Saturday, 22 December 2012

Happy Christmas!

It's our last day in the shop today before the big day, and my last blog post for 2012. I'm looking forward to some much needed R&R over the holidays!

We reopen at 10.00am on Friday, 4th January, and rest assured I'll be back online with my daily updates in the New Year.  

Have a wonderful Christmas!

Looking forward to seeing you all in 2013.  

Friday, 21 December 2012

Baroque & Roll!

                Oscar de la Renta                                        Dolce & Gabbana                                              Versace

This autumn/winter season, many designers used black as a back drop to explore baroque style embellishment.  Embroidery, tapestry and appliqué techniques were all used to create some amazingly ornate catwalk pieces.

And while this trend may not seem to transfer easily from runway to reality, as always it's all in the styling...

All this beautiful jacket needs is a pair of distressed black jeans and you're good to go! Now in store... 


Thursday, 20 December 2012

Mix Masters

                                              Dolce & Gabbana

Cord, denim and leopard print?  This jacket should not work at all, but it so does!

Snap up the stylish little number from Italy's dynamic design duo while stock lasts...

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Goodbye Little Black Dress?

The Sunday Times Style Magazine

Has our failsafe frock lost its sparkle?

In Sunday's Style Magazine, Laura Weir writes that our party wear of choice is now much more likely to be "...a carcophony of colour and print..." than a little black dress. 

But while I definitely don't share her view that the LBD is "...the wall flower's safety net...", (this is such a sweeping statement I don't know quite where to start!), I do agree with her that there is something of a feel good factor to be had in brights and embellished pieces.

Here at the shop we have certainly seen much more colour this Christmas, such as this amazing Missoni dress that's just arrived in store... 



Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Westwood Ho!

Vivienne Westwood

Have you invested in your new season coat yet?

With a few winter months still ahead of us, there's no escaping the need for a great cover up. And why settle for functional when you can opt for fabulous, such as this wonderful Vivienne Westwood that's just arrived in store?

From Aquascutum to Zara via Max Mara and McQueen, we have a great selection of coats in store, so pop in soon to ensure the pick of the bunch!


Monday, 17 December 2012

Seasonal Opening Hours

Our last day of trading in 2012 will be Saturday, 22nd December, when we will open from 10.00am to 5.00pm as usual.  So make sure you pop in this week and pick up those last minute presents...

The Perfect Present and Stocking Fillers

The shop will then be closed until after the New Year, and we will reopen at 10.00am on Friday, 4th January 2013.

If you have items for sale with us, we will extend your tickets to cover the period of the closure.

And if you have unsold items to pick up, the deadline for collection will also be similarly extended.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Sunday, 16 December 2012

Fancy Footwear!

             Laurence Dacade                                 Christian Louboutin                              Dolce & Gabbana

Lace detailing appeared in many designers' shoe collections this season, adding a fabulously feminine twist to traditional winter footwear.

Tap into the trend in these brand new peep toe boots, currently in store...

Miss Sixty

Saturday, 15 December 2012

Signature Styling #11


Finding the perfect party outfit can challenge even the most style savvy among us.  The key is to stay true to yourself, as the same rules apply whether you are dressing for day or after dark.  What you wear shouldn't wear you, and your own personality should shine through!

Here are my essential tips for evening dressing...

Black Magic...
The little black dress is the ultimate blank canvas and often the instant sartorial answer to that last minute invitation.  This wardrobe classic is a seasonal mainstay, and clever use of current accessories or some statement heels is all you'll need to bring your favourite frock bang up to date.

Night brights...
Why not stand out from the crowd this Christmas in a burst of bold colour?  Choose from eye popping brights to rich jewel tones depending upon the occasion or your mood.  

The Shining...
Be the star of the show this season in a splash of molten metal or sparkling sequins! But do wear with care.  Balance this dazzling look by opting for a more demure cut or choosing understated accessories.  Alternatively, invest in a bejewelled bag or shoes to instantly update a simpler style. 

Girl Meets Boy...
Dress up minus the dress in a timeless tuxedo.  This traditional two piece is as dramatic and versatile as the LBD, and just as sexy.  

Modern Glamour...
The blurring of the am/pm crossover has seen elements of after dark dressing appearing in our daily wardrobes, and daytime staples  become evening essentials.  Modern glamour is all about achieving a laid back but luxurious look, so play with contrasts.

Look out for future posts in this series...

To learn more about booking a personal styling appointment simply pop in and see me at the shop or click here for my contact details. 

Signature Styling #10    

Friday, 14 December 2012

Winter Warmers


Brrr... This season, why not snuggle up in one of these great quilted jackets, currently in store...

                                   Prada                                    Issey Miyake

Thursday, 13 December 2012

The Perfect Present

With Christmas just around the corner, are you still searching for the perfect present?

This year, why not treat that special someone to a personal consultation with their very own stylist...

Signature gift vouchers are available to purchase here at the shop, so pop in or simply contact me to arrange a fashionable experience that will last well into the New Year and beyond!

Signature Style Consultancy

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

All Tied Up!

