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Wednesday, 8 January 2014


Based in the haven of the Bloomsbury Radisson Hotel the Joseph Turvey collection promised hand drawn prints and a cocktail reception. This drew a large crowd and as the doors to the static presentation opened we were blasted by fashionable music and a large projection of the collections pre-show short film.

The collection itself stood on a decked out platform, showing urban silhouettes that contrasted sharply with delicate hand drawn rose prints, pastel colours and a modern take on tailoring.  Heavy knitted turtlenecks were layered under printed tshirts and Jersey jumpers were slung stylishly around the hips, topped with an unavoidable snap back.

Embellishment using hand embroidery and experimental geometric panels of prints enhanced the signiture style of the designer.

A palette of white, pastel peach contrasted with the black, hand sketched floral designs. Pieces that stood out and drew the most interest (although that may have been the model) was a powder blue suit featuring the floral print and a lace short suit in pale pink.


Entitled ‘Buckle Up and Button Down’ and held in the maze of underground tunnels that is the Churchill war rooms the lights were low and the atmosphere dense for the Savile Row and St James’s presentation in collaboration with The Woolmark Company.

The presentation is a reminder of the fact that London is the world capital of masculine style, and has been for over two centuries and is styled with London’s longest standing hatters, shirt and shoe makers plus Bremont Watches.

Squeezing through throngs of people we saw the 1940′s inspired tailoring showcased on models posed in the original war rooms, acting out scenes from the era.  Models were answering phones, writing notes, talking death rates and reading Top Secret documents.  Groomed to perfection the menswear fitted comfortably in the oppressive surroundings.

Tweed, velvet, corduroy and herringbone all served to highlight the war time eras style. Trousers and breeches worn high on the waist bore strong pleated details and were hoisted with authentic button braces. Double breasted jackets, jetted pockets and fitted trench coats were topped with low riding trilby and bowler hats by Bates and Locks. Tightly knotted ties and fitted waistcoats add to the feeling of vintage dapper, as well as glasses by Cutler and Gross – shirts with revered cuffs offering a glimpse of Bremont watches.  Taking full advantage of fabrics of the era the looks included moleskins, flannel and twill.

Further into the warren we find bedrooms, the occupants lounging in classic pajamas with woolen dressing gowns featuring patchwork pockets, robust piping and a range of tweeds.

In the ‘main’ Conference Room a table of seemingly benign older gentlemen are sat in their stunning, sharp tailoring. These gentlemen are a line-up of famous English actors including Oliver Cotton, Michael Gambon and Kennth Cranham – a slightly more authentic representation of the original inhabitants of this underground maze!
The presentation ended with a cocktail reception hosted by Chivas. A range of specially crafted, bespoke whiskey cocktails included The Cocktail Cuff- with vermouth and chocolate, The Chivas Three Piece – with pineapple and ginger beer (delicious!), the Green Tea Tailor and the Savile Row Classic – scotch on the rocks.

More than just a presentation of Savile Row and St James’s tailors, this was an experience – why aren’t all living museums this stylish and gentile?

The stunning, elegant gentlemen’s fashions that the tailors of Savile Row and Mayfair/St. James’s are renowned for, was so beautifully showcased and styled in this one-off experience reminding us that London truly is the lucky owner of some of the best tailors in the world.

Included in the presentation:


  • Anderson & Sheppard (1906)
  • Chester Barrie (1935)
  • Chittlebourogh & Morgan (1974)
  • Davies & Sons (1804)
  • Ede & Ravenscroft (1689)
  • Edward Sexton (1969)
  • Gieves & Hawkes (1785 & 1771)
  • Henry Poole & Co (1806)
  • H. Huntsman & Sons (1849)
  • Kathryn Sargent (2012) 
  • Lutwyche (2000)
  • Richard Anderson (2001)
  • Richard James Bespoke (1992)
  • Welsh & Jefferies (1917)


  • Bates (1898)
  • Budd (1910)
  • Crockett and Jones (1879)
  • Foster and Son (1840)
  • Edward Green (1890)
  • Emma Willis (1987)
  • G.J. Cleverley (1958)
  • Holland and Holland (1835)
  • James Lock & Co (1676)
  • John Lobb LTD (1866)
  • Sean O’Flynn (2005)
  • Turnbull & Asser (1885)

Monday, 4 November 2013

IRON FIST - My Moda Lisboa Looks

The fashion week in Lisbon is flocked to by press from all over Europe so Looking fabulous is an absolute must.

