Monday, 30 April 2012

Costume Drama

Vogue - The Collections SS12

This season, chunky bangles adorned catwalk wrists.

Wear these beautiful wooden bangles alone, or together, for the ultimate style statement.  Now in store.

Max Mara

Sunday, 29 April 2012

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                      Roberto Cavalli                                            Mary Katrantzou                                               Altuzarra

This season's print story promises hyper real patterns in a kaleidoscope of colours.  

But while head to toe technicolour is a trend that's probably best left on the catwalks, a single printed piece to team with neutral separates will update your wardrobe in an instant.  

Time to snap up this stunning silk top, now in store.   


Saturday, 28 April 2012

Orange Zest


"...the outpouring of orange on the runway is our must-try trend for summer" - Vogue

Brighten up your wardrobe with these beautiful ballet pumps now in store.

Russell & Bromley

Friday, 27 April 2012

Handbag Queen

Anya Hindmarch & Jean Marc Lacave, General President of Veuve Clicquot

Anya Hindmarch has just been named businesswoman of the year at the 40th annual Veuve Clicquot awards.

The British fashion designer, who started her business at the age of 18, now has more than 50 shops worldwide, including flag ship stores in London, New York and Tokyo. She was also awarded an MBE in 2009 for her services to the fashion industry.

Anya Hindmarch bags are renown for their stylish yet practical designs, and the company also offers a bespoke service at their Pont Street store in London.

Here at the shop we have just taken delivery of this very stylish yet practical coin purse, in store while stock lasts!  

Anya Hindmarch


Thursday, 26 April 2012

Wish List - 26.04.12

Here are a dozen more of our 'most wanted' items...

  • J Brand Jeans - Size 29
  • Tan Leather Jacket with Waterfall Collar - Size 10/12
  • Dark Blue Denim Straight Leg High Rise Jeans - Size 8/10
  • Ann Demeulemeester Jackets - Size 38
  • Ballet Pumps in 'Summer' Colours - Size 4.5
  • Neutral Coloured Mac - Size 8/10
  • White Cropped Skinny Jeans - Size 8
  • Black Leather/Suede Shoeboots - Size 5.5/6
  • Joseph Clothing - Size 10/12
  • Tsesay Knitwear - Size 12
  • Mulberry Somerset Chocolate Brown Purse
  • Diane von Furstenberg Clothing - Size 2

If you, or someone you know, own any of these items and would be happy to sell them, then please do get in touch.

And if there are any particular pieces that you would like help in tracking down, then simply let us know and we will add them to our future Wish Lists.

Thank you!  

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Runway to Reality Part 1

As a stylist, I'm often quizzed by my clients about the relevance of the catwalk and how the looks that are shown on the runway relate to their everyday lives.

I must admit that at times, even I am at a loss to explain some of the designers' colourful creations!  But there is method amongst the apparent madness... 

Many catwalk looks are simply created to excite and inspire.  The bi-annual round of fashion shows allow designers to push the boundaries of their creativity, and the daring looks that often result can generate valuable media coverage for their brand.

The pieces that are subsequently put into production can be quite different, and this dramatic Alexander McQueen dress is a great example.

Instyle Magazine

And it hasn't just been redesigned for the red carpet, but for us mere mortals too! If you are feeling flush, simply click here to purchase the stunning piece on net-a-porter...

Look out for Part 2 of this post next week...

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Lanvin Landmark

This year, Alber Elbaz is celebrating a decade as creative director of Lanvin, and to mark the occasion the Parisian fashion house has released this gorgeous limited edition book.

The beautiful tome, which is bound in silk grosgrain cloth and runs to 688 pages, charts the creation of a Lanvin collection from sketchbook to catwalk.  

Lanvin is Paris's oldest couture house, and the go-to label for feminine fashion with perfect detailing, as seen here on the spring/summer catwalks.
Lanvin SS12

And this Lanvin lovely is currently available in store...


Monday, 23 April 2012

Seasonless Dressing
Layered looks at 3.1 Phillip Lim

Separating our clothes into 'spring/summer' and 'autumn/winter' is becoming less and less relevant as the line between the seasons increasingly blurs.  

