Boden’s Carrie Bradshaw tribute

Boden’s new season has arrived! And this might just be me, but some of the elements seem very familiar to this massive Sex and the City fan. Many parts of the collection are a nod to the legendary style of Carrie Bradshaw, featuring bold floral prints, bows on the waistband and corsages littered throughout. The feminine, but eclectic style remains a strong image, and I think Boden have done really well in channelling all that was fabulous about Carrie’s style, but updating the image for today’s market.

Take a look and see if you agree with me.

Retro Rose Dress £58.65 

Summer Sun Shift £67.15 

Rose Coat £148.75 

Swishy Cotton Skirt £31.85

Corsage Sandals £58.65 

Corsage Wedges £93.50 

Flowerburst Heels £84.15 

 

 

Pistol Panties Pop Up Shop launched at Selfridges

Last week saw the launch  of the Pistol Panties pop up shop in Selfridges London. Bloggers and Press were invited along for a sneak preview before the official launch, enjoying the unique experience of the huge Selfridges store with no customers.  Designer Deborah Fleming was on hand to talk about the collection, and a gorgeous carousel style Unicorn took pride of place in the centre of the swimwear, adding a psychedelic and slightly surreal atmosphere to the proceedings.

PISTOL PANTIES Farah swimsuit

PISTOL PANTIES Penelope halter bikini £145.00 

PISTOL PANTIES Olivia hoop bikini £142.00

Pistol Panties latest swimwear collection has been inspired by the 1960s Raquel Welch Western Bandelero. Designer Deborah Fleming grew up surrounded by brothers who loved to watch such films on Saturday afternoons. This is swimwear that oozes sheer poolside glamour, designed to be worn with big hair and false eyelashes. Although the collection has its heart in a 1960s Western, there are other themes running throughout, from 1950s style daisy print bikinis and one pieces, to Paco Rabanne influenced  space age chain prints. This is also a collection that requires you to take a second, much closer look. A beautiful black and white bikini turns out to be decorated with zebras – a real touch of the unexpected.

PISTOL PANTIES Chloe Sol bandeau bikini £160.00 

EXCLUSIVE PISTOL PANTIES Brangelina bandeau bikini £189.00 

This is such a fabulous, fun collection. The prints appeal to both quirky lovers of vintage styling  and those who aspire to drape James Bond’s arm. There  are also some ultra glam cover ups that will easily take you from the pool to the bar, and will then double up as a gorgeous tunic for your journey home.

PISTOL PANTIES Jane halterneck swimsuit £190.00

With the Designer Deborah Fleming

 

In love with Lowie!

A few weeks ago I attended the Forward PR S/S press day and was introduced to the brand Lowie.  Lowie are an ethical knitwear/handicraft brand, who will branch into organic cottons for Spring/Summer 2012. I fell in love with the Lowie brand and, in particular, the riviera style nautical prints that will make up a large portion of their S/S collection.

Lowie was started by Bronwyn Lowenthal 10 years ago. Since then, she has taken the brand from small market stores to the shelves of luxury department store Liberty’s. Lowie’s emphasis is handicrafts, bringing the likes of hand-knitting, crochet, hand-embroidery and hand-stitching into the 21st century as they are incorporated into almost every piece in the Lowie collection.

The brand is developing a celebrity following, with Zara Phillips wearing a customised Lowie cap to Cheltenham Festival ladies day in April this year, and with Fearne Cotton and Erin O Conner amongst the brands fans.

So what exactly do I love about Lowie. The first thing has to be colour! Lowie makes knits bright and colourful, full of sunshine and mouth-watering shades. They dispel the myth that winter dressing needs to be toned down, and so brighten up even the most miserable day, whilst keeping you warm and snug. The designs may be using ancient techniques, but they are bang up to date, with cardigans that have a real military feel,yet they also embrace the current love for Nostalgia with their 1940s style knitted tea dresses in berry and red.

tea dress berry £235

military jacket cobalt £178 

merino snood red £68 

For Spring/Summer 2012 Lowie will be launching out into organic cottons for their decidedly nautical collection. This will feature a range of pretty dresses, cotton skirts and tops in pretty retro riviera style prints. There will also be a range of gorgeous crocheted collars that could be added to tops and dresses to create a range of new looks. You can get a sneak preview of the upcoming range below.

To find out more about this great British brand, visit the website http://www.ilovelowie.com/