Jimmy Choo

This super silk scarf has just arrived in store...

Perfect for practising those tying skills!  

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Perfect Timing


This wonderful watch has just arrived in store, complete with original case and box, as well as the officially stamped warranty card with a year still to run!

Treat someone special to this perfect designer timepiece, or why not simply spoil yourself?  It is Christmas after all...

Monday, 10 December 2012

Signature Styling #10


We ask a lot of fashion.  And with the office party season now upon us we make even greater demands on our clothes, which need to transform from functional to fabulous in an instant!

The secret to fitting both work and play into your day is to get creative.  With just a little forethought, dashing from your desk to drinks need not cause a dressing dilemma. Just follow my simple steps to achieving sassy evening style... 

Plan ahead...
Start the day with a simple work outfit in a single colour.  Something versatile, that will not only work well as a neutral base, but will also continue to look crisp and fresh after dark.

Bags of style...
Carry a large bag with you that morning, one that's big enough to hold the pieces you will be changing into later in the day.  And don't forget to pack a smaller style, such as a clutch, which you can transfer your essentials into for the evening.

Have fun with fabric...
A change of fabric is perhaps the key sartorial statement which signals the switch from day to night dressing.  Swap practical office pieces for more party friendly styles in satins, silks or sparkling sequins. Or for a tougher fashion edge, why not try something in one of the new buttery soft leathers?

Add a pop of colour...
A flash of colour or print will instantly transform your look.  Add separates in bright, bold hues, or go wild in one of this season's animal prints!   

The finer details...
If a change of clothes isn't possible, then clever use of accessories is one of the simplest ways to dress up daytime styles.  Swap subtle office jewellery for more dramatic pieces, and those sensible work friendly shoes for something a little more sexy! 

Look out for future posts in this series...

To learn more about booking a personal styling appointment simply pop in and see me at the shop or click here for my contact details. 

Signature Styling #9

Sunday, 9 December 2012

Peter Pilotto
Peter Pilotto Resort 2013

London based design label Peter Pilotto is famed for its eye popping prints and sculptural styles.

And this beautiful new dress by the critically acclaimed brand has just arrived in store... 

Peter Pilotto

Saturday, 8 December 2012

Seeing Double

Miu Miu

These beautiful boots have just arrived in store... 

Whether you favour soft suede or bold black leather, a pair of Miuccia Prada's fierce footwear is a must!  

Friday, 7 December 2012

Jump to It!

Grazia Magazine

"...instantly glamorous, can be dressed up or down, ...super easy to wear..." Grazia 

Three good reasons to give the jumpsuit a go!

So if you're looking for a super stylish alternative to traditional party wear this season, then pop into the shop and pick up this amazing all in one that's just arrived in store... 

Soaked in Luxury

Thursday, 6 December 2012


Louis Vuitton

"Unmistakably feminine with its soft pleats, this is the perfect bag for the modern woman..." 

Snap up this stunning 'Sistina' bag while stock lasts! New in store... 

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Signature Styling #9

Isabel Marant Lazio Boot

Now, as many of you may have gathered, I'm a bit of an Isabel Marant fan, and I also love my boots.  However, passions notwithstanding, I simply can't take to the trend for this wide legged footwear...

Buying boots has always been a bit of an issue for me, as I'm sure it is for many of you too, given that not only do we have to get the right foot fitting, but also the correct calf width.

For me, boots that aren't close fitting to my calves are simply a no no - they flap around my legs and only serve to emphasise their sparrow like features!   So boots that are purposely designed to look this way just puzzle me... 

Here are several of my favourite fashion bloggers sporting these exaggerated styles. Is it just me?  What do you think? 

                     Hedvig Opshaug                                           Columbine Smille                                         Cindy Van Der Heyden

Look out for future posts in this series...

To learn more about booking a personal styling appointment simply pop in and see me at the shop or click here for my contact details. 

Signature Styling #8

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Stocking Fillers

Total Wardrobe Care

If you're looking for a little extra something for someone special this Christmas, then pop into the shop and pick up some of our wonderful wardrobe products!

The naturally organic range, made from a unique blend of essential oils, make the perfect present, and prices start from as little as £3 for a scented drawer sachet. 

For full details click here and then scroll down to 'Total Wardrobe Care', or simply call in and see us!

Monday, 3 December 2012

How to...Wear the Scarf

I've just come across this great video guide on You Tube!

Clients and customers often ask me how they should style their scarves, and this super tutorial shows you 25 different ways to wear this most versatile of accessories.

My favourite's The Waterfall.  What's yours

Look out for future posts in this series... 

To learn more about booking a personal styling appointment simply pop in and see me at the shop or click here for my contact details.  

Sunday, 2 December 2012

Tods Twosome


Whether you favour flats, or if heels are a must have, we have the perfect pair of Tods for you!

These black patent beauties are currently available in store...

Saturday, 1 December 2012

Look Book

Vanessa Bruno Athé A/W 2012

On a recent pre-shopping trip for one of my clients, I picked up a copy of the current Athé Look Book from Vanessa Bruno's London store.

