If the mere thought of fighting tooth-and-nail at Selfridges cosmetics hall for a look-in at the Mac counter has you putting Christmas shopping on the back burner, TRR may have just found the antidote to beat those annual last minute gifting sweats.
Last night the team braved the elements and joined Handbag.com creator Nancy Cruickshank and Telegraph beauty editor Kate Shapland for an exclusive pop-up event, marking the Winter edition of MyShowcase; a brand new online beauty destination. Its aim? To bring you the cream of independent brands, hand-picked by the duo and championed by their network of super stylists. As well as boasting a whole catalogue of cult kit, the brand encourages budding entrepreneurs to promote the range at their very own home-hosted MyShowcase parties with friends (a little party never hurt nobody, right?)
The site’s portfolio lists 25 brands that has been expertly curated using Kate Shapland’s extensive knowledge as Beauty Ed of the Telegraph for over a decade. From Neom’s heavenly organic candles to De Mamiel’s seasonal skin oils, the My Showcase roster is a one-shop stop for beauty needs. Guests were treated to a one-on-one introduction to the brand’s incredible roster, with all manner of lotions and potions to keep team TRR looking supple and sprightly throughout the winter season. It’s difficult to choose a favourite product, but we were particularly buzzing about the incredible range of perfumed oils by Sage LA - incredibly distinctive scents in gloriously cute trinket bottles.
To find out more, visit www.myshowcase.com
Ever since heiress Daphne Guinness scooped up Isabella Blow's entire archive at auction back in 2012 fashion fans have been waiting for bated breath for its first public outing. Finally, Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore! has arrived at Somerset House showcasing over a hundred items from her delightfully bonkers collection.
Beginning her 30 year career as as assistant to Anna Wintour in the 80's, Isabella Blow grew to become one of fashion's most formidable, eccentric characters - not only for her zany, conceptual outfits (truly, Lady Gaga has nothing on her) but her exceptional nous for spotting and nurturing up-and-coming creativity. The talent scout extraordinaire's eagle-eye was responsible for birthing some of the biggest names in fashion. No Blow? No Alexander McQueen, milliner Phillip Treacy or models Sophie Dahl and Stella Tennant. Sad times.
Whilst the exhibition is like joyfully rummaging around your crazy aunt's exquisite dressing up box, it's far much more than simply a showcase of her wardrobe, moreover a celebration of her life. Childhood photos and ephemera offer touching glimpses into her past, while exclusive new work from legendary fash-snapper, Nick Knight plus a jaw-dropping silhouette scuplture of her head by Tim Noble and Sue Webster remind us what a powerhouse Blow was.
The ultra-rare MA collections of McQueen and Treacy are on display as is Erik Halley's iconic lobster hat (thankfully, lovingly restored post-car crash en route to a Julien MacDonald show) which sits alongside Treacy's infamous ship hat within an awesome sub-aquatic installation. A video of a beaming Blow alongside glum-faced editors at McQueen's breakthrough 1996 show only reinforces how much fashion delighted and inspired her.
If you think Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore! is only for the diehards though, think again. Even the fashion-phobic or just sartorially curious will find the astonishing design and artistry on view seriously gawp-worthy. Blow's tragic 2010 death left the fashion landscape a bleaker place but the provocative aristocrat's colourful, bewitching legacy lives on courtesy of this exhibition.
Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore! at Somerset House runs until 2nd March 2014
Image source: Time Out
It may still be sunny outside but don’t let those warm vibes fool you into thinking it’s still summer. Autumn / winter collections are hitting stores now so hot-step your way into the new season with our picks of some of the finest footwear for fall 2013.
1) Tabitha Simmons Tic Tac Textured Iridescent Pumps, £815 / $1271 from Browns
Young Brit stylist-turned-shoe designer, Tabitha Simmons has been on our style radar for some time and these high-shine, holographic bad boys are what we wanna be dropping our feet in on the dancefloor this autumn. The peep-toe pumps feature cut-out sides, a lace-up back with adjustable double ankle strap.
2) Isabel Marant Pierce suede, leather and calf hair wedge boots £999 / $1,560 from Net-A-Porter
Love ‘em or hate ‘em, Isabel Marant’s infamous wedged boots are back. We happen to adore these buttery soft, creamy white suede and leather boots and that fluffy strip of calf hair will have you chanelling some super-cool yeti vibes all the way through winter. Probably not ideal for kicking about in the snow, though….
3) Dr Marten’s Icon 7B10 Boots, £99 / $154.99 from Dr Marten’s
Ever since Gareth Pugh elevated (resurrected?) the humble Dr Marten’s boot into high fashion with his A/W 2006 collection, they’ve never gone away. These classic black 7 hole Dr M work boots are CSA certified meaning they don’t just look industrial cool – they offer your tootsies hardcore protection from the elements too. Perfect for nailing that off-duty, grunge look.
