Monthly Archives: February 2013

Beyonce under fire for her custom kicks

Beyonce has come under critism and provoked anger with animal rights groups, notably PETA, after it emerged that she had enlisted  PMK (Perfectly Made Kicks) , a company who ‘pimp up’ sneakers for those who have more money than sense, to recreate an Isabel Marant wedge trainer with a plethora of animal, reptile, bird and aquatic skins: stingray, ostrich, calf fur, crocodile and anaconda.

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“Summoned by King Bee and given the task to create a custom design worthy of her approval, PMK takes the Isabel Marant sneaker wedge back to the beginning of time and gives it what they call the Eden treatment,” the PMK website proudly states. “A hybrid of land and sea skins are used to create this handcrafted creation. Stingray, Ostrich, calfs fur, Crocodile, and Anaconda give the already impeccable design attitude and the tones of white mixed with gold stitched details produces a feeling of elegance, mimicking the southern belle’s sweet and fierce persona. Perfectly made describes this design best [sic].”

What do you think?

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Whistles personalise clutch bags

Whistles’ range of zip-top leather pouches have been a runaway success and from early March any Delilah purchased from Whistles’ flagship Dover Street store can now be personalised too.

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Available in ‘hot pink’ or ‘silky black’, the Delilah can be monogrammed with your initials in summer hues of aquamarine blues, lavenders and fluorescent limes and personalisation will be completed within two weeks at a cost of £95 (the clutch costs £55 without monogramming).

The personalised clutches were see worn by many a fashionista during London Fashion Week – including Teen Vogue ‘s Gloria Baume, writer Sarah Mower, fashion editors Caroline Issa and Julia Sarr Jamois, as well as Olivia Palermo.

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What do you think of the clutches?

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& Other Stories

Other Stories is a new premium high-street brand from the Hennes & Mauritz group, to be launched this spring.

Priced higher than H&M’s fast-fashion mainline, its clothing, shoes, bags, jewellery, skincare and cosmetics with clever proportions and understated accessories.

The brand is comparable to the Cos brand with similar prices, starting at £5 for a nail polish and reaching £195 for a leather biker jacket.

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Sara Hildé Bengtsson,  creative director of & Other Stories, says ‘So much has happened in the past couple of years in terms of personal expression. We were looking at street-style blogs and thinking that one thing was not more important than the other; a lipstick is as important as shoes. It’s about how you put things together.’

There are designs to suit all ages. ‘That vibe we have in the fashion business that something is either right or wrong to me feels outdated,’ Anna Teurnell, the brand’s head of design, says. ‘If something is good for you, then it is right.’ Ageless classics include heavy satin sculpted skirts and shift dresses, a raspberry silk crepe dress with a cut-out back, and a suede skirt with graphic patchwork detailing in green, black and grey.

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The launch of the British flagship store on Regent Street, London is causing much excitement. The stories.com website will allow you to mix and match clothes, accessories and make-up ideas to your personal taste, and if the reaction of the fashion press is anything to go by, high-street shoppers are promised a happy shopping experience.

& Other Stories opens in London on March 8. stories.com

What do you think? Will this be a welcome addition the the British high street?

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Rihanna Unveils River Island Campaign

Rihanna has unveiled her River Island campaign for the first time, after showcasing the collection at London Fashion Week on Saturday night.

Rihanna hired some big names in modelling to showcase her debut collections, with names including Jourdan Dunn, Charlotte Free, Tao Okamoto, Ataui Deng and Bambi Northwood Blyth.

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Photographed by Mario Sorrenti, the shoot – as with the clothing itself – is inspired by the Nineties.

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Models lounge on a car – against a backdrop of vibrant colour – wearing a mixture of pieces from the collection, including a black floor-length dress with daring side split, a navy jumpsuit, and a striped bra top and high-waisted shorts.

The range lands in stores on March 5.

What do you think?

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Chloe Sevigny for Opening Ceremony

Autumn winter 2013 marks the fifth collection between Chloë Sevigny and Opening Ceremony.

Inspired by the restlessness of youth and free thinking, she adopted classic 1960′s silhouettes – A-line coats, babydoll dresses, mock necks and lots of pockets for the women with pastel hues.

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The catwalk show was held at St. Mark’s Church on The Bowery, the 38-year-old actress and fashion designer stood amongst her mod-themed models with blank stares, who, like the protests staged by youthquakers in the Sixties, held signs that said things like: ‘The agony of power.’

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MS Sevigny explained: ‘I feel like every teenager that’s somewhat alternative goes through a sixties obsession and a mod obsession’ continuing ‘Every collection is a nod back to my teen years. It’s very narcissistic.’

What do you think?

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Sunday Best

Sunday Best
Cornelis printed silk mini dress – Paul & Joe- £325
Cropped satin bomber jacket – Burberry Prorsum – £1,195
Delphine suede platforms – Charlotte Olympia- £595
Gemstone encrusted cuff – Chanel Vintage – £760
Twisted leather and gold bracelet – Hermes Vintage – £500
Lil Ukita textured-leather shoulder bag – Marc by Marc Jacobs – £350

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Charlotte Olympia’s Be My Valentine collection

Charlotte Olympia is celebrating February 14 in style this year with her Be My Valentine collection of heels and flats with appropriately romantic names like Bisous and Bon Bon.

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The British designer, Charlotte Olympia has marked Valentine’s Day by launching a new collection of romantic shoes From Bisous ballet flats, to Bon Bon slingbacks and Debonaire heels, the Be My Valentine collection includes 6 styles in neon and pastel satin and suede, and as a sweet touch, a heart -shaped platform features on the heels.

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What do you think?

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