Tuesday, 29 June 2010
Monday, 28 June 2010
Sunday, 27 June 2010
MULBERRY COLLABORATES WITH TARGET ON LIMITED EDITION COLLECTION
Target is partnering with world-renowned, luxury accessories brand Mulberry to launch a limited-edition handbag collection, Mulberry for Target. This collection is the ninth handbag launch in a series of limited-time-only accessory designers at Target. The Mulberry for Target collection will be available at most Target stores and at Target.com October 10 through December 24, 2010.
The range comprises 8 handbag styles and aims to evoke the spirit of the brand, rather than a compromise on quality. The key to the collection is authenticity – communicating the essence and character of the Mulberry brand. Fabrics such as denim and velvet allow the brand to be as true to its beliefs as possible whilst maintaining an accessible and democratic price point
Emma Hill, Mulberry’s Creative Director says, "We were thrilled to partner with Target on this special project! We love Target for its iconic, American status, for its sense of humour & for the fact that their corporate mascot & figurehead is a dog called Bullseye! And we especially respect and admire their commitment to philanthropy and to their vast charitable contributions, currently standing at $3M per week!”
Thursday, 24 June 2010
The only thing more exciting than buying new designer shoes is buying several pairs of designer shoes on sale.
The Harrods footwear silent sale was especially good this time around and I ended up with three pairs of exceptional bargains. The first was a pair of Kurt Geiger Miu-Miu-esque, clog-like platforms made from the softest tan leather imaginable. The second pair were by KG; a strappy, metallic gold orgasm of a high-heeled sandal marked down from over £100 to a single digit figure: £8. My third (and arguably) best purchase was a pair of Gina leopard print leather courts reduced from around £400 to just £59.
My friends Stacie and Claudia did very well too, each bagging a pair or two of YSL boots for around £70.
Wednesday, 23 June 2010
I decided to go as Gaga to our party and had lots of fun picking my outfit. In the end I went with: a wig from Paks beauty store in Dalston, some glasses from Primark which I customised with cigarettes, a necklace from asos.com, a bra from Freya, a vintage leather jacket from a clothes swap, temporary tattoos from a fancy dress shop at the top of Essex Road, high waisted pants from Marks and Spencer, lace leggings from Primark and some hardcore studded boots from Carvela. Most of my party make-up (including false eyelashes) was from Mac as usual.
Tuesday, 22 June 2010
Monday, 21 June 2010
I love Philip Kingsley’s haircare range. A Trichologist by trade, this is a man who has built his career and become an expert in all things scalp and follicle-related. His Elasticizer (£25.00 for 150ml) is a deep conditioner legendary for giving celebrities the silkiest locks in the business and it is my weekly treatment must. When I suffered from an itchy, occasionally flaky scalp, I looked no further than his Flaky/Itchy Scalp Shampoo for aid. It worked but I broke nearly a nail a day on the bloody bottle it was presented in. If you are affluent, you will be lucky enough to purchase Kingsley’s shampoos and conditioners in the large 1000ml pump-action bottles (£47.50) but if you wish to try the products short-term or, like me, you are travelling somewhere and need something compact and convenient, the small 250ml bottle (£14.00) is the best option for you. If you have fingernails made from pure steel. The problem lies not in the shape or texture of the bottle but rather in the lid itself. Plastic, with the tiniest ridge imaginable, it is nearly impossible to open outside of the shower, let alone when water and shower gel is thrown into the awkward, swearword-inducing mix. Phil, even a screw cap would have been better than this nightmare scenario. This is a classic case of poor packaging preventing me from purchasing this product again; even though it is utterly amazing. The Elasticizer, however, in its gloriously easy-to use scoop pot, remains on my bathroom shelf to be re-stocked until I am no longer residing on this Earth.
Thursday, 10 June 2010
I love all of the delicate quirks of these designs; the little ties and tassels that embellish contemporary tote shapes framed in creamy leather.
I had a quick chat with Alexandra about her fabulous arm-candy:
What was your main inspiration for this collection?
My main inspiration behind the concept for the collection was from vintage men's accessories. I was inspired working on Savile Row during my placement year there and take an interest in menswear - I like how you can't tell that is where my inspiration came from for my collection of women's bags.
Which material(s) do you enjoy using the most?
I like using leather the most, here I used a luxury canvas with a neutral vegetable tanned leather for a fresh summery collection.
Which other accessories designers do you admire the most?
I love Chanel - although I wish that quilted bags hadn't been copied everywhere in the high street, Chanel however, will always be Chanel! I also love Beverly Feldman - I have some of my mums bags and shoes that she bought in the 80's which I wear all the time and can't get enough of.. I wish she had kept more!
What would you be doing if you weren't designing handbags?
I would do more drawing and painting, something that I love but don't have much time for lately; it's something that I need to find time for. I'd also love to try out Fashion Illustration.
If you could design a bag for anyone (dead or alive!) who would it be and why?
If I could design a bag for anyone it would have been for Audrey Hepburn, I have always been inspired by her and I love all of her movies!