Wednesday, 31 October 2012

More than Miyake

FOR ISSEY MIYAKE, who remains one of the most experimental and enduring designers in fashion, truly great design goes beyond changing the way we dress or how we decorate our homes—it's about liberating the mind and igniting ideas. In 1965, Miyake arrived in Paris from Japan to study haute couture. And for a few years, he did just that. In his classes at the Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture, he learned how to tailor a perfect jacket and sew a perfect cocktail dress. It was all very refined, bourgeois and expected. Then came the Paris strikes of 1968, when French students protested everything that represented the postwar establishment. For Miyake, the riots were an awakening. "I realized that the future was in making clothing for the many, not the few," says the 74-year-old. "I wanted to make clothing that was as universal as jeans and T-shirts."
Full Story to be found in the Wall Street Journal:

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Luxury Leather Loewe - Order Now!

For anyone interested in placing orders WELL AHEAD of the collections becoming available (e.g. March 2013) certain big name designers - Burberry amongst them - allow the public to pre-order via the web.  One of these, the fabulous Spanish leather label LOEWE , is allowing the public to place orders for their SS13 pieces up until 31st October.  Amongst the SS 13 collection are these fabulous investment pieces - Suede Trench in Hot Orange and Military Green Debossed soft leather jacket and softes suede trews.  So those of you with the money and the inclination should place their orders quickly to be ahead of the fashion pack!

Friday, 26 October 2012


Imperial War Museum, London
To 1st January 2013
If you've not caught it yet, why not visit the Imperial War Museum over Remembrance  weekend?  This major exhibition explores the impact of the Second World War on the life and work of Cecil Beaton.  Beaton’s wartime photographs, many of which are seen for the first time, are masterpieces of composition and staging.  Commissioned by the Ministry of Information, Beaton took some 7,000 photographs between 1940 and 1945.  He considered this body of work amongst his most important.
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Thursday, 18 October 2012

Marilyn M Shines in Florence

A new exhibition in Florence, 'Marilyn', makes visitng this fabulous city even more of a must-do.  The Museo Ferragamo has dedicted an exhition to Marilyn, an icon of fashion, glamorous style and sex, demonstrating her everlasting appeal.  We adore her!  Shine on Superstar.

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Grown Up Designs from Paris Fashion Week

Grown up fashion for grown ups - during times of austerity the maxim is "spend more on less" and less is definitely more.  Some of our favourites from Paris below: