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Sunday, 25 September 2011

SS12 - Clashing Florals!

Another of my favourite trends from the SS12 catwalks has to be the clashing, mis-matched florals that were dominated by Ashish. From over-sized placement embroideries, to all-over prints - the exuberant colour palette screams Summer! In a stark contrast to the pretty pastel palettes, Ashish and Christopher Kane both embrace multicolour and prove that you needn't look further than the English Garden for inspiration!

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

SS12 catwalks - Long live muted pastels!

Softly does it - SS12 is upon us & to my relief, the girly pastel palette that dominated much of SS11 (& my final graduate collection) has been given a new lease of life by a fabulous array of designers. Powder puff tones are given a chalkier edge, offering a more subdued, sophisticated take on last Summer's overly pretty candy tones. Block colour is no longer just about audacious shades of cerise pink & orange as subtle combinations of lilac, mint & salmon pink are carefully combined by the House of Holland. Likewise, Preen have mastered the art of carefully constructed randomness by placing watery hues alongside unexpected pops of canary yellow & pillar box red.

Reminiscent of fifties silky night dresses and lingerie - I love the overall vintage feel of the minty turquoises & pale, washed out pinks & so, I'm glad to see that pastels are staying put, at least for the coming season!

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

A fantastical collaboration - Mulberry AW11 campaign

Autumn. A season of change - a season that is quite simply brought to life in this fantastical collaborative campaign by Mulberry, Shona Heath & my all time favourite photographer, Tim Walker.

Set in a beautiful English manor house, Oxfordshire's Shotover House is transformed into a whimsical masterpiece by the acclaimed set designer Shona Heath. From oversized owls, birds and foxes, to three-dimensional feathers & hatched eggs - scale is experimental, conjuring up a dream-like setting that showcases a colour palette so rich, it makes the viewer want to reach in & feel the sumptuous silks & herringbone tweeds, whilst sinking in to the velvet chairs and admiring the decadent walls.

Embracing all things traditionally British - Mulberry display their brand's heritage impeccably & imaginatively - I only wish I could've been a part of the making!

Sunday, 11 September 2011

Tactile Typography

Fabric fonts are becoming a favourite trend of mine at the moment. Although this isn't a brand new phenomena, I've definitely noticed an increase in tactile typography in and around London. Prettifying words can never be a bad thing, especially when they are designed to promote a lovely boutique or craft workshop. In fact, if I had my way, the textile alphabet would replace all signage throughout the country!

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Superiority Complex - Incidental Interiors by Tim Walker

Indulging in my daily dose of Twitter feeds yesterday morning, I was not expecting to see a tweet from Shannon Fitzgerald (@canadashanf) entitled - 'Your Daily Tim Walker Photo(s) - Interiors'. If only I'd discovered these months ago, every morning commute might have been as much of an inspiration as yesterday's was,

I forgot quite how much I missed trawling through Walker's fantastical, oversized books in the Art & Design university library, until I saw his latest interior shots...

Thursday, 1 September 2011

The End of Summer? Not at Next's new Shoreham store!

Waking up to the 1st September was never going to be a good feeling for me, but today's press trip to the new Shoreham-on-sea Next superstore certainly made the official end of Summer a lot more bearable!

In fact, today could well have been the very height of British Summer as the sun shone more than it has done for the whole of August - making the brand new array of Next branded plants and flowers seem even more appealing! For the first time ever, Next have merged Home and Fashion, with the addition of DIY & gardening - which is introduced to the customer in a fabulously styled shopping experience.

Moving the indoors outside has never seemed so easy, as garden retreats offer the perfect solution to that spare room, you've been meaning to get planning permission for. Meanwhile, garden sheds have never seemed so attractive - from decorative tool organisers to printed watering cans, being green fingered seems almost glamorous! Garden walls need no longer be plain either as outdoor decorations take on a rustic feel, with wrought iron planters and bird baths; cut work lanterns look too good to keep outside.

For me, the ultra girly patio set has to be my favourite. With the pastel coloured bunting and sorbet paint shades (a range which Next have also extended, especially for the store) - this is surely the right kind of look for a garden by the sea!

Of course, there's plenty more I could write about the whole venture - however, I'll leave this to the professional bloggers (all of which came armed with more than just their Iphone to take snapshots!)

Having spent the afternoon with some of our key press - including Elle Decoration, House Beautiful, Good Homes and many more inspirational titles, freelances and bloggers, the response to the store (along with our four course lunch at Brighton's Pub Du Vin) was outstanding and so, fingers crossed, there'll be plenty more where this one came from!