Monthly Archives: August 2010

Cleaning Cloth Couture

Stylist to the stars (and author) Hannah Sandling has decided to go her own route when it comes to fashion, and a decidedly green one at that.

It’s quite possibly the greenest and cleanest dress you can get – it’s made from Vileda cleaning products…

Designed by fashion graduate Sarah Gallagher, the dress uses nothing but items from Vileda’s range – typically used for scrubbing the kitchen but apparently now making a cameo on the catwalk.

“I thought it would be great to create a garment that reflects the growing trend for being environmentally friendly,” said Sarah.
“You don’t need expensive new textiles to make something beautiful, as you can craft a great looking outfit simply from dishcloths!”

Personally I think I’ll stick to H&M myself…

What’s new at H&M this season

The head fashion honchos at H&M reckon Denim is still the thing to have this season:

With so much attention on personal style, denim really comes to the fore as a crucial part of the mix this autumn. The focus is on the classic 5-pocket range, with different cuts and treatments to really let individuality shine through. For women, the styles range from skinny to boyfriend cut, with the development of new super-stretch fabrics meaning jeans can be worn skinnier than ever. Denim shorts continue into autumn, with looser boyfriend cut-offs looking particularly strong. And with denim at H&M, it’s all about a total look, as double denim continues with denim jackets and blouses, both with a slim Western silhouette and also with baggier styles that look borrowed from a boyfriend.

For men, raw denim makes a whole new statement, sitting alongside all the great washes to give maximum choice. As well as 5-pocket jeans, the influence of surplus comes through with some low-crotch slim fits and modern utility-inspired styles in different coated denims. Shirts are another key item, with washed-out worker shirts, preppy chambrays and classic Westerns, alongside khaki green shirts for that utility feel.

Ann-Sofie Johansson, Head of Design at H&M, has her eye on all the key items that are arriving in store this autumn. “The poncho feels new this season. Team it with slim leather stretch pants or a pencil skirt and a loose-fitting silky blouse, maybe with a pair of high-heeled boots for a chic, relaxed look,” says Ann-Sofie.

“Indeed the new season is all about playing with new ideas,” thinks Ann-Sofie. “Woolly winter shorts are a great alternative to the mini skirt,” she says, “dressed up with a pretty blouse and high heels, or down with an oversize jersey and chunky tights and boots.” There’s a new focus on accessories too to make a real statement. “Giant necklaces are a great way to update your look this autumn. Pile them on over feminine blouses and dresses or a casual sweater – style mixing is key for autumn!” And Ann-Sofie has one final key-piece tip: “My favourite jacket is the aviator,” she says. “It works with just about everything and for every occasion.”

Catch the first ever Vivienne Westwood shoe exhibition!

For the first time in the UK, the iconic British fashion designer will showcase nearly 200 of her most stunning shoes – from her old archives to her newest collections – in Vivienne Westwood Shoes: An Exhibition – 1973-2010.

The exhibition opened on Thursday 26th August with free entry and features some of her most memorable designs.

Head down to Selfridges’ Ultralounge to check it out!

Emma Watson models her People Tree collection

Last week we brought you news of Emma Watson’s latest People Tree collection – have a look at her modelling her designs…

Scratch n Sniff Handbags

Well this is new – Scratch and Sniff fashion?

You might remember the name Helen Rochfort from her Wizard of Oz handbag as well as her collaboration last year with artist Sarah Graham. Well now she’s got out a new range featuring silver scratch n sniff bags…

They come in Strawberry, Cherry and Apple – an eccentric mix of pop art and vintage styling- making perfect arm candy for those fashion forward seekers! Other styles from the new 2010/11 range include Bang Gun, Sindy in the Woods, Candy Queen, Red Lips and Sugar Mice.

Every Helen Rochfort design is a one off, so when they’re gone, they’re gone! Her unique designs have become collectables for many fashionistas, so better nab one quick!

Go all Fifties with the Victoria & Albert Museum

The Victoria & Albert museum is celebrating the Fifties with a special Friday Late programme, Retro Hollywood Glamour.

This comes on the back of the Grace Kelly:Style Icon exhibition from April, and the V&A is now planning on inviting guests to play a bit of dress up as they put on displays, projections, workshops and performances – all manner of Fifties fun then!

Oscar-nominated costume designer Deborah Nadoolman will be sharing her secrets, as will curator Jenny Lister. Both will take guests on a tour of the Grace Kelly exhibition before talking about the development of the display and the world famous V&A fashion collection.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg – there will be a Hitchcock & Friends Club Quiz for all film buffs, screenings of vintage Hollywood trailers and a photographer and vintage dress-up box ready and willing to be played with.

The event is this Friday the 27th August with everything completely free for those who get there first!

Bespoke Bally made to order

Luxury brand Bally have announced they’re launching a special bespoke service for their existing Scribe collection.

The collection is a range based on the brand’s archive designs and the made-to-order service launches next month.

Shoppers will be able to choose their own design before it’s hand-made and hand-dyed for what should be the perfect shoe. Plus, as a personal touch, the model name and size will be inscribed on the inside of the shoe.
The Swiss label launches the service next month.