4) Sigerson Morrison Leather Capped Vesta Bootie £317 / $495.00 from Bona Drag
Put some ‘Yeeha!’ in your stride with these Sigerson Morrison beauty’s. With a notched out Western inspired ankle line, super-pointy toe and polished gold tone metal plate caps, they sure mean business and will make the ideal go-to heeled boot this season.
When brand new shopping discovery App WeLikeShopping contacted us to trial their essential guide to London boutique trawling, we jumped at the chance to spend a weekend exploring, what promised to be, the cities coolest and best stores.
In just two taps on the Apple store, we were ready to start browsing what WLS had to offer. The App handily links your location to surrounding boutiques, providing a walking tour of your local area’s associated shops along with opening times and store information. What really separates this App from the rest of the shopping downloads we’ve tried and tested, is that WLS supports local, independent brands - so there’s not a hint of high street polluting their product pages (so long, Topshop!) We were pleased to see some of our favourite, local stores in the landing page; as well as some new brands we were keen to check out.
The products page allows you to click through an archive of every product uploaded to the App, and ‘heart’ products as you browse; creating a personal wishlist on your profile page. We even created our very own dream outfit from our, worryingly growing, heart page. This amazing ‘Dawg’ t-shirt was first on our list, from one of our favourite stores London stores Lazy Oaf. We also love these stag themed accessories from Badger & Wolf, the perfect accompaniment to the tropical print Huf ‘Plantlife’ cap we picked out from HUH, and these equally exotic Nike Solarsoft Moccasins from Foot Patrol,
We followed the WLS map to HUH in Dalston to check out the some of the products we’d seen on the App in the flesh. The store is an offshoot of the popular arts, culture and lifestyle website of the same name, stocking brands such as Norse Projects, Carhartt WIP, Ganni, Libertine-Libertine, Swedish Hasbeens, Pointer, Shades of Grey, Gant Rugger, Brooklyn We Go Hard, The Quiet Life, HUF, Still Good, Edwin, b Store, Armor.lux, Herschel Supply Co. and many more. The store is a calming refuge from the hustle and bustle of Kingsland Road, and has a great mix of hand-picked brands; curated to present a classic and practical wardrobe.
Ladies, when it comes to your wedding dress we know you want something hella gorge that will make you feel like you’re in your very own fairy tale. Choosing your wedding dress is the ultimate shopping experience and what better way to showcase your flare for fashion than by choosing a super stylish bridal gown!
2014 wedding dress trends have already made a splash across the runways so if you’re planning on tying the knot in 2014 (or not!) read on to find out about the latest trends that will be appearing on an aisle near you soon!
Spring can still be a little chilly but we don’t expect any bride to walk down the aisle with big woollen mitts on! No, this trend is a much more elegant interpretation. Think lacy wrist gloves and dramatic opera length gloves in silky fabrics of all colours. If you’re brave enough you could pair your wedding dress with Vera Wang inspired over the elbow black leather gloves. Too much for your big day? Then try some white lacy wrist gloves to add vintage chic and elegance to your gown.
If you’d prefer a more minimal wedding dress, the ruffled trend in 2014 might not be for you! Ruffles were a big look on designers’ catwalks designers and were executed in a much less “80s” style than you might expect.
Before you discount ruffles from your dress, remember that ruffles of fabric will add dimension and movement to your dress. Ruffles will allow you to dress up an otherwise very plain gown. Look out for them being used on shoulder straps and hems. If you really want to play up the trend, you’ll find full ruffled fronts and ruffled fishtail designs.
Take a seat traditional cream and white wedding dresses, 2014 is again seeing colourful gowns taking centre stage but in a much less vibrant way to what we saw in 2013. Next year, pastel colours will be the talk of the boutique. Imagine pale blues, and subtle pinks and yellows. Completely pastel gowns won’t be the only way to rock the colour trend. Think ombre washes of pastel fading into white or cream or pastels acting as a background for lighter floral designs.
Pastels can be tricky colours to wear so you need to make sure that if you want to try this trend in your wedding dress that you pick the right colour and shade to match your skin tone. You probably already have a picture in your mind about what your perfect wedding dress will look like and what’s nice about his trend is that you can stick to that and just update it with an injection of pastel colour to match this trend. If the catwalks still can’t sway you from your white princess dress for your big day then you could just incorporate the trend into your wedding colour scheme with a pastel coloured bouquet and bridesmaid dresses
Whether you choose to follow one of these trends for your wedding dress or not, make sure you choose a dress that represents you and your own personal style. All eyes will be on you and you want to look and feel beautiful!
Sarah Dawes writes for Portfolio of Fine Diamonds about all things wedding related. Portfolio are renowned Worldwide for their superior quality diamond engagement rings and wedding rings.
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