LDNshopaholic

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Prêt à Portea: The Berkeley Hotel

I was lucky enough to go for Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley Hotel this week! I felt absolutely spoiled even though we went for the Tea, Sandwiches and Scones option they gave us each a Prêt à Portea Goodie Bag!

tea pot and pret a porte a

jam

scones

chocolatesIt was absolutely delicious and I’d love to go back for the full Prêt à Portea; cakes inspired by the latest trends:

Image taken from The Berkeley Hotel Website
Image taken from The Berkeley Hotel Website

How amazing are they?! I got the green handbag in my goodie bag which I thought was too good to eat! Haha.

I’m a bit of a sucker for a good afternoon tea as most of you know, so let me know where your favourites and I’d love to try them myself.

Have a great Bank Holiday weekend :-)

LDNshopaholic xxx

Launch: Margiela at H&M

Last week I stopped by the launch of Margiela at H&M at their Flagship Store on Regent Street.

It was a rather busy event, and they had a queue outside which formed the night before. Entry to purchase Margiela was via coloured wrist bands distributed in the queue.

Inside the store, the display felt like a museum exhibit, only adding to the limited appeal of these items.

In store my personal favourites included a quirky puff sleeve shirt, black jersey dress and suede jacket, but as I’m saving for a Winter Sun holiday, I stayed controlled and simply admired all these beauties. (May be popping back this week to see if there’s anything left and then using the “it’s meant to be” line to convince myself to purchase!

I’d definitely recommend checking out the website, not only for the flawless design experience but also the comfort of browsing in a calmer demeanor than the average Regent Street shopper!

I also enjoyed the “Who bought What” post on The Guardian Fashion Blog from Launch Day.

What’s your favourite piece from the collection? Have you bought any Margiela goodies?

LDNshopaholic xxx

Event: Seven Dials Covent Garden Shopping Evening

It’s been a while since I featured an event but this is not one to miss! On Thursday 26th April (tomorrow!), Seven Dials and sister destination St Martin’s Courtyard will be hosting an exclusive shopping evening where participating stores will be offering 20% off between 5-9pm… yes 20% off! Eeee!

Stores involved offering 20% off include American Apparel, Bare Escentuals, Banana Republic, Barbour, Coco De Mer, Cos, Diesel, Fred Perry, Jaeger London, Kiehl’s, Office, Orion London, Orla Kiely, Neal’s Yard Remedies, Poste Mistress, Shu Uemura, Tatty Devine, Twenty8Twelve, Urban Outfitters and Wolsey plus many more. The impressive list of participating stores can be found here.

AND…. As part of Seven Dials’ new partnership with MasterCard’s Priceless London, the first 200 shoppers to spend over £100 on their MasterCard card will receive a free luxury goodie bag to be collected on the night. AND… there’s a pop-up bar in St Martin’s Courtyard serving complimentary drinks for shoppers, and on top of that… 100 shoppers selected at random will be presented with a golden ticket entitling them to a gift worth £5 to £150 from participating stores. Oh this all sounds like so much fun!

How does one get this discount you ask? All you have to do is download a ‘Seven Dials and St Martin’s Courtyard Shopping Voucher’ here, print it out and take it along with a list of participating stores and venues.

Let me know what you do with your 20% off… I’d definitely recommend Pix Bar, which I went to last night, a brilliant concept… help yourself to little plates of tapas whilst drinking amazing wine or delicious classic cocktails

LDNshopaholic xxx

p.s. you can find the boring (but important) Terms and Conditions here!

Trendwatch: Star Wars

I haven’t done a trendwatch post in ages as I’ve been really busy and unable to commit to regular posting. But it’s back today and the unlikely theme is… yes… Star Wars!

It all started with Graduate Fashion Week back in June. A few upcoming designers really stood out for me, firstly Middlesex University’s Sufiyeh Hadian. Her eyelash and jewel embellished Star Wars masks were paired with pieces from famous designers such as Giles Deacon and House of Holland.

 

I really like the way she put her looks together and even created a brand:

Nottingham Trent graduate Tania Ada also caught my eye with her futuristic metallic prints on menswear. Talking about her collection she said: “In short my collection is based on the Star Wars sequels. I’ve always been a bit of a sci-fi geek and I thought it would be a great foundation to base a collection on as it appeared to be a source of endless inspiration… Focusing on the first installment, A New Hope, I began my research analysing all characters finding the most interest in C-3PO and R2-D2 where I drew much of the inspiration for the colour palette and print ideas, as well as details from the space ships of Princess Leia and Darth Vadar.”

 

My sudden Star Wars fashion fascination came to a head when I saw Jessie J in her Stormtrooper outfit at Glastonbury. She teamed it with her cast and crutches and pulled it off beautifully:

The outfit was designed by Sara Bro-Jørgensen who graduated from The Royal College of Art last year. I think she’s definitely one to watch:

Illustrator Liam Brazier has also created some amazing Star Wars related prints:

and there’s also the ‘Trooper’ available.

Do you feel as inspired as I do? I think this unexpected and potentially controversial trend could be on it’s way into the mainstream!

Bring out the Ballerina…

Have you recovered after seeing The Black Swan yet? No, I’m not sure I have either! For those of you who haven’t seen it, it’s an Oscar-nominated psychological thriller (verging on twisted horror), based on a ballerina’s rise to become Swan Queen in Swan Lake.

Natalie Portman in THE Black Tutu Credit: The Telegraph

The drama surrounding the costume design has been heavily discussed since the film’s Oscar nomination for best costume design. The use of costumes, by various designers rather than just one, means that Amy Wescott would, controversially, receive the Award rather than Rodarte, aka Kate and Laura Mulleavy, who created forty costumes for the film, including the black tutu featured on the official poster.

Original Drawing by Kate Mulleavy for Rodarte Credit: The Telegraph

Nevertheless, I found the costumes truly inspiring. From the leotards and wraparound cardigans, to the feather embellished tutus and tiaras. It’s what every little girl dreams of and has now filtered into mainstream fashion.

I found myself eyeing up a ‘strap detail body’ from ASOS a few days ago, and ended up buying it in both black and pale pink (it’s surprisingly flattering)! Paired with a black tutu skirt I bought 5 years in H+M, I feel every inch the ballerina. For a more wearable look, team with jeans, ballet pumps and a cardigan for a subtle hint of the trend.

Strap Detail Body at ASOS

Was £15 now £12

Other ballet inspired pieces include:

Lipsy Tutu Skirt Ballet Slip Dress at ASOS

Was £70 now £31.50

ASOS Asymmetric Hem Tutu Skirt (also available in the CURVE range)

Was £34 now £21

One Teaspoon Leather Bandeau Tutu Dress at ASOS

Was £230 now £161

Vibrant Ballet Pumps (In a range of colours) at Topshop

£16

Frilly Tutu Skirt at Topshop


£35

Glamour magazine has also noticed this trend and included a feature, which has some great pieces including this one:

Tutu Strapless Dress at Rare Opulence

£165

MovieScope magazine has a great article on the costumes featured.

The Ballet Blog also has an excellent interview with costume designer Amy Wescott.

Whether you were traumatised or enthused by The Black Swan, don your ballet flats, tutu and leotard, and you’ll embrace your inner ballerina. Girly, graceful and elegant, I hope this trend is here to stay!