Agnes and Norman – Gorgeous Vintage style shoes in Birmingham

Do you remember how shoes used to be? Before the endless parade of platform heels, ultra wedges and flatforms? When shoes were a work of art, created by hand, in the softest of leather? Well, a new shoe boutique has opened in Birmingham’s most beautiful shopping arcade, and is turning the clock back in terms of shoe design. Ladies and gentleman, let me introduce you to Agnes and Norman, now open in Great Western Arcade.

The boutique is the first to be opened by award winning Birmingham designer Rachel Simpson.  It is split into three showrooms, with a focus on classically beautiful, vintage style ladieswear, menswear that are classic and quirky in equal measures, and a bridal boutique filled with shoes to compliment every type of wedding dress. The store itself both compliments the vintage feel of the shoes, and the Great Western Arcade, a Victorian treasure in the heart of the city.

Audrey £135 click to visit Agnes and Norman

Betsy £140 click to visit Agnes and Norman

Agnes and Norman shoes combine the best of design from the past with the best of shoes now. So you get 1950s style peep toes in this years hot coral shade, or the 1920s ribbon tie design of Audrey, a shoe you would expert to be in black patent, instead in the softest of grey suede. Agnes and Norman is creating the modern classics, and to do that, sometimes you have to turn the rules on their head.

Claudia £155 click to visit Agnes and Norman

Choosing favourites from such a gorgeous collection is difficult, but as a fan of t-bar style shoes and Mary Janes, I have my eye on two very lovely designs. The Daisy shoes are mustard, which makes them a must for me, whilst the Art Deco fan on the front of the delightfully named Elsie’s appeal to my 1920s loving sensibilities.

Daisy £135 click to visit Agnes and Norman

Elsie £150 click to visit Agnes and Norman

 

You can visit the Agnes and Norman boutique at;

18 Great Western Arcade, Colmore Row
Birmingham B2 5HU

Phone: 0121 236 6924

 

TV Bafta’s – A host of Beautiful looks

The stars of the small screen were out in force last night for the Television BAFTA awards, the most prestigious awards in British TV. From Sienna Miller to the cast of Made in Chelsea, it seemed like everyone was there, scrubbed up and wearing Sunday best. This year there were some really lovely looks on display, with a host of designers from Matthew Williamson to Valentino represented on the red carpet.

I struggled to come up with my favourite looks, as there were actually quite a few to choose from. Lucy Watson from Made in Chelsea, Zoe Hardman and Helen McCrory all looked beautiful on the Red Carpet, in looks that were both classy and elegant in their own way. But it is the six ladies below who captivated and stole my attention with their stunning style.

Sienna Miller in Matthew Williamson

Get the look with Reiss

Didsbury KNITTED FIT AND FLARE DRESS OFF WHITE £179 click to visit Reiss

Rachel Peach ANGULAR METAL FRAME CLUTCH PEACH £95 click to visit Reiss

Millie Mackintosh in Sass and Bide

Get the look from Boohoo

Audrey Bandeau Maxi Dress £20 click to visit Boohoo

Amy Nuttall wears Phase Eight

Get the look

Margherita Criss Cross Fishtail Dress £250.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Kara Tointon in Dennis Basso

 Holly Willoughby in Valentino

Get the look from Coast

LEIGHTON JERSEY MAXI £150.00 click to visit Coast

Ruth Crilly in Jenny Packham

Get the Look with Jenny Packham at Debenhams

Peach metallic sequinned party dress £128 click to visit Debenhams

Ivory Feather Stole £70 click to visit Debenhams

 

 

BAFTA Style red carpet fashion from House of Fraser

The television Bafta’s are this year teamed with House of Fraser as an official style partner, and in honour of this, I thought that it would be a good idea to show you some of the amazing red carpet styles that the department store currently has on offer. House of Fraser is always a great port of call for occasion dressing, with brands such as Biba, Untold and Ariella all showing that you can create looks suited to Hollywood events with a more modest budget.

In addition to the fabulous gowns, which offer colour, beading, a range of silhouettes, and retro and icon influences, House of Fraser are also offering up to 30% off all occasion wear, leaving you extra pennies to sort out your accessories.

So whatever your special occasion, or if you just treat life as a red carpet, take a look at the beautiful finery on offer here…will you be able to resist adding a little frock to your basket?

Great Gatsby Influences

Untold Beaded blouson style dress £175 click to visit House of Fraser

Untold Beaded pattern sleeveless dress £90 click to visit House of Fraser

Untold Sequin cut out back detail dress £140 click to visit House of Fraser

JS Collections Embellished fan detail dress £200 click to visit House of Fraser

Untold Clutch bag £35.40 click to visit House of Fraser

Biba Deco embellished jacket £87.50 click to visit House of Fraser

 

1950s styling

Ariella Ottoman full skirted dress £120 click to visit House of Fraser

Untold Dress fit and flare £125 click to visit House of Fraser

Dickins & Jones Ladies shimmer stripe prom dress £66.50 click to visit House of Fraser

Untold Mesh top dress dress £135 click to visit House of Fraser

Kate Middleton influenced

Pied a Terre Lace shift dress £87.50 click to visit House of Fraser

Untold Lace dress with sleeves £180 click to visit House of Fraser

Untold Full skirted jacquard dress £80 click to visit House of Fraser