Wednesday, 31 July 2013

We'll Take Manhattan

Aneurin Barnard & Karen Gillan as David Bailey & Jean Shrimpton

Last week I finally found time to sit down and watch this BBC Four Drama, and I'm so glad I did.

The film charts the story of David Bailey's and Jean Shrimpton's now infamous 1962 trip to New York for British Vogue, and how the photos from the shoot changed the shape of fashion forever.

Reviews of the TV drama which I've since read seem to be mixed, but whatever you think of the film, the story is fascinating.  

In a nutshell, prior to this seminal trip, models were typically society girls shot in static poses in clothes that their mothers would have worn. David Bailey's gritty images of his girl next door muse were a world away from this establishment style, and they heralded the start of what we now know as the swinging sixties.   

Unfortunately, We'll Take Manhattan doesn't appear to be available on iPlayer, nor on You Tube either (sorry!), but here's a clip I can share with you from the BBC website...  

Click here to watch 

and if you're interested in seeing the actual Bailey/Shrimpton shots, this book by Martin Harrison is a must have...  

Seeing the original images, I have to give credit to the makers of the drama as they captured them perfectly!

I bought my copy of the book from Amazon here...

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Twice as Nice!

Louis Vuitton

This classic black Epi leather bag would make a great purchase all on its own, but the super barrel style comes complete with a mini me!  

Louis Vuitton

New in store...

Price: £400.00 

Monday, 29 July 2013

Think Pink!


From soft blush to fierce fuchsia, pink was the surprise hit of the autumn/winter catwalks.  

And you can stay one step ahead of the crowd in this super cerise dress, now in store...


Size:12-14 / Price:£95.00 

Sunday, 28 July 2013

Must Have Mules #2


These stunning strappy sandals are new in store. And brand new to boot!

Perfect for pairing with a flirty summer dress, or dressing up your favourite denim.

Catch them while you can...

Size: 4.5 / Price £195.00 (Cost New €340.00)

Saturday, 27 July 2013

Buckle Up!

Salvatore Ferragamo

With autumn just around the corner, it's time to start the hunt for that new season bag.  And this black leather beauty ticks so many boxes...

Size - plenty of room to hold all those daily essentials, but not so large that they get lost inside!  

Versatility - the strap is the perfect length for wearing over the shoulder or carrying by hand.

Style - the best of both worlds as the soft, circular shape is cleverly combined with tougher buckle details and brushed silver hardware.

What's not to love?

In store now...

Price: £250.00

Friday, 26 July 2013

Flower Power


Put your best foot forward in these oh so pretty petal trimmed sandals.

New in store... 

Size:3.5 / Price:£150.00

Thursday, 25 July 2013

Get the Look

Louis Vuitton AW13 Campaign by Steven Meisel

The soft, muted tones and luxurious silks of Marc Jacobs' new season collection for Louis Vuitton, are mirrored beautifully by this brand new Armani Collezioni dress...

Armani Collezioni

New in store...

Size:12 / Price:£350.00 (New with Tags)

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Cuff Love


New in store! This beautiful Marni bangle complete with its original box and dust bag.


And now that we can finally sport those shorter sleeves, its the perfect time to show it off... 

Price: £95.00

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Mulberry Mabel


This gorgeous gilt leather bag has just arrived in store.

Complete with its original dust cover, this Mulberry must have can be carried comfortably over the shoulder or by hand.  And the soft metallic colour makes it the perfect choice for summer.    

Mulberry is one of our most sought after labels, so this lovely little Mabel won't be around for long...

Price: £199.50

Monday, 22 July 2013

Power Couples

Styleby Magazine

Some things are meant to go together, and in the style stakes a classic black jacket and simple striped tee win every time...

Emporio Armani Jacket: Size 10 / £125.00
Karen Millen Top: Size 10 / £24.20

Sunday, 21 July 2013

Style Insider

Anita Borzyszkowska by Andrew Woffinden

"For me, it's about falling in love...and I never shop for occasion." - Anita Borzyszkowska, Brand Strategist

I love reading articles about how other women in fashion approach getting dressed and organising their wardrobes, and this interview for MATCHESFASHION.COM was no exception.

Although I don't share Anita Borzyszkowska's budget (unfortunately!) I do share many of her 'rules' when it comes to personal style and shopping.  Here are her top five fashion tips...