And it's not just the change in weather patterns that's affecting the way we dress today.  In the current economic climate, we're all looking to get more mileage out of our clothes too.

The answer?  Seasonless dressing, a trend that designers are also tapping into with their resort and pre-collections, both of which are becoming increasingly larger and gaining ever more importance in the fashion calendar. 

So before you wave a final goodbye to your winter wardrobe, here are a few secrets to seasonless dressing, and reducing that all important cost per wear factor too! 

Layer Up
The key to seasonless dressing is to work with layers.  But layering isn't just an essential for adding warmth.  A wardrobe of basics can be turned into something much bolder by simply adding and subtracting different pieces to create new looks.   

Role Reversal
Nowadays, we're all looking for our clothes to play more than one role.  Take a fresh look at your wardrobe and the roles your clothes currently play.  Experimenting with pieces you already own is the easiest (and cheapest!) way to breathe new life into your looks.

Flexible Fabrics
Forego extremes in favour of flexibility. Rather than investing in lots of heavy, thick or incredibly fine fabrics, seek out clothes in fabrics that will not restrict their wear to just a few months of the year.  Look for fabrics that are light enough to breathe easily, but heavy enough to provide warmth, particularly when layered.

Colour Contrasts
Why limit pale shades to summer and darker hues to the winter months?  Clever use of accessories, as well as layering, will help you to incorporate different garments into your look whatever their colour.  Use brights to cheer up grey skies, and more sultry tones such as navy or black to add an edge to summer's traditionally looser styles.

Sunday, 22 April 2012

Shoulder to Shoulder


Strapless is the way to go this season if you are looking to add that wow factor to your wardrobe, and these stunning dresses have just hit the store.

                       Amanda Wakeley                                         Stella McCartney


Saturday, 21 April 2012

Girl Meets Boy
Phoebe Philo

If this season's girlie fashions aren't for you, then take a tip from Céline designer Phoebe Philo and borrow from the boys!  These super smart pieces are now in store. 

   Shirt: Hawes & Curtis    /   Waistcoat: Mint Velvet    /    Shoes: By Hudson    /    Trousers: Armani Collezioni

Friday, 20 April 2012

The New Jacket

Harper's Bazaar

The monthly 'Catwalk to Closet' feature in the current edition of Harper's Bazaar is all about the new jacket.  My favourite wardrobe staple has been given a make over this season, and embellishment is now the order of the day, as seen here on the Balmain catwalk...
Balmain SS12

...and at the shop! 

Day Birger et Mikkelsen

A bold statement piece requires a few style rules, and here are Harper's Bazaar's tips for keeping the look current.    

"Don't wear head to toe embellishment.  Instead, make a chic statement with just one piece.

Do add some glitz to your day look: pair an embellished jacket with denim to add some decoration to a dressed down outfit.

Do team it with sleek monochrome separates for a clean and modern look.

Don't overdo the accessories.  Let your centrepiece do the talking and keep jewellery streamlined for a sharp edge." 

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Five Star

SS12 Campaign

Swedish brand Cos celebrates its fifth anniversary this month.

Since its launch in 2007 the label has become a high street favourite, synonymous with design-led pieces which are classic yet modern.

This beautiful knit is a case in point.  The classic shape has been updated for today with a silk front panel in a vibrant print. In store while stock lasts!  


Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Oh So Pretty

Elle Magazine

Decorative detailing has traditionally been reserved for after hours dressing, but this season designers have embellished everyday wear with intricate trims and finishes. 

Embrace the trend for all things ladylike with these pretty lace trimmed pieces now in store. 

                            Top: Prada                                                        Dress: NW3                                             Skirt: E-Play

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Parlez-vous Français?

Non?  Then not to worry, as French Vogue has just launched an English version of its on-line magazine. 

My own language skills are limited to 'schoolgirl French', but I still regularly buy the monthly glossy for the great fashion shoots - no reading required!  

Each Vogue title has its own unique editorial point of view, and I always find the choice of fashion stories in French Vogue and the way they are styled inspiring. 

