Friday, September 17, 2010

Bernard of Esher

Starting as a small boutique thirty years ago this award-winning store has rapidly become one of Surrey’s most important fashion destinations and has grown into three unique and contemporary connecting spaces.The open interior allows each brand their own identity and reflects the company’s philosophy of the importance of individuality and detail. Owner-Buyer Helene Rapaport searches each season for exciting brand new talents as well as buying from the world’s most important designers. She hand picks pieces from all the best collections and only buys what she loves. The atmosphere in the store is very relaxing and easy to browse in, which creates tremendous trust and loyalty between staff and clients. Their aim is to give you a taste of what we do in our store, which will be constantly updated.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Diet Coke Designers at Belfast FASHION WEEK 2010

This season, the bi-annual, multi-award winning fashion event which is Belfast FASHION WEEK 2010 has teamed up with Diet Coke to give fashion design students, young designers and anyone with a flair for fashion the chance to design a commercial, wearable and fashion forward garment which will end up on the catwalk.

Entrants are required to design a womenswear look for the Autumn/Winter season that encapsulates the spirit of the Diet Coke ‘Love it Light’ attitude. This can be interpreted within fashionable boundaries and changed to, for example, ‘Love it denim’, ‘Love it leather’ or ‘Love it long and glamorous’.
The winning design will be brought to life by designer to the stars Una Rodden, shown on the catwalk at the finale show at Belfast FASHION WEEK 2010 in October, photographed by leading fashion photographer Khara Pringle and featured in a fashion magazine.

The lucky designer will also walk away with a mini scholarship to a fashion course at London College of Fashion, including flights and hotel accommodation to further nurture their passion for fashion.

If you are not a budding designer not to worry Diet Coke will be pulling up at Castlecourt on 16thOctober for Belfast FASHION WEEK 2010 in a fab 1960’s airstream Silver Palace as part of Diet Coke’s Love it Light Roadshow! Enjoy free preening and pampering at the Diet Coke Boutiquewith their nail and makeup experts from Rimmel London and Sally Hansen; hands on style advice from TV3’s Laura Cunningham and chill out at the Diet Coke Cafe while sipping on an ice cold Diet Coke!

For all those wishing to enter the design competition you will need to supply final designs and illustrations with front and back views on A3 boards, completed entry forms and supporting material to be submitted by 4pm on Friday 17 September.

Download the Design brief:

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For more information please email or call 02890324437

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Boutique of the Week- Austique is the destination for online fashion connoisseurs looking to find unique designer fashion labels from around the world. Since opening our store on London's Kings Road, in 2004, we have established an impressive reputation for our exclusive fashion, unique accessories and covetable gifts.

Sisters, Lindy Lopes and Katie Canvin opened their pioneering boutique in May 2004.

We both really wanted to set-up our own business and realised the potential in importing niche fashion brands to the UK. The boutique was a relatively unknown concept within the UK and the idea of a one-stop shop with a welcoming atmosphere and a personal and honest service is every girl's heaven. It was certainly mine." (Lindy Lopes).

The philosophy behind Austique remains the same; to bring new and niche fashion brands from around the world to you at home. We hope you love them as much as we do!

Monday, September 13, 2010

From The Blogs

Weekly roundup of all the news and views in the British fashion and beauty blogs!!!

Lipstick Red Tote
If you love the shiny patent red look embodied by Lulu Guinness and the like, you might be interested in this highly affordable top-handler at M&S. Designed as an overnight or weekender bag, it would perform this function admirably, but I think it ticks the right boxes for the everyday workwear look, too.

Fashions Night Out
Here at the GLAMOUR.COM fashion desk we love shopping, and we love, love, LOVE a good party, so you can tell we're getting pretty excited about this tonight's Fashion's Night Out event. Back for another year and organised by VOGUE around the world, it's a chance to hit the high street with cocktails, canapés and live music - plus A-list attendees and freebies to pick up along the way. Over 200 stores in London's W1 area are throwing open their doors for one night of über fashion fun, as well as local galleries and the lush Cecconi's restaurant.

The Makeup Secrets
This weekend, as I scrolled through the pics from the Venice Film Festival, I came across the stunning Rosamund Pike wearing an amazing Gucci dress and remembered that my bestie, Miss Emma Day, had traveled across the continent to assist Rosamund with her glowing look. For those of you not familiar with Emma Day, she is one of the UK's leading makeup artists and is flown around the world to look after some of the biggest stars on planet earth. Yes, I do feel honoured to call her my friend. These friendships do have their being able to share the secrets of the looks with all of you, my lovely readers!

Isabella Blow
Isabella Blow was incomparable. She is notable for discovering the likes of Hussein Chalayan, Alexander McQueen and Sophie Dahl. She was also widely known for inspiring and nurturing talent, world over.‘Isabella Blow‘ by Martina Rink (she was Isabella’s assistant until her suicide in 2007 and is now the director of Fashion Spotlight, Berlin), sees the writer compile personal accounts with Blow, iconic portraits of Isabella by photographers such as Rankin, Testino with contributed letters from Manolo Blahnik, Anna Wintour, Tracey Emin etc in a vivid celebration of her unforgettable but tragic life.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Wren Boutique

Casey Gregory and Jemima Johnson opened Wren in June 2007, with a mission in mind: to create a boutique store with friendly staff, beautiful clothing and stylish products for you, your family and your home. It is always their intention to look for quality and we pride ourselves on our careful sourcing and selection of products from the UK and around the world and are committed to keeping our ideas and products fresh and ever changing.

