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Foale & Tuffin: Made in England

Sixties- a decade of optimism and hope, bright colours and refreshing modernity. No surprise really then that London is currently hosting two major exhibitions that look back to this era in a time when our present decade is in much need of all of the above. The National Portrait Gallery has gone with Beatles to Bowie as well as photographic display of the cultural icon herself, Twiggy. Meanwhile, opening today, the Fashion & Textile museum presents Foale & Tuffin: Made in England. We popped along yesterday to the press view where the adorably cute Marion Foale and Sally Tuffin were there themselves, sporting matching glasses and some great checked trousers- not quite the picture of Ian R. Webb’s description of “…cocky, feisty, bolshy…” but adorable nonetheless.

The intimate space has been curated around the theme of ‘recreation’ for a personal, nostalgic image that recreates their boutique, showroom and design studio.

The humble execution fits well with the equally ‘rags to riches’ style story that accompanies these two women who set off on a trailblazing career with just 200 pounds in their pockets!
Having met at Walthamstow Art School in 1955, the pair went on to study at the RCA before embarking on their own business venture that led them to their own boutique just off Carnaby Street and a credible amount of fans including Manolo Blahnik, Paul Smith (who’s supporting the exhibition), Mary Quant, Jean Shrimpton, Barbara Hulanicki and Terrance Conran.

The success of their label was propelled by their appearance in Vogue magazine. Old covers line the walls with much of the imagery showcasing the early works of photographer David Bailey.

A sixties soundtrack on repeat keeps you rooted in the decade, the clothes and imagery taking you back to the days of miniskirts, A-line dresses and bob-cut hairstyles. We cannot help notice though how many of the pieces would fit perfectly into Topshop right now. Our favourite was the Domino print dress (print designed by Zandra Rhodes):

An amazing belt…

Crazy print trousers!

Foale & Tuffin: Made in England runs from now until February 24th.

Filed under: beatles to bowie, david bailey, fashion and textile museum, foale and Tuffin, marion foale, national portrait gallery, paul smith, sally tuffin, sixties exhibitions, Topshop, twiggy

Look at this beauty!

This amazing satchel style striped bag is from Topshop and a very reasonable thirty English pounds. I’ve fallen in love and need it to house all my daily transportable things this winter.

Filed under: bag, fashion, Topshop

Unseen London Fashion Week

We’ve all seen the pics that circulate the web and yes Christopher Kane, Topshop and Luella were amazing but not ones to follow the crowd we thought we’d share a few of the more random and special moments of LFW.

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Bistrotheque cafe & bar at 180 The Strand. Amazing slices of cake and great tacos.

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The black and white Union Jack’s that hung proud around the venue. Very ‘anti-fashion’.

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MAC’s makeup sheet for Louise Gray’s presentation makeup.

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Not quite Posh (who we thought may be in the parked car behind the tent) but Mr. Walliams no less looking rather suave!

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The Matches stand at LFW designed by the brilliant Gary Card. The bright garish colours looked great set against the palatial courtyard of Somerset House.

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From behind- our man taking us in the complimentary Rickshaw to the pop up Armani cafe on St. Martins Lane. Poor waiter misunderstood our order 3 times! Result- 3 free Armani cocktails. Yum!

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Me having just had my makeup done by the lovely Louise at MAC.

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Headonism @LFW entrance display

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Giant pink inflatable mouse? bear? er not too sure but looked good in the main stairwell at 180 The Strand.

Filed under: 180 the strand, armani cafe, bistrotheque, christopher kane, gary card, headonism, lfw, louise gray, luella, mac, matches, somerset house, Topshop

Topman: The Menswear Shopping Emporium?

Compared to its bigger and better sister, Topshop, Topman has always lacked a certain charisma, yet a revamped floor design may finally be taking highstreet menswear to new levels.
In fact it quite literally is, as last night saw the new 23,000 square foot top level space revealed. With a whole official day dedicated to menswear this year at LFW, it’s clearly the week of the man. Fittingly then that Topman have decided to revamp their tired and rather bleak floor space into a brand new swanky hub of stylish fixtures and concession overloads! By this I mean there is an Eat Café, an Office ‘Trainer Boutique’, Rough Trade listening posts and recommended album chart (the first of its kind) and a UK Sharps Barber to keep all those beards and ‘taches under control!
Amidst these quirky features the space will house Topman’s existing ranges, designer collaborations which include TM Design, Lens, the new LTD range and also mainline collections from MAN designers James Long and Christopher Shannon. Oh and squeezing in just another new feature, the ‘Red Area’ will become a trendy new space for collections to hold base for a while and get customers familiar with the trend, picking up tips along the way on how to work and style it. Now there’s a shop floor worthy of a visit.

Filed under: charlotte mann, christopher shannon, eat cafe, james long, lens, lfw, London Fashion Week, rough trade, tm design, topman, Topshop, uk sharps barber

Markus Lupfer for Topshop

Here’s a glimpse of the new offerings from German designer Markus Lupfer, as part of his collaboration with Topshop. His distinctive ‘sequined motif upon a jumper’ designs have proved a huge hit with the Topshop shoppers. This is his 8th season with the high-street brand, my personal favourite this time round would be the parrot. As this is the high summer collection, the jumpers are made from a light cashmere, to allow wear during the warm months.

These jumpers are £85 each and will be available instore from 15th July 2009. Another interesting fact (well, for me) about Markus Lupfer, he and I are alumni (different years) from the same university, that would be Westminster.

Filed under: collaboration, fashion, Markus Lupfer, Markus Lupfer for Topshop, Topshop

Ashish for Topshop A/W 09

We first glimpsed these amazing animal print wedges during the Ashish show in February and press days have revealed that they make up part of the Topshop A/W 09 collection – which means they might be within an affordable price bracket and we can all have amazing shoes come this Autumn. The more dramatic the shoe – prints, studs, fabrics, the better.

Filed under: A/W 09, animal print, Ashish, fashion, shoes, Topshop