Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Shop at Anna - the online designer clothes shop selling casual clothes for women, party tops and dresses, ANNA Cashmere, t-shirts and riding boots. Also specialising in many other brands of womens designer clothing, such as Odd Molly, Orla Kiely bags and wallets, Day, Malene Birger, Velvet, Single, MAJE, Joseph, Ralph Lauren, L'autre Chose shoes and Antik Batik to name but a few.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Irish Designers Kate and Ava

“Kate and Ava” Autumn Winter 09 collection has hit the stores since September. This sumptuous collection contains must-have, timeless pieces for the discerning woman’s wardrobe. The collection is built around cocktail dresses in a rich palette of colours - purples, blacks and a touch of gold. Silks, paisley, wools...give texture and depth to “Kate and Ava” AW09. With a variety of styles this collection has something to flatter every shape and figure. Classic pieces include a cream cashmere knee length coat, smart belted wool jacket and tailored pencil skirts.
If you are interested in stocking Kate & Ava or would like to buy any pieces please contact Kate or Ava at

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Courtyard Designer Boutique

Courtyard is considered to be one of the top names in Independent Designer Boutiques. The stores are based in Guildford, Surrey and Petworth, West Sussex and are known for their stunning interiors, friendly staff and wide range of sought after designers.

These include Diane Von Furstenberg, Missoni, Matthew Williamson, Mulberry, Lanvin, Luella, Milly, Tibi, Juicy Couture and a wide range of jeans.

A second store has recently opened next to the main shop in Angel Gate. specialising in the latest jeans plus casual tops and accessories.

Owned by Julia Jaconelli the stores have a huge following and are the ideal place to shop for designer clothing for every occasion whilst escaping the hassle of London.

The new Autumn/Winter collections are starting to arrive. They include the following designers:
Matthew Williamson
Ralph Lauren(Blue and Black Label)
Joseph (Guildford only)
Diane Von Furstenberg
Marc Cain
Graham and Spencer (GUildford only)
Velvet (GUildford only)
Max Mara
Juicy Couture
Dom and Ruby
Shoes by Marc by Marc Jacobs, Chloe, Rupert Sanderson, Bionda Castana, Juicy Couture, Beatrix Ong, 7 For All Mankind, Lama Peach, French Sole, See by Chloe, Marc Cain,Christian Louboutin.
Bags by Anya Hindmarch, Mulberry, Buba, Abaco, Marc Jacobs, Luella,Ouc

Rohen Chen


Form an orderly queue – Israel’s leading fashion designer has opened his first shop in London and already the buzz is spreading, with women who would formerly have been happy to fly to Tel Aviv to get their hands on his timeless chic classics, dropping everything to visit and shop at his first London boutique.
Ronen Chen has opened at 23 New Quebec Street in Portman Village, just a well-shod step away from Marble Arch. His devotees include all women who love a flattering fit, quality fabrics and good value prices. Fans such as Davina McCall enthuse that the veteran designer understands the female body.
What are the key attributes that attract such loyalty in the fashion savvy woman?
Classic, modern style, inspired by straight lines and geometric shapes in modern architecture
Designs by draping fabric on a real woman’s body to suit real women
Muted colours of greys, black and cream with flashes of bright red for wearability
Flattering fit
Timeless chic
All of the above gives Ronen Chen huge appeal to women from the young to the over 50s
Ronen Chen says: ‘My collection isn’t trendy: it’s not in today and out tomorrow; it’s beyond that.’
Prices for Ronen Chen range from around £55 for a top to £160 for a dress. The store offers a fantastic loyalty card system – the Ronen Chen Circle – which gives you 7% off your next purchase when you buy something, and the amount can be accumulated. You’ll also get a Ronen Chen gift on your birthday.
The Ronen Chen boutique is a 23, New Quebec Street in Portman Village, London W1 and is open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 7pm

Anne O’Dowd Ronen Chen Boutique 23 New Quebec Street Portman Village London W1H 7RT

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Label Lust!!

Core Spirit Is delighted to announce that it will be available in Harrods London from November!!

“Our collections are sleek and seductive, for a clientele who are intent on being their own person, making a strong con­dent statement of joie-de-vivre - Hot and sophisticated. Whether partying in London or Los Angeles , Sailing in St. Tropez, lounging around in the ski bars of St. Moritz or their lofts in Tribeca, CORE SPIRIT is always worth sporting. CORE SPIRIT designs, produces and markets high-end luxury clothing, leather goods and accessories. Our London based design team works with the largest and most reputable suppliers and manufacturers from around the world.”

If you are interested in Stocking Core Spirit or would like to view their Stockists please contact Daniele at or visit their wesite

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Fashion Capital & British Boutiques

Fashion Capital
British is delighted to announce a partnership with Fashion Capital. Fashion Capital - Hanging it all together for the Fashion Industry -is a web portal to help designers succeed, with over 60,000 users to the site. With 17 young designers from Fashion Capital's collections showing on ASOS and Top Shop. British Boutiques will promote the designers to Boutiques in the UK and Ireland whilst Fashion Capital will concentrate on the promotion of British Boutiques through its all ready large media network INCREASING web exposure for both companies.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Belfast Fashion Week

West Coast Cooler FASHIONWEEK Continues Fifth Birthday Celebrations with a Move to City Hall.
West Coast Cooler FASHIONWEEK, Ireland’s multi-award-winning fashion event, continues its fifth year celebrations with a move to the chic surroundings of Belfast City Hall for this Autumn.