The Boutique Buzz

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Boutique of the Week-O'Keefe

O’Keefe fashion offers a unique shopping experience. The ambience in the stores is relaxed and friendly and the interior has a New York urban feel with polished scaffolding and vintage furniture used for display.The O’Keefe team are trained to offer you the very best of service and attention to detail. Urgent alterations, a home delivery service, sale or return for Privilege customers to name but a few of the extra services available. There is also a new SMS service to flag up new arrivals and a newsletter which you can subscribe to on their website. New season collections are showcased at their fashion shows held instore in March and September.Janine Dewey, owner and buyer is passionate about the fashion industry and you will always find the latest trends on offer.


11 High Street
KT10 9RL

Telephone 01372 460200

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Lily Wigglesworth Bags

Lily Wigglesworth Bags was launched in June 2007 as the first port of call for the discerning accessory lover. Since then they have caught the eye of a variety of fashion press. From Daily Candy to Glamour Magazine, they have all recognised Lily Wigglesworth as an authority on clutches.

Through specialising in clutch bags they have maintained a truly fabulous and vibrant collection, ranging from leading brands to quirky emerging designers. They carefully select our pieces from all over the world and, naturally, ship internationally. So, if you see something you like then snap it up quickly as the collection is always changing!


Lily Wigglesworth Bags
25 Tudor Court
LL65 3LL

Monday, September 6, 2010

From The Blogs

Weekly roundup of all the news and views in the British fashion and beauty blogs!!!

Iman to outfit the Mercedes-Benz Star Lounge for New York Fashion Week

For all those lucky enough to hold the golden keys to the Mercedes-Benz Star Lounge during New York Fashion Week, you'll be the first to see the new home line from IMAN Home. What a way to make a debut! The a-list for fashion, music, television and the big screen will all be resting their derrieres on the cozy couches, chairs and daybeds all designed by Iman and a fabulous creative team.

Blake Lively in Chanel

The “Gossip Girl” is on a the cover of another issue of Marie Claire !She’s looking super chic in a Chanel jumpsuit,but I’m loving even more the sexy Antonio Berardi lace dress, she’s wearing on the subscribers’ cover.Divine!!!

Alexander Wang Dreams

For those of you who know me personally, you know that, much like Carrie Bradshaw, I consider my hometown to be much much more than just a city, it's a part of me, my sibling, my best friend--who, thanks to my work, I see when fashion week comes round but twice a year. Hence the gap from a trip home in February to September seems an insurmountable age and I can sincerely say I am aquiver with anticipation: plans to dance around in Times Square and NOT have my personal space violated (boo to you, Oxford Circus), feel the whoosh of the subway as it rushes down the platform EVERY FEW MINUTES (oh the luxury!), the food, the stores...and of course my friends and family

Zara Online Leopard Print Bag

Our sister site Catwalk Queen discussed the brand new online Zara store yesterday. We've been having a good browse of the bag section (natch) and spotted this seriously cute, very designer-esque animal print handbag. We love the contrast between the crazy print and the smooth, apricot panelling.

25 Ten Boutique

Kelly and Paul Turner-Mitchell opened their Rochdale boutique in September 2007 in loving memory of her late mum. 25 Ten Boutique (aptly named after the birth date of their first child, Nicole, born 25th October 2005) has become a brand in its own right – trusted by its most fashionable clientele, offering the best of the best in new and established labels with the latest looks fresh from the catwalk.

Their promise, is an enjoyable retail experience whilst specifically catering for the individuality and characteristics of each and every one of our customers, each of whom, they appreciate has their own unique sense of style.

Every season, they aim to bring you the most talked about styles and celebrity look, from labels such as: Diva, Forever Unique, Kevan Jon, Lipsy, Charas, and Elsa Haag – the list is endless.
Having recently launched their online store, they aim to bring the boutique shopping experience literally to your fingertips. The 25 Ten promise is one of unprecedented and personalised customer service. They want a 25 Ten shopper to become a friend, not just a customer.

