Monthly Archives: February 2014

LONDON FASHION WEEK ARRIVES…

…and we are ready for you!

London stores have gone all out for LFW with schemes of strong monochrome and/or floral mixed patterns with flashes of metallics and pops of acid yellow, coral and the occasional cobalt blue, humour, movement and layering…

LIBERTY

Liberty London Fashion Week Window 2014I took quite a few pics of this one- so much to take in!  Love Liberty’s collaborative window with Helen Bullock, which involves mixed media layered window with loose paint strokes on the glass, and the fabric swatch and paint drip backdrop.  The simple clean mirror props weighted by stone contrast nicely with the busy backdrop.  I like it because it’s got an energy to it…makes me think of either a frantically busy design studio or a city at night.

OASIS

Oasis London Fashion Week Window 2014Oasis’ windows do literally move with the floral patterned L, F and W initials going up and down like fairground carousel horses.  ‘The Oasis Go Round’ design idea was dreamt up by two students, Anna Horvach and Bai Yehe, from Central Saint Martin’s Narrative Environments course.  Oasis’ Christmas window scheme was my favourite festive window last year, so it’s nice to see the flagship store follow up with something equally as eye-catching for Fashion Week.

WAREHOUSE

Warehouse Philli Wood Fashion Council Window 2014Warehouse’s simple window scheme contrasts greatly with Oasis’ display across the road but it’s a great environment to showcase Philli Wood’s debut capsule collection in collaboration with the British Fashion Councils Colleges Council.  I like the unfinished board, the warm clean strip lights and trestle style supports…not showy just a few design elements so the clothes speak for themselves.

JIGSAW

Jigsaw London Fashion Week Window 2014The photos don’t really do this Jigsaw window justice.  It tells a story and it made me smile.

H&M

H and M London Fashion Week Window 2014H&M have stuck with their favoured monochrome colour palette but have added accents of electric blue with the mannequin styling, and metallic panes to the backdrop and within the triangular floor structures.  The contrast between the 2D rectangular backdrop panels and the angular prismatic lighting and 3D floor pyramids works really well.

MANGO

Mango London Fashion Week Window 2014Mango’s window also made me smile with the bespectacled wide eyed mannequins walking chiwawas and strutting their stuff.

I saw so many lovely Spring windows today which I’ll post soon…London is looking good!

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Online Valentine’s Gifts

It’s the last shopping weekend before Valentine’s Day but if you can’t face the crowds, here are a few online gift options…

FOR HER…

If your partner loves all thing patterned, then George the Chameleon is the perfect necklace for her.  George was born from a collaboration between Brighton based designers Designosaur YEAH and Hello Dodo and I just love him!  He goes with any outfit!

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George The Chameleon Necklace

Although these Charlotte Olympia shoes are called Birthday Shoes, why not get them for Valentine’s Day…extra points for getting your partner’s shoe size and star sign right!  The shoes are embellished with a Swarovski crystal Zodiac symbol and come with a Charlotte Olympia horoscope book.  I love the embroidered zodiac symbol on the heel!  If flats aren’t your girls thing, heels and clutch bags are also available.

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Charlotte Olympia Birthday Shoes- Scorpio, Pisces & Taurus

Why not get one of these stylish etched apothecary bottles from Rockett St George coupled with maybe a bottle of your partner’s favourite bubble bath or…

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Rockett St George’s Apothecary Bottles

…buy a bottle of Lush’s Prince Charming Shampoo.  Your partner can be swept off her feet every morning!  You can wrap both the bottles in Lush’s Do Knot Disturb wrap which doubles up as a scarf and has a conscience being made from 100% recycled bottles.  A Vivienne Westwood designed wrap is also available with all profits going to climate change campaigns and sustainable solutions in the UK.  Good old Lush!

lush prince charming shampoo and Do Knot Disturb wrap scarf

Lush’s Prince Charming Shampoo and Do Knot Disturb wrap scarf

I absolutely love this next gift and is perfect for any Instagram obsessive!  It’s called Projecteo and you basically pick 9 of your favourite Instagrams online which are then printed onto a single frame of 35mm slide frame.  These then get posted to you with a mini projector!  Now this is from a US company and it does take them 2 days to create the film then 14-21 days to ship outside of the States so the projector won’t arrive until after Valentine’s Day, but you can buy a gift certificate so your partner can choose her own favourite pics.  The Projecteo is only $35/approx £21.50 (excluding shipping and taxes) which I think is great!  It’s just a bit of fun but I love it…if only I instagrammed!

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Projecteo- click on the picture to see how it works!

FOR HIM…

The Spicery’s SpiceBox subscriptions are a great gift idea for guys who either fancy themselves as a bit of a culinary genius, or for those that are getting to grips with the kitchen.  You simply subscribe to either a 3, 6 or 12 month subscription and then chose between a ‘Friday Night Curry’ box or ‘World Kitchen’ box, then once a month a Spicebox will drop through your letter box containing; laminated recipe cards and a binder,  samples of freshly ground spices measured for the recipes enclosed, news, tips, offers and discounts, and a special gift every 3 months.  Guaranteed monthly date night….and he does the cooking!

The Spicery Spicebox

The Spicery’s Spicebox

Probably not the most romantic of presents but Joy’s Man Shed Box is quite funny, and perfect for guys who are constantly misplacing things…and who don’t have a garden to own an actual shed!  

Joy Man Shed Box

Joy’s Man Shed Box

One Must Dash’s print below entitled ‘Love Letters’ is a subtle reference to Valentine’s Day.  It would look great in a study or office.

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Love Letters print by One Must Dash

Not On The High Street is one of the best websites to go to for personalised gifts, and some of the independent designers and makers can turn personalised products around so quickly.  Guitarists would appreciate this initialed African Rosewood plectrum by Maria Allen Boutique.  If you order within the next couple of days, the plectrum will arrive for Valentine’s Day using standard UK delivery, but a next day delivery option is also available.

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Maria Allen Boutique’s Wooden Initial and Heart Plectrum available at Not On The High Street

If your chap’s Movember facial hair has outstayed its welcome, treat him to an old fashioned cut-throat shave.  For London based folk, Ted Baker has numerous Grooming Rooms  which you can purchase treatment gift certificates for- judging by the videos on the website, your man will be completely pampered!  A few other traditional barbers around the UK include Manchester’s Gentry Grooming, Ruffians (great name!) in Edinburgh and Jack’s of London have numerous barber shops dotted around.

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Gift Certificate for Ted Baker’s Grooming Room

If any singletons have bothered reading this far, I spotted this today in Oliver Bonas…and yes, I did have a flick through!

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‘How to Woo’ available at Oliver Bonas

Enjoy Valentine’s Day everyone and I hope this gift guide has been useful!

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