Thursday, 23 May 2013

Pop-Up J Crew!

J Crew is a brand that never lets you down - although most people this side of the pond probably became familiar with it due to a certain First Lady being a fan. For a long time, the only UK stockist was online at net-a-porter. I've had many a splurge (especially in sale time) but largely save my buying for when I'm in the States, especially for their beautiful monogrammed pyjamas which are only available over there and the exchange rate makes the purchasing a little less painful.

Good news for Londoners though - J. CREW will open a pop-up store in King's Cross for two days on May 24 and 25, ahead of the label's Regent Street flagship launch in November. The boutique will be located next to Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design, with whom the brand are launching a scholarship programme and a special design project. Although full details of the initiative are not yet known, a press release stated that the collaboration aims to "underscore the brand's commitment to nurture up-and-coming design talent".

The store itself - in the Western Transit Shed - will sell the spring/summer 2013 collection, as well as a selection of Italian cashmere pieces that customers can have monogrammed YEAH!!). Bespoke hand-jewelled collars will also be available...and who doesn't need one of them?!
My PJs pre monogram!x

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Belinda Earl for M&S

Save those vouchers you've had stuffed in your wallet since the Christmas raffle - this is Marks and Spencer really upping their game.  Today Belinda Earl (formerly of Debenhams and Jaeger), is unveiling her first collection as style director of Marks & Spencer today.  A hefty dash of bold prints, pretty dresses and blouses and a coat that I've got my eye on - red A-line with a leopard collar (second picture down!)

"We spent lots of time asking customers what they wanted and talking to the staff in store," Earl said. "What they want is the quality back and the trends interpreted to fit and flatter them; they want to look their best."

Upgraded fabrics, attention to detail and an emphasis on mixing timeless classics with newness have contributed to a collection that is so far looking like it could be M&S' most successful fashion step for some time.  With prices from £45 to £85 - get ready! Below is an edit of my favourite looks.