Monthly Archives: January 2011

Grays Antique Market

Living in London it is easy to walk past something a lot and never really notice it, until a nice man at Ernest Jones tells you about it when you are looking to get your bracelet fixed. Ok it doesn’t always happen like that but that’s how I found out about Grays Antique Market. I’m sure there are hundreds of amazing antiques, but it’s the jewellery that really caught my eye. Gorgeous costume jewellery every few metres, huge stones, exquisite designs and delicate craftsmanship feature throughout this beautiful indoor market.

I was going to put a bunch of photos on from the website, however I don’t think any of them really do the two storey palace justice. So, I urge you to pop down to 58 Davies Street, next to Bond Street station, armed with a bit of cash and a lot of will power!

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Connected Generation

Connected Generation is a new concept in fashion retail where designer Rachel Cosford engages with her customers to find out what they want, rather than telling them what they should be wearing. This concept, which involves asking customers for opinions via the Connected Generation website, Facebook and Twitter, seems to be working as she recently won Pure London’s Next Generation competition.

Connected Generation create easy to wear pieces which feature fun prints and a friendly price tag, what more could you want? Well, if there is something just have your say!

Here are a few of About your Dress’ favourites:

Lee Klabin SS11 Couture Collection

British designer Lee Klabin took Paris by storm with her Couture SS11 debut collection “Doll House”. If you haven’t seen her designs before, she has released a short collaborative film with Perry Curties which is dark and haunting, giving the perfect dramatic setting for such beautiful creations. Enjoy!

Charlotte Taylor

Of the new designers I’ve come across, there is one that really sticks out when it comes to everyday wear that makes you feel (and look obvs) good, that is Charlotte Taylor. Tweed, penguins and stylish waterproof capes (please remove any theme park poncho images from your mind) all featured in her AW10 collection, which was perfect for every occasion whether you’re a city dweller or country chic. AW10 favourites…

Her Spring Summer 11 collection features amazing shapes, fun prints and bright colours. Taking on a variety of trends she has nailed the midi’s, maxi’s, 70’s and careful tailoring through a variety of pieces that all bode well together as well as look good with basic staples. SS11 favourites…

Although there has not been much noise from her over the past few months, she blogged yesterday saying that the business had gone through some changes and that she would divulge them soon. So, fingers crossed its good news as I think this lady has far to go in the fashion world, especially with her down to earth “Lancashire Lass” attitude.

Liberty Prints SS11

When it comes to designing fabrics they don’t come more beautiful that Liberty’s. Their Spring Summer 2011 collection features collaborations with award-winning illustrators such as Lauren Child and David McKee who wrote children’s classics such as Clarice Bean and Elmer. In addition to this there are pieces from up and coming illustrators, so imagine fun and fresh prints on luxe fabrics to brighten up your room this spring.

Here are a few of About your Dress’ favourites:

SS11 Trend: Pleats

Recently, maybe because it’s two degrees warmer, or maybe because I’m getting a bit bored of winter, I have found myself longing for the chance to wear flowing clothes. As I am trying to avoid the whole boho vibe (I tried, I failed, I’m just too clean a person) flowing clothes aren’t too easy to find, however I seem to have found salvation in pleats.

That neat little detailing is cropping up on garments everywhere, with the high street incorporating them into trousers, shirts, skirts and dresses they are an elegant update that will still leave you with that free feeling. Now whilst I’ve only put a few items from them, I recommend you head to the ASOS and Topshop websites for more pleated beauties.

Here are a few of About your Dress’ favourites:

ASOS Pleated Bust Jumpsuit – £50

ASOS Pleated Sleeveless Maxi Dress – £65

Love Label One Shoulder Pleated Dress – £48

Motel Sally Pleated Skirt -£12

Peacocks Ladies Pleated Skirt – £18

Purple at Dorothy Perkins Pleat One Sleeve Dress – £38

Theory at Liberty Fuchsia One Shoulder Pleated Dress – £152 (was £380)

Robbie Bee at TK Maxx Pleated Dress – £19

Topshop Pleat Collar Blouse – £38

Topshop Tobacco Pleated Wide Leg Trousers – £48

Nanette Lepore

Nanette Lepore is an Ohio born, New York based designer who has recently caught my eye with her gorgeous SS11 collection. The collection mainly consists of fun, flirty, colour popping dresses, lightweight jackets and swimwear. There are also plenty of subtle details such as ruffles, bows, cutting out, embellishment and cinched waists which really make each piece special. This is the most excited I’ve been about Spring/Summer 2011 for a while!

Here are a few of About your Dress’ favourites:

Shakuhachi Pre-Fall 2011

Australian brand Shakuhachi released images of their Pre-Fall 2011 collection just before Christmas and it’s fair to say the pieces HOT! Featuring satin, sheer and fringing in a bright palette including yellow, orange and gold, these are the sort of dresses that just make you want to go out and party.

Images from Predestrian.TV

Kat Maconie

British born footwear designer Kat Maconie launched her first collection in 2009 after working in design and product development teams for a variety of brands. Despite being relatively new she has already caught the eye everyone from Vogue to Drapers and is already stocked in six countries.

Kat’s designs are gorgeous on the outside with obvious attention to detail, shown by touches such as fans, ropes and her signature gold screws. I thought the boots I coveted would be too high (I love high heels but cannot handle them for too long), but after trying them on I admitted I was wrong. Her shoes also have inner beauty in the form of Mould to Measure insoles, which makes them more comfortable with every wear. Basically, your all round perfect shoe!

 Here are a few of About your Dress’ favourites:

Favourite Film Fashions

Over the festive season I watched many films, which got me thinking about my favourite fashionable films. Now I don’t just mean The Devil Wears Prada and Coco Before Chanel, as fab as they are, I was thinking about films in other genres which have amazing stylists. Dating back over the decades, many of these have been the inspiration for many of today’s designers. So without rambling too much, here are a few of About your Dress’ favourites.

Blow Up

Bonnie and Clyde

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Clueless

Factory Girl

Grease

Royal Tenunbaums

The Boat That Rocked

The Thomas Crown Affair

When Harry Met Sally