Look familiar?

Look what I’ve found! Some beautiful Gucci platforms with their high-street Mango counterpart! In almost the exact hue of floral jacquard yellow, the similarities are hard to ignore.

Mango Embroidered Platform Wedges £89.99

The Gucci version is over 14 times the price… but it’s almost like buying two pairs of shoes, as the platform is removable… so maybe halve that! Still nothing on Mango’s £89.99, but then that’s the difference between high-street and designer.

Gucci Velvet Slipper with Removable Platform £1,290

I can’t imagine either would be that easy to wear. I’d be worried my feet would fall out of the Gucci slippers or those shiny ribbons wouldn’t be enough to hold the weight of a hefty platform, but your feet would look fabulous.

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Find your Niche

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I recently interviewed a wonderful lady from Rye, East Sussex, who owns a boutique called Niche. With a strong interest in fashion, and a love for all things independent and retail, I found this to be a really interesting conversation.

Lesley traded a progressive career from Harrods, for the chance to run her own business. I talk to her about her journey and how she  buys for her local clientele as well as weekenders from London.

You can find the full article here: find-your-niche or in this months Eastbourne edition of ETC Magazine.

 

 

A Twist on the Trench

The trench coat is a perfect staple item for any wardrobe, a classic style to protect you from the rain. See how these designers have re-invented the trench this Spring.

Tan RI Studio embroidered trench coat £130 

Drawing on the popularity of embroidery at the moment, this River Island find is a classic with a twist. With the enlarged, embroidered wind-flap drawing the eye, the placement and colouring of the detail is subtle but striking.

PRADA Colour-block silk-faille trench coat £1,925

Who wants plain old beige, when you can add an injection of baby pink and vibrant orange? Not me, that’s for sure, although much less attainable (price-wise) than my other options.

Two-coloured belt parka £139.99

Okay so technically, not a trench, but it’s beige and has a belt, so I’m going to call it a Utility Trench. So many interesting details in this Mango piece, and as shown above, plenty of ways to wear as well.
 

 Zara Double Breasted Trench Coat, Navy £79.99

Still classic, just not beige, this navy Zara alternative is perfect to disguise rain splatters if you’re just too busy for dry-cleaning.

Draped Trench Coat, & Other Stories £125

Add some elegance to your Spring wardrobe with this free-flowing trench. Unlined and made of a much softer fabric than your usual gabardine, you can chuck this on over any Spring ensemble.

Burberry X Henry Moore

The beginning of the week marked the last day of the brilliant Burberry exhibition showcasing their most recent collection, AW17.

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Christopher Bailey combined Womenswear, Menswear and Couture, to put on a spectacular show during London Fashion Week. The show was held at the Burberry show-space, Makers House, which was then re-purposed for a beautiful exhibition of the entire collection.

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The inspiration for the collection was the life and work of the late sculptor, Henry Moore. The mezzanine floor displayed Bailey’s sketches alongside the sculptors work, showing the translation between the two.

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Large sculptures were dotted throughout the space, celebrating the beauty of Moore’s work. This really helped to associate the finished product with what Bailey found so inspiring.

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The main attraction of the exhibition were the couture capes, which hung from the ceiling on sculpted mannequins. The suspended capes were truly magnificent, each with their name and inspiration marked out on the floor below.

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Without a glass cabinet or red-rope in sight, you were able to get right up close to the pieces, a rare gift from the Burberry designer. This allowed me to see every hand-sewn edge and thread of bead work, making me even more appreciative of the skill involved.

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Just when you thought he couldn’t have come up with another variation of the cape, each managing to be so different from the one before, you’d walk to the next and be completely blown away. Fox fur which follows the form of a Henry Moore sculpture, shearling overlaid with lace and embroidery, a cape made completely from magnifying glasses and one sculpted from shells.

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Although the main attraction, for me at least, were the capes, the rest of the collection was also showcased in marching order. This showed the Moore print shirts, Breton stripe tee’s inspired by the sculptors apron, and re-worked Aran knit jumpers…as well as of course the Burberry trench.

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Unfortunately the week long exhibition is now closed, but you can watch the  full show on Burberry’s website here https://show.burberry.com/uk/, as well as shop the collection as per Bailey’s new ‘see now, buy now’ ethos.

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Earring Alert

On a lunch-break visit to Mango, a store which isn’t usually on my radar, I came across these lovelies. The red and white beads are ceramic, but surprisingly light, leading to what I would image to be a stunning accent to an outfit. I’m even considering buying them for one of the summer’s weddings.

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This lead me to Mango’s website to have a little look at what else the store had to offer which wasn’t deemed appropriate for the Chichester clientele! And this is what I found. A fabulous collection of statement earrings! It appears the ones I saw in-store were simply the tip of the iceberg, with bigger and better styles featured online.

These are just a few of my favourites, but don’t hesitate to take a look, as there’s plenty more where these came from!

All at £12.99 from shop.mango.com!

Merchant and Mills

Head over to my published work section to see a recent interview with Carolyn Denham, owner of Merchant and Mills, about the Overlooked World of Sewing.

The company creates beautiful sewing accessories which are a true pleasure to use or simply admire!

Carolyn discusses how ‘seamstresses should have a much higher gravitas than they do’ and her passion for the subject of sewing.