With the launch of ' in English' I'm looking forward to a daily fix of French fashion, and not just in pictures!  Click here to visit the new on-line site. What do you think? 

Monday, 16 April 2012

Natural Selection

The arts and crafts inspiration behind Burberry's latest collection is clear to see in these beautiful accessories.  Designer Christopher Bailey has combined raffia and bamboo with more traditional materials to create pieces with a truly artisanal feel.

Tap into the trend for a more natural aesthetic with these great new arrivals.

Top: Milla / Sandals: Carvela

Sunday, 15 April 2012

Denim on Denim

Styleby Magazine No.8

Time once was that styling denim on denim was considered a big fashion no no.  But fast forward to today, and it is now considered de rigueur.

The key to keeping the look current, as this shoot from the latest issue of Styleby shows, is to combine different washes and finishes rather than dress in a single tone. 

This snap shot of a selection of the pieces we currently have in store shows just how varied your look could be.  Dressing in denim has never been more fun!  

From front to back:
See by Chloé
Abercrombie & Fitch
Marc Jacobs
Salvatore Ferragamo
Jill Stuart

Saturday, 14 April 2012

Colour Clash

Anya Hindmarch
SS12 Campaign

Pink and orange?  Together?  Really?  This has been the startled reaction from customers lately when I have suggested that they try out this colour combination.  But it really does work beautifully.

The dramatic pairing appeared on the catwalks several seasons ago as part of the colour blocking trend.  They have since become a firm fashion fixture, and I have to admit to being seduced...

I recently treated myself to this gorgeous Céline purse. I do have a bit of a weakness for Céline, but it was the great colours that sold this particular piece to me - there would be no more embarrassing moments at the cash desk as I try frantically to find my black purse in the depths of a black bag!           


Why not try this perfect pairing for yourself?  These super staples are currently available in store. 

Vest: Splendid  /  Trousers: Acne

Friday, 13 April 2012

April Showers

Stella McCartney

Don't let the spring showers dampen your style.  Step out in this super Stella McCartney mac that has just arrived in store.  

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Tea Time

Grazia Magazine

Tea dresses are a great trans-seasonal staple.  These pretty pieces are now in store.

                           DKNY                                                          Paul & Joe                                            Marilyn Moore

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Wish List - 11.04.12

Are you the owner of any of these 'most wanted' items?  If so, and you are interested in selling them, then please do get in touch!

  • Orla Kiely Bag
  • Missoni Scarf
  • Black Leather Biker Style Jacket - Size 14
  • Hermès Belt
  • Anya Hindmarch Black 'Elrod' Bag
  • Black Lace Up Shoe Boots - Size 4/5
  • French Sole Ballet Pumps - Size 6
  • Blue Denim Boyfriend Style Jeans - Size 6/8
  • J Brand Coloured Jeans - Size 8
  • Mulberry Hobo Bag
  • Dries van Noten Clothing - Size 12
  • Diane von Furstenberg Clothing - Size 12/14

Or is there an item that you would like us to try and track down for you?  Do let us know and we will add it to future Wish List posts.

Thank you!

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Go Graphic!

Harper's Bazaar

Monochrome is a perennial fashion favourite, but for spring/summer 2012 designers worked the colours into individual pieces rather than styling black and white separates into key season looks. 

Here are two monochrome must haves now in store. Time to go graphic!

                                                             Dress: See By Chloé                                                        Bag: Lulu Guinness

Monday, 9 April 2012

The Interview


I am a founding member of ASIP, the Association of Stylists and Image Professionals, and as a follow up to our most recent event where we were joined by Peter Cross, Mary Portas' business partner, I was interviewed for a 'stylists in retail' feature for the members' monthly newsletter.

I thought I would share a copy of the article with you...

