News for September 2011

Milly Simmonds, b 1990 England

For the paranoid in you

Secret Stash from yiting cheng on Vimeo.

I love this.

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Posted: September 28th, 2011
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Into Dust

There’s something about this song that I love, even if I did first hear it on a game advert.

Posted: September 27th, 2011
Categories: Music
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Autumn at Oasis

I’m loving the Autumn offerings from Oasis and they’ve just opened their mid-season sale so I’ve compiled a little wishlist…

Colour Block Long T-Shirt, was £20 now £12

Burgundy Mixed Fabric Oversized Blouse, was £45 now £25

Fuchsia Colour Block Skirt, was £20 now £15

Cotton A Line Skirt, was £40 now £25

Red Leopard Print Shift Dress, was £60 now £40

Black Star Print Midi Dress, was £65 now £30

Ochre Snake Trim Lock Cross Body Bag, was £26 now £15

**UPDATE** 28.9.11Oasis are now offering free standard delivery on top of 50% off in the sale. Use the code FREEDEL0911, valid until 1st October.

Posted: September 26th, 2011
Categories: Fashion, Shopping
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London Fashion Week S/S2012 Highlights

It’s taken me a little while to get round to writing this post. My usual habit after a mammoth working week is to just keep on going but this month has been really challenging so I decided that straight after LFW I would avoid my laptop, shun all work emails and really try to do nothing so that I might enjoy physical and mental rest and recuperation. But now I find myself ready to reflect on Fashion Week and my personal highlights..

Below – some snapshots from LFW S/S12

The lightbulbs at the My Beautiful Fashion venue on New Oxford Street. It was great discovering that someone I used to intern with at Robinson Pfeffer is now working for MBF and catching up with her briefly after a show.

Eudon Choi is my favourite emerging designer right now and his S/S12 collection moved away from his signature utilitarian vibe into something more sportsluxe. And colour! I loved it.

The Felicity Brown presentation at the Royal Opera House complete with violinist in A/W11 FB – exquisite.

The Zoe Jordan show, inspired by Little Edie in Grey Gardens, was an absolute winner for me (and very autumnal for a Spring collection). After the gorgeous show I got to go backstage and chat to Zoe herself.

On Monday 19th I went backstage at Antonio Berardi to see the preparations for the 10am catwalk show. I was delighted to meet manicurist Sophy Robson and get snap happy around the fabulous slicked back hair looks courtesy of John Frieda.

I then hotfotted it front of house with Miss B and her fabulous glitter Miu Mius to catch the show which was characteristically gorgeous.

I got to sit front row at Pringle of Scotland where Abbey Lee opened the show. Alistair Carr‘s debut Pringle show was such a new turn for the heritage brand and I’m really excited to see the next stages of its reincarnation. If S/S12 is anything to go by, Pringle is in safe hands.

Katie B and me (wearing Lucy Jay) waiting for the Todd Lynn show to start..

I’ve attended LFW every season since September 2009 but attending as part of Team LLG aka LibertyLondonGirl.com has been quite a different experience to say the least. LLG really does open doors and I’ve been so privileged to be able to join Sasha and Miss B as well as the lovely LLG assistant Katie B for this season. The pictures I’ve put up here don’t even begin to portray the mad, exhausting, fabulous week. The first day I survived purely on cake, frozen yoghurt and vitamin water; I got to ride in the Mercedes-Benz, sit front row next to my editor idols, witness gorgeous shows and generally be a part of a much-envied tradeshow.

Here’s to S/S12 and London! There’s plenty to celebrate in the capital right now.

Oops I got a bit carried away in Fopp

The post where the panic sets in

London Fashion Week is a mere day away. And the panic is setting in – why don’t I look like any of these ladies??

All images by Vanessa Jackman, bar the penultimate two which are by Scott Schuman and the last which is by Hanneli Mustaparta.

Parisian Chic

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I’m writing this from The Shirt Company’s exhibition stand at Pret a Porter Paris. Working here means I’ve had a lot of time to check out what’s new on the scene and to people watch to my heart’s content. I’ve only ever been to France once as a child and I don’t remember much about it so coming to Paris has been an illuminating experience for me. Although I’ve obviously always been aware of a certain French style – Parisian in particular – it’s quite a different thing seeing these women in real life.

For starters I’m amazed at how many women seem to dress in cliched ensembles like Breton stripes. But my overwhelming feeling is one of jealousy – of their figures and amazing wardrobes. I can’t quite put my finger on what makes their style so special but I think it also has a lot to do with their tanned physique and general attitude to clothing. It really is all about blazers, skinny jeans, cropped trousers and rolling up the cuffs on your shirts.

This trip I’ve been reading Donna’s book Parisian Chic by Ines de la Fressange and am about to buy French Women Don’t Get Fat by Mireille Guiliano. As we travel back to London tomorrow (after a good shopping spree and spa trip in the morning) I have a feeling I’ll want to take a little bit of Parisian style back with me to inject into my wardrobe, and my outlook.

Matchbook magazine

If you haven’t already seen it I suggest you all go and check out Matchbook magazine, and not just because I’ve styled the main fashion shoot for the September issue…

The online mag, based in San Francisco, celebrates everything a bit cute, a bit kitsch and a bit twee. It’s totally unpretentious and will make you smile if you’re into life’s little luxuries, simple pleasures and a hearty dose of nostalgia. Their take on life really reminds me of Briony’s blog A Girl, A Style – those two online publications are most definitely kindred spirits..

Well, anyway take a look and let me know what you think of the A/W shoot I did with the lovely Erin Barry!