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Temperley AW17 Parchment dress

Summer is in the air but the Autumn Winter collections will soon be arriving in the shops. Here’s our sneak preview of more of the best shown at London Fashion Week! Impressive is this Alice Temperley embroidered skirt, jumper layered with matching coat (shown above). This year the centre of focus of London Fashion Week was at the Store Studio, 180 The Strand which featured catwalk shows, fashion installations and showrooms.

Markus Lupfer Presentation-1Markus Lupfer’s Presentation showed polka dot pleated skirts dressed down with leggings and embroidered knitwear!

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Halo & Co impressed with nautical coloured gems on seahorse earrings!

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Atelier Swarovski by Christopher Kane – necklace and bracelets dazzled us!

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More sea-inspired jewellery from Halo & Co at the Rock Vault, The Strand.

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Barrus’s runway showed  minimalist sleek white  jumpsuit with plunging necklines!

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At Robert Wun collection at the Store Studios, The Strand.

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We liked these HEIO cubic handbags!

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…and these Ennigaldi handbags!

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Trying on glam glasses at  Sunglass Hut at The Store Showrooms, 180 The Strand

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This beautiful hand-bracelet by Lily Gabriella is based on cyclical designs….

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…and we were wowed by this ring by GFH by Nilufer

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Pedro Palmas showed high glam with sequin and sheer fabric at the Felicities Press Lounge, at the ME Hotel, The Aldwych.

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We liked this shaded blue shirt dress with signature prints from Tramp in Disguise

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Giving the trends outside The BFC Store Studios during London Fashion Week

Lamborghini WALLpaper at LamboCARS.com

London Fashion Week is not just about the buzz inside on the catwalks but what also goes on outside. More and more we’ve been seeing celebrities and fashionistas arriving in supercars and classic cars their arrival in itself a fashion statement.

One of the best go-to providers of these magnificent vehicles is Classic Parade in Shoreditch that delivers and collects anywhere in London and locations around the UK and Europe. Check this spectacular 2015 Lamborghini-Huracan LP610-4 Spyder supercar (see above)  or the Ferrari 488 Spyder and Lamborghini Aventador LP700-9 just one of the many cars they handle. On classics there’s a big choice including Jaguar E-type 4.2, Daimler Sovereign Coupe 75 and on hybrids, the more environmentally friendly McLaren P1.

For a fantastic selection and top service give their Supercar Hire Team a ring today for a quote.

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We look at over a thousand fashion shops in London and then pick the top 200 and review them in detail. From luxurious Bond Street to edgy Shoreditch and Brick Lane we give unbiased reviews of the hottest places to buy fashion. Here we give an excerpt from the upcoming edition of Fashion Fabulous London.

Belstaff, 135 New Bond Street, London W1S 2TQ t: 0207 495 5897 |Mon-Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 12pm-6pm | Nearest Tube Bond Street, 5 min walk | http://www.belstaff.co.uk | Category: British Heritage |TOP 200 Shop  |Womenswear and Menswear |Own label |Sizes: Women: 4-16,   Men: 34-48                                

The only thing missing from this store is the sound of cool motor bikes revving up and 1920’s aeroplanes taking off. Founded in 1924 in Staffordshire, Belstaff made its name through the innovation of water resistant wax cotton fabrics Belstaff’s classic belted four pocket jackets have had historically a following that included T.E Lawrence and in modern times David Beckham, Sarah Jessica Parker and British trial racer Sammy Miller. In-store you’ll see proudly displayed awesome motor bikes, a table loaded with books on aviators and motorcyclists  that have influenced the collections. To the rear is a dedicated room for Belstaff – Goodwood collaboration. This is a British company but the leather is made in Italy.

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On Women’s: Belstaff draws inspiration from female aviators Amy Johnson and Amelia Earhart using leather, shearling, wool, and rabbit fur. The androgenous pieces mixed luxury with practicality. I tried on an eggshell toned leather aviator jacket priced £1395 featuring a front belted neck and waist with three zips that were a bit of a struggle to close.  Service was friendly and the assistant was happy to try different sizes and shapes and he helped with the zip. The changing room was very amenable with a very good table, three mirrors, sofa, and gold wall hooks. I liked the suede yellow fringe sleeve coat at £2250. Lots of jackets, coats, and parkas are essentially the same as the men’s but there are lace dresses, short skirts such as a terrific red leather mini that has real and definite femininity.DSCN6026-2

On Men’s: I tried on a waxed cotton classic jacket with the signature square front pockets that rocked with a Union Jack at the back for £550 celebrating one of the firm’s anniversaries. There are more men’s than women’s with a good selection of jeans, biker boots and brown leather jackets.

Belstaff also has stores at 14 Lamb Street, Spitalfield, E1 and Westfield Shopping Centre, London W12, and is stocked in Selfridges, Harrods and Harvey Nichols and Stuarts, Shepherd Bush.

Ratings:  Wow factor: 4 shopping bags; Choice: 4 shopping bags; Service: 5 shopping bags; Price: £££££

5 shopping Bags = Excellent  4 shopping Bags = Very Good

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It reviews in detail the Top 200 fashion shops and 130 great venues where fashionistas eat and drink in London. Fashion Fabulous London 3rd Edition can also be ordered from our international distributor, Kuperard, telephone +44 (0) 0208 446 2440

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One of the great things about being insiders to the fashion industry is that we get to go along to fashion trade fairs and see the new collections before the general public. One of the best of the fashion trade fairs is the Scoop London Show at The Saatchi Gallery, King’s Road, London. Hot off the press is our round-up of some of the best that will be hitting London shops soon!

First up, great shoes from Freya Rose ! (see above)

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Freya Rose with Tracy Rose… (Freya is no relation to us!…although it would be great to have a shoe designer in the family!)  The standout feature is the Mother of Pearl hand finished heels.

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This Bolongaro Trevor designed coat unzips to give different looks…

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Nadia Minkoff handbags are available at Nico Didonna’s boutique in Soho, London and many other great stores.

011-1Like many of the designs showing at Scoop, Nadia Minkoff’s bags are mid-market prices and also of very good quality.

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Scoop was very busy with fashion buyers over the three day event.

028Barazandeh Paris are new to the UK and produce some very attractive beaded mittens and socks. Definitely an accessory name to watch for 2017!

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The Vanessa Bruno brand needs no introduction and this burgundy coat was a big hit.

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Tracy Rose showing Vanessa Bruno dress

…Florals will carry through very much into next autumn/winter.

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Marion Foale with model.

Marion Foale’s designs are hand-knitted in Britain. She told us that they are stocked in the Margaret Howell store on Wigmore Street. The shop is known for stocking greys, black and white – “yes she has stocked my greys….and navys too!”

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Hudson London showed Liberty print velvets on masculine shapes. Shoes are available in Selfridges, Harrods and House of Fraser.

050-1O. Yang Jewellery. Beautiful shapes between £100-£250 were exceptional value.

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O.Yang designer Octavia Yang with Tracy Rose

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For the most fashionable places to shop, see our latest book Fashion Fabulous London 3rd Edition available from all good bookshops and web bookstores priced £12.99.

 

 

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We look at over a thousand fashion shops in London and then pick the top 200 and review them in detail. From luxurious Bond Street to edgy Shoreditch and Brick Lane we give unbiased reviews of the hottest places to buy fashion. Here we give an excerpt from the next edition of Fashion Fabulous London.

