Today’s post is for those that love to bag a bargain, as last night saw the launch of a brand new TK Maxx store right in the centre of Covent Garden. Store openings are usually quite a dry affair, but this was one hell of a party. Attended by Eliza Doolittle, Westlife’s Kian Egan and Peaches Geldof, who, judging by her bulging shopping bag is a fan of their designer goods at discount prices. Eliza even took a turn on the decks playing her favourite tunes as shoppers partied in the aisles.
Eliza Doolittle takes to the decks in an unusual micro mini and padded gilet combo
Westlife’s Kian Egan with his wife and former Hollyoaks star, Jodi Albert
A selection of beverages and chic canapés ensured that guests were well looked after, whilst the circular, central bar saw waiters entertaining the crowds with their cocktail-making skills. Whilst there, I also had a browse and loved how organised, colour co-ordinated and beautiful the store looked (check out the purses on display below).
In-store – purses are sorted by colour
Based on Long Acre, and flanked by brands such as Reiss and Gap, the new 3-floor store houses mens and womenswear, and a whole ground floor dedicated to accessories. The fifth TKMaxx to open in London’s Zones 1 & 2, this is the one that will appeal most to central London shoppers due to the prime location in tourist hub Covent Garden. The store opens to the public today, so why not pop in and pick up a bargain in your lunch hour or peruse the aisles before attending a West End show. Good labels at prices you’ll love… who can argue with that?
TK Maxx, 15-17 Long Acre, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9LH www.tkmaxx.com
As you may or may not know I am a tad obsessed with bold prints, and my current pattern-of-choice is waxed African fabrics (as mentioned in my previous post https://stylitz.wordpress.com/2013/08/09/a-riot-of-colour/). Following last month’s medley of international fashion shows it appears there is no abating the current trend for bold prints, with the SS14 shows illuminating the catwalk with a plethora of vivid colours. Today’s post however is of a more homely nature, with a focus on interiors rather than attire.
Last month I styled a streetstyle campaign for Gap and was delighted to meet a number of creative and inspiring people who were used in the ads. Each were selected for their own personal style and coaxed into Gap jeans in a ‘How do you wear yours?’ type shoot. One such person was the lovely Yinka Ilori, a talented furniture up-cycler who customises old chairs and tables using stunning African fabrics. A graduate from London Metropolitan University, Yinka hails from North London yet his use of colour and quirky twists on furniture are definitely inspired by warmer climes.
Some of his delightful customised pieces
Yinka exhibits at shows both in London and internationally, including the prestigious Milan Design Week. A solo exhibition of his work can currently be seen at The Old Shoreditch Station on Kingsland Road, in collaboration with Look, Like, Love. Entitled ‘It Started with a Parable’ he uses stories from his childhood and traditional Nigerian parables as an influence for his designs. He also holds regular workshops for Jaguar Shoes Collaboration teaching others how to breathe new life into old unloved furniture.
Yinka inspiring others to up-cycle
Working to order from his East London studio Yinka is available for commissions, so why not be brave this autumn and bring some colour to your home with one of his unique stools or tables. Guaranteed not to be available in Ikea.
‘It started with a Parable’ runs from 13th September – 24th November at The Old Shoreditch Station, 1 Kingsland Road, London E2 8AA. www.oldshoreditch.com; www.looklikelove.co.uk; www.jaguarshoes.com
Check out Yinka’s work and more at www.yinkailori.com
This week I have been very busy with two big jobs. One is a street style international online campaign for Gap, and the other is styling for the final episode of series 3 of Ashley Banjo’s Secret Street Crew (Sky 1). We started filming this series as far back as March, but had to have a 2 month break whilst Ashley and the Diversity boys filmed another show.
One of the options for our final group (which consists of 6 lovely ladies) is a floral bomber jacket. Unfortunately, I can’t divulge whether we are going with this look but it has inspired a street style blog about said jackets. I hope you like them…
If you like the look and are after something similar then Dorothy Perkins has some fab options in the sale. Buy a size too big and team with shorts for summer and trousers for winter. A black and white tee also looks good (as seen in the above images) whether it be linear or graffiti text. Heels or high tops are my preferred footwear for this look.
All the above jackets are from www.dorothyperkins.com and are in the sale so you better be quick…
On another floral note, I also found this rather cute floral baseball cap by a brand called T.W.O Face – an independent urban clothing label from London. Check out their other styles here http://theworldsoriginalface.bigcartel.com/
Baseball cap by T.W.O Face London