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Mary Portas’ Charity Shop at Westfield

Today I popped down to Westfield to check out Mary Portas’ charity shop or Mary’s Living & Giving Shop, to give it the official title. It’s situated in the swanky ‘Village’ area, which houses the designer brands such as Louis Vuitton, Miu Miu and twenty8twelve.
It will be there until the 27th June and it really is a brilliant idea. Everyone loves finding a bargain in a charity shop, except these finds won’t be your average crusty old lady skirts. Mary has used her industry contacts to ensure there are daily donations from the best of fashion and celeb circles.
Grazia magazine, who are sponsoring the project, had a good old clear out of the fashion cupboard by the looks of things, there are Topshop press samples (including MAJORLY reduced boutique pieces), donations from buyers, Henry Holland, Pet Shop Boys, Hannah Marshall and Luella to name a few. And seeing that tomorrow is being referred to as ‘Louboutin Tuesday‘ and Saturday as, ‘Super Saturday,’ due to the amount of designer goodies that will be on the racks, it’s worth popping down more than once, as the stock is always replenished as new amazing donations pour in.

The money raised will go to Save The Children, Barnardo’s and Mind charities and a lot of money is being raised, with the shop averaging a very impressive 5k per day.

This shop is in conjunction with Mary’s Tuesday night BBC2 programme, Mary Queen of Charity Shops, which aims to change the nations attitudes towards charity shops. Apparently some people have a negative take on them?? I’ve been a long advocate of them and the gems give you if you take the time to look hard enough. Make sure you get down to Westfield at some point and grab a designer piece at a bargain price. Make sure you pop to your local charity shop too.

Filed under: fashion, grazia, hannah marshall, henry holland, London, Markus Lupfer for Topshop, Mary Portas, Mary Portas' charity shop, Mary's living and giving shop, orla liely, Queen of Shops, westfield

Barbie @ Dover Street Market

The celebration of Barbie’s 50 years on the planet shows no sign of stopping, so far events held in birthday honour include having her own show during New York Fashion Week – with 50 outfits created by 50 designers including Vera Wang, Betsey Johnson and Diane von Furstenberg, a whole store dedicated to her in Shanghai and an installation in Colette, Paris.

The latest Barbie-style extravaganza is taking place in our very London town. In Dover Street Market to be precise.
Barbie is getting her very own pop-up store style space in the shop, and it is curated by none other than Henry Holland. Not only that – Gareth Pugh puts his recently showcased menswear skills to good use as he has dressed 50 Ken (Barbie’s sadly genital – less boyfriend) dolls and Roksanda Ilincic and Danielle Scutt have created 50 dresses for Barbie herself.

The centre piece will be a huge bigger than human size (possibly, hopefully) Barbie. This I want to see. If you do too then get down to DSM from 8th April but be quick as it’s only there for two weeks.

Filed under: Barbie, Betsey Johnson, Danielle Scutt, Diane von Furstenberg, Dover Street Market, fashion, Gareth Pugh, henry holland, Ken, London, Roksanda Ilincic, toys, Vera Wang

Style Lovage

Anyone who was cool as a kid – LIKE ME, would tune in at 6 pm on Channel 4 for the weekly instalment of BLOSSOM. And her hot brother Joey. Not to mention her best friend Six. Thus creating the desire for a number name. I wanted Four. Jenny would take Nine. The wonder of Blossom didn’t just stop there – Oh no! It was the catalyst for my wardrobe choices, my career choices – just all choices in general.

Clearly Henry Holland felt the same.

Filed under: 90s, blossom, career, fashion, henry holland, London, ss 09, style, tv