Smythson 40 New Bond Street, London W1S 2DE | t: 020 7629 8558 | Mon-Fri, 9.30am-6pm, Thurs, 10am-7pm, Sat 10am-6pm | Nearest Tube Bond Street LU, 4 min walk | www.smythson.com

Category: Classic, Heritage |TOP 200 Shop | Womenswear, Menswear | Own label |

Walk through their Bond Street doors and experience 120 years of contemporary design and heritage style. The holder of three Royal warrants, in the 1920’s Smythson produced stationery for European Royals and Indian Maharajas. Nowadays, for fashionistas the main event is the definitely wow handbags You’ll find high quality lady-like designs by the former Prime Minister’s wife, Samantha Cameron (who in 2007 created the famous Nancy Bag) now off to launch her own fashion label. No prices are visible on items, so you will need to pick them up to look inside and it feels a bit prohibitive to do that here. The sales staff veer on the sniffy side, but are first class bag tour guides. Each bag comes with its own tour! The exterior is very formal; inside it’s tastefully decorated with white columns and arches.

On Women’s: Many bags have product branding, including “Established 1887 Smythson of Bond Street” arranged over three lines, so is very conspicuous. The 1887 Tote in calf leather with lambskin interior is £1495, whilst a large Tote from the Eliot collection at £1250 made in soft nubuck and taurillon has their signature Nile blue thread and striped lining. Also interesting colours such as was the pale blue Panama zip Tote at £595. Also there’s a good range of clutches, purses and key rings to match. Classic wallets are around the £200.

002-1On Men’s: We liked the denim blue briefcase at £995 that comes with a wing lock closure that is available in black, brown or navy. The 24 hour travel bags were very smart at £1205. A laptop bag in black, or a brown goatskin computer case £1100 with handles, were hard to choose between. Another tote bag with shoulder strap was £1295. The large navy shoulder messenger in deerskin Burlington Collection could hold two laptops, was £795, and with two zippers looked attractive.

Smythson is also available at 135 Sloane St, SW1; 214 Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill, W11; 7 Royal Exchange EC3; Selfridges, Harrods, and Harvey Nichols.

Ratings: Wow factor: 3 shopping bags; Choice: 4 shopping bags; Service: 4 shopping bags; Price: £££££

5 shopping Bags = Excellent | 4 shopping Bags = Very Good | 3 shopping Bags = Good

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It reviews in detail the Top 200 fashion shops and 130 great venues where fashionistas eat and drink in London. Fashion Fabulous London 3rd Edition can also be ordered from our international distributor, Kuperard, telephone +44 (0) 0208 446 2440

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Summer is in the air but the Autumn Winter collections will soon be arriving in the shops. Here’s our sneak preview of more of the best shown at London Fashion Week! Full on glamour at the Imperial Viennese inspired Rohmir show at Fashion Scout at Freemasons Hall. On the ramp were styles for the sophisticated party-goer showing black lace, emerald velvet and burgundy silks.

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Rohmir has a wonderful boutique at 58 Maddox Street, Mayfair, London and is well worth a visit!

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Up close and personal! Here’s us  on the front row. These are clothes you really need to see up close, feel the texture and of course try on!

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Add some block colours to your Autumn Winter wardrobe! Nobody does Biker Chic with a feminine twist better than Belstaff!

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Contrast leather and organza for a cool vibe a la Belstaff

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Belstaff’s flagship store is in London’s Bond Street, Mayfair. For a little bit more edge, zoom over to their latest store in East London’s Spitalfield.

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New guy-on-the block is Alexander Lewis. 90’s Japanese pinball machine motifs were the inspiration.  Handmade chunky woven separates are a key look!

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Over-sized knits are teamed with mini skirts and midi heels for the  Alexander Lewis full-on look

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This was one of the best pieces we saw with striking chunky knitwear at the Ashley Williams catwalk show at LFW. A great collaboration with knitwear specialist John Smedley!

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Ashley Williams has a playful side designing white shirts with crossover front black  braces for a bold statement in the office.

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Frills around the neck are sure to be a big hit this Autumn…

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Brooke Cundy  at Ashley Williams

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Fashion hits the heart of Soho at Brewer Street Car Park!

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For winter florals Apu Jan offers some great wearable choices! 

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Expect to see marvellous metallic fabrics in the shops. This great glam collection from Nina Naustdal positively stunned a celebrity audience

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Fabrics included velvet, silk lace and pastel pink fur

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Nina Naustdal does superb intricate beading throughout her collections.

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Touker Suleyman from TV’s Dragon’s Den seemed to enjoy the show

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As did stylishly dressed Stooshie singing group!

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Sinitta is a fan of this glam label…

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Tracy Rose with TV fashion presenter Prince Cassius

Topshop Unique LFW

Topshop Unique also showed frilled necks and candy coloured lace

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At The Topshop Showspace at Tate Britain

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Sarah Burton for  Alexander McQueen also showed went for sheer evening dresses with  Victorian high necks and adorned them with shocking pink butterfly motifs. Other’s featured unicorns, clock  and flowers beautifully beaded and there were great tailored jackets teamed with belt leg trousers.

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Harvey Nichols has been one of the most popular and successful fashion stores in London so when Fashion Fabulous learnt that the new menswear destination had just opened as soon as you could say 270 fashion labels plus 50 new ones we were down there like a shot! A full review will be appearing in the next edition of Fashion Fabulous London available in all good bookshops and on Amazon and many independent bookshop websites.

Harvey Nichols New Menswear Department, 109-125 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7RJ | t: 020 7235 5000 | Mon-Wed, 10am-8pm, Thurs-Sat, 10am-9pm, Sun 12pm-6pm | Nearest Tube Knightsbridge LU, 1 min walk | http://www.harveynichols.com                                                                 

Category: Glam, Cool, Designer Mix | TOP 200 Shop | Sizes: Varies

012-1Harvey Nichols Knightsbridge moves away from the normal shop within shop format instead featuring a collection of specialised boutiques. Now alongside the designer brands are more accessible jeans such as the Levi 501’s.

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Beachwear! And lots of places to sit!

007-1We liked the bags and accessories boutique! Easy to see and displayed with eye-catching unique mannequins specially made in Spain.

006-1You’ll find a marvellous selection of top designer labels including Alexander McQueen, Balmain, Givenchy, Paul Smith, Lanvin to name but a few. There’s also lots of lesser known brands such as Matthew Miller, Docker, Mr Hare  and Pieter  all well worth a look at.

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Harvey Nichols Menswear destination is definitely a place to visit now and will be fully open on May 11th with lots lots more!

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DSCN3447-1Author Russell Rose has been writing on fashion for over fifteen years. In co-writing the book series Fashion Fabulous London, more than a thousand men’s and women’s fashion shops are looked at then the top 200 picked and reviewed in detail. Famed for its bespoke tailoring, Savile Row stretches from Conduit Street to Burlington Gardens and is one of the most historic retail districts in the world. Here’s an excerpt from the current edition of Fashion Fabulous London of one of the tailoring greats.

Huntsman, 11 Savile Row, London W1S 3PS | t: 020 7734 7441| Mon-Fri, 9.30am-5.30pm, Sat, 10am-5pm | Nearest Tube Piccadilly LU, 6 min walk | http://www.h-huntsman.com                                                                 

Category: Classic, Bespoke, Made to Measure, Ready to Wear | TOP 200 Shop | Menswear & Womenswear |Own label | Sizes: Men: 34-48

The impressive selection of in-house limited edition tweed designs, named after British Dukes from their archives is just one great reason to visit this venerable tailoring establishment. Being particularly interested in a tweed jacket, I found the Blue Norfolk sourced from the Inner Hebrides in Scotland was very attractive. You’ll definitely need to come down to the tailors here to see the material as the colours that you see online bear no relationship to the real thing. Made to measure is £1,854, ready to wear £1400, whilst bespoke is £3616. Matching tweed berets at £95 are available.

Huntsman interior-1The focus at Huntsman is still the perfectly balanced bespoke single buttoned jacket or suit. Established in 1849, Huntsman remains a place of anecdotes. At the front, an immaculate gentleman’s bicycle with basket, a horse saddle, a grand old fireplace and two stag heads said to have been left behind by a customer on his way to lunch create a timeless ambience. At the back, clearly visible are the cutting rooms, where they work on measurements, patterns and the long mahogany tables This is where as tradition has it your “sales advisor” will unroll the cloths for you to choose materials. The main work room is below ground and should you declare to go bespoke you will be invited for a full tour and an insight into the intricacies of their skilled techniques. Here too is the Patterns Room with its historical fascinating archive of five thousand patterns of the great and the good.

Huntsman is perfect for men who are looking for a quietly reassured timeless look, while the ready to wear makes fine every day wear. The ready to wear is very conservative still maintaining their legendary style of single button, well balanced and their signature waistband adjusters or side straps. The fitters are adept at explaining, charmingly, a garment’s shortcomings such as the trousers being too tight and explained how they could be let out. For a small alteration expect to be about £50.Made to measure suits are £2406 and there is flexibility to move to 2 or 3 button jackets and takes about 6-8 weeks to finish. Bespoke takes 3-4 fittings over a minimum of 12 weeks. A two piece is from about £4,608.

Huntsman also has hand-made shirts including those made from West Indian Sea Island cotton of outstanding quality, plus ties, handkerchiefs and braces. A valeting service is available where the resident presser spends over an hour re-shaping a jacket or coat virtually restoring it back to its original appearance when it was first made. A Women’s bespoke service is available by appointment Mon-Fri 10am-3pm.

Ratings: Wow factor: 5 Shopping Bags; Choice: 5 Shopping Bags; Service: 5 Shopping Bags; Price: £££££   5 Shopping Bags = Excellent     

Fashion Fabulous 3rd Edition coverFor the most fashionable places to shop in London, see our latest book Fashion Fabulous London 3rd Edition available now from all good bookshops including Waterstones, Harrods, Selfridges, Foyles, Stanfords Travel, Rizzoli Bookshop at Somerset House, Daunt, Easons, Wall & Jones, Bohemia Road, and Present-London. Internationally, it’s at Barnes & Noble in NY and bookshops in Italy, Japan, China, Australia, Russia, and throughout the world and on Amazon and many independent bookshop websites priced £12.99.

It reviews in detail the Top 200 fashion shops and 130 great venues where fashionistas eat and drink in London. Fashion Fabulous London 3rd Edition can also be ordered from our international distributor, Kuperard, telephone +44 (0) 0208 446 2440

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SS13 JENNY PACKHAM NEW YORKWe look at over a thousand fashion shops in London and then pick the top 200 and review them in detail. From luxurious Bond Street to edgy Shoreditch and Brick Lane we give unbiased reviews of the hottest places to buy fashion. Here we give an excerpt from the current edition of Fashion Fabulous London.

Jenny Packham, 3a Carlos Place, London W1K 3AN t: 020 7493 6295 Mon-Sat, 10am-6pm, Thurs, 10am-7pm Nearest Tube Green Park, 5 min walk www.jennypackham.com

Category: Glam TOP 200 Shop  Womenswear Own label Sizes: Women 6-16

Set in a former Bureau de Change and a stones’ throw from Mount Street, evening dress heaven may be experienced amongst the rails full of dresses that scream to be on a red carpet here. The mostly long dresses are beaded with Swarovski crystal and often with small trains priced are £2300-£6000.

The sales assistant was a bit frosty to start with – I didn’t feel very welcome at first – but warmed up later. I tried a black shift dress totally beaded in a selection of black glass beads and sequins finished off with a black feather hem, £2380. Noticing the Bureau de Change sign on the glass of changing room door, would I be transformed into a film star like Angelina Jolie or the Duchess of Cambridge that Packham regularly dresses? Like them I had available in the changing room high heels, a slip and robe. Asked what size I took to try high heels with dress I replied “Three” to which she replied we’ve only got size five” which left me quite puzzled as to why she asked in the first place! Inside, it’s pleasantly spacious with a large smart black sofa in the centre, a plasma screen displaying fashion shows and some relaxing background music. Check out the range of mostly own brand crystal jewellery – earrings are £250-£300. You’ll also find some Erickson Beamon crystal statement jewellery and a few clutch bags.

Alterations are from £200 and have to be done at Liberty’s, Regent Street. I saw a “Kate-looking” dress under wraps and wondered if was going off to her.

Ratings: Wow factor: 5 shopping bags; Choice: 5 shopping bags; Service: 4 shopping bags; Price: £££££

5 shopping Bags = Excellent 4 shopping Bags = Very Good

For the most fashionable places to shop in London, see our latest book Fashion Fabulous London 3rd Edition available now from all good bookshops including Waterstones, Harrods, Selfridges, Foyles, Stanfords Travel, Rizzoli Bookshop at Somerset House, Daunt, Easons, Wall & Jones, Bohemia Road, and Present-London. Internationally, it’s at Barnes & Noble in NY and bookshops in Italy, Japan, China, Australia, Russia, and throughout the world and on Amazon and many independent bookshop websites priced £12.99.

It reviews in detail the Top 200 fashion shops and 130 great venues where fashionistas eat and drink in London. Fashion Fabulous London 3rd Edition can also be ordered from our international distributor, Kuperard, telephone +44 (0) 0208 446 2440

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Mcqueen AW15-1From Alexander McQueen to Xander Zhou, more than seventy British and international menswear designers showcased their collections at the Designer Showrooms and runways in the heart of London during a four day period from 9th -12th January. Featuring over 32 catwalk shows and 37 presentations London is the creative capital of the world for men’s fashions. Alexander McQueen (above)  showed velvet jacquard panelled suits looked great but strikingly  massive  vertical graphic  slogans such as VALOUR, HONOUR and TRUTH may prove a bit too much for some men to wear. Blue military suits and the jackets with peony motifs were very appealing indeed.

DSCN5607-2TOPMAN Design showed how to do the 70’s right at their catwalk at the Old Sorting Office, 21 New Oxford Street, London WC1 featuring flared bottom jeans, patchwork shearling coats and Bay City Roller tartans to the sounds of David Essex and Sweet. We loved the ankle length trenches but brave will be guys that venture out in jumpsuits this autumn. Certainly there were influences from past Burberry collections – which is not an entirely a bad thing at all! And several eye-catching tartan suits and casuals with prominent star motifs are likely to be very popular. X-factor winner Ben Haenow made his LCM front row debut guided fashion show regular Dermot O’Leary. Also happily frowing were David Gandy and Nick Grimshaw.

DSCN5608-1One gets to see some very weird and wonderful venues during the course of LC:M and London Fashion Week and  right up there with them all was the Hentsch Man presentation at 8 Walker’s , Soho W1, a disused sex shop down London’s  infamous sex alley!

Here the focus was Grunge, Nirvana and Cowboy themes. We liked the black oversized woollen coats, red and window pane checks, white skinny chinos, green two piece suit, white trousers paired with white Doc Marten footwear.

DSCN5610-1Loving the cool electric blue two piece suit, this was a popular presentation where we downed a delicious rum and ginger beer cocktail. Hentsch Man is available in Bluebird Chelsea, Duke  Street Emporium and Opening Ceremony.  A label definitely to watch!

According to market research company Mintel, the UK menswear market is worth a staggering £12.9billion for the year ending 2013 and estimated to rise to £19billion by 2019.

DSCN5612-1Soulland’s presentation at St, George’s, Bloomsbury, Bloomsbury Way, WC1A 2SA was a completely different affair  at St, George’s, Bloomsbury, Bloomsbury Way, WC1 featuring. Scandinavian influenced menswear stocked in London’s Goodhood store on Curtain Road, Shoreditch, East London. Here we saw circular patches on skinny rolled up chinos, a cool black and white suit with contrasting checks (see photo), gold lurex jumper and aviator jacket with sheepskin collar.  Overall, an impressive collection that is sure to go down well with the guys of East London! We also like the accompanying piano music.

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DSCN5615-1…a great look for the man who wants to hit the streets of edgy East London.

DSCN5611-1Brrrr! Moschino showed ice blue coats, silver trousers and chunky fur boots  their runway show at Lindley Hall, Vincent Square, London SW1. The audience was treated to a Christmas card winter scene complete with fir trees and fake winter snow.

DSCN5612-1For the man who likes his furs, Moschino offfered up black and white zebra and leopard – grrr!

Centre stage for the British Fashion Council’s Ready to Wear showcase was The Hospital Club, 24 Endell St WC2, excellently equipped with bars, coffee lounge and a restaurant to relax in whilst Victoria House, Bloomsbury Square, was the showcase venue for Accessory designers.

DSCN5621-1One of the highlights of the Ready to Wear collections was Gloverall whose collections always centres on duffle coats that they invented in 1951. Just about all the fashion houses have been inspired by its design at some point. This time round coats were badged up!

DSCN5618-1There was no shortage of creativity…here’s a trio of Bob Abley’s futuristic designs….

??????????Here’s Fashion Fabulous London’s Russell Rose at the Designer Showrooms

??????????Pretty Green showed a selection of their more upscale Black Label range for Autumn/Winter 2015 collection at The Hospital Club and a runway show in the basement of the Edition Hotel, Berners Street, London W1. A good selection of long overcoats, patterned jackets and large bags were featured.

DSCN5633-1CSB is a label that has just launched from its base in the Columbia Road area of East London. The designer had previously worked at Donna Karan and Emanuel Ungaro so we expect it to be hot!

DSCN5624-1Always with her finger on the button is Fashion Fabulous London’s Tracy Rose reporting from the front row of the shows.

DSCN5634-1Lutwyche showed an elegant menswear presentation at the Ice Tank, Grape Street, Covent Garden. There were some great very wearable coats to be seen and all the clothes are made in England!

DSCN5635-1Lutwyche’s shop is located just off of Savile Row at 15c Clifford Street, London W1.

DSCN5637-1Models arrived in Lutwyche tuxedos and drank champagne and whisky cocktails served throughout the evening.

DSCN5639-1David Gandy was there too! He was just about at every event during the London Men’s Week.

??????????Checking out the Accessory Designers showrooms at Victoria House in Bloomsbury, we came across the London Sock Company that had a pack of David Gandy’s three styles from their collection. Speaking to Dave Pickard he told us that the socks were inspired by Victorian heritage designs The brand is stocked in Welsh and Jeffries of Savile Row.

??????????Augustus Pili showed some exciting contemporary designs footwear manufactured in Northampton

DSCN5619Otis Batterbee’s bag collection was inspired by the modernist Isokon London Building. Their bags are available in Harrods and Liberty.

DSCN5632-1Xander Zhou showed a Wild West cowboy theme at his catwalk at the Old Sorting Office, 21 New Oxford Street, London WC1. Ankle length trousers, short coats of mink, sheep and fox furs were featured in clock colouring.

DSCN5633-1Leather jackets finished with tie-up bottoms paired with camel coloured leather trousers looked stylish completed with the new footwear range.

DSCN5634-1This orange coat was definitely striking…

DSCN5636-1YeeHaa! There were cow patterns in a range of colours!

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DSCN5625-1Russell Rose and Tracy Rose bringing you the highlights of yet another successful London Mens Collections!

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??????????April 24th 2013 was a day in fashion history when things changed. Over 1,127 people were killed and many thousands injured as a result of the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh. Most of the victims were female garment workers. News of the disaster echoed around the world. The message was clear: the world must never allow such appalling conditions in which our clothes are made. Fashion Fabulous had the good fortune to be invited to a special event held during London Fashion Week at Somerset House, The Strand, London, highlighting good manufacturing practice for the fashion industry.

Amongst the speakers were organiser Safia Minney MBE and CEO of People Tree and world famous designer Zandra Rhodes (pictured above) , Caryn Franklin MBE, broadcaster and journalist, designer Tracy Mulligan and John Hilary, Executive Director from War on Want.

Safia Minney said that  “Since the Rana Plaza tragedy, consumers want to know what to look for to be sure producers are treated well. People Tree started over 20 years ago and pioneered Fair Trade, covering fair wages, working conditions, transparency, capacity building, environmental best practice and gender equality. We should be engaging the consumer and showing the transparency of the product. Achieving more interest is what we have got.”

Caryn Franklin added “that there was a need  for promoting sustainable body and beauty ideals and emotional considerate manufacturing practice. Racial diversity and size diversity were very important too.”

Zandra Rhodes who had been collaborating with People Tree on a new fashion collection project told us “You have to start from the grassroots. We met the workers in India. I think it is raising the interest as much as possible”

John Hilary, Executive Director from War on Want said “His organisation had called upon big names and was pleased to say that the public wanted action. Over 80 of the world’s largest fashion brands have now signed the Bangladesh Safety Accord. Topshop has joined that list”. He emphasised that “it is possible to have beautiful clothes and it can be done safely”.

V&O2%20Cover_0002-2Fashion Fabulous has been following People Tree’s efforts with interest for many years. Co-author, Russell Rose, highlighted it in his book, Veggie and Organic London, amongst his reviews of all the organic clothes shops, restaurants and cafes in London. He was impressed that People Tree campaigned for consumers to wear organic cotton to help prevent the chronic health problems and death of thousands of people associated with the use of agricultural pesticides.

??????????With the job of creating designs for People Tree, Tracy Mulligan, Head designer for People Tree and no stranger to the London fashion scene and one of the first London Fashion Week New Generation designers said “there was a need to train producers in ethical methods. The new collection provides work for 4000 organic farmers.  I wanted to bring a modern approach to the collection. There’s a minimalist collection, something that could be worn to go out to a restaurant whilst the main collection is for every day wear.”

DSCN3978-1People Tree offers an alternative to fast fashion. Slow Fashion means standing up to exploitation, family separation, slum cities and pollution. The fast fashion industry is fuelled by the insatiable demand for cheap clothing and accessories. It produces sweatshops, child labour, pollution and global warming.

After the talks and over a glass of wine we met up with Safia’s charming daughter Natalie Minney looking delightful in a white jumpsuit.
from the newly created SS14 Atelier Collection. The collection was hand-dyed and hand-woven from 100% Fair Trade fabric consistent with People Tree’s ethos of providing some of the world’s most marginalised communities with a sustainable living. This collection provided an enhancement of skill growth particularly for the Fair Trade groups of Bangladesh.

…and the future? People Tree are now collaborating with Danish-born designer Peter Jensen.

Interested in finding out more from distinguished experts in the field, the next upcoming London highly informative event focusing on making people and the planet count first is “Fashion Takes Action” hosted by Safia Minney,  with Zandra Rhodes,  Lord Peter Melchett, Policy Director of the Soil Association, and commentator Liz Jones, Daily Mail Reporter, and takes place at 6.30pm on Tuesday the 29th October at 40 Fashion Street, Spitalfields, London, E1 6PX.  For invitations apply to mia.hadrill@peopletree.co.uk

People Tree is stocked in many outlets around London including 69b, Broadway Market, London E8; Mania Mia, 307 New King’s Road, London SW6.

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