Monthly Archives: March 2010

Meridian Import Company

If like About your Dress clothing takes up most of your storage space, (most of my jewellery just fits into 10 large stacked boxes), you always seem to need somewhere to put your less important bits. Unfortunately storage boxes aren’t the most attractive or stylish pieces of homeware, that’s why I was excited to come across the Meridian Import Company when looking for sewing bits, and their keepsake boxes.

There are three sets of three boxes made from wood each of a different theme, one of classic novels, one of capital cities and one of classic Hollywood stars. Each of the sets would look gorgeous on any bookshelf, with the different themes suiting different tastes and rooms.

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Virginie Castaway

French born designer Virginie Neumann spent years in fashion school and working as a buying chief manager before deciding to move to Australia, where Virginie Castaway was born. In 2006 she flew back to France to start up her own company around the label, which has been going from strength to strength ever since.

The Spring Summer 10 collection for Virginie Castaway features several new trends including utility and double denim, as well as some summer classics like nautical and florals. Along side these there are a few gorgeous coats and jackets that a perfect for the unpredictable British springtime and stylish basics that will last you well into next season even after many wears.

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Mint Velvet

In October 2009, Liz Houghton, Lisa Agar-Rea and Jane Rawlings focused their passion and created Mint Velvet. These three women had spent 15 years helping to shape women’s fashion on the high street, and found a gap in the market for affordable modern clothes that reflected their lifestyles, which they hoped to fulfil. They have already been recognised by various magazines and About your Dress thinks they will just get even bigger this year.

Their brand combines modern silhouettes with luxury fabrics, and stylish basics with bespoke prints, to create pieces that are can easily be transferred into different looks. Mint Velvet’s boutique style approach sets them apart from the high street, as they offer a personalised shopping experience, with style advice and sales assistance, both in-store and online.

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Nicola De Main

Leeds graduate Nicola De Main launched her quirky but feminine label in 2005, driven by her passion for vivid colour and vintage design. Before starting her label Nicola won the Fashion Futures Designer of the Year in 2004, and went on to exhibit her work in New York alongside Martin Margiela and Yohji Yamamoto. Since then has created capsule collections for two consecutive seasons with ASOS.

Nicola’s non-elitist attitude to fashion see’s her giving designer quality and detailing at a much nicer price, with gorgeous evening dresses and fun day time dresses, in pretty colours and eye catching prints, making up the most of her Spring/Summer 10 collection.

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American Apparel Rummage Sale

If like About your Dress you are a huge fan of American Apparel, and you live in London, then you will be delighted to hear that they have brought their rummage sale here. There will be tens of thousands garments to choose from, with prices starting at £1, and everything at up to 85% off. The event will be running at 81 Brick Lane from Friday 2nd until Sunday 4th April, and don’t worry if you can’t make it on the first day, stock will be constantly replenished throughout the weekend.

Gentle Fawn

American based brand Gentle Fawn Clothing was thought up by designers Daniel and Carla Hogg during an afternoon of thrift shopping, and inspired by a rare collection of antique ceramic fawns. Although today the fawn still remains in their logo as a reminder of the companies creative beginnings, they have since greatly developed their brand.

Gentle Fawn is contemporary and imaginative, drawing a perfect line between design and function, creating gorgeous clothes to wear every day, but still turn a few heads. Their Spring/Summer 10 collection marches to their own beat, whilst still covering big trends like denim and utility.

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Margit Brandt


Another Metropol brand that About your Dress loves is Margit Brandt, which was re-launched in 2005. After being one of the staple brands during the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s and bring renowned worldwide, Margit Brandt is back due to the popular demand of past customers and representatives from the fashion elite.

The brand has been reinvented and modernized by infusing new materials, colours and styles with the original trendsetting designs, however the designs are still unmistakably Margit Brandt. The clothes have a European feel, with lots of draping and clever tailoring, however it is mixed in with gorgeous prints and more daring pieces, and each piece is finished beautifully, giving the pieces a classic yet unique twist.

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Suit

Denmark based brand Suit was launched in 2004 as a menswear line targeting those who preferred a classic style combined with a stylish twist executed in exclusive and quality materials. They later developed a womanswear brand based on the same values, which comes in the form of loose tailored trousers, shapely jumpsuits and simple dresses. The pieces are perfect for a stylish work wardrobe when teamed with accessorises and heels, but also look great mixed in with other current trends for a relaxed daytime look.

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Noblesse

Denmark based brand Noblesse is the brainchild of designer Birgitte Herskind and business partner Tommy Hyldahl, launched in January 2009 to immediate success, as the Autumn 09 collection was snapped up by agents in no less than 9 different countries. The main themes of Noblesse’s Spring/Summer 2010 collection are those of sharp tailoring mixed with soft designs, giving off a strong but ultimately feminine feel, their colour palette is mostly nudes, greys and beiges with some darker tones thrown in.

However, there are some wild card garments present, in the form of graphic print harems and leather trousers, which they have successfully incorporated into the collection by teaming them up with softer items. About your Dress is predicting big things for Noblesse, as they are already coming into their own after just two collections, with gorgeous garments and a meticulous attention to detail.

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Dress Me Up! Charity Auction

The word auction often sparks thoughts of antique clocks and dusty plates, however Topshop’s Dress Me Up! charity auction will be something different altogether. With many of their fashionable friends including Kate Moss, Frida Pinto, Scarlett Johansson, Peaches Geldof, Dita Von Teese, Nicola Roberts and Christopher Kane donating either dresses they wore or dresses they designed, you can be sure there are some beautiful gowns to choose from.

The event will take place at Kerry Taylor Auctions in West Dulwich, London at 10:30am, however don’t fret if like About your Dress the time clashes with your busy schedule (mainly being at work), because you can also bid online at invaluable.com. To make it the perfect shopping experience, all proceeds will go to the charities Age Concern and Help the Aged, so you can guarantee guilt free shopping, since it is for a good cause!