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Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Velvet an Autumn Essential

It is a fact that with any economic recession a trend for reassurance and robust solidness moves in quickly, it becomes part of our daily life without us even noticing. Who wants to experiment with risky “investments” when uncertainty is the forecast?  “I rather have a tea please!” No wonder during recession times tea mugs are top sellers.

The History

With fashion being the place where art meets psychology, it is therefore no wonder Velvet is on the way back. For a long period velvet was a possession of the rich and royal; a sumptuous, luxurious fabric that gave those who wore it the feeling of comfort, solidness and significance. - King Richard II of England dictated in his will that his body should be clothed in velveto in 1399.

Charcoal Velvet by Paul Smith

There are many theories on where Velvet originated from. But most people agree that it originated somewhere in the Far East, was carried along the legendary Silk Route by Arabs to Europe and the rest is history. Most people also agree that “Men and Velvet” are a good combination... no need to mention film stars sporting it on and off the big screen throughout the times constantly.

The effect on women

My first Velvet was bought 8 years ago because my ex girlfriend (a shoe designer) said: “A man has to have a velvet jacket”, I also noticed a good friend of mine (a fashion buyer for a top end fashion brand) making that sound of pleasure “hmmm” while running her fingers over the jacket while my new girlfriend (a trade finance specialist) got quite excited when she discovered the velvet jacket in my wardrobe.

I dare say velvet is the fabric that goes in and out of trend more often but it is also the one you go to when in need of that “extra oomph”. With most top end fashion brands gambling on it, Velvet is no doubt an Autumn Essential, making it the best “investment” for your wardrobe this season.

What's on offer

With every comeback there’s something new and this time the twist is on the amazing colours and the bold prints over the fabric’s luxurious texture, so here you have a few pieces worth checking out:

Richard James has this amazing deep turquoise jacket which is a breath of fresh air from the traditional dark colours.

Paul Smith is promoting the modern day dandy using navy velvet side pockets and upper lapel on a velvet charcoal jacket.

Wish-list item: McQueen's blazer

Alexander McQueen makes an artistic approach by adding a white mini polka dot paint print over black velvet. – The jacket is incredible; consider the waistcoat as well, it’s amazing!

Also by McQueen a blazer with an all-over deep rich brown check print, feels luxurious and elegant. - consider the trousers as well; whether together as suit or separate they are one of a kind!

Navy Velvet by Joseph

Take a look at Joseph’s navy blazer with patched pockets radiating an understated classy look. The round leather elbow pads adding a touch of countryside rough may sound strange but got to be seen to be understood.

Duchamp in burgundy

Herringbone velvet? Yes that’s it! In a dashing burgundy tint for those who want to impress. This dinner jacket is Duchamp’s look for this season’s essential piece.

The perfect luxurious deep brown, the perfect classic fit, the perfect timeless velvet jacket by Prada is an investment for years to come.

Burberry oozing British coolness

Pale Gun Metal is the name Burberry gave to one of their velvet jackets, referring to its colour and together with the soft stitching around the lapel it transpires alluring unpretentious cool.

Do you want to defy formal evening wear? Geives & Hawkes has the most exquisite black velvet dinner jacket.
Last but not least to get that perfect black velvet jacket with a touch of retro softness and perfect lapel stitching, Armani Collezioni is what you are looking for. Another “investment” into your wardrobe which I am sure you will return to when in need of something special but understated.

Armani Collezione - Investment piece

If like me you don’t like losing the day walking around in and out of shops, all of the above and plenty more “velvet” can be found at Selfridges. Helpful pretty shop assistants can also be found there too.

Article: Joao Q.

Monday, 17 September 2012

London Fashion Week: Vivienne Westwood SS13 Highlights

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Sunday, 16 September 2012

London Fashion Week: Sophia Webster SS13 Highlights

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Friday, 14 September 2012

London Fashion Week SS13 Live Stream

London Fashion Week starts today and in just a few hours the first shows begin.

Don't miss out on the action and watch the live stream here

Here is the schedule for today

09.00 – Antoni & Alison
11.00 – Caroline Charles
13.00 – Maria Grachvogel
14.00 – Corrie Nielson
15.15 – Bora Aksu
17.00 – Jean-Pierre Braganza
19.00 – Felder Felder
20.30 – KTZ

I will also be following the action via twitter, facebook and instagram. Enjoy!

