business going up in smoke. It’s so senseless; there is destruction and carnage everywhere. It’s the most widespread mass mob violence for decades, worse than the Brixton riots – and that’s been quoted by people who were there.

The police have my utmost respect for doing all they can. And I do believe they are doing everything within their power, with limited resources and backing from people who have the authority to sanction taking a harder line with the looters. It’s an incredibly difficult job, especially with copycat looting popping up all across the city. How can you be everywhere at once?

But through all the negativity, there have been some positive glimmers which show London’s true spirit. I salute the Turkish men who protected Dalston and the Asian lads who protected Green Street. Not condoning vigilantism, but you need to protect your communities. The ‘riot clean up’ project has been amazing, so many people giving up their time for our city. I’ve followed on Twitter as they’ve progressed from Chalk Farm to Clapham via Hackney to restore order on the streets. Please get involved, follow on Twitter, Facebook or the website.

I’m hoping for a peaceful afternoon and evening in London tonight. Please stay safe, use the Google map of riot areas to check what is going on around you. Tottenham Green Leisure Centre is taking donations for the homeless and needy, please donate what you can. If you know me and are local-ish to me, get in touch as I’ll be collecting donations and dropping them off if you can’t make it down. Stay safe x

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Primrose Hill vintage fashion fair

10 Apr

Make a note in your diaries vintage lovers, the next instalment of the Primrose Hill vintage fashion fair is taking place next Sunday. The lovely Marilyn has been holding vintage fairs in Primrose Hill for two years now and is a fountain of knowledge about all things vintage, having owned her own vintage shop in Battersea and organising vintage fairs in Earls Court in 2006. The next fair is being held next Sunday – 17th April- at Cecil sharp House in Primrose Hill. It’s a lovely excuse to get dressed up and there will be prizes for the most authentic, quirky or unusual vintage attire. At the 28 stands, there will be a huge selection of affordable vintage wares from a variety of decades as well as some really special designer pieces for the eagle-eyed visitors.

Vintage Fashion Fair London 17th April
Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regents Park Road, London NW1 7AY.
Open from 11.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.  Some free tickets will be available on

Take the heat with Aussie on Bonfire Night

25 Nov

Brrrr Bonfire Night seems like it was forever ago doesn’t it?! I could certainly do with a fire today it’s f-f-f-f-f-freezing!! Anywhoo…back to the point! A couple of weeks ago, the uber lovely folk at Aussie brought all of their Southern Angels together to celebrate Bonfire Night and the launch of the new Take The Heat range. The heat protection range is great for pretty much everyone, I’m sure we’re all guilty of crimes against hair using GHDs, hairdryers and tongs among various other torture devices. Since I’ve had my fringe cut, straightening is now a daily chore for me. As my hair’s been dyed pretty much every colour under the sun this year, it’s also prone to drying out with everything I put it through! Well worth checking out for it’s moisturising and heat protection qualities. 

The invitation was quite cryptic, the dress code was ‘VIP glam’ and we were told to heat style our hair as the best hair on the night wins a special prize. I decided to be a little different and curl my hair but keep my fringe straight. I was supposed to demonstrate the contrast between straight and curly (what a concept!) but unfortunately November showers  meant my hair was more wavy/messy rather than tumbling curls. 

 Dress – vintage, tights – New Look, shoes – Aldo

To celebrate Bonfire Night and the new range, the Angels were taken on the London Eye to take in all the fireworks. I’ve been on the eye before but WOW…it’s amazing when you can see fireworks going off all around you! I was in awe, London is such a big, beautiful city. I take it for granted most of the time but it’s such an inspiring place to be. After a couple of trips around the eye, we were whisked off in two giant Hummer limos to a bar in Covent Garden.  What a dream night! 

Jenny (The Style PA) and I
Fiona (Save Our Shoes) and I

Vogue Fashion Night Out London 2010

5 Sep

Last year, Vogue launched a global initiative to encourage shopping in some of the world’s fashion capitals – Fashion Night Out. I attended last year and it was a lot of fun flitting in and out of London’s numerous boutiques late into the night taking part of various events. Browns had young designers serving customers behind the till, Anya Hindmarch had a mini studio, Louis Vuitton had models in windows and I met Hussain Chalayan in Dover Street Market. Although there were plenty of people out and about, I’m not actually sure if FNO 2009 was a success or not in terms of generating traffic and sales. I guess as a PR exercise for the fashion capitals it was a success, as well as displaying the global clout behind the Vogue brand. 

That being said, I’m still excited about Fashion Night Out 2010, which falls on Wednesday 8th September. With so much going on in the city, I think it’s important to plan a little so you don’t miss out on something truly fabulous. Here are my top tips for FNO London 2010: 

Liberty’s Manolo pop up – Yasmin le Bon and Manolo Blahnik will be opening the doors to Mr Blahnik’s ‘World of Manolo’ pop up store. 