Now an established date on every fashionista’s calendar, this season’s events will be part of Belfast City Council's packed programme of activities celebrating the reopening of the iconic building; and the FASHIONWEEK events commence with a spectacular ‘Fashion Through the Decades’ showcase on 29 October. This will be followed by nightly catwalk shows, master classes, exciting exhibitions and the coolest, freshest fashion both on and off the catwalk, making the popular event bigger and better again this season. As usual, there will be showcases from the very best of the high street as well as the hottest local designers and chic boutiques.
In addition to the shows, fashion photographer Khara Pringle will also showcase her ‘Uniform of Fashion’ photography exhibition which includes beautiful and iconic images of TV personalities such as Zoe Salmon, actor James Nesbitt, singer Sharon Corr, Miss Northern Ireland Cherie Gardiner and Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody.
Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Naomi Long, welcomed the concept of a 'City Hall for All' and urged the public to support the packed programme of events planned. "We are delighted that West Coast Cooler FASHIONWEEK will be able to showcase the best of what our city has to offer in the wonderful surroundings of City Hall," she said.
"Given Belfast's proud association with the linen and textiles industry, it is fitting that we celebrate our fashion heritage and the creativity that will ensure success in the future too".
To celebrate the move, local dress designer and independent retailer Lizzie Agnew created a Victorian crinoline dress inspired by the Baroque dome. She said: “I’ve based the skirt of the dress on the distinctive copper dome with Verdis Gris shot silk cut into panels to echo the architecture. And for the top of the dress I have recreated the cupola using a dark grey, tight fitting, boned bodice. A scalloped ruffle at the edge with a ‘Toby’ frill at the waist reflects the carved stonework, so overall, the tight corseted waist with highly structured separate dome skirt reflects both the fashion at the time as well as this very solid, though delicately detailed, building.
The event is once again sponsored by the fashionista’s favourite West Coast Cooler, which is also introducing a new colour trend for the season, West Coast Cooler Rose, and the popular new drink will be served as a refreshing accessory to the glamour at every catwalk show. Brand Manager Karen Anderson said: “West Coast Cooler provides a chic and refreshing accessory to the style on and off the catwalks this season and it matches perfectly with the ethos of FASHIONWEEK. We’re delighted to be involved in bringing the freshest trends and hottest looks to the shows, as well as allowing the FASHIONWEEK audiences to sample the new autumn essential - West Coast Cooler Rose. ”
For further information on show schedules, tickets, links to participant retailers and designers as well as the season’s hottest trends, log on to For show tickets, call the Welcome Centre Box Office on 028 9024 6609

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

5 Shopping Do's & Donts to find your style after 40

Ever gone shopping, tried something on and wondered, “Does this look awful, or am I just not hip?” How do you really know if a new trend looks bad on you or whether you’re just stuck in a serious style rut? Here are 5 shopping Do’s and Dont’s to get you off the fashion fence and help you look fabulous after 40!

1. DON’T Blindly Listen to Sales People We’ve all fallen into the trap of letting a salesperson talk us into buying something, we’re not really crazy about. After 40, we are easy prey. While there are some good salespeople out there, most are on commission and want you to buy. Best to listen to your gut about an outfit or develop a long term relationship with a particular salesperson that you like and trust. Also, be sure to take a good look at how the sales person has put herself together. If she doesn’t look chic, how can you expect her to help you look chic?

2. DO Take it Home to Test Drive Most shopa have excellent return policies, so if you’re not sure how you feel about something, take it home and try it out. It can look very different when you are more rested or if you are in a different light. Maybe you’ll even notice how well it works with something else in your wardrobe or start to feel differently about it when you slip it on and get all kinds of compliments from your family. Or perhaps, you’ll realise that your instincts were right after all, and return it.

3. DON’T say No to your First Encounter with a New Style When a new style arrives in the store it can seem so foreign that even though it looks fabulous on you, it feels strange. This is particularly true after 40. For example, if you try on a pair of new high waisted trousers, and you like them, but are just not sure, then try on several versions of the same look from different designers. Sometimes a slightly different cut or a small detail change can make all the difference and suddenly you are sold.

4. DO check out what other Women are pulling off If you are not sure if a style is age appropriate, then take a look at what other fashionable gals your age are wearing. If you are 40+ and worried that chunky platform shoes may look too young, but you notice stylish 40 somethings’ wearing them who look great, then go for it. Also notice what clothes, hair and accessories these women are wearing with the chunky platforms. It’s important to co-ordinate a total look.

5. DO Be Prepared to make Mistakes
If you’ve fallen off the style track since you’ve turned 40 it’s going to take a while to get back on board. Be prepared to make a few mistakes and forgive yourself. So you thought it looked great, gave it a chance and a month later hated it. This will happen. Don’t beat yourself up. Getting Your Style Groove back is a process. 5. DON’T Buy Clothes you are not in Love With In the end, the best way to determine whether a new style is right for you is to be in love with it. That’s the bottom line. If you don’t feel confident in what you are wearing you will never look fabulous no matter what anyone says. Remember you have to feel fabulous to look fabulous.!

Rita Mylett

Amelia Rose

Amelia Rose is a contemporary bag boutique selling designer brands such as Coccinelle, Longchamp, Radley, Alison Van Der Lande, Claudio Ferrici, Kipling and many more.
Visit Amelia Rose for all the latest trends, colours and designs and view our comprehensive ranges of Handbags, Purses, Luggage and Fashion Accessories.
2 The Green, Westerham, Kent, TN16 1AS
Contact them at

Saturday, September 5, 2009


This gorgeous jacket worn in the new Twilight movie is by LA label BB Dakota.
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