1. Try to buy beautifully made, timeless pieces so that you build a great wardrobe over time, rather than something that needs to be re-invented every season.

2. Always use a great dry cleaner and shoe mender.  If you invest in your wardrobe, it makes sense to look after it.

3. Over-strategising your shopping takes the joy out of it. If you really fall in love with something, chances are that you will stay in love with it and consequently get a lot of wear out of, so it will be a wise buy.

4. Fit is everything, so it’s worth finding a great tailor and having your clothes altered.

5. Buy fewer things and the best quality that you can afford.

To read the full interview with Anita click here

Saturday, 20 July 2013

The Little White Dress

               Étoile Isabel Marant                                               Ted Baker                                           Day Birger et Mikkelsen

Summer's equivalent of our winter style staple is a must for every wardrobe.  And just like its darker cousin, there's a cut to suit everyone.

These three little white lovelies are from a selection currently in store... 

Étoile Isabel Marant: Size 8-10 / Price £125.00
Ted Baker (New with Tags): Size 10 / Price £125.00 (Cost New £199.00)
Day Birger et Mikkelsen: Size 8 / Price £75.00

Friday, 19 July 2013

Summer Bohemian Style

Styleby Magazine

Summer dressing is now made easy, given fashion's enduring love affair with luxe bohemian style.  And we have the perfect pieces in store....

Paul & Joe Silk Blouse
Size 8/10

Étoile Isabel Marant Itzel Printed Fine Cords
New with Tags
Size 8

By Malene Birger Cotton & Lace Top
Size 10

Maje Silk Dress
Size 8

Thursday, 18 July 2013

Well Heeled

                              Marni                                                        Fendi                                                                 Céline

Many designers have been showing their mettle of late by adding a flash of silver to their summer sandals.

And look what's just arrived in store... 

Kurt Geiger

Brand new and boxed, these little beauties are the perfect purchase! 

Size:5 / Price:£145.00 (Cost New £195.00)

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Hell for Leather


If you prefer your jewellery on the fierce rather than feminine side, then Riccardo Goti's hand crafted pieces are for you! 

The Tuscan jeweller mixes leather and metal to create tough but beautifully intricate collections, and this necklace is the perfect example of his work.

New in store...   

Price: £75.00

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Basley Boots

Isabel Marant

Brace yourselves, these brand new Isabel Marant boots have just landed in store! 

These much sought after Basley boots, which come complete with their original box and dust bags, are a regular sell out, so they won't be around for long...  

Size:3 / Price:£245.00 (Cost New £345.00)

Monday, 15 July 2013

The Right Stripes

Lola Boutique - Paris

The slimming effect, or otherwise, of wearing a certain type of stripe is often hotly debated in fashion circles, as well as in style consultations with my private clients!

The general rule of thumb has always been that vertical stripes create the visual impression of length, whereas those that run horizontally create a widening and shortening effect. So, quite understandably, the tendency has been to avoid the latter. However, this isn't quite the end of the story...

As this campaign shot for French boutique Lola shows perfectly, the width of the stripe also has a bearing upon the overall effect.

Horizontal stripes can have a slimming effect, as if they are thinner rather than wider they create a ladder effect.  The larger the stripe, the more likely it will be to make the wearer appear wider and shorter.

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, 14 July 2013

Must Have Mules


With summer set to stay with us, for a while at least, it's time to get those toes out!

And what better way to show off that pedicure than in these perfect Gucci sandals?

Complete with their original box and dust bag, these brand new mules are a definite must have!

Size:6 / Price:£125.00

Saturday, 13 July 2013

Seeing Stars

Isabel Marant

This simple but oh so stunning Isabel Marant 'stars' necklace has just arrived in store.

Wear it long and loose, or double it up as shown here for twice the impact!

Price: £45.00

Thursday, 11 July 2013

Wish List - 11.07.13

Are you the owner of any of these 'most wanted' items?  If so, and you're more than happy to sell them, then please do get in touch.  We have customers waiting to buy!

