Urban Spin Folli Follie Watches

When it comes to accessories and adornments, I’ve always had a preference for the aesthetically chunky and black and red are one of my favourite colour combinations. So you can imagine my glee when I spotted these rather perfect little timepieces, part of the Urban Spin collection from Greek brand Folli Follie.

Featuring stainless steel roses and rubber straps, an Urban Spin watch is definitely featuring in my letter to Father Christmas this year. I do hope the jolly one hasn’t been hit too badly by the recession though as prices are between 150 – 220 Euros, which wouldn’t be so bad if I didn’t want every one of them!

 

For more information visit Folli Follie

Urban Spin Folli Follie Watches


Shopcuffs dresses

Edit - This is a case of me being blind as a bat my friends, Shop Cuffs do indeed ship internationally! So good news all round (apart from eyesight!) 

This one is more for our trans-Atlantic friends ( you lucky people you) as these uber cute dresses are from shopcuffs.com, a site that unfortunatly gives no indication of international shipping (correct me if I'm wrong, oh shoppy cuffs do)

Anyhoo, here's the linkage for those that can...www.shopcuffs.com

 

Shopcuffs dresses


camilla wellton

Ok, rather loving, somewhat endearingly, these structred wool coats by Swedish designer Camilla Wellton. A more beautiful cut you'd be hard pressed to find. And more so, it can also be a cut just for you, as if one of the standard sizes doesn't fit your frame you can also request a made-to-measure option.

Also a special mention has to be made to the model in this photoshoot. Grey is now officially the new black, brown and blonde. I walked past a young lady at the airport the other day with strikingly grey hair and I'm almost tempted to abandon the hair dye and let nature take its course. Though somehow me thinks that the odd stray strand doesn't quite have the same impact as full on silver.

camilla wellton

camilla wellton

camilla wellton

 

camilla wellton

camilla wellton

For more info visit: www.camillawellton.com


United Nude

Formed by architect Rem D Koolhaas and shoe designer Galahad Clark in 2003, United Nude are the proof in the pudding that great designers, and indeed great design can transcend disciplines. With inspirations coming from anything from Stealth F-117 fighters to the furniture design classic; the Charles and Ray Eames chair, the brand has a distinct architectural voice, that lends itself perfectly to footwear.
Now what I would be really interested to see, is a flip on perspective here – how well would shoe design translate into building design. Maybe the old nursey rhyme “There was an old woman who lived in a shoe” might not sound so silly after all...


United Nude have just opened a flagship store in Amsterdam, located in in the prestigious city center address of Spuistraat 125.

Visit:www.unitednude.com

United Nude


Oli - Search for a Designer

Since Oli's launch, they have scooped 'Best Newcomer' at the coveted Cosmopolitan Online Awards, and also polled 3rd in the Sunday Mirror's High Street Fashion Awards for 'Best Website!'. Now you can have a little taste of that success by entering their competition, which offers a chance to design a capsule range for the Oli Fusion Autumn/Winter 2010 collection.

You'll get to work directly with our design team to put your designs into production - and you'll even get your name in the label of every garment, gaining valuable exposure! You'll join our impressive list of Oli Fusion designers past and present including PPQ, Sinah Stanic and Jasmine Guinness. The winning range should capture the essence of the Oli brand, with an appropriate mix of edgy design and commerciality. Your designs must appeal to Oli's target audience of fashion-savvy twenty somethings. Closing date:18th December 2009.


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Fair trade and ethical jewellers, CRED, have teamed up with James Bond Jeweller Sophie Harley to create a vibrant and opulent collection of intricately designed jewellery. The inspiration for the 15 piece range comes from Harley’s recent trip to the African Savanna and features 18ct fair trade gold and a rainbow mix of rubies, amethyst, fire opals and sapphires.

To get your mitts on one of these dazzling delights, you’re going to need some gold in wallet to get some gold in your wardrobe as prices start from £2500.

Available from www.credjewellery.com and the Chichester Boutique from mid October 2009


Samantha Cole

It’s easy to see why London based designer Samantha Cole picked up the accolade of Best Womenswear Designer for her Spring/Summer 2009 collection at 2008’s New York Fashion Week. The collection is a master class in fabric sculpture, featuring striking silhouettes tailored from silk, cotton, organza and silk taffeta.

Reminiscent of Eyola, Samantha Cole’s collection shows influences of the detailing and opulence of the Edwardian and Victorian eras. However what I am particularly drawn to in Cole’s work is the aura of something darker, something more fantastical, like a surrealistic gothic fairytale.

If the shoot  by Annie Leibovitz for American Vogue was all about Alice in Wonderland, Samantha Cole’s Collection could be Alice Through the Look Glass, with its darker storyline and monochromatic themes of chess. In fact, if Tim Burton decides to make the sequel Cole could make a superb costume designer.

Noir fantasy aside, whilst the collection packs an impressive visual punch as a whole, individually there are some beautiful and very wearable pieces. I am particularly enamoured with the wide legged, large chequered trousers and the elaborately pleated jacket is just divine.

To view the whole collection and for more information about Samantha Cole visit www.samanthacolelondon.co.uk

Samantha Cole

Samantha Cole

Samantha Cole


Kays Dress

Now I dont usually consider Kays to be a hotspot destination for cutting edge fashion. I still don’t. However after a recent virtual visit I’ve come to the conclusion that they must have a new buyer on the books as their product range is looking decidedly better than I remember. They currently have a rather good selection of dresses, all of which wont break the bank.

Featured are Love Label Biker Dress £49 (my favourite), Teatro Embellised Kimono Dress £99 and Teatro Pencil Dress £69.

All available from Kays

Kays Dress

Kays Dress


Magadalena Sokolowska

OK, so there must be something about Marmalade that is uber cute, first Marmalade Ho and now Marmalade Clothing (I also had a rather charming guinea pig called Marmalade). Maybe I will now keep my eye out for fashion named after spreadable condiments.  Goes well on toast? A fashion must.

Marmalade Clothing is the concept of Polish born, Toronto based designer Magadalena Sokolowska. Her signature style celebrates vintage shape and colour, with her bubble-gum design distinctively 60’s retro flavoured.

You purchase pieces from the collection here


Marmalade Ho

I discovered Marmalade Ho by complete accident (thanks to a typo and Google), but I’m glad my atrocious spelling led me to perhaps the cutest thing in fashion I have ever seen.

Who could not fall in love with the Helix Cat and Runny Mouse prints? And Bunny Bang Bang, well that’s just genius. Even more bizarre than these adorable prints, is perhaps the story behind how they came about. Click on “What Ever Happened to Marmelade Ho?” and you get the story of a “deceptively cute looking girl living in a place called Clone town. She’s a creative individual in a dull town full of chain shops which are full of the same mass produced rubbish.” The story goes on to explain how she fell into her drawings and met Iik- iik, Mii-ow and Bunny Bang Bang.

It’s all utterly bizarre, adorably imaginative and wonderfully kitsch– well worth checking out.

www.marmalade-ho.co.uk

Marmalade Ho

 

 


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