Monday, 10 September 2012

Monday, 30 July 2012

Bosideng London opened on South Molton Street


Leading Chinese clothing retailer Bosideng just launched its premium menswear brand in South Molton Street. The multi-milion store opened its doors on July 25 and men are in for a treat.

Full review to follow but for now have a look at the making-off video which is perfect for after work eye-relaxation.


Win the new BlackBerry 9320 or a £250 Shopping Voucher!

BlackBerry have created a really fun game to highlight the amazing apps available on their new Bold 9790 and Curve 9320 handsets, and what's more by playing the game you can be in with the chance of winning a brand new BlackBerry 9320 and £250 of shopping vouchers.  Educating, fun and a chance of prizes; what are you waiting for?  

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Thursday, 19 July 2012

Marsèll at LN-CC

Unique Italian brand, Marsèll just landed at iconic trendsetter store LN-CC.

Marsèll transforms sturdy, classic shapes into designs with a twist. Heels get a sculptural shape; meticulous finishing adds a dash of polish where you’d least expect it; a slice, or a hole, turn into design statements.

These shoes are perfect for fashion forward tomboys who like to play with innovation and tradition.

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Tomasz Donocik at Harrods

Tomasz Donocik seems unstoppable. After scoring Jewellery Designer of the Year in 2011, a place in HOT 100 and his debut at Rock Vault for London Fashion Week he just officially launched his sought after fine and silver jewellery collections in London’s elite shopping destination Harrods.

Surrounded by leading designers such as Stephen Webster, Wendy Yu, Sevan and Bochic, Tomasz takes prime position in Harrod's prestigious Jewellery Hall with his own branded counter display made from concrete and leather. 

Tomasz says: "Entering Harrods is a pivotal step for the brand. Harrods is truly unique luxury retail environment and a magnet for the world’s elite shoppers. It is an honour to take residence here alongside such established brands’’"

Congrats from Shopping Spy. We can't wait to stop by.

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Topshop - When Shopping gets personal

Here is my latest article for glam

Sometimes you pick up a flyer, think ‘great’ and do nothing.

I knew about Topshop Personal Shopping, also that it’s a free service but still I let my friends drag me to the Oxford Circus branch on each of their visits, fought for clothes with hundreds of other shoppers on the overcrowded shop floors, queued for the cloakroom, toilets and later at the till and it could have been so different. 

When Preeya, a marketing consultant from London told me about her stylist at Topshop I paid attention. She is a regular and has used the service for over a year. Every Friday, Hayley, her stylist waits for her in the personal shopping suite with a rail full of clothes all in her size, style and pulled for the occasion. Preeya is sold on the service and doesn’t go shopping anywhere else.

Intrigued by what I hear I take a look myself. And I’m not disappointed. Here is the lowdown.

The venue
Oxford Circus offers 8 Personal Shopping Suites and 2 VIP fitting rooms for special events. Some of the rooms interconnect with each other so if you want to come with your whole entourage you just get a bigger space.

The clothes
The rooms will be tailored especially for your appointment. With as little as one hour pre-warning time the personal shopper team swarms out and ‘pulls’ different outfit options for you. This could be a complete wardrobe overhaul in case you have ‘nothing to wear’, an edit of the ‘straight-off-the-catwalk-into-your-wardrobe’ pieces or everything you need to pack for your honeymoon to ensure you look stylish when you sail off into the sunset.

The shopper
To assure you have maximum one on one time with full style attention during your visit, you’ll have your very own personal shopper at your service. There will also be an assistant in case you need anything in a different size, colour or combination. That’s two people just for you.

The time investment
Shopping sessions can last from in & out in 15 minutes for no fuss shopping divas who know what they want, up to 2 hours for a complete wardrobe miracle if you're stuck in a fashion rut or want to work a new look and don't have a clue where to start.

The VIP service
Be assured you’ll feel very well looked after with a stylist team and every look at your finger snip; All of this on comfy lounge seating with refreshments, no queues, and even your own till.

The special events
Your personal shopper’s mission to get to know your style is not just to assure a spot on look, no - how exciting - its aim is also to invite you to special events. This could be anything from Richard Nicoll’s Blushing Bride launch event to pre-ordering the Unique collection before anyone else gets their hands on it. On the actual launch day you just come in, try on your pre-ordered dress and take it home. No stress, no camping over night, no cat fights with hysterical fashionistas, just cool, relaxed guest list style shopping.

The costs
The service is complimentary but be warned if a whole rail of your favourite looks is on offer in your size with a stylist on hand who knows what suits you there's just one way out - get it all.

Friday, 13 July 2012

Mirror Mirror... by CHANEL

Mirror Mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?

It must be Ingune Butane, the star of CHANEL's latest beauty video. The clip is promoting the new lip colour Rouge Allure that will be available in store in September this year in 16 shades.

It took 3 hours to apply the little mirrors to Ingune's face but the result is a masterpiece and as glamourous as you would expect it from CHANEL.

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Seven Dials Shopping Guide - Village Shopping in the City

Here is my second article for fashionsalade:

London might look like one big city but on closer look it divides into several smaller neighborhoods and villages. Seven Dials is one such village. In the heart of Covent Garden, away from the hustle & bustle of the main tourist spots it brings you seven streets of independent boutiques, heritage brands and vintage stores.

These are my favourite stores in Seven Dials:

Orion, Monmouth Street
Orion is a paradise for everyone who loves retro looks and girly dresses. The store offers a wide selection of adorable dresses made of vintage inspired fabrics and figure flattering styles. Prices range from £40-60, which makes them a welcome alternative to the same old Highstreet labels.

Everything comes in one size only, which seems odd first but ultimately saves a lot of time looking for different sizes. They also offer a great selection of accessories from Tilby hats to Satchel bags in a range of colours, all perfect for the festival season.

For store details click here 

Tabio, Neal Street
Your one-shop-stop for everything sock related. If you haven’t been in Tabio you don’t know what you’re missing out. Tabio offers a massive range of normal socks, special socks, edgy socks, long socks, short socks, coloured socks, patterned socks, crochet socks, lace socks, under socks, over-the-other socks, tights, sockets and leggings – it’s amazing.

The Japanese heritage might explain why Tabio presents a whole world of foot accessories to complement your outfit. No matter whether you want to get a pair of delicate sockets with lace rim or something more daring like the lace up ankle socks, this shop will inspire and deliver. I never leave without my head full of ‘leg coordination’ ideas and a bag filled with the supplies for it.

For store details click here  

The Loft, Monmouth Street
Vintage shopping is great fun. It is even more fun when you get your hands on something that is unique, a bargain, one of a kind or something that simply looks amazing on you. The Loft on Monmouth Street will make it very easy to find exactly that. It is full of contemporary second hand designer labels including Prada, Gucci, Jimmy Choo, Chloe and many more.

Suppliers are celebrities; stylists, fashion editors or ordinary mortals who need space in their closet and provide the shop with a constant stream of fabulous frocks. Most items are available for roughly 30% of their original price so be prepared for screams of delight and a bargain bonanza.

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Lollipop, Neal Street
French women know how to dress. Where others fail after hours of trying hard they excel with ease and casualness. If you want to investigate further into the French way of ‘throw-on-in-minutes to look stunning for hours’ head to Lollipop in Neal Street.  The chic Parisian accessories label offers a great range of bags, shoes and costume jewellery for young, urban and fashion conscious woman.

The charming boutique with its rose coloured walls and French style interior makes a welcome change to the contemporary stores nearby.  Products are girly in design with fabrics such as lace, embroidery and bows.

You really get into the French mood and I wouldn’t wonder if you step out already planning your next trip to Paris.

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Poste Mistress, Monmouth Street
A shoe boudoir oozing glamour and with a luxury feel. The store has opulent red velvet curtains framed posters of old Hollywood icons and sofas adorned with plush cushions. It is the perfect environment to check out the coolest and edgiest shoe labels of the season.

From Acne, Opening Ceremony and See by Chloe to Dr Martens, Underground and All Star, Poste Mistress stocks high-end labels as well as lesser known underground brands. This is what makes this shop unique and the shopping experience addictive.

For store details click here 

Spex in the City, Shorts Gardens
Spex and city is a beautiful small boutique and the place to go if you're looking for cool, sophisticated and standout glasses. They have a superb collection of frames and the likelyhood that you meet someone wearing the same ones goes to zero.

The staff is skilled, extremely friendly and super helpful when it comes to deciding which model to go for. It’s not easy since there is so much choice. Not your average glasses store and definitely one not to be missed.

For store details click here  

Need a break? Check out Candy Cakes on Monmouth Street for the best cupcakes ever or Roast & Conch for “cacao cuisine, a chocolate infused lunch (sweet & savory & to die for).