Monthly Archives: July 2010

H&M AW10 Collection

To be quite honest, I’ve been going off H&M for a few seasons as every time I go in there I’m greeted by quite frankly cheap looking prints, and whilst they do have the odd hidden gem, the Oxford street and Regent street stores are usually too manic to even bother. However a few months ago I discovered that the Covent Garden store was actually quite peaceful, this prompted me to go in and buy a few basic pieces, and remember it for later.

Now I have just seen the new AW10 collection I will definitely be paying them a visit, as it is a lot more chic then their previous seasons. There is a lot of camel and tailoring, and once again they focus heavily on coats. Wait, don’t groan just yet. Whilst last winter most of their coats closely resembled tat, this year they have made a come back, featuring my favourite item, the camel cape, along with some other gorgeous cover ups. Along side these there are fabulously tailored flared trousers, “perfect for winter” shorts and several luxurious tops. It’s fair to say that H&M have grown up this season, a move which I think they needed.

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Whistles AW10 Collection

Since I can remember Whistles, the high quality, not so highly priced, high street brand, they have not exactly struck me as cutting edge when it comes to fashion. Then at the beginning of the year I saw a certain pair of printed trousers in a street style piece, (see 15-03-10 in my Grazia Scrapbook) that made me sit up and take notice, and to my surprise I actually liked a lot of their collection.

Therefore when writing a piece about capes the other day, I decided to take a look at their AW10 collection and unsurprisingly they are continuing with their bold new brand identity. Under the watch of fashion dynamo Jane Shepherdson, they are producing gorgeous, on the fashion pulse garments that you will be racing to get into your wardrobe.

Whistles have stepped even further away from their old look and it really pays off, there is a lot of play with materials as feathers, fur, silk and leather are all present. Misshaped jumpers and many over sized garments show off their new edgier streak, being more synonymous with street style icons and vintage lovers that the traditional preen Whistles customer. As well as broadening their own imaginations’ they have also taken inspiration from the catwalk, featuring a flying jacket, cape and leather shorts. In my opinion Whistles is on the up and I don’t think it will be disappearing off the style pages any time soon.

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The Original Car Shoe

I never thought that something called a Car Shoe would ever appeal to me, especially since my foot hasn’t touched an accelerator since I moved to London, but when I came across Italian brand the Original Car Shoe my heart skipped a beat. I do love a good loafer with the right outfit and they have so many styles, colours and materials you won’t struggle to find one that suits you. On top of this they are allegedly super comfortable, perfect for pounding the pavement on long shopping trips or tackling busy tube escalators, in fact they are so lovely it would just be rude to hide them in your car.

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AW10 Trend: Capes

I don’t mean to wish the summer away, but like most people interested in fashion I’ve been looking forward to winter since the AW10 shows in February, and one of items that is at the top of my “to buy” list is a cape. There is something incredibly regal and chic about wearing a cape, plus they hide a multitude of sins that may appear over the winter months, especially at Christmas (yes I just cursed myself for mentioning Christmas).

Although it is only July I have already noticed many capes coming into the high street in a range of styles, cropped, hooded, patterned, trench and I can guarantee that by the time the temperature drops there will be a lot more. Also, if you don’t want to risk bumping into somebody in the same one, you can always go vintage; capes are a garment that wavered in and out of fashion over the decades so with a little bit of searching you’ll probably find something gorgeous!

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House of Dagmar

Swedish label Dagmar was started in 2005, and has been bowling over the fashion industry one award at a time ever since. It was started by three sisters who all have highly impressive backgrounds in fashion, either in Sweden or internationally, and it really shows in their clothes as well as in the company’s success. Dagmar’s philosophy is “arty chic” and it really shows, with beautifully tailored trousers, tops made with stunningly minute detail and uber glamourous dresses, it’s fair to say that each garment is beautifully modern and belongs in every fashion forward wardrobe this autumn.

Best of the Blogs: Pedestrian Thoughts and Ideas

I love a good fashion blog, but sometimes it’s good to go back to basics and just read a blog about one person’s personal experiences, which is exactly what Pedestrian Thoughts and Ideas is about. I may be slightly biased as I know the person who writes it, but that just means I also know that the things that he writes about are completely true. His posts are a mixture of funny happenings (he is one of those people that hilarious things just happen to) and general musings on life, written with heaps of genius wit that will literally have you crying with laughter.

Talullah Tu

Costume jewellery is amazing, but costume jewellery in the style of designer brands is even better, because let’s face it not all of us can afford £250 for a necklace that is only going to be in for one season. This is the reason I am loving Talullah Tu, the accessories website that takes the best of the runway and recreates it at high street price. So, if you have seen a fabulous piece of jewellery that is way out of your price range I suggest you try Tallulah Tu before you give up hope. Also, if you fancy a little pre pay day pick me up, their sale is now on with pieces from £3!

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Fake London

It’s been quite obvious for some time now that a 90’s revival has been imminent, Take That, 90210 and double denim should have been warning enough! But, whilst some fashions should stay firmly in the past (Mel B’s Camo mini dress anyone?), others should be welcomed with open arms, like Fake London, the iconic 90’s brand who are back and better than ever.

After taking a break for a few years, Fake London have released a new collection but are sticking to their roots. I don’t want to sound like Nick Griffin but it’s all so British, and I love it, think union jacket prints and mod clothing mixed in with Jane Austen and Sherlock Holmes. Floaty dresses, skinny leggings, tweed capes and fur feature throughout, and the colour palette wouldn’t be out of place on a Norfolk farm, but this just makes it work even more. So if you want to embrace something good from the 90’s put down the N Sync CD and head down to Harvey Nichols where Fake London is now on sale.

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Best of the Blogs: Domestic Sluttery

I pride myself on a beautiful home (by that I mean one-bed flat in South East London), but find with work, social commitments and other engagements I don’t have much time to dedicate to being domestic. If you are nodding your head in agreement, then you should check out my lastest Best of the Blogs edition Domestic Sluttery, the home and lifestyle blog for women who have better things to do.

Written by a group of woman from different professions, passions and in one case country, who cook, decorate and design (usually with a glass of wine in their hand), they can show you how to make your home gorgeous without having to give up your life. As well as food, drink and design, they also cover health and beauty, to make sure you’re looking as fabulous as your home!

Hannah Zakari

I love costume jewellery, and I’m always on the hunt for something a little different, so I was overjoyed when found quite a few new bits within Hannah Zakari, the one woman operation owned by Rachael Lamb. Her aim is to promote small independent brands, who handcraft their products with care and precision to bring you something new, as well as sell her own designs.

Whilst browsing the site I fell in love with the cluster necklaces, such as the Wizard of Oz and Keep Calm and Carry On pieces, as well as the super cute lovebirds on a branch and book necklaces. As well as jewellery she sells stationary, homewares, bags and accessories in a range of gorgeous prints and designs.

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