If you’re a fan of feminine attire, live in dresses and always have a pop of pink in your outfit then today’s blog is just for you. The amazing London Fashion Week designer Simone Rocha has created a collection for revered denim label J Brand that is as far away from basic blue jeans as you can manage.
Expect Rocha’s signature modern Victoriana style translated onto denim in her favourite three shades – baby pink, bold red and black. Ruffles can be found worked onto oversized jackets, peeping from the hips of boyfriend jeans and circling drop waist dresses.
The collection launches exclusively today at Dover Street Market, followed by Selfridges, Net-a-Porter and Browns on 1st December. But be sure to be quick, Rocha is a firm fashion favourite and with denim this pretty these rails will clear fast.
Simone Rocha x J Brand launches today (Friday 14th November) at Dover Street Market.
In the interest of defying this miserable weather I am posting all things summery on my blog this week – witness Sunday’s feature about the gorgeously bright Peter Pilotto for Target collection. Today’s piece is a feast of flowery loveliness, featuring the latest manicure offering from innovative nail polish experts Ciaté.
Ciaté Flower Manicure in Strike-A-Posy, £18
Ciaté Flower Manicure in Bada Bloom, £18
Available exclusively from Selfridges & Sephora this month, the adorable Flower Manicure comes in two options – the bold Strike-a-Posy in pink or the pastel Bada Bloom in blue (such great names!). Each pack comes with a 5ml polish and top coat, along with a nail file, tweezers and a selection of natural dried pressed flowers to add to your nails. Yes that’s real flowers, so there’s no need to pick up a paintbrush and channel your inner Van Gogh, although you may need a steady hand and some skills with a pair of tweezers. So be inspired by this Spring’s bold floral trend and adorn your nails with a plethora of petals. And just in time for a weeks practice before London Fashion Week. Fabulous!
Dried pressed flowers (Bottom image: http://www.pixiwoo.com)
Ciaté Flower Manicure kits retail for £18, available exclusively from Selfridges www.selfridges.com and Sephora www.sephora.com
This week saw the online launch of the Sarah Angold for Freedom at Topshop jewellery range. With an MA in Constructed Textiles from the RCA and clients including Selfridges and Hussein Chalayan, Angold is a name to watch in the world of accessories. Her main range employs techniques such as laser cutting and acid etching to create unique architectural pieces, with her team utilising the finesse of watch-making to craft all the pieces from her East London studio.
Freedom at Topshop, £52
Angold has not compromised on quality with this diffusion range for Topshop – each item in the collection is handmade in her studio and engraved with an individual production number. Having arrived at the Oxford Street store 2 weeks ago, fashion fans outside London can now grab a piece of the action online. If you like your necklaces to make a statement then this is the range for you. Bold, graphic and futuristic, these pieces are perfect for a hedonistic night in balmy Ibiza. Or, closer to home, add one to your outfit for this weekend’s Secret Garden Party.
Sarah Angold for Freedom at Topshop. Prices range from £30-£60 http://www.topshop.com
For her stunning main collection and lighting designs go to http://www.sarahangold.com
Freedom at Topshop, £32
NB. Speaking of partying, a pair of Angold’s striking earrings wouldn’t go amiss at the V&A’s Club to Catwalk exhibition, which highlights the clothing of the crazy 80s London clubbing scene. With a resurgence of 80s influenced garments currently in stores, and neon brights doing the fashion rounds, you can get inspired by the New Romantics or warehouse party looks of a bygone era. Just leave the glow-stick at home.
Club to Catwalk: London Fashion in the 1980s at the V&A London runs until 16th Feb 2014 http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/exhibitions/exhibition-from-club-to-catwalk-london-fashion-in-the-80s/about-the-exhibition/
Ah! Hugo by Hugo Boss. If, like me, you have fond memories of the ever-popular fruity fragrance you may be interested in finding out more about the brand behind the bottle. Today sees the retail reveal of the Hugo 20th Anniversary Collection, featuring 20 key pieces with a striking red, black and white palette.
The collection has been unveiled to coincide with the anniversary of the Hugo line, launched in 1993 as a range with a more unconventional, experimental edge. With clean lines and minimal detailing, this understated collection includes patent ankle boots, a scarlet two-piece suit and a graphic monochrome blouse. Stunningly simple and easy to wear this is the ultimate capsule wardrobe. I’ll take one of each please.
In store today at http://www.store-uk.hugoboss.com and http://www.selfridges.com
NB. Furthermore, to coincide with this year’s anniversary, on 31st July London’s Saatchi Gallery will be hosting an exhibition entitled Hugo: Red Never Follows. Featuring the work of 20 urban creatives, the exhibition will comprise of video installations, murals and light features all inspired by the spirit of Hugo. The perfect avenue to champion your new graphic garments.
Hugo: Red Never Follows will open to the public for free from 31st July until 1st September.