The Athé collection is the designer's diffusion line, offering cool contemporary clothing with that essential French twist. And you can pick up select pieces from Panache!  

Blouse & Jeans / Vanessa Bruno Athé

Click here to see the full collection.

Friday, 30 November 2012

The Trench with a Twist!

Ann Demeulemeester

Add a touch of the avant-garde to your wardrobe with this super silk coat that's just arrived in store!

As you would expect from a piece by this Belgian designer, there is much more than meets the eye to what seems like a traditional style trench, such as the buttons hidden inside the lining which can be fastened in a myriad ways, changing the shape of the coat.

It's time to have some fun with fashion...     

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Master of Couture

Valentino with Models (2007) - Lorenzo Agius

Today sees the opening of the much anticipated Valentino retrospective at London's Somerset House.

'Valentino: Master of Couture' will showcase 130 of the Italian designer's couture creations, as well as give visitors an insight into the private world of the man himself and behind the scenes access to his atelier.    

The exhibition runs until 3rd March, 2013 and you can find full details here. 

If you're not able to visit the exhibition in person, why not take a tour of the Valentino Garavani Virtual Museum...

click here to enter

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

The Power Cardigan
                Taylor Swift                                             Chloe Sevigny                                       L'Wren Scott

"The trophy jacket, the status handbag, the statement shoe - all have had their shining moment but now they are making way for the rise of the power cardigan." Tilly MacAlister-Smith - 

Show off your fashion credentials in this beautiful brand new cashmere cardigan that's just arrived in store...

                                        Diane von Furstenberg

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Louis Louis

Louis Vuitton

This beautiful bag has just arrived in store!

The iconic 'Speedy' is a Louis Vuitton best seller, so it won't be around for long...  


Monday, 26 November 2012


Alexander McQueen

These perfect pieces from one of fashion's most forward thinking labels have just arrived in store...

The dramatic dress and superbly cut dress coat show off the house's razor sharp style beautifully.

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Inner Nomad

Donna Ida

Channel your inner global traveller! 

Team quirky knits with your favourite designer denim and top off the look with a cool but oh so cosy parka...

     Parka / French Connection            Knit / Hobbs      Jeans / J Brand

Saturday, 24 November 2012

Ethnic Chic


This amazing jacket has recently arrived in store!

Ethnic inspired embroidery and sharp military detailing have been fused to create this truly unique piece.      

Friday, 23 November 2012

A Bit of Fluff

H&M Winter 2012 / Fashion Gone Rogue

Oooh I do love a fluffy knit!

I've recently invested in a super soft white angora sweater, and you can too with this brand new knit that's just arrived in store...  


Thursday, 22 November 2012

Winter Pink
                         Balenciaga                                                           Céline                                              Maison Martin Margiela

Add a pop of pink to your wardrobe to brighten up these dull days!

These images from the autumn/winter catwalks show just how well cerise can be styled with our favourite neutral shades.

And this brand new skirt would look super paired with a lovely loose fitting neutral knit...  


Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Signature Styling #8

The Sunday Times Style Magazine

I've had some great feedback on my last Signature post (Signature Styling #7), which took issue with this recent press article on dressing for your age.

Here's my favourite comment, which did put a smile on my face...

" I wouldn't bother to get up if I had to dress like an old lady...And I would never be without a leather jacket and I'm 61 eeeeek!!  Right now I must get on and do the ironing...wearing my skinny jeans, slightly low rise, Isabel Marant blouse and Tods trainers...for my age I should be in an M&S grannies dress and pinny!"  

To balance her argument the article's author, Flossie Saunders, also listed those items she feels we can wear when we reach a certain age.  And while I also take issue with most of these as, amongst other things, they take no account of individual taste, colouring or body shape, I do wholeheartedly agree with adopting these three pieces of fashion advice, whatever your age...

* Invest in on trend bags and shoes
* Wear your good clothes - all the time
* Keep experimenting

Look out for future posts in this series...

To learn more about booking a personal styling appointment simply pop in and see me at the shop or click here for my contact details. 

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Marant Must Have!

Isabel Marant

This beautiful chocolate brown tote bag has just arrived in store! 

The buttery soft leather has a distressed finish lending it a lovely vintage feel...  

Monday, 19 November 2012


Baku Magazine / Fashion Gone Rogue

These images from the magazine's 'Queen of the Desert' shoot showcase these black embellished pieces beautifully.  

Get the look for less!  This brand new Whistles blouse is currently available in store...  


Sunday, 18 November 2012

Je Ne Sais Quoi....

French Vogue

This unassuming photo, which captures the French Vogue team at their Fashion Night Out in Paris, still managed to catch my eye.

Black and white photo notwithstanding, I think it's the fact that they all look super stylish in such simple outfits.  Most definitely a vote for the less is more approach to dressing...

Saturday, 17 November 2012

Jacket Required

Harper's Bazaar

If you're more of a tux girl than a dressy dresser, then these super smart jackets will give any LBD a run for its money...


From a selection currently in store...