Tuesday, 31 January 2012

February Sample Sales

B StoreUp to 80 per cent off brands including Peter Jensen, Sophie Hulme and Bless. To 5 Feb. Mon.-Sat., 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m. @ Kingly Ct., 1st flr., units 1.9 & 1.10, W1B 5PW.

The Secret Sample Sale - Up to 90 per cent off clothing and accessories by Armani, See by Chloé and Joseph. Thurs.-5 Feb. Thurs., 1-8 p.m.; Fri., 1-7 p.m.; Sat., noon-7 p.m.; Sun., noon-6 p.m. @ T2, The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Ln., E1 6QL

Me & Em - Loungewear, cashmere, dresses, jeans and tops from £20. 8-11 Feb. Wed., Fri. & Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Thurs., 10 a.m.-8 p.m. @ 21 Connaught St., W2 2AY

Friday, 27 January 2012

Prada Menswear A/W12

The Prada Menswear Autumn/Winter 2012 collection was modelled by actors Jamie Bell (below), Adrien Brody, Alexandre Carril, Victor Carril, Willem Dafoe, Garrett Hedlund, Emile Hirsch, Gary Oldman and Tim Roth. The more austere and scaled back mood, compared to last season, was dominated by grey, black and white. The uniform-like ensembles featured belted coats, white shirts and thin roll necks. A few coats were even layered on top of each other, and eventually came out in a few more colourful shades, such as red and mustard yellow, some of them pinstriped.

Friday, 20 January 2012

Sofar Sounds

Last night was my first experience of the Sofar gigs that are going on in living rooms all over the world. The line-up included Ligers and The Brute Chorus. Check out www.sofarsounds.com for more info.

Saturday, 14 January 2012

January Sample Sales II

Claret Showroom - Clothing and accessories by designers Winter Kate, Madeleine Thompson, Alice McCall and others from £40. 16-19 Jan. Mon.-Thurs., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. @ 73 Uverdale Rd., SW10 0SW.

Browns Bride - Up to 70 per cent off bridal dress and shoes by Oscar de la Renta, Alberta Ferretti, Vera Wang and more. 22 Jan. Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. @ 12 Hinde St., W1U 3BE

Gina FosterUp to 70 per cent off hats and fascinators. 26-28 Jan. Thurs. & Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. @ 5 Kensington Church Walk, W8 4NB

Thursday, 12 January 2012

Uniqlo Collaborates with Laura Ashley

The next collaboration on the high street is between UNIQLO UT and Laura Ashley. UNIQLO has collaborated with Laura Ashley for spring/summer 2012 to launch an exclusive limited collection of contemporary designed pieces using Laura Ashley Archive prints. The women’s Laura Ashley UT collection includes tees, stoles, and tunics, and launches in stores from February 20th. Laura Ashley and UNIQLO will make a donation from the net sales of the collection to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the UN agency providing protection and support to refugees worldwide. Prices start from £8.90.

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Countdown to LFW

It's just over a month to go until London Fashion Week begins! Get planning your outfits and check out the provisional schedule here.

Monday, 9 January 2012

20 Years of Dazed & Confused

Don't miss this exhibition, closing on 29th January. Curated by Jefferson Hack and Emma Reeves in collaboration with Somerset House, this multi-layered exhibition immortalises the magazine’s most infamous visual stories, featuring legendary photoshoots, iconic covers, controversial editorial content and artwork from influential photographers, designers, and artists. And it's free!

Saturday, 7 January 2012

January Sample Sales I

 Phillipa Lepley - Bridal gowns from £900, plus shrugs, veils and accessories from £150. Sat.-20 Jan. Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. @ 48 Fulham Rd., SW3 6HH

Sassi Holford - Up to 75 per cent off bridal gowns. Sat.-21 Jan. Mon. & Thurs.-Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Tues. & Wed., noon-8 p.m. @ 74 Fulham Rd., SW3 6HH

Ana Cristache - Wedding dresses from £500. Sat.-21 Jan. Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; by appt. @ 11 Beauchamp Pl., 1st & 2nd flrs., SW3 1NQ

Hermès - Discounted women’s and men’s read-to-wear and shoes. 13 & 14 Jan. Fri., 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. The Music Room, 26 S. Molton Ln., W1K 5AB

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Paris - Marc Jacob's Exhibition

Louis Vuitton's hotly-anticipated  Marc Jacobs exhibition will open at Les Arts Décoratifs in Paris on March 9 until September 16. A celebration of the designer's 15-year-long reign at the luxury label, the exhibition will be curated by leading fashion author and lecturer Pamela Colbin.

The showcase will look at both Jacobs' and Vuitton's contributions to the fashion world, seperately as well as together once Jacobs joined the 158-year-old label in 1997. The space will cover two floors, with each dedicated to one of the two exhibition subjects. Visitors can expect to see Jacobs' most famous designs for the French fashion house, alongside a selection of Vuitton's iconic trunks.

Sunday, 1 January 2012

Happy New Year!!

It's New Year's Day and the majority of us are suffering from hangover's, here are some ideas from DailyCandy.com to help you get through the day...

Bartender, Make It a Double
Our favorite hair-of-the-dog remedy is a variation on the bloody Mary: Swap vodka for a light beer and you have a bloody beer. Keep the vodka and add an egg, it’s a red eye. (Visine optional.)

On the RocksYou prefer your poison over ice, but when you wake up feeling like a ship that hit an iceberg, take a cold plunge. Whether it’s in Lake Tahoe or on Ocean Beach, the shock to your system will refresh your senses. Down a gallon of water infused with Emergen-C and you’ll be riding the waves in no time.

Pizza and Mexican with a side of fries? Yum. But what you should be blending in your tummy is a banana shake. A potassium-rich smoothie will hydrate your body and coat your stomach faster than you can reach for the Pepto. Plus, the magnesium alleviates that throbbing headache.

Shaken, Not Stirred
After a nap, head to the gym, sweating out the booze and stimulating your circulation is a surefire detox. You may spend the 90-minute class plotting our death, but we promise you’ll thank us afterward.