Telephone (01706) 646746
Address 19 Cheetham Street
OL16 1DG

Friday, September 3, 2010

Fashion Capital Boutique

The is set to take the savvy online shopping community by storm when it launches this September. The success of supporting designer innovations has lead to the increasing empire of Enter Boutiques arising up and down the nation. To satisfy the overwhelming demand for a boutique essentially for the unique, the e-commerce boutique showcases only the finest up and coming designer talent in the UK and beyond. The next inevitable step was to provide access for every style slave to our haven of hidden treasures from the comfort of your own home. The plays host to a sumptuous assortment of over 40 of the fastest emerging and groundbreaking designers on offer, providing crucial wardrobe staples with unique trend driven touches, a fabulous range of LBD’s for the individualist seeking sophistication whilst standing out from the crowd and many more of the looks you long for in our one stop shop to keep you looking hot! won a national competition hosted by leading E-Commerce specialist; Sitemakers to develop the new to provide you with our easy to use online store to ensure you find exactly what you are looking for amongst the fabulous fashion now available to you.
The first Enter Boutique was launched in Croydon in April 2006 to provide the best up and coming designer talent to the British consumer, followed shortly after with the launch of the Barking store in September 2007. Another boutique is set to launch in Bath this September to present London Fashion Week designers collection for sale in the British Designers at FashionCapital Boutique whilst boutiques in Hackney and York will also be launching later this year.
Amidst the recession, Fashion Enter continued to support up and coming designers by opening a new Workshop in Haringey in November 2008, not only to provide production for the designers we support but to offer a bespoke service for consumers to work with our team of experts to create unique one off pieces for special occasions.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

FashionStake Launches

FashionStake allows you to support fashion designers in exchange for extraordinary privileges. You can help fund and shape a collection before it's produced.
Supporters of collections receive various benefits, including discounted pre-orders, store credit when items sell in our online store, and all kinds of luxury designer perks & privileges, such as Fashion Week tickets.

Fashion Stake allows customers to directly fund fashion designers by browsing on-line collections and buying a stake in a collection and in return patrons stay updated as the designer, factory and FashionStake work together to produce the collection and recieve credits to buy clothes. Patrons can also share ideas with designers and vote on collections.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Boudoir Femme

Boudoir Femme evokes a little bit of Parisian chic right in the heart of the beautiful city of Cambridge. Browse in store the collections from American Vintage, By Malene Birger, Rutzou, Handwritten, Anonymous by Ross + Bute and Libelula perfectly complimented by accessories and jewels from, Melissa McArthur, Blondie Mania, Cheet London & Marmalade Cashmere to name a few.A unique selection of hand picked vintage clothing and accessories are sold alongside our designer collections together with lingerie from Myla, Mary Green, Ell & Cee & niche perfume brands E Coudray, Tocca & Carthusia. Boudoir Femme girls have an eye for detail, a real passion for the collections & offer a "one to one" service always on hand to assist selecting from the collections in store (often accompanied by a glass of champagne!).Regular events are held in store where customers can browse at their leisure with a glass of champagne after hours, preview new collections & benefit from our exclusive customer mailing list special offers. Owner Pippa and her team at Boudoir Femme ensure an ever changing offer in store keeping an eye out for the most unique & desirable brands!

Pippa began selling exclusive collections of original vintage womenswear in November 2004 from an antique centre in the city. A following for the collections soon followed & Pippa's eye for sourcing exquisite "one-off" items grew to opening her own boutique, Boudoir Femme in July 2006 in the city centre offering original items as well as lovingly sourced unique & desirable womenswear & accessory brands.Inspired by a 1940's black & white movie where the customer sat at a dressing table & experienced only the very best in one to one customer service the store’s boudoir décor is sumptuously designed using original vintage & vintage inspired fittings & is filled to the brim with luxury products & customer service to compliment the store! Pippa has presented collections in University & Charity Fashion shows in the last 5 years & the store has been featured on BBC's Hard Sell & the "Shut the Door" Short feature film & Pippa was nominated for Business Woman of the Year at the Business Excellence awards in 2007.

Designer childrenswear boutique to launch in Gerrards Cross

Catwalk preview announced to showcase autumn/winter collections

A fashion-forward mother-of-two is bringing her passion for children and clothes to Gerrards Cross high street by opening a designer children’s-wear boutique in the town.BOYMEETSGIRL will open on September 18th and will stock a range of beautiful clothes for children aged from two to 16.Clare King is drawing on experience passed down from her mother, who also ran a children’s clothes shop, and responding to research from women in the region to bring BOYMEETSGIRL to the area.“I carried out a lot of research in the area, speaking to other mothers and they all wanted more choice locally to buy quality,beautiful clothes for their children. Opening a children’s clothes shop is something I’ve wanted to do for years. Now that my boys are older I’m able to devote the time to such a project,” she said.BOYMEETSGIRL will have a prime location, on Packhorse Road. Clare has travelled throughout Europe meeting with fashion houses including Dolce & Gabanna, Juicy Couture, Monnalisa, and Scotch & Soda to select pieces.“The buying has been enormous fun, and for the first time I’ve appreciated the story behind each piece and the time and effort that goes into its creation,” she said.“The passion of the designers really comes across and I am looking forward to conveying their enthusiasm and thinking to my customers,”she added.Clare will also be working with parents to help their children appreciate quality over quantity.“I think there’s always that battle, where a parent wants to invest in an excellent quality classic item, a coat or a jacket, while their teenage daughter would rather buy 12 separates from the high street!I’ll be trying to play devil’s advocate somewhat, showing how designer and high street can blend together and how accessories and classic items can really make a wardrobe work,” she added.The BOYMEETSGIRL autumn/winter range will be showcased at a VIP preview catwalk event at The Bull Hotel on Saturday September 11th,which will also offer guests the opportunity to buy straight from the catwalk.