Monthly Archives: August 2010

Fifi Lapin: What Shall I Wear Today?

In the world of animals, there is only one known for her fashion sense, Fifi Lapin, the worlds most stylish bunny. After the phenomenal success her blog has had, despite having a slightly different body shape to most of us, Fifi is set to release a book, on 16th September, answering the question we all ask ourselves, What Shall I Wear Today? Sharing her secrets to perfecting everyday chic, being an irresistible date, looking casual without looking crumpled, getting a pay rise or going for hold-the-front-page glamour, Fifi Lapin can help you out with perfecting your (already fabulous) life.

Luella’s Guide to English Style

It’s no secret that I was in love with the clothes that Luella Bartley created season after season, amazingly tailored trousers, gorgeous dresses, statement coats, many pieces quintessentially English, with the devil in the details. Despite the label ceasing trading almost a year ago, Luella herself hasn’t exactly faded into the background, and is set to release a book called Luella’s Guide to English Style, on 14th October 2010.

Firstly the book looks at the clothes, which coming from a former Designer of the Year and Vogue editor is advice you know you can trust. This section observes what makes English girls the coolest on earth (let’s face it, we are) with our combined dress sense of scruffy, smart, classic and modern, exploding onto style blogs with our ingenious street style and cutting edge looks. Secondly, it looks at the icons, the girls we look up to, “the style tribes vying for the English girl’s allegiance” and how English girls get better with age. Delivered with a wink and a kiss on the cheek, you won’t want to put it down.

Friends of Couture

If it’s one look I love it’s old Hollywood glamour, not something you can usually wear from day to day, but spectacular none the less. However, recently I was told to check out Friends of Couture, an Australian brand that, with their S/S10 collection, has given Old Hollywood an everyday twist. Whether you are a young ingénue or a femme fatale there is something to suit your style, floral tops and polka dot frocks are mixed with sculpted cocktail dresses and hot red knits to cover everyone from Marilyn Monroe to Grace Kelly. The best thing about the collection is that even though it is designed for the Aussie summer, most of the pieces can be styled into the English autumn for that “Oh, I look fabulous? But I just threw it on” look.

Here are a few of About your Dress’ favourites:

For Sale…

This post isn’t my usual sort, but I just want to get the word out. I had a wardrobe clearout a few weeks ago and have finally got around to putting things on eBay, there is about 35 items on there at the moment and roughly 20 left to add, which I’m hoping to get done tonight. All starting prices are 99p, it’s mainly high street and some vintage, but I may put a few designer pieces on there tonight if I can bring myself to part from them. So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to get bidding…

Friend of Mine

Australian label Friend of Mine, designed by Teale Talbot and managed by Letitia McLean, which debuted in 2009 caught my eye in a big way. With their inspiration coming from a cult Bob Dylan track, they deliver exactly what you expect, effortlessly cool style, basics with a twist and stand out accessories. The prints are gorgeous, the shapes are flattering and the styles are right on trend, as a fairly new brand they really have nailed this collection, make sure you check out their leopard print pieces, they really are stunning!

Here are a few of About your Dress’ favourites:

Selfridges Shoe Stories

By now you would have probably heard of Selfridges Shoe Galleries, which will have over 55,000 pairs in stock at one time and 4,000 pairs on display from 150 different brands, including Exclusive to Selfridges shoes. If you haven’t then make sure you have circled the 16th September in your calendar, as this is the grand opening!

To celebrate this momentous occasion, Selfridges want to hear your Shoe Stories, and in return you can win a years supply of shoes. One winner will be selected by the Judges, each Friday for 15 weeks, from the 6th August to the 12th November 2010, so you still have plenty of chances to win. And even if you don’t win, the stories are still lovely and funny to read, the pictures along side them to die for and there is something comforting about knowing that you’re not alone in your shoe addiction.

Love Miss Daisy’s (And Others) Barboot

You may remember a while ago I wrote about a vintage site called Love Miss Daisy, well now they will be selling their gorgeous clothes at an amazing event for people who are fond of vintage, cocktails, good music, Pimms, haberdashery, wine, cupcakes and all things of that sort. Barboot Sale, which is essentially a downright super stylish Car Boot Sale, will be held on 3rd September at The Haberdashery in Crouch End, London from 19:30 – 22:30. Also, if you have anything of this sort that you want to give to a better home, you can set up a stall at the Barboot Sale too, just email massimo@the-haberdashery.com with a short description of what you would like to sell!

Decade

The decade that came to be known as the Noughties contained many significant events that changed or affected many peoples lives. From international terrorism to technological advances, natural disasters to fashion disasters and politics to popular culture, there was rarely a slow news day. Phaidon, the amazing publishing house behind some of the world’s most stylish books, have put together an extraordinary photographic history of this decade.

Decade comes in the form of 500 painstakingly selected photographs, put together chronologically, of the events the world shared, as well as some more personal moments. Along side each image is a short piece on the scene, as well as five essays which explore the environment, art, sport, science and politics. The hardback will be available in late October, and is available to pre order now at only £24.95.

Laura Lee Jewellery

As much as I love costume jewellery, there is nothing like a piece that you can keep forever, which is exactly what Laura Lee Jewellery is all about. Her jewellery is casual but luxurious, simple enough to be worn everyday, and special enough to treasure for a life time. Her inspiration comes from all areas, but much of it comes from one piece of jewellery, her mothers charm bracelet which was overflowing with momento’s from all over the world.

The pieces that she crafts today are all handmade in her London studio, using only precious metals and gems. She enjoys working with coins, creating many pieces which feature them, along with classic pendants such as lockets and anchors, and more unusual charms including a pineapple and a palm tree. As well as chains and pendants, she also has a stunning selection of rings including beautifully engraved bands with phrases including “I shall return to my English Rose” and “Wish upon a star”.

 Here are a few of About your Dress’ favourites:

 

 

J.W. Anderson

I have long admired J.W. Anderson, the Irish menswear designer who originally moved to Washington DC to study drama, before moving to London to follow his newly found love for fashion, which he discovered when working with stage costumes. He established his label before graduating in 2001, and made his debut at London Fashion week in 2007, keeping with his dramatic but exciting style ever since.

Earlier this year he finally produced a womenswear collection, called SAINT + ASSASIN for AW10, and like the menswear the pieces are gorgeously dramatic and right on trend. The collection, which is now available on ASOS, features soft camel cashmere with oversized knits and tassel heart tee’s, as well as sheer black tops and tartan biker jackets, so there are pieces to express all sides of you.

As well as checking out the new collection you should also look at their amazing blog, which not only keeps you up to date on J.W. Anderson news, but also showcases some gorgeous photography. There are some current photographs but the best are the old ones, many of which were found in ancient books or seem to be old family snaps.

Here are a few of About your Dress’ favourites: