Tagged: Burberry

Elvis & Krasse x

Elvis & Krasse are one of those companies that make you wish you were them.  At their workshop based in Kent, they rescue raw materials destined for landfill and recraft them into authentic luxury items. Donating 50% of their profits to charity means their Godly status is secured.

 

Two projects are their mainstays – working with de-commissioned fire hoses that once lived in hell and are now made in heaven.

 

 


And working with Burberry on the global issue of leather waste, using their cast offs to create inventive designs.

 

Their products are built to last, combining world-class handmade craftsmanship with timeless design.  And they also repair for life for free. Yes. You can read that again and believe it.

Loved and honed into existence, this is one Company to remember.

Laters, Kate x

Mac and Tosh..

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Parodying the great words of Truman Capote and Holly Golightly.. would you reach in the drawer there and hand me my purse as no girl should write this without lipstick…

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And no girl should be out in London in the changeable month of April without a Macintosh (and preferably a vintage Burberry one)

 

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In this fast spinning world of trends it remains the epitome of a timeless stalwart.

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I so need one in my wardrobe – a need and a want.  I think I spotted a rack of them (possibly not Burberry’s but who knows..) in Camden Lock when I went with the kids…but there was no time to forage..

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Sigh. I’m thinking of the future and speaking of the past..which possibly defines the word ‘Classic’. Get me back to Camden..

Laters, Kate x

Burberry Prorsum x

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Black, gold, beige, military detail, crested insignias, gold buttons and gold chains, all the stalwarts of the power dressing nineties were rejuvenated in Burberry SS16..but with the gas turned to subtle.

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The detailing was beautiful and showed the collaboration between Christopher Bailey and Hand & Lock, the British manufacturer that makes accessories for the Queen’s Horse Guards to perfection. It underlined the exciting mix of Bailey’s continuing relationship with heritage, heritage materials and British manufacturing.

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But step away from the title, look at the colour palette, the materials, the coats..the footwear…and this could be a fall show.

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The inner layers maybe light and airy, but the outer’s are ready for a turn in temperature downwards.

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But then Bailey is one of the few designers to openly agree that the seasons, as a fashion concept, are over. He’s already embracing the quick marriage of shows and ecommerce whereby clothes can be seen on the runway, bought with a click and delivered within weeks, forcing forward the pace of production.

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(Charlie would love these shoes).

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(And the macho-feminine lace).

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The bags..the rucksack with it’s monogrammed initials..

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(All pics from Vogue.com)

And this one will be on many lists of lust because Christopher Bailey is clever, he doesn’t produce warm coats associated with badgers and large dogs.  His aim is for urban, edgy brand carriers – it’s easy wear, ruthlessly recognisable luxury put on a pedestal that we can all pay homage to.

It’s slick fashion candy to prove taste and money..but for me, it’s lost a bit of heart.

Too easy? Should that be a problem?

Laters, Kate x

Chloe x

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Chloe fall 2015 delves into the deep satisfaction of beautiful tailoring and boho chic.  This coat: I lust.  The soft retro cut, the wide lapels, the longer arms, the burnished brass buttons, the subtle height on the shoulders..the length (a pain to walk in, but oh-so elegant to see).  Simple, exclusive, fashion gold.

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It’s 70’s but it’s cultured 70’s – the tiny covered buttons, the thin neck scar..it’s elegant campari drinking on a balcony in Italy rather than bronzed beach babe with a bottle of beer.

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There were dresses for the barefoot comtessas.

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But my heart was beating for the tailoring: I could’ve easily eaten more and felt disappointed every time the music stopped.

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But when you see Chloe and Burberry plundering the same creative vein, you know there’s something in the air: patchwork and ponchos are obviously the mind-candy of the moment.

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The boho vibe is strong between them: But I still think it’s the cuts and tailoring where the true riches lie.

Laters, Kate x

Trick or Treat?

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The perfect party skirt has to be the jewel in the crown this party-hopping season, acting like a human Christmas tree, catching the sparkle and reflecting back the smiles and giddy moments.  In the haute spot is Burberry with their mermaid inspired work of art – enough to make the most bah-humbug joy-squasher gimlet eyed with misty desire..

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Also working in the skirt corner is the ability to mix the well-heeled refined with the everyday low: tactile jumpers or denim or even t-shirts on top….contrasting the glittering below..cocktail mixes of opposites that create a long drink of inherently cool pleasure..

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Sequins just too eighties? How about the pared back elegance that is metallic leather? Easily teamed with white when the sun comes out again, this Maje skirt will even carry you on a silver ray of light all the way through to summer..

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(River island skirt)

And don’t forget the high street  – if red wine and dancing on the tables are your party tricks of choice, maybe fake is the way to go..

But faux or real, trick or treat..the choice is yours..

Laters, Kate x

Throw on the Throws..

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The stand out item on the Burberry AW14 Collection was the blanket cape thrown with nonchalant ease around the models shoulders.  You just know it’s going to be a big look next winter as the perfect armour against even the thought of another onslaught from the Polar Vortex, stylishly layering layers on layers.  But I do have a little confession….I thought Christopher Bailey was making a political statement against the treatment of cows in the UK..or maybe in support of vegetarians? Who knows – but I just thought..jeez..this is radical!!

You could hear the penny clang when I read later they were actually Cara’s initials..which, honest to God, is a totally awesome concept….just maybe her’s weren’t the best to send out first!

Laters, Kate x

Every little bit..

c3635b1a26f311e38d4922000aeb11ae_7-1A photo taken by Man Repeller’s Leandra Medine to demonstrate the chaos that is Fashion Week.  But what catches your eye? The shoes? The placky bags? Or that Isabel Marant invitation dripping in fairy dust?

Sometimes it’s the little things that maketh the magic..the bits we mortals don’t ever see like the Fashion Week invitations we’d love to prop up on our heaving mantlepieces…so I tracked a few down..

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Laters, Kate x

Chaos and Couture..

Like ducks in a firing range the great and the good stepped out last night for the Met Gala Ball to celebrate the opening of Punk: Chaos to Couture Exhibition.  What joy! there was no place to hide  – you either nailed it, failed it..or demonstrated you never really had it…I swear with that title it was always going to be the perfect blood sport…let the games commence..

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Biggest surprise of the night?

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Anne Hathaway in Valentino!  Blonde and rocking it.

Could easily have done a ‘Gwyneth’..but so doesn’t.

Must’ve changed her stylist hey.

(Photo courtesy of http://www.justjared.com)

kylie-minogue-paloma-faith-met-ball-2013-red-carpet-01Is this really Kylie? Was that really Anne Hathaway? What’s happened??

Except poor Moschino.

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"PUNK: Chaos To Couture" Costume Institute GalaKatie Perry not known for her sartorial elegance gets a huge smacker on the lips for this fabulous choice.  Dolce and Gabbana.  Sigh.  Loved their whole collection.  Accessorised perfectly.

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miley-cyrus-met-ball-2013-red-carpet-03Miley Cyrus in Marc Jacobs.  Cool simple hot elegance.

This was always going to be up her street.

If I was being really picky..shocking coloured hair would’ve taken it stratospheric.

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rita-ora-cara-delevingne-met-ball-2013-red-carpet-02Cara Delevingue in Burberry. So right.

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Sienna Miller in Burberry.  Makes it look easy.

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Coco Rocha. Breaking every rule and SMOKING!

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aubrey-plaza-red-carpet-met-ball-02Aubrey Plaza dressed by Vogue, Marios Schwab dress.  Like it – but want to make sure she hasn’t dropped something down her front in beautiful symmetry.

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Alexa Chung in Erdem.  Cool and sophisticated. Love the neck. Proud the Brit girls so understood the brief.

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Anja Rubik in a red leather Anthony Vaccarello dress.  How good?

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sarah-jessica-parker-met-ball-2013-red-carpet-05 SJP. Because she can.

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miranda-kerr-met-ball-2013-red-carpet-02The best clutch of the night.  As held by Mirranda Kerr.

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john-krasinski-emily-blunt-met-ball-2013-red-carpet-04Best eyeliner. As sported by Emily Blunt.

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Added this one in just to demonstrate the boring.

Maggie Gyllenhaal wearing Calvin Klein. Why?

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anna-wintour-met-ball-2013-with-bee-shaffer-04Oops!This must be irony.  Anna Wintour wearing Channel Couture and daughter Bee Shaffer.

Could it be down hill from this point?

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"PUNK: Chaos To Couture" Costume Institute GalaUma Thurman.  The Oscars were in February? And even then.

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kim-kardashian-kanye-west-met-ball-2013-red-carpet-01Kim car-crash Kardashian.

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madonna-short-black-bob-hairdo-on-met-ball-2013-red-carpet-01Madonna in Ginvenchy?  Or did Hilary Devine from Dragons Den sneak in whilst backs were turned?

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Laters, Kate x