Rupert Sanderson’s dancehall – The store on Brunton Street will be transformed into a gorgeous dancehall with the choreographer from Bugsy Malone on hand to teach you everything from the foxtrot to a rumba. 

Alice Dellal at Louis V – Alice Dellal will be playing a two hour set in store. There are also special photobooths which make you look like a Vogue cover star! 

Harvey Nichols – The likes of Christopher Kane, Erdem and Markus Lupfer are in store to help customise your FNO tshirts and totes. Shu Uemura also have a pop-up lash bar.

Selfridges – Mulberry are in residence for the launch of their pop-up, super fashion photographer Jackie Dixon will be street style spotting and Peter Pilotto will be interviewed between 7-8pm. There are also tons of beauty events from Mac to Estee Lauder but my top tip is Chanel for a manicure. Last year the queues were horrendous though!  

Anya Hindmarch photoshoot – This was such a blast last year! Pick a bag, pose for the photographer and show Anya how you wear your bag. Best pose wins the bag! Sadly, I didn’t win last year but a girl can always try again!

Browns extravaganza – FNO sees the launch of a new Browns concept SHOP 24. There will be limited edition pieces as well as ‘leading personalities and authorities’ in store. 

3D Chloe – The Sloane St store will embrace all things 3D – photo installations and a huge 3D logo. 

Party at DKNY – Bungalow 8 will be taking over the store. Arrive early though, the store was at capacity by the time I got there last year. 

Studio 54 at DVF – The DVF store on Brunton Street will be transformed into studio 54, to celebrate the 70s and and glamourous Diane. Hair and make up artists will be on hand to transform you and an on-site photographer. Verity Parker from Vogue will pick one person’s picture and they will win a DVF by H Stern gold pendant. 

Biba at HOF – House of Fraser is relaunching Biba, and will have the face of the brand Daisy Lowe in store. The first 100 people who purchase something from Biba will get a complimentary hand and arm massage at Molton Brown. There are also oodles of beauty bits and pieces going on. 

Bungalow 8 at Jimmy Choo – The guys from Bungalow 8 will also be on the decks at Jimmy Choo. 

Bang at Marc Jacobs – Photographers will be on hand at the South Audley Street store offering personalised Bang photos. 
Moroccan Matthew Williamson – The Bruton street store will be transformed into a Moroccan souk, with Matthew and Jameela Jamil in store. 

Mulberry party – The Bond Street boutique is set to be a riot of fun. Karaoke and face painting will take place in store as well as lots of yummy giveaways. 

Vogue at Topshop – Topshop will be transformed into a mini Vogue, complete with front desk, beauty desk and Miss V’s photobooth.

What are your top picks for Vogue’s Fashion Night Out in London? 

Jacques Townhouse

4 Aug

On Monday night I had the absolute pleasure of visiting Jacques Townhouse. I scurried along after work not really knowing what to expect. As soon as I stepped through the doors a felt a little like Alice must have done after she fell down the rabbit hole. It took my eyes a second or two to get used to this strange peculiarly wonderful land I found myself in. Slap bang in the middle of central London was this strange place, whitewashed walls and floors, beautiful ornaments around and bellboys to assist with pretty much anything! 

Tea cup tree
Gorgeous cupcakes

The nocturnal soiree hosted by Jacques was the most girly fun I’ve had in a long time. Based on a quintessential English tea party with a twist: there’s a dress up room full of vintage goodies and stylists on hand, a powder room hosted by Benefit, a mini studio for some commemorative snaps, a lounging room, a bar and fortune tellers! That’s a lot to squeeze into the Grade I listed townhouse. 

Cuppa and a cupcake
Dress up room

Now I had no idea why this pop-up girly soiree venue was here until I visited the bar…Jacques is a cider company! I’ve only ever had a sip of cider before branding it disgusting. But Jacques is really fruity and the red flavour is pretty delicious. Try and visit if you can, it’s such a unique night out and it’s only on til Friday sign up here

Tee – Zara, Skirt – ASOS, Tights – M&S, Boots – New Look

Florals and sparkles at Pride London

5 Jul
On Saturday, Fiona from SOS and I headed to Pride London 2010, to celebrate gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender culture. This year was a super huge party to mark the 40th anniversary of the Gay Liberation Front, and it was so much fun! We started off in Soho for the street party, then headed to Trafalgar Square where the main event was taking place. There were loads of inspirational speakers on stage as well as acts such as Same Difference. We also took part in the Big Dance…it was amazing to see the entire population of Trafalgar Square doing the same dance! 

Same Difference on stage
Climbing into the fountain
The big dance

Although the theme was ‘paint the town ruby red’, neither of us wore red. I thought florals and sparkles were the way to go instead. I wore my floral H! by Henry Holland shorts paired with an open sided Oh My Love tee and my Topshop sequin bra underneath.