ASIP members open their shop doors
ASIP founding member Julie Hurst entered the world of retail via a chance phone call. Now with a successful dress agency in Tunbridge Wells, she hasn't looked back.
After 25 years working in insurance management, Julie turned her passion for fashion into a full-time career after training with Aston+Hayes in 2008. She started Signature Style Consultancy soon after but the lure of retail beckoned... "I wanted to have my own shop but I had no experience in retail. I asked for advice and called the owner of the local dress agency where I'd been a customer for some years. But he didn't give me advice - he asked me if I wanted to buy the shop!"
Driven by a 'now or never' attitude, Julie bought the shop in February 2010 and spent a year getting to know her customers while learning the retail trade 'on the job'. After a much-needed interior refit, Julie is planning an external makeover and a new website in the coming months (including a name change from the inherited 'Panache' to a new name reflecting the agency's stylish and modern feel.)
Julie only accepts designer or 'high end high street' labels that fit the shop's brand. She often puts items on sale at 50% of the purchase price, splitting the proceeds fifty-fifty with the donator. Items that do not sell after eight weeks are given to a local hospice: a charitable, sustainable and money-spinning process that is increasingly popular with customers. Currently in store is cut-price Dior and Gaultier, with new items arriving every day (often with tags still attached!). There is also a waiting list for her customers' favourite label Mulberry. The stock reflects her personal approach to styling: with plenty for avant-garde and modern dressers who like to mix high street with designer.
"As a stylist running a boutique you must keep your integrity and not be a salesperson," advises Julie. "Personal shopping in the big chains comes from salespeople, they're selling you something! One customer had that experience recently in a well-known department store - she spent lots of money, but half of it didn't suit her so ended up in my shop to re-sell!"
For updates on new items in-store, visit Julie's blog at or

Sunday, 8 April 2012

Flower Power

Vogue - The Collections SS12

Spring has definitely sprung in the world of fashion, with an explosion of brightly coloured blooms appearing across many of the designers' collections.

For fans of colour and print this is a trend that I'm sure you can't wait to embrace! But if you feel rather daunted by it,then accessories are your key to looking current.

As many avid readers of this blog will know, I'm a big advocate of using accessories to try out a new look, and so why not tip toe into this trend with these beautiful Cacharel sandals...



Saturday, 7 April 2012

Guess Who?

Ellen von Unwerth / Guess

Denim brand Guess is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, and former Guess model Claudia Schiffer is returning to the label as the face of its Anniversary Collection.

The special fifteen piece collection has been inspired by the models who have previously appeared as Guess Girls, and will debut in stores this month.

Here at the shop we have just taken delivery of this gorgeous Guess knit.  The fur collar is detachable which makes it the perfect trans-seasonal piece!


Friday, 6 April 2012

Luxe Utility
                   Burberry Prosum                                          Michael Kors                                               Givenchy

'Luxe Utility' is the phrase Harper's Bazaar have coined this season to describe the new take on utilitarian dressing.

Traditional urban wear, such as the parka, has been given a more structured feel for spring/summer, with the utility look in general becoming more defined by the use of clever cuts and waist cinching belts.

Inject some structure into your urban wardrobe with one of these lovely luxe pieces now in store.  

            Short Parka: See by Chloé                  Leather Dress/Coat: Marni                        Skirt: Mango

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Shirt Story

Shirts have moved up the fashion ladder this season from functional to fabulous.  I picked up this gorgeous printed shirt from Zara recently, and it's already become a firm wardrobe favourite.


Update your own wardrobe with this beautiful sheer shirt that has just arrived in store. 

Blanc Nature

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Easter Event

Visit the shop on Good Friday, and as a special thank you to all our loyal customers we will be offering a 10% discount on every purchase made on the day*

Simply mention this blog to claim your discount.

We will be open from 10.00am to 4.00pm and look forward to seeing you!

Good Friday:     10.00am to 4.00pm
Easter Saturday: 10.00am to 5.00pm
Easter Sunday:   Closed
Easter Monday:   Closed

*The 10% discount will be applied to all purchases made on Friday, 6th April 2012, with the exception of items already reduced and Total Wardrobe Care products.  The reduction in price will be bourne entirely by Panache and will not affect the amounts that have been agreed will be paid to the owners of items sold.

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Snake Charm

French Vogue

Snakeskin is the animal print of the season, and these great leather pieces have just arrived in store.

                    Sandals: Zara                                                    Skirt: Versace                                        Sandals: Miu Miu