Saturday, 11 December 2010
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This has got to be the best new label in town! With so much over-designed footwear around, Joux Joux seems like a breath of fresh air. Simple but beautifully proportioned and intricately detailed, super-stylish yet wearable, hand made in Italy yet affordable- what more could one ask for?
Saturday, 20 November 2010
Sunday, 14 November 2010
Monday, 8 November 2010
Sunday, 31 October 2010
I recently found this lovely printed silk scarf by Elsa Schiaparelli- here’s a bit of history about this legendary designer.
Elsa Schiaparelli was an Italian fashion designer born in 1890 and died in 1973. Along with Coco Chanel, her greatest rival, she is regarded as one of the most prominent figures in fashion between the two World Wars.
Perhaps Schiaparelli's most important legacy was in bringing to fashion the playfulness and sense of "anything goes" of the Dada and Surrealist movements. She loved to play with juxtapositions of colours, shapes and textures and embraced the new technologies and materials of the time. She was a great innovator: Schiparelli created wraparound dresses decades before Diane von Furstenberg and crumpled up rayon 50 years before Issey Miyake's pleats and crinkles. In 1930 alone she created the first evening-dress with a jacket, and the first clothes with visible zippers, initially on sportswear, then on evening dresses- today one of Lanvin’s trademarks. In fact fastenings were something of a speciality, from a jacket buttoned with silver tambourines to one with silk-covered carrots and cauliflowers. She had a lot of "firsts" in the fashion industry. Her career had begun with her introduction of graphic knitwear with patterns and emblems.
Schiaparelli insisted that women should dare to be different. Wearing extravagant clothes was synonymous to being chic. Utilizing wit and shock tactics to arm modern women, she believed they would gain equality and independence.
Wait- it gets better: Schiaparelli had 12 commandments for women:
1. Since most women do not know themselves they should try to do so.
2. A woman who buys an expensive dress and changes it, often with disastrous result, is extravagant and foolish.
3. Most woman (and men) are colour blind, They should ask for suggestions.
4. Remember 20% of women have inferiority complexes. 70% have illusions.
5. 90% are afraid of being conspicuous, and of what people will say. So they buy a gray suit, they should dare to be different.
6. Women should listen and ask for competent criticism and advice.
7. They should choose their clothes alone or in the company of a man.
8. They should never shop with another woman, who sometimes consciously or unconsciously, is apt to be jealous.
9. She should buy little and only of the best or cheapest.
10. Never fit a dress to the body, but train the body to fit the dress.
11. A woman should buy mostly in one place where she is known and respected, and not rush around trying every new fad.
12. And she should pay her bills.
Saturday, 18 September 2010
Sunday, 4 July 2010
Originally from Romania, Ana - Maria Pasescu - Stewart graduated from De Montford University of Leicester in 2006 launching her website featuring Product, Furniture, Jewellery, Set Design and Art direction in 2009. Ana -Maria is an experimental designer, always trying to make something out of nothing.
“Manipulating simple materials is something I can’t get enough off, I am the sort of person who obsesses over form, shape and its beauty. I am intrigued by seeing something of a simple nature transform in my hands, its captivating”
She has worked for Jam design, Phillipe Starck / BBC, Tom Dixon, Gillian O'Brien and many others working on projects for Teen Vogue, Veuve Clicquot ,Nike and Evian.
Come in and have a look! There's more to choose from!
Tuesday, 4 May 2010
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Zanzan | Luxury English Sunglasses
In 1960s London, Maltese gangsters walked with a swagger, looked sharp and turned heads. They had a name for the exhilarating feeling of wearing something stylish for the first time - they called it Zanzan.
Zanzan sunglasses are limited editions; handmade in the Jura Valley, France by third generation artisans using a combination of the most advanced production techniques available and traditional methods dating back over sixty years. English design, French craft; they are built to last by people who take pride in their work. They are made from the highest quality hand polished Italian acetate and fitted with Sola lenses by Carl Zeiss Vision Sunlens. They are sold with a beautiful gold-embossed leather and suede-lined case, handmade in England.
The designers behind Zanzan, Gareth Townshend and Megan Trimble, drew their inspiration from the sub-cultural style elites of the 60s and early 70s - the Dolce Vita style of the Italian Beatniks, the cinematic élan of the French New Wave, psychedelic samba collectives in the Rio de Janeiro foothills and the 'beautiful and damned' in Yves Saint Laurent's Paris. A devotion to this spirit of eclecticism and elegance is at the heart of Zanzan.
The 2009 collection introduces four new designs - Rubirosa, Black Rio, Zazou and Le Sept. Each model is available in a choice of colour combinations. RRP £220
Rubirosa recalls an age when impossibly exotic Latin American playboys seduced the beautiful, the glamorous and the wealthy wherever they could be found. In the 1940s and 50s, impeccably attired lotharios danced, raced and romanced with style and passion in Havana, Hollywood and the French Riviera.
In early 70s Brazil, Soul met Samba and a tide of thermonuclear funk and black civil rights washed in from USA. Parties exploded under the stars and young hipsters with afros, ivory necklaces and platform shoes danced all night in the humid foothills of Rio de Janeiro. A whole a new tropical subculture had arrived: Black Rio.
The Zazou were the swinging kids in war-torn Paris who put the chic into greaseball. United by a distaste for their repressive Nazi/Vichy rulers, their dandyism, their hedonism and a love of the wild new jazz sounds blowing in from America, they were an authentic subcultural style elite: resistant, nonconformist and hip.
Le Sept was the favourite nightspot of the fast fashion pack in early 70s Paris. Chic starlets danced with Yves Saint-Laurent, Rudolf Nureyev, Francis Bacon, Bianca Jagger, Karl Lagerfeld, Kenzo and Andy Warhol. Rothschilds rubbed shoulders with students in a cauldron of intrigue where beauty was the only passport.