* Mulberry 'Daria' Hobo Bag (Large) in Grey

* Maje Clothing (Size 10)

* Blue Denim Collarless Jacket (Size 8)

* Iro Clothing (Size 10)

* Isabel Marant Denim Shirt (Size 0 or 1)

* Sandro Clothing

* Stella McCartney for H&M Grey Skinny Jeans (Size 36)

* Fitted Leather Jacket (Size 8)

* Current/Elliott 'Dad' Jeans (Size 24 or 25)

* Stretchy Short Brown Skirt (Size 12)

* J Brand 'Makeba' Blouse (Size 8/10)

* Leather Waistcoat (Size 8)

And if you have any must haves of your own, then simply send us the details and we'll do our very best to track them down for you.

Thank you!

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Club to Catwalk: Fashion in the Eighties

From today, the Victoria and Albert Museum will be celebrating all things eighties. 

But forget power dressing and the shoulder pad, this eighties fashion fest concentrates on London's vibrant underground music scene, and it's impact on the wider world at the time.

On display will be outfits by designers inspired by the capital's nightlife, such as John Galliano and Vivienne Westwood, as well as original club wear from the era.

From the frills and foppery of the New Romantics, to the Day-Glo loose fitting styles of acid house, this exhibition will showcase how the relationship between the catwalk and clubland helped to reinvent fashion.  

For full details of the event simply click here.    

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Out with the Old...

Lulu Guinness

Does your make up bag need a make over?  If so, then we have just the thing for you!

This brand new bag by British designer Lulu Guinness, complete with its original box, has just arrived in store.

Treat yourself, or someone special, as this iconic city inspired case would also make the perfect present!

Price: £45.00

Monday, 8 July 2013

As Seen In...

Charity Wakefield and her Past & Precious Dress

"My mum gave me this dress as a 30th birthday present.  I wore it for my party at the 1950s Rivoli Ballroom in South London." Charity Wakefield, Actress.

Thank you Caroline for sharing this article with me!

Caroline's daughter Charity was featured in the Mail on Sunday recently, and I was more than delighted to learn that the dress she bought her from the shop has been a resounding success!    

Click here to read the full article.  

Sunday, 7 July 2013

Brand New & Boxed Part 2


Another timely arrival!  

These unworn wedges come complete with their dust bag and authenticity tags.

Super fashionable and super comfy, these sandals are the perfect purchase!

Size: 5-6 / Price: £249.00 (Cost New £399.00)

Saturday, 6 July 2013

Brand New & Boxed Part 1

Marni / H&M

Hello summer! Have you finally decided to grace us with your presence?  

Right on queue, these super silver sandals, with their tags still attached, have just arrived in store!   

Snap them up while you can...

Size: 4 / Price: £28.60 (Cost New £39.99)

Friday, 5 July 2013

Sale Gallery Now Online!

Bag that last minute bargain!

A selection of our recently reduced items will now be regularly uploaded to our new Sale gallery. 

Simply click on the Sale! tab to the right of this post or click here to see the latest details.

Happy shopping!

Thursday, 4 July 2013

The Jacket

Christian Dior

This stunning wool jacket with lamb's leather trim has just arrived in store!

The gathered detail creates the perfect nipped in waist... 

And the leather buckles and trim give the piece a subtle touch of biker chic!

Size:14 / Price:£450.00

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

The Micro Trend

"Monochrome shades achieve a more elegant and refined look" - Natalie Kingham, 

Monochrome shades have emerged as the new way to wear your leopard print this season. And this stunning dress is bang on (micro) trend!

New in store...   


Size: 10 / Price: £49.50

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Be Inspired!

This fashionable pairing forms part of a resort inspired article put together by Vogue Australia online.

In '16 Tricks to Broaden your Style Horizons' the magazine uses the recent round of resort collections as the inspiration behind a selection of key looks, each designed to update items in your current wardrobe. 

And here's the 'skirt and bomber' combination courtesy of Past & Precious...   

Bomber Jacket: Mango
Size 10 / Price £45.00

Skirt: Queen
Size 10 / Price £45.00

To read the full article click here 

Monday, 1 July 2013

Boots Boots Boots!

                           Ash                              Acne                           Beau Coop

Calling all boot lovers!

If you're a boot rather than a shoe girl, then here's a super selection of stylish footwear to tempt you...

These 'go with anything' beauties will see you through summer and well beyond, so pick up a pair now for maximum cost per wear potential!  

Ash: Size 8 / Price 85.00
Acne: Size 7 / Price £125.00
Beau Coop (New): Size 7 / Price: £150.00 (Cost New £220.00)