Thursday, 27 February 2014

MAISON SCOTCH’S Citrus Drop…




I’m a HUGE fan of MAISON SCOTCH, and their citrus drop has of course, left me hankering after literally every piece from the collection. For spring the brand has turned to Africa for inspiration, exploring a seriously WILD mix of textures and animal prints alongside slick, contemporary sportswear detailing. Blending delicate batik prints and a foray of colour-popping palettes like limoncello and blocks of black and white. Don the label’s printed parka or throw on their jacquard summer coat, or scrap all of that and opt for their quilted bomber jacket. Pull it on over their chic boxy knits and citrus blouses and team it all up with their divine tiger print slouchy pants. Whats not to love?

Available in-store now. 




All images are sourced from Maison Scotch/Sane Communications

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NYC


JACKET: Red or Dead
TROUSERS: Zara
BAG: Mulberry









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Britain’s Next Top Knitwear Designer


LoveKnitting.com are launching their search for Britain’s next top knitwear designer in order to support up and coming knitwear designers in the UK. So, do you want to take your knitting pattern design to the next level?

Not only will the winner of this competition receive £1000 and mentoring from iconic hand knitting pattern designer Debbie Bliss, but work experience from the one and only Emilio de La Morena in advance of his #LFW Spring/Summer show in September 2014. Not only this, but the winning pattern will be sold on LoveKnitting.com with all the profits generated going to the winner.

Judged by the following panel of six knitting experts it looks like it’s going to be one HELL of a competition – so get those needles clicking! For more information on how to enter…CLICK HERE.


All images are sourced from Lily Pad PR/Love Knitting 

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LOUIS VUITTON X Secret Sales



This week its ALL about the vintage LOUIS VUITTON sale at Secret Sales. Whether you opt for the luxe Alize or the darling Speedy 40 you can rest in the knowledge that you're investing in a classic, staple accessory that will see you through many different ensembles for years to come. All monogrammed up they're everything you could want from a vintage Louis Vuitton bag...SO, what are you waiting for? Step to it. Click HERE







All images are sourced from Instinct PR/SecretSales

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Wednesday, 26 February 2014

PAVANE London #AW14



PAVANE London's AW14 collection is ONE seriously LUXE, STYLISH line. It's got:
SOPHISTICATION
RUFFLES
CLEAN LINES
TAILORED SEPARATES 
LUXE PRINT
A COLOUR-PALETTE ONE WILL DESIRE FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIFE
ORIGINALITY
DECADENCE
DASHING SILHOUETTES
STYLE

&
MOST IMPORTANTLY?
THAT EVER-PRESENT PAVANE LONDON TWIST


This is an AW14 drop for the STYLISH woman who wants to stand out from the crowd. She's looking for elegant, classic designs - that will stay contemporary from season to season. She tirelessly craves for individuality and PAVANE London is ALL about that. We're barely into the new season and I'm already lusting after this collection...aren't you?








All images are sourced from PAVANE London/Platform Creative
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A Gold E Jeans


Want to know what’s hitting stores on the 3rd March 2014? A seriously BIG drop: the new high street denim brand A Gold E from the founder and denim pioneer, Jerome Dahan of Citizens of Humanity. The line is all about bringing a brand new line of more affordable quality denim (that meets the needs and the desires of the fashion industry) to the table. With Jerome Dahan driving the design, the line is developed in LA by a strong team of creative individuals and produced exclusively at the company’s own, local manufacturing facilities – allowing them to develop their own exclusive cuts and washes. Fabric-wise – it’s all about luxe, superior quality. The line is “born and bred” exclusively in LA to ensure the product is a unique combination of soft fabrics, the perfect fit, contemporary design and, of course, great value. The range focuses on nine key fits (including the Colette skinny, the Charlotte slim boyfriend and the Zoe shorts) with each shape being available in between two and four varying washes.

Available from John Lewis (ranging from £100-£200)




All images are sourced from A Gold E/Goodley PR

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STORM LONDON



Storm London's luxe arm-candy is calling your wrist this season. With designs available in luxe silver, glamorous gold and chic rose-gold - the brand's got everything to quench your SS14 time-piiece thirst. For me - it's all about the opulent rose-gold number above. Beautifully simple, and clean-lined this is a piece that will never go out of style...whatever the season, whatever the trends...

All images are sourced from STORM London/Chase PR
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Charlie May AW14


Oh Charlie May, how I adored your sleek lines, luxe separates and monochrome palette. Debuting it’s AW14 collection, the show was held at the OXO2 venue on South bank with their campaign girl, Zoe Huxford opening the show. With hats by Gigi Burris for Charlie May, and knitwear by Eleven Everything x Charlie May, the label's chic pieces left the FROW yearning for more. So, why not fall HARD for the brand's asymmetric lines,flared A-Line skirts, cosy roll neck jumpers, luxe leather trousers and sophisticated details. It's the ideal work-wear wardrobe for AW14 - and it's definitely calling us all...








All images are sourced from Charlie May/HPR London

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Baum Und Pferdgarten x SELFRIDGES



Scandi brand, Baum Und Pferdgarten is delighted to be part of Selfridges’ Scandinavian Co-Op initiative throughout February. The Selfridges initiative presents the best of Scandinavian style with an edit of 16 brands each flaunting the vibrant Scandi fashion scene’s new style uniform. Baum Und Pferdgarten is a brand concerned with the interplay between oppositions – feminine and masculine, minimal and grandiose and matte and sheer. It’s a brand that brings to the table a collection that is practical yet surprising, mixing luxe sports fabrics with retro-girly styles, bold colour and cool, inspiring prints. Altogether – it’s definitely a Scandi brand you’ll want to get your hands on. 


All images are sourced from Baum Und Pferdgarten/SNOW PR

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Tuesday, 25 February 2014

ALIGHIERI - The Interview


THE INTERVIEW



If you haven't come across the delectable, jaw-dropping-ly BEAUTIFUL jewellery pieces from ALIGHIERI JEWELLERY you're missing out. These are the pieces you'll want to wear all summer - pairing them with luxe white trouser suits, the season's glorious ice cream pastels and everything and anything in-between. I, very luckily, managed to catch up for a quick Q&A with the designer behind the brand, Rosh Mahtani...



Q1.Has jewellery design always been your forte? Was it always about designing jewellery or did you branch out from another area?

‘Jewellery design sort of found me. I always enjoyed making things, but I never studied design, per se. My degree was in languages and literature at university – after graduating, during sleepless nights, I worried about how I would stumble across the ‘perfect’ career. I started to design and mould jewellery, out of wax. Somehow, it all came together; I became obsessed with designing, and watching my ideas come to life – that’s how it turned into a business venture for me. It was quite an organic process.

But no, it was never all about jewellery. It was always about art in a broader sense – I was particularly interested in the way in which writing and designing could come together.’



Q2.Tell us a little more about your design background...where did you start off? Did you intern or work for other designers before branching out on your own?

‘I am entirely self-taught; I did a one day course on wax carving, and then just made up my own rules! I think that’s why I enjoy it so much, I’ve never been great at following specific guidelines. I always think, why, why can’t you just take the wax to the flame and see what happens! This mentality is not very commonplace in the jewellery industry where precision and perfection are so paramount.

I did intern for other designers, namely Estelle Dévé. It was with her that I learnt so much about the industry as a whole - the process of pitching a collection to Buyers and Press. I also interned for various fashion magazines, where I saw the other side of it – how editors go about organizing shoots, finding designers and the like. So I had a year of exploring the industry from many different angels.’



Q3. Why the name 'Alighieri'? How did you come across this name?
‘I studied Dante Alighieri’s ‘Divine Comedy’ in my 4th year at Oxford University, and I was lucky enough to be taught by some incredible professors, who were so passionate about the text. This passion was contagious, and I started imagining the characters from the Dante’s poems, in three dimensions. Serpents wrapped around my wrist, foxes heads hanging on chains, and bark-like rings, weaving themselves across my fingers. Dante wrote in Florence, in the 14th century, at the same time that Michelangelo painted frescos, and carved the David, at the same time that artisans built gilded doors, and bronzes galore. So making jewellery, inspired by the creatures of Divine Comedy, and the canon of art it embodies, seemed like a very natural fit. ‘Alighieri’, also represents for me, the idea of travel and learning, of making terrible mistakes and telling stories. I started my collection with the aim of making one piece of jewellery to portray each of the cantos in Alighieri’s ‘Divine Comedy ‘– there are 101 canti, so it’s a continuous work in progress!’



4. Who were the designers you were inspired by when you were growing up?
‘Growing up, I looked at Stella McCartney’s work in awe – I dreamed of wearing a crisp white shirt with a beautiful suit. I have always been inspired by simple things; as a young child I was obsessed with Prada- my aunt had a black Prada backpack that I thought was the coolest thing in the world.’

5. Who inspires you now?
So many people! In terms of designers, I love Simone Rocha – the mixture of masculine and feminine. I’m coveting 3.1 Phillip Lim’s SS/14’s white structures worn with tonnes of gold jewellery, and J.J. S Lee actually makes me want pink in my wardrobe! I only every really wear neutral coloured clothes – my friends joke that I’m afraid of colour. I like to be monochrome, with lots of stacked gold jewellery. On a personal level, I am totally inspired by my father, as he has the most amazing tenacity and sense of humour.’

6. Your latest collection of creations are truly beautiful - what is the inspiration behind this collection?
‘Thank you! As I mentioned, I designed each piece from a story in Dante’s Commedia; however, emotionally, I would say that this collection was very much born out of feeling a little bit lost and battered from my travels! I spent some time in Australia after graduating, and travelling around Europe. Hence the way in which all the pieces are a little bit scraggy, and imperfect. I personally think that the storms they have weathered make them all the more beautiful. Each piece tells a story, and will have more stories to tell as it travels with its new owner.’

7. Do you have a favourite piece?
‘I think the Claw Ring is my favourite piece so far; maybe because it was one of the first pieces I sold. It also has a lot of sentimental value – you can wear it as a solitary gold claw, or in a pair, one stacked on top of the other.’



8. If you could choose any celebrity or a famous face to wear your designs who would it be and where would they be?
‘Am I allowed to choose a fictional character? It’s a bit of a cliché movie to quote, but in a dream world, I imagine Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly wearing Alighieri jewellery as she frolics around Manhattan, being the silliest, most beautiful girl – stealing animal masks from newsagents, and scrambling in her bag for the last cigarette. She epitomises that ‘hot mess’ that is a little bit all over the place! That’s sort of what Alighieri embodies. In a contemporary context, I would love to see Alexa Chung in my designs.’

9. If you could collaborate with a high street store who would it be?
‘Cos. The majority of my wardrobe is from Cos! I would love to see my jewellery in that minimalist context.’

10. Where do you see the brand in 5 years time?
‘I would love to see Alighieri as an established name in the jewellery industry in five years’ time, but also in the context of the art world. I see the brand collaborating with writers, other artists and photographers, in the design process. I want to create a story that would be at home in galleries such as the V&A, and the Design Museum, as well as boutiques. I also see Alighieri having roots in Florence – the collection is so entrenched in Florentine history, as well as personal memories of the city. I hope to have a complete 101 pieces in five years’ time!’ 


Rosh - thank you once again for your time!

All images are sourced from White Smoke Communications/Alighieri Jewellery

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