Here are my outfits from the week with focus on my overly bad ass shoes. 

Photos by Micael Dourado

My first outfit included the 'Over The Rainbow' wedge from Iron Fist. The sky high wedge is not for the faint hearted!! The chunky platform is a welcome releif, providing extra comfort and cushioning the ball of the foot. 
The print, a psychedelic, acid colour theme of rainbows and swirls featuring sad stars, skull flowers and other characters is continued over the entire shoe. The inside a fabulous printed pink and on the sole a tattoo feature. 
Taking the edge off the huge heel are two twin straps featuring kitsch bows that are handy for keeping your ankles safely in the shoe. 

I also wore the Iron Fist 'Them Bones' pencil skirt in a desperate attempt to slim 'Dat Ass'. The illusion skirt fearing bones on the front did a great job at flattering my bottom - accentuating it more than slimming the bulk however!! 

Finally topping off this outfit are my Stunning glasses by Paulino Spectacles - one of the last Portugese glasses brands manufacturing in the country.
Check out their website for their gorgeous styles!! 

The next day I wore the "Loose Tooth Wedge". A much lower heel with a safe lace up - it's a comfy choice for a day on your feet with a rock and roll edge. The skeleton themed face and teeth print looks edgy and a little bit badass. 

The final pair were the Timmy Chew booty. The heel on this bad boy is ridiculous and requires some serous stamina. The platform helps a little but if you are going to be drinking and are likely to lose your balance then this is not the one - potentially from experience. 

Iron Fist do such an awesome range of badass clothes and shoes - now with fixed price cheaper delivery worldwide!! 

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Friday, 25 October 2013

WIGWAMBAM Opening - Queen of Hoxton

The Queen of Hoxton bar 'A youth club for adults on the east side' last night re-launched their #WigWamBam.

Basically it's a wigwam on the roof over looking East London. The opening featured a fabulous, sizzling fire pit and drinks all round showing off the new menu.

Including a range of divine hot drinks including: mulled pumpkin spiced cider, 'Cheeky Chocolate Monkey' (hot chocolate with whiskey) and hot buttered rum. Not to mention a delightful hot gin punch. And yes, we sampled all of them plus a plateful of rustic food. "That red cabbage has a kick!"

The beautiful surroundings, fire pits, marshmallows and fairy lights are a charming combination, beautiful and v trendy (topknots EVERYWHERE) but the practicality of it is a little different.

The delicious drinks were a touch cloying and the fire pits blinding, not to mention that today my coat smells like I've been sleeping in a park next to a bin fire.

This is a great option to begin a night out or to have a chilled few drinks, maybe even a date - the views over the city romantic.

Whatever you do, DO NOT wear anything you don't want to smell like smoke.


Valentim Quaresma - Moda Lisboa

Known for his incredible re-use of reclaimed items, Valentim Quaresma created a collection of not-so-work-safe body jewellery. Covering the face, shoulders and upper torso, the collection spoke of a mythical league of warriors and kings (Game of Thrones fo life.) 
Eastern influences were clear through the delicate chain link face masks. 

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Sangue Novo - ModaLisboa

Opening Moda Lisboa (FashionWeek Lisbon) this week, the selection of young Portuguese designers showcased the diverse range of new talent emerging on the Portugese fashion scene. With ModaLisboa's core designers not changing much throughout the years this addition of new talent was exciting for everyone. 

These new designers were given the opportunity to show to National and International press in the very public Praça do Município  (the square in front of the town hall for us Brits) where the passing public and locals stopped to admire the show. 

Joaquim Correia

This short collection showed the designers skill and ingenuity over ready-to-wear values. The collection was made seemingly entirely of hand-crafted latex. Mottled fleshy pink and sky blue was contrasted with white while texture was key - one fabric appeared to have been flattened during creation while another featured capillary-like ridges. The silhouette was loose fitting and hung away from the body with strong lines. 
Considering that to dry latex you have to leave it for up to 24 hours this collection showed great dedication to fashion. 

Filipa Gomes

A rustic collection that tarnished the garments with bleaching at the seams. The colours and fabrics also followed the theme using muted tones of mustard, navy and bronze. Traditional style prints seemed to pay homage to country side Portugal. 

Sofia Macedo

Centred on white this designer created interest throughout the collection with texture. Gathering and rouching followed the contours of the body. Soft tailoring flattered the form with a very feminine approach. A feisty touch in the collection saw metallics, sheer fabrics and the use of cut out sections. 

Catarina Oliveira

Taking the show back to the street this collection used laser cut latex and flashes of neon yellow in oversized hoodies and casually cool menswear. An all in one jump suit was slashed across the torso creating an edgy feeling. A favouriting from the collection was an almost translucent rubber rainmac covered in lazer cut square holes. 

Caterina Ferreira

Back to school themes with oversized jumpers, large pockets and clerical, high collars combined a ditsy multi coloured animal print with chiffon pleated skirts. Layering was key throughout with a selection of black PVC rain macs making up the final element. 


The design trio HIBU used a variety of influences,threaded tied seams contrasted with rounded shoulders, modern, wide lapels and the collection accessorised throughout with oversized acrylic brightly coloured earpieces. The fabrics also contrasted throughout, from starched cotton, soft mottled jersey to flowing satin. 
Layers through the legs created skirted shorts in men and women's wear, while jersey inserts at the waist band added to loose fitting trousers. Arm holes wear set back or ignored completely in some cases. 

Rentata Bernardo 

Primarily focused on ladies knitwear this collection showed the designers skill for creating structure with chunky knit. Asymmetric hem lines created an interesting collection and a sure favourite was a well structured, ribbed white hooded gillet. 
Of course the only problem with this selection of knitwear is that the season showing is currently SS14 - this was helped with the cropped nature of the jumpers and the loose knit.


This was undoubtedly one of my favourite new designers in the show. The ethnic style print in bold primary colours sat alongside modern lines and a structured silhouette. Black high waisted trousers were trimmed with oversized white piping, an example of the use of colour to accentuated the human form. There was a feeling of contrast between ethnic values and the western consumerism states... I may have been reading too much into this.  

Cláudia Mendes

Using a wonderful hand drawn, monochrome print this designer used casual, wide lines stretching from the body and creating structure. Collarless shirt dresses accessorised with draw strings and functional utility elements all featured the beautiful print and gave the collection it's young, sporting feel. The final outfit was a quilted jacket that had structured circular sleeves.

Olga Noronha

Chosen to close the show with a bang the designer of jewellery and body wear encased the models in all-in-one white plain body suit.  This covered the head and featured only the designers logo at the base of the spine to distract from the creations. The overall effect was pretty terrifying and a little eery! 
With a model using a walking stick the designer seemed to take inspiration from medical body corrections. Plastic splints held to the knee of one limping model while a neck brace in glimmering gold held the models head aloft along with a waist clincher in white plastic and gold. The plastic elements were created in a flesh tone so that they almost looked like stolen parts of a mannequin. 
There was a fairly interesting contrast between the gold creations and the poorer skin coloured ones, showing the models as rich and poor.

The young designers put on a fantastic show, we now have an idea of who to watch in the Portuguese fashion scene!!