Autumn Embrace

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The thought of trying on heavy blanket coats and thick shearling jackets during the Summer is always less than inspiring but with bouts of rain and a drop in temperature, I have finally embraced the idea of shopping for the new season and ultimately the inevitable Autumn chill.  Now I can’t wait to get my hands on some of the ripe pickings from the A/W14 collections.

Transitional pieces and clever layering to suit the changeable weather are a must and classic staples are key investments which will get their wear and warrant the price tag. From a fitted white shirt and knee high boots to a long lasting leather handbag suitable for both work and after hours.

My top finds cover all of these and also give a nod to some of the key autumn trends including grid and animal prints, dark florals, shirt dresses, metallics, wrap coats and backpacks.

LAUNCH: World’s First Live Fashion App

Become a fashion designer with your own bespoke pieces designed and delivered within 24 hours. On 12th August, YR STORE (pronounced Your Store) are launching the World’s first live fashion app!

With installations in Liberty, Selfridges and Topshop, YR STORE has already established itself as a pioneer in live all-over print. Now they are giving you the chance to personalise your own garments from the comfort of your own home using a fully interactive app on either an iPhone or iPad tablet.

With varsity style and surf inspired prints, the brand will launch the app with a customisable collection of clothing and accessories, featuring high quality t-shirts and crew neck sweaters, sports luxe mesh tees, crop tops, sleeveless tanks, tote bags and iPhone covers.

YR STORE’s fully interactive customised fashion app!

Available on iOS for iPhone and iPad from 12th August. Printed and shipped within the UK in 24 hours. Prices range from £20-£60. Be the first to download it here: http://www.yrsto.re/app

Don’t forget to post your look book on Instagram with #yrstore #liveinprint

Now it’s over to YOU!

Future of Fashion

Clockwise L to R: Parson's 2014 Graduate Collection, the VIP invitation, with June Sarpong MBE, The School of Fashion: 30 Parsons Designers, more of the Graduate Collection, Speakers - Eric Musgrave, Caroline Rush, Simon Collins

Clockwise L to R: Parson’s 2014 Graduate Collection, the VIP invitation, with June Sarpong MBE, The School of Fashion: 30 Parsons Designers, more of the Graduate Collection, Speakers – Eric Musgrave, Caroline Rush, Simon Collins

I was lucky enough to get an exclusive invitation to the Future of Fashion charity event in the Café Royal’s Pompadour Suite, in aid of the Prince’s Trust Million Makers scheme.

With a warm and bubbly welcome from TV presenter, June Sarpong MBE, (many of you will remember her from mornings spent on the sofa watching T4), the event first saw the book launch of The School of Fashion: 30 Parsons Designers by Simon Collins, the Dean of Fashion at the New School for Design in New York.  The beautifully illustrated publication features collaborations in the form of sketches and interviews from some of its most successful alumni including Donna Karan, Alexander Wang, Jason Wu and Proenza Schouler. 

Caroline Rush, CEO of the British Fashion Council was also in attendance and made sure to remind everyone of the upcoming London Fashion Week next month along with a speech from Eric Musgrave, Editorial Director at Drapers.

Highly creative talent was on display from the Parson’s 2014 Graduate Collection where, unafraid to push boundaries, it was clear to see a range of innovative designs from some of the School’s future stars.

An auction then commenced with prizes such as a bespoke design by milliner, Alexandra Harper in her studio and front row seats to Busardi’s London Fashion Week show.  Singer, Beverley Knight clearly loves those covetable red soled shoes after she outbid others to take home a signed book by Christian Louboutin. 

Pink champagne and canapés were plentiful to support a thoroughly well organised event highlighting both the creative juices from celebrated designers and emerging talents about to surface.

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