Friday, 25 November 2016

Happy Holidays

We will be posting some of the special festive season's offers here as we move into the New Year.

    Friday, 30 September 2016

    Fashion Week - Bluegirl Spring Summer 2017

    As the Fashion Week juggernaut rumbles on from New York to London, London to Milan it will continue in all its breath-taking glory to Paris. I have been watching the London Fashion Week live streams for a couple of years now, most notably, Burberry and Topshop. Topshop, I believe, was one of the first to do this with their Topshop Unique Collection and the new phenomenon that is "See Now "Buy Now" or in other words “From Runway to Retail”. If you missed the show you can catch up with the replay here. Use this link to shop the Catwalk Show

    Absolutely loving Blugirl, the young Blumarine collection, see video below from Milan Fashion Week. There is definitely a South American vibe with models sashaying down the catwalk in Gaucho hats, a mix of macho and ultra-feminine mode.  Long cowboy style duster coats worn over chiffon flower-strewn dresses, gypsy style skirts, bold stripe trousers, mannish shirts and shorts.  A la mode off-the-shoulder tops - the look enhanced with shimmering drop earrings. 

    About the Designer Anna Molinari, the designer and creative director of brand Blumarine, is also called "the queen of roses" because of her great love for these flowers.

    If you missed the Fashion Week Live shows you can catch up with the replays here

    Tuesday, 20 September 2016

    Celebrity Seen. Joanne Froggatt wears Roland Mouret, Blake TTD

    From a lady’s maid to a lady! Here’s Joanne Froggatt looking super elegant wearing the Roland Mouret Blake TTD from the Autumn Winter 2016 Collection, In the past we’ve seen her downtrodden and dowdy in Downton but boy look at her now. Check out the award winning actress strutting her stuff on the red carpet at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Grants Banquet held at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel, Beverly Hills, on August 4th 2016. …… I’m sure Mrs. Patmore would say “She scrubs up well”

    Roland Mouret Blake TTD dress - As seen on Joanne Froggatt

    The Blake TTD by Roland Mouret combines check velvet jacquard with flattering stretch viscose for a unique day-to-dusk piece. With a Bardot neckline and elongated sleeves, this piece ushers inspiration from Victoria, updated for the 21st Century

    Get the look
    Roland Mouret Blake TTD dress - As seen on Joanne Froggatt

    Wear with 
    The final touch - a pair of soft suede  Sophia shoes, 
    from Roland Mouret Autumn Winter 2016 Collection.
    are a perfect match for this elegant dress

    The Sophia shoes from Roland Mouret A/W16 Collection

    "she has appeared as lady's maid Anna Bates in the period drama Downton Abbey. For this role, she has received three Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series and won the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television in 2014.

    Froggatt's early TV appearances include Coronation Street (1997–98), Bad Girls (1999), dinnerladies (1999) and A Touch of Frost (2003). She went on to star in the television films, Danielle Cable: Eye Witness (2003), See No Evil: The Moors Murders (2006) and Murder in the Outback (2007), before winning the British Independent Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer for her leading role in the 2010 film In Our Name.

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    Thursday, 16 June 2016

    Summer Check List. Gingham Style

    Gingham is back, it did have a resurgence on the catwalks in Spring 2015 and is now on trend for 2016. This crisp, fresh looking fabric has been popular throughout the decades but more recently embraced by lovers of all things vintage. Art and craft workers favour it for up-cycling projects hand-made accessories and embellishments on aprons, bed linen, bunting, cushions, quilts, tablecloths and can be seen adorning homes, gardens, shops, festivals and summer fetes.

    There seems to be a difference of opinion as to where it originates but from the mid-eighteenth century it was being produced in the mills of Manchester. My ancestors had a cotton mill up North so it would be great to think they might well have manufactured Gingham there. As a Grammar School girl in Manchester our summer uniform dresses were made from Gingham. Each “House” had a different colour, normally blue, green, yellow and pink. I remember mine was Pink denoting the “House, Edgerton” I think, it was so long ago! 

    It was a perfect fabric for kids outfits in the 50s. There wasn’t really any “Fashion” back then as it was just after the war, low wages meant there was always a shortage of money in normal households so everything was pretty utilitarian, nothing frivolous. Even so, it mattered that your kids looked smart and mums hand-made not only their own clothes but took great pride in making their children’s clothes, beautiful little girls dresses with round necks with or without collars, full skirts and puff sleeves. It was short sleeve shirts for the boys and romper suits for babies, blue for the boys and pink for the girls. Dresses, blouses, frilly aprons and pinafore dresses were individualised and embellished with lace or ribbon.  

    The most famous Gingham pinafore dress was worn by Judy Garland’s character “Dorothy” in the 1939 film Wizard of Oz. She looked cute as a button in her milkmaid style pinafore and a white puff- sleeved blouse skipping down that Yellow Brick Road in her iconic red shoes. Other stylish glitterati of the day wore Gingham in many forms from frilly tiered skirts and cowboy shirts, strapless gowns and capri pants, shift dresses and shirt-waisters to head scarves.

    The 'Check List' of stars toting the Gingham style included 40s Katherine Hepburn named as "the greatest female star of Classic Hollywood Cinema", 50s French sex symbol BB aka animal rights activist Bridgitte Bardot, 60s American actress and fitness guru Jane Fonda, not so dumb blonde screen goddess Marilyn Monroe, America's uber elegant wife of the 35th President of the United States, Jackie Kennedy and Academy Award Winning actress Goldie Hawn.

    The swinging sixties mod culture embraced Gingham as seen on two of the super models of the day Jean Shrimpton and Pauline Stone. Most probably Twiggy also posed in a Gingham outfit or two. Let’s not forget the guys -  Gingham shirts with button down collars were 'de rigueur' for the original mods and are still popular today and available through heritage brands Ben Sherman and Original Penguin and more recently Liam Gallagher’s PrettyGreen.

    Today the trend continues, Gingham is still in vogue as seen on celebrities and fashionistas including Taylor Swift, Victoria Jessica, Olivia Palermo, Reese Witherspoon, Kirsten Duntz, Kylie Minogue, Alexa Chung, Holly Willoughby, teeny Harper Beckham and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge. (Article copyright PM Adams  16/6/2016)

     Check these off the list

    Summer Check List - Gingham Style
    Items featured available from Topshop

    Marilyn Monroe Photographic Print
    Marilyn Monroe Photographic Print available GB Posters

    Thursday, 9 June 2016

    Kate is radiant in royal blue

    The Duchess of Cambridge is once again making headlines looking immaculate in this fabulous royal blue Roland Mouret gown from the Resort Collection 2016 for SportsAid's 40th anniversary banquet at Kensington Palace. The floor-length royal blue Nansen gown’s silhouette with a nipped waistline and svelte contours is paired with Roland Mouret’s unconventional tailoring techniques and playful positioning. An angled neckline sees darts, tucks and overlaid panels creating serrated shapes for an ultra-modern feel. Finished with a glistening gold back zip opening. Love Kate's stunning style - don't delay that beautiful gown is on sale today.

    Wednesday, 8 June 2016

    Super Summer Skool. Embark on a colourful adventure through the Mushroom Kingdom

    Get ready for a new adventure as the legendary ‘80s game, created for the NES, is brought to present day, as Vans join forces with Nintendo. Rumour has it the new collection has just landed at Schuh. Run, jump, skip and skate this summer in a pair of Vans Old Skool or a trusty Vans Slip. You may not be going to slip and slide your way through the Mushroom Kingdom but you can light up your summer wardrobe with some of your favourite 8-bit characters like Mario, Louigi, Princess Peach and more. Little gamers can enjoy the company of the loveable Mario Brothers and their friends too as the Vans Slip Nintendo gets downsized for kids. It’s a Win, Win!

    Wide range of men's, women's, kids trainers and accessories

    Thursday, 19 May 2016

    Whites of Spring and Summer.

    Springtime and the merry month of May, such a vibrant time when wild flowers bring a little sparkle to the coast and countryside.  

    Thrift Sea Pink and Scurvy Grass cling onto craggy rocks and Bluebells carpet the woods and waysides.  New leaves are bright and acid green, perfect, pristine, before rain and wind can spoil them. White is the predominant colour at this time, the delicate May flowers of the Hawthorne herald the beginning of Summer, along with Wood Anemone, Cow Parsley, Greater Stitchwort, Wild Strawberry, Garlic Mustard and Ramsons, which fill the air with the pungent aroma of garlic. Time for  Spring cleaning and a wardrobe reshuffle too, we need a capsule wardrobe perfect for holidays, bank holiday breaks, festivals and those very special occasions. 

    Artisans and fashion designers traditionally take inspiration from nature for the colour palette of their season collections. White will never go out of fashion so it might be worth investing in a beautiful statement piece. This Roland Mouret Arreton pencil skirt has been a highlight of ITV's This Morning's gorgeous Holly Willoughby's wardrobe. A "perfect fit" for ultra feminine Holly, the skirt follows Roland Mouret’s classic methods of construction, hugging the body’s curves in white lattice weave, finishing below the knee in a slim hemline.

    Roland Mouret Arreton pencil skirt

    Arreton Skirt worn with Penfold Jacket
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    Friday, 19 February 2016

    Take a seat. AW16 street style trends and all the fun from London Fashion Week

    Discover how you can take part in all the Fashion Week fun without a VIP pass, get ahead on the AW16 street style trends and test your designer knowledge in Topshop's ultimate guide to LFW.

    Street Style Predictions from London Fashion Week

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    They'll be showing behind the scenes action in the lead-up and dreaming about their ultimate front-row situation...

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    Friday, 12 February 2016

    Meet your new Jeans. Nine Supermodel Icons - Nine Iconic Jeans

    Iconic, cool and understatedly sexy – jeans are the things we wear the most, but finding the perfect pair, or pairs, can be tricky.So Topshop have called upon their line-up of new supermodels to help you decide. See how they’re wearing nine of their essential styles – from Bella Hadid’s authentic skinnies to Malaika Firth’s laid-back boyfriends – and let the muses-of-the-moment inspire your new jeans.

    Thursday, 7 January 2016

    New Year. Vivre La Difference!

    Oh no it’s time for those New Year’s resolutions, you know the ones where we plan to get fit, get slim, get healthy, become a nicer, beautiful less rounded person. If my family are anything to go by they were already making plans for this as their Christmas wish list included run vests and workout gear.

    Where to start; if you want to run, cycle and spin, dance, ski, workout do yoga, or Zumba to the max the gear has to be a perfect fit for all year round, indoor/outdoor,  performance enhancing,  sweat-wicking and stretchy.   The gear not only has to be light and comfortable in fabric that moves with your body but also “On Trend”. Don't forget you'll also need matchy matchy accessories like bags, headbands, mats, towels and water bottles Luckily there is now a massive choice of well known brands with fantastic ranges in muted or colour-popping tones and vibrant graphic prints. A little bird told us that Sweaty Betty's New Season Collection has just landed Fusing Brazilian shapes with London style, Sweaty Betty's new collection is filled with the pieces designed to keep you ahead of the curve. Be bold. Be brave.

    “Well you do need to stand out even when you’re working out”