It is essential for every woman to have the must have staples in her wardrobe…… introducing the blazer! The blazer is especially good for working women, this is an intrinsic piece that can be nearly worn with EVERYTHING! To go with a smart pair of cigarette trousers or a distressed pair of denim jeans, a good blazer can make your outfit go leaps and bounds. Fashion blogger Alicia Lund from ‘Cheetah is the New Black’ has got it right with this Helmut Lang collarless, single button black blazer, Alicia has coordinated hers with a classic white tee and funky ripped shorts.
I remember being so nervous for my final interview with Robbie Myers (editor-in-chief at ELLE)… mainly just over what to wear. I did some major pinteresting, and googling for professional yet fashionable interview inspiration. I ended up wearing a dress and pumps however I wish I had owned this blazer at the time as it instantly gives me that extra dose of confidence whenever I slip it on. The sleek shape adds a touch of unexpected personality, and it makes any outfit look polished and let’s be honest, infinitely cooler. I have been pairing it with more casual separates recently to offset the business-y feel (party on the bottom!).
The madness that is Alexander Wang, has gone even crazier with this spoof video for T BY Alexander Wang featuring Chris Kattan as the Saturday Night Live Character Mango and rapper/choreographer Sharaya J. Have a look at the funny out takes and the final outcome of this bizarre collaboration.
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We don’t know about you but we think there is nothing better than getting a sneaky peek into someone’s wardrobe, let alone inside the wardrobes of some of the fashion industry greats. So with that in mind we would like to introduce you to a great blog called ‘The Coveteur’, if you dont already know it that is! Whilst we were perusing through some of their beautiful posts we came across a very important lady…. Mary Katrantzou! In this post the Coveteur visited the designer during London Fashion Week, to have a little chat and snoop around her HQ to see some of her amazing intricate pieces from Mary’s upcoming show.
I’m fairly low maintenance—there isn’t time to be anything more! I use Estée Lauder, M.A.Cand CHANEL products, and I love a good facial when I’m travelling.”
Dress, Azzedine Alaