Thursday, 28 February 2013

The Portas Principles
Mary Portas & Melanie Rickey

On Tuesday, I met up with fellow ASIP stylists at House of Fraser on Oxford Street for our Mary Portas event.  

The evening was hosted by Melanie Rickey, Grazia's fashion editor at large and Mary's other half, who gave us a great insight into the creation of the collection and talked us through the new season's key pieces. 

Mary's collection was born out of a desire to provide grown up fashion for grown up women, and I thought I'd share with you the 'Mary Cocktail', her mantra for getting dressed...

ONE PART: Simple Chic
Behind every great outfit is your simple chic foundation, clean and modern lines that fit and flatter.

Here's where you add your fashion, a shot of the season's colour or a nod to the trends.

THEN: Decorate
This is where you add your personal touch with your favourite jewellery and accessories. 

Thank you Melanie and ASIP for an inspiring evening!

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

The Exception to the Rule...
                              2008           Ann Demeulemeester             2010

With spring now, hopefully, just around the corner, we typically stop accepting boots for sale here at the shop.  But rules are meant to be broken...

Who could resist these amazing beauties from Ann Demeulemeester, as seen on the Belgian designer's catwalk. Fierce footwear at it's best!


Size:5-6 / Price:£350.00 per pair 

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

The Seasonal Switchover Part II

Now that you have a well edited wardrobe of real favourites, here in Part II of this post are my practical pointers for caring for those precious pieces...

* Every six months, remove everything from your wardrobe (and drawers), and vacuum and wash the insides.  Ensure that you only put clean clothes back, as this will help protect your garments against moths.

* Replace any wire hangers with more substantial versions, as the wire variety have a tendency to damage clothes.

* Place lavender bags, pot pourri, cedar wood or herb mix sachets on the rails of your wardrobe - one every 40-50cms - and in your drawers amongst your folded items.  We stock the Total Wardrobe Care range of products here at the shop which will keep your clothes smelling fresh and help to keep them moth free.  

* Stuff your handbags with acid free tissue paper to help maintain elasticity, and always keep them out of direct sunlight and in dust bags if you have them.  If your bags get rained on, then dry them immediately without using heat. 

* If possible, keep your shoes and boots in their original boxes to protect them from dust and scratches, and always use shoe or boot trees.  As a minimum, try to polish your shoes and boots every six to eight times they are worn. 

* If you have garments that must be dry cleaned, try to do this as little as possible. Not only can dry cleaning be expensive, but prolonged use of chemicals and heavy pressing can take the 'life' out of your clothes, and eventually causes fabric sheen. Instead, air and brush garments between each wearing and check for stains as well as loose threads, before rehanging.

Does decluttering your closet seem like an overwhelming task?  To learn more about booking a wardrobe edit simply pop in and see me at the shop or click here for my contact details. 

Monday, 25 February 2013

The Seasonal Switchover Part I

It's that time of the year when we start thinking about swapping our winter wear for those lighter and brighter spring pieces. 

So, in Part I of this post I've listed my top tips for tackling that essential wardrobe edit... 

* If your wardrobe is full of pieces you no longer wear, then it's probably time to let them go.  However, if you don't feel ready to take this step just yet, then simply store the items elsewhere.  If after a month or two you haven't given them a second thought, then maybe you're ready to part company.

Don't hang onto things from decades past in the hope that they will come back into fashion.  Despite the regular 'recyling' of designs, the updated versions are always a little different.

Be aware of those things you have a tendency to overdose on.  You don't necessarily have to rid yourself of any of them, just keep in mind how many you have next time you find yourself heading to the cash desk with yet another.

* Take a long hard look at those pieces which no longer fit or flatter you.  If you've been hanging onto them until you drop a dress size, then do try and be honest with yourself.  If in your heart of hearts you know that you've set yourself an unrealistic goal, then take a trip to a local tailor to see if they can be altered so that you can enjoy wearing them now.

* Discard any items that really can't be repaired.  Clothes worn to a sheen from dry cleaning or with immovable stains should be consigned to the bin.

* Carefully consider how you dispose of those unwanted but still wearable items. Clothes that are simply no longer 'you' may be perfect for someone else, so offset your closet footprint by taking them to your favourite charity or, of course, your local dress agency! 

Look out for Part II of this post tomorrow...

Does decluttering your closet seem like an overwhelming task?  To learn more about booking a wardrobe edit simply pop in and see me at the shop or click here for my contact details. 

Sunday, 24 February 2013

Denim & Red

Elle Magazine

A surprisingly fresh colour combination for spring!

And this perfect pair are currently in store...

Bag: Burberry / Jacket: Luella

Red Leather Bag: £75.00
Denim Bomber Jacket:Size 14 / Price:£75.00

Saturday, 23 February 2013


The Duchess of Cambridge

We've had the shoes, and now we have the dress!

Kate's 'Bella' dress by Whistles is now in store...


Size:10 / Price:£75.00

Friday, 22 February 2013

Three of a Kind

Calling all Issa fans!

We've just taken delivery of not one, not two, but three of Daniella Helayel's delectable designs...

Size 10

Size 10

Size 8

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Ossie Clark: King of the King's Road

Model Wearing Ossie Clark - Jim Lee

Today sees the opening of a retrospective on the life and style of the quintessentially British designer Ossie Clark.

'Ossie Clark: The King of the King's Road Reigns Again' will feature vintage gowns and design sketches, as well as a collection of rare photographic prints. 

The exhibition is being held at Proud Galleries in Chelsea and runs until 10th March. 

Proud Galleries 

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Line Up

Harper's Bazaar
Marc Jacobs SS13

"The stripe is the motif of the season."   Kay Barron - Harper's Bazaar

Mix it up this spring, à la Marc Jacobs, by styling differently striped separates together to create a unique new look.

This softly striped top shows off the statement making skirt perfectly!  New in store...          

Top: Miu Miu / Skirt: Ralph Lauren

Top:   Size 8 / Price £42.90
Skirt: Size 12 / Price £69.50

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

More Dior!

Christian Dior

These lovely lime leather bracelets would make a great addition to any spring wardrobe. And come summer, they will look super with a tan! New in store...

Bow Bracelet:  £65.00
Wrap Bracelet: £55.00   

Monday, 18 February 2013

The Fendi Baguette

The Sunday Times Style Magazine

"The iconic bag is back in a big way."  The Sunday Times Style Magazine

Pop into the shop and bag your very own Baguette!  This super black satin style has just arrived in store...


Baguette Bag: £150.00

Sunday, 17 February 2013

Chic Simple


If you missed out on the stunning Céline 'Medium Shopper' we recently had in store, then why not treat yourself to one of these chic simple separates from the label du jour...  

Knitted Top:      Size 8 / Price £48.40
Linen Trousers:   Size 10 / Price £125.00  

Saturday, 16 February 2013

The White Shirt

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"Trends may come and go, but nothing will ever beat a white shirt" Carolina Herrera

In this short film, made exclusively for Vogue, designer Carolina Herrera and her daughter discuss the power and versatility of one of our favourite wardrobe staples.

Great white shirts are one of our best sellers here at the shop, and this version by Belgian designer Dries Van Noten is our latest arrival...

Dries Van Noten


Size:14 / Price:£69.50

Friday, 15 February 2013

Year of the Snake

Harper's Bazaar

This season, designers' take on snake print is much more pared down than we have seen in their previous collections. Think classic and elegant rather than colourful and exaggerated.

Accessories are the easiest way to tap into the trend, and these super chic new arrivals are so very covetable... 

Emporio Armani & Tod's

Bag:   £150.00 (New)
Shoes: £150.00 (Size 5.5)

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Tux Redux
Lanvin SS13

After celebrating ten years at Lanvin, Alber Elbaz declared that his spring/summer 2013 collection would be "A new start".  

Taking the traditional tuxedo as his inspiration, and in classic black and white, he reworked this perennial fashion favourite into a thoroughly contemporary selection of new season pieces.     

Get the Lanvin look for less in this tuxedo inspired tunic that's currently in store...


Size:12 / Price:£42.90

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Think Pink!

Stella McCartney / Russell & Bromley

"Pink has become one of the most chic accents de nos jours. During a season that saw designers exploring what it means to be female and feminine, pink was used in myriad ways."  Harriet Walker - The Independent*

Add a pop of pink to your wardrobe with one of these pretty pieces that have just arrived in store... 

Top:      Size:12 / Price:£69.50
Trousers: Size:10 / Price:£99.50
Shoes:    Size:4.5 / Price:£75.00 

* You can read Harriet Walker's full article here

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

J' Adore...

Christian Dior

With the awards season now well underway, why not create your very own red carpet moment in this stunning, delicately sequinned dress.  New in store...

Size:10 / Price:£500.00

Monday, 11 February 2013

The Stud Part II


Fierce footwear alert! These amazing studded shoes have just arrived in store...   

Size:6 / Price:£75.00

Sunday, 10 February 2013

The Stud Part I

Karen Millen

Go hell for leather in this stunning studded shoulder dress!  New in store...

Size:10 / Price:£150.00

Saturday, 9 February 2013

Sheer Heaven
Saint Laurent SS13

These beautiful sheer black blouses with their dramatic bows were one of the standout pieces from Heidi Slimane's first collection for the new Saint Laurent label.

And here at the shop we have our own piece of sheer loveliness, in store while stock lasts...

                                 Paul Smith


Size:14 / Price:£55.00

Friday, 8 February 2013

Drop Dead Gorgeous

Georg Jensen

These simply stunning silver drop earrings from the famous Danish design house have just arrived in store...

Earrings: £75.00 per pair 

Thursday, 7 February 2013

How to...Master Minimalism

Harper's Bazaar

Jil Sander's less is more approach to fashion won her countless fans, and after an eight year absence from the catwalk, the German designer has returned to her eponymous label.

In the latest edition of Harper's Bazaar, she shares with Kay Barron her top tips for mastering minimalism SS13 style. 

  • Pieces must work just as well on their own, as well as harmonise with your existing wardrobe.

  • Keep it modern - fashion has been too retrospective for too long!

  • Quality and shape are key - place a high value on the quality of materials, the workmanship and the essential shape.

  • Perfect the essentials - a white shirt and a great coat are the answer to many problems.

  • It's never too early to refine your own style -  refinement is always alluring.

  • You always need to feel like yourself.

Jil Sander's influence can be seen in the collections of many contemporary designers, and here are a few of the most modern minimalist looks from the spring/summer catwalks... 



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. 

How to...Shop Smart   

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Céline Steal!


This beautiful Céline bag has just arrived in store!

The much sought after 'Medium Shopper' is made of the softest calfskin, and comes complete with its own dust bag and authenticity tags...

A real steal for any Phoebe Philo fan!  

Bag: £600 (cost new £1,356)

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

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Trousers: Dolce & Gabbana / Jacket: Armani Jeans

These truly amazing trousers have just arrived in store!  And the buttons are simply beautiful...

Many of us tend to shy away from bold prints, but to carry off a colourful piece successfully is simply down to confidence, and some careful styling.

The love worn leather jacket I've shown here is the perfect partner - it gives the trousers a dressed down feel without taking away their statement making style.           

Trousers: £ 85.00
Jacket:   £175.00    

Monday, 4 February 2013

Well Spotted

                     Caroline Charles / Panache

I've had so many compliments about the lovely leopard print jacket I bought from the shop, and for those of you who are now lusting after one of your own I have some good news...we've just taken delivery of another!

Me Jane

This cute cover up is cut in a super swing style, and just perfect for throwing over a little black dress or teaming with some well worn denim. 

Remember girls, we only have the one so it's first come first served... 

Jacket: £45.00  

Sunday, 3 February 2013

Frill Seeker SS13
                         Givenchy                                             Balenciaga                                                 Chloé

Graphic black is given a feminine touch with these fluttering trims.  

And this stunning sleeveless dress ticks the box for this particular spring trend perfectly... 

James Lakeland

Dress: £89.50 

Saturday, 2 February 2013

Coming Up Roses


Team with skinnies and heels and you're good to go!  This stunning silk top would make a super addition to any spring wardrobe.  New in store...

Top: £75.00

Friday, 1 February 2013

Guest Blogger


Delighted to be doing some guest blogging for fellow Dress Agency Pandora.  

To read the full article click here.