Style Renaissance at the Mailbox

This Friday, as Style Birmingham live begins, The Mailbox launches Style Renaissance, where we are promised a glamorous assortment  of fashion, jewellery, accessories and beauty. A Showcase for a whole host of exciting and new brands and boutiques, Style Renaissance  will run until the end of December, giving Birmingham fashionistas a new and exciting destination for all those Christmas presents.

There will be a range of  fabulous designers, artisans and jewellery-makers, and visitors will also be able to  meet and chat with beauty, fashion and interior experts and stylists, all bursting to share their creations and ideas.

So who’s there? Those taking part in Style Renaissance include: Stastia exclusive footwear and slippers; beauty innovators Arbonne; Notting Hill-based designer Nancy Pop; Felt So Good accessories; silk ties from Fox & Chave; E-Vintage, which boasts a stunning range of fashions from the 1920s to the Seventies; Julia Burgess metallic lace jewellery; bespoke lighting company Mullan; Pastiche Couture prom dresses; and Italian designer shirts from CBmenswear.

Lamis Khamis

 Here’s a preview of what will be on offer throughout the three-month celebration:

STYLE CLINIC: Learn from those in the know. Dedicated style advisors will help take the legwork out of shopping and use their knowledge of the latest trends to pick the perfect look. Not only that, visitors will get the chance to shop the new season collections from the featured fashion, jewellery and accessory labels.

INNOVATIVE BEAUTY: Confused by the latest skincare advances? Want to catch up on the new cosmetics trends? Mailbox experts certainly have their fingers on the pulse when it comes to the beauty breakthroughs … perfect timing for the fast-approaching party season.

HOME STYLE: Pick up essential tips from a professional interior designer, who can guide shoppers through the new season trends for the home. From bespoke furniture to Christmas decorations, there will be plenty of inspirational gifts and accessories on sale too.

JEWELLERY BOX: Step inside to discover a must-have range of opulent pieces that will go straight to the top of anyone’s Santa wish list. There will be great advice on jewellery and gems, as well as the chance to splash out on a fabulous statement piece.

STYLE CENTRE: A treasure chest for trend-setters, the marketplace will feature an impressive selection of designers, vintage and couture fashion, millinery, costume jewellery and lavish gifts.

THE GENTRY: The guys don’t need to feel left out, with a dedicated area highlighting up-to-the-minute men’s fashion and grooming. Personal shoppers and style consultants will be on hand to give advice on a new winter wardrobe.

REJUVENATION CENTRE: Spotlighting the best of the best, this collection of elite services focuses on wellbeing, cosmetic treatments, personal training and positive mental health.

So make sure you add the Mailbox Style Renaissance to your list of must  visit destinations next time you are in Birmingham. You are sure to find something beautiful and unique, and may even be able to grab a few early Christmas presents!

Ruxx (backpack pictured, from £395)


For more info about Style Renaissance, and to keep up all the news and developments about this exciting event, please check out the Mailbox website.

House of Dereon coming to Selfridges Birmingham this Month!

House of Deréon logo.

Image via Wikipedia

For those who are shaking their heads and saying ‘what?’ and ‘who?’, I will say one word ‘BEYONCE’. Yes ‘The House of Dereon‘, the fashion range by Beyoncé and her fashion-mommy, Tina Knowles, as well as her late grandmother, Agnes Knowles is launching exclusively in the UK in Selfridges on September 12th. And UK fashion fans are in  for a real treat!

The first UK collection is the Autumn/Winter 2011/12 range. Entitled ‘City Jungle’ this collection reworks a range of exotic patterns and prints,including animal prints and skins, using figure flattering cuts and blending tribal cues with edgy silhouettes, each piece makes a bold statement with Beyoncé as its beautiful muse.

The pieces combine luxe sportswear with lots of jungle style tribal prints and skins. There are hoods and active wear that are cool everyday pieces, and also a range of bodycon and maxi dresses, making the pieces appropriate to most occasions.

Beyoncé is absolutely red-hot at the moment and she is all over this collection. Although Tina Knowles is the main designer, with vast experience as an award-winning designer, stylist and artist, Beyoncé contributes on every step of the collection, and of course, serves as the inspiration for each piece.

Selfridges say ‘…House of Deréon presents the slogan ‘Couture.Soul.Kick’, which accurately sums the characteristics of the three generations of Beyoncé’s family. ‘Couture’ was chosen to symbolise her mother’s tasteful style; ‘soul’ was selected for the elegance of her grandmother’s designs; and ‘Kick’ was the deemed to be the only single word able to describe Beyonce herself…’

Tallulah Love – lingerie indulgence

At the recent CiCi press launch I was fortunate to meet the lovely Michelle Taylor and be introduced to her brand, Tallulah Love, a luxurious range of lingerie.

I was truly impressed with what is an exquisite collection. But this should really have come as no surprise, Michelle has an extensive background in underwear design that includes a stint at M&S, and designer for White Label lingerie at Playboy. Clearly this is a women who knows her undies! Since the launch of Tallulah  love in Paris in 2010, , Michelle has seen her company become one of the fastest growing luxury lingerie companies to come out of  the industry ion decades.

This is covetable and impressive collection. Using the finest silk and European lace,  Michelle has created a stunning collection of lingerie that has a vintage feel, whilst retaining a contemporary edge. The attention to detail is immense, from the silk lining of bras and knickers, to the use of  french Chantilly lace and the silk ribbons that run  through the bra straps, this is the sort of underwear that cries out to be seen!

Royal Welcome from Tallulah Love

Sure to be one of the most popular pieces from the new collection will be ‘Royal Welcome’ which will tie in nicely with our obsession of all things Kate.  Michelle told me how she designed this collection before the engagement had been announced, inspired by the elegant Miss Middleton. It is absolutely gorgeous –  with hand drawn print showing the Tallulah Love logo and ‘Show Some Love’ slogan. I love the black lace edging, which truly makes it fit for a Duchess.

Dolce Vita by Tallulah Love

Dolce Vita is another very special collection. This is designed with the sexy images of 1950s Italy in mind – think the spaghetti fed curves of Sophia Loren and Gina Lollobrigida. The teal silk and aqua mesh has a really fresh feel to it, whilst I love the boy short design of the pants. Just made to show off your curves to their best advantage.

I loved the Tallulah Love collection, especially all the small features that would make purchasing this lingerie a real treat. All items are adorned with the retro candy stripped Tallulah Love tags, and come in a stunning box. Michelle told me it was inspired by beautiful Champagne truffle  boxes, and would make these a  gift that would require no further wrapping.

To find out more about Tallulah Love, please visit the website