Having frequented Kurt Geiger over the years for its mix of quality, great design, and mid-range (just about justifiable) prices, it felt right when I heard that the brand has just moved its production from Brazil to a factory in Italy – the very same factory in Italy where Miu Miu shoes are made.
The AW10 collection delivered exactly what I have come to expect from my favourite footwear label. I was squealing quietly (and kicking myself for forgetting my camera and having to resort to my crappy phone) when I saw how well the designers have done next season. Feast your eyes…
In another move that makes perfect sense the brand is launching a line of sunglasses. LOVE!
The bottom frames were my favourites. I was lucky enough to meet one of Kurt Geiger’s principal designs Nina Hjorth – who is as lovely as she is talented – and she told me these were inspired by a vintage pair of her mother’s (I can only imagine how much she must of loved that. I know mine would have!). Obviously great taste runs in the family.
I don’t think I’ve ever printed so many press day photos on Salute to Style before, which I guess goes to show just how highly I rated the work of Nina and the other KG designers. I’m saving up for multiple pairs as of now.
I’ve been a massive fan of Stolen Girlfriends Club (A New Zealand label set up by a bunch of surfer dudes with a penchant for other people’s girlfriends I assume!) for a while now, and their AW10 collection – which I saw at the Robinson Pfeffer press day earlier this year – doesn’t disappoint. I love their take on nomadic / Latin American style, and is it wrong that I totally fell for the cable-knit pants?!…
Shop the Summer collection now at www.ASOS.com.
When you first commit to the pursuit of a creative career you barely give yourself pause to contemplate how difficult it will be. The perks seem so fantastic that you decide to overlook the irregular hours and poor pay, which are two of the inevitable downsides for those who are lucky enough to get hired through some fortunate combination of right place and right time. But ‘making it’ isn’t so easy with such ferocious competition and such a minuscule pool of jobs (all the aspiring journos I know are interviewing for the same positions in London, unbeknownst to them) so occasionally a band of pioneering creatives will join together to produce their own output. Magazines made by frustrated young talent are popping up all over the place, and the innovation and creativity they express is truly admirable.
Sketchbook is exemplary. At the magazine’s pop up shop last month the editor, Wafa Alobaidat, told me she never turns an aspiring contributor away. On average she has met five new people every day since the magazine’s launch a year ago, and the success of this creative community is evident in the quality and originality of her team’s content (read the latest issue here).
Similarly Lindsey and Claire, founders of Ballad Of, came up with the idea to help themselves and others break into the creative industry one lazy afternoon over waffles and ice cream – ‘we asked people to contribute and we were overwhelmed by the response! We are now on our third issue and have sold out in shops like The Tate, RD Franks, Rough Trade and other boutiques around London and a few in the north too! We hope Ballad Of will continue to grow and give people the exposure they need’.
The girls are currently looking for submissions on the topic ‘Don’t Forget to Write’. Get involved here.
Newly launched I Like My Style proudly proclaims it’s status as ‘The First Ever User Generated Fashion Magazine’. What began as a community blogging project has branched into print, and the team behind it describe themselves as ‘A bunch of friends from Berlin, New York, Texas, Austria and Hong Kong. Most of us have a background in media, others in fashion. We believe in thinking high and low. And in dressing up and down’.
Read the very first issue here.
(Images from Style.com)
Of course it’s a giant cliché to refer to any fashion trend as ‘the new black’, in fact I promise never to type those words on this blog ever again, but in the case of nude tones this description is particularly apt so please hear me out.
Until now wearing an outfit which consisted of just one colour was a bit of a style faux pas, unless it was black (or you happen to be Fred Butler who can pull it off), but lo and behold – caramel / blush / toffee /whatever appealing name you want to lend to beige, it’s a shade that really does work head to toe. Thus truly making it the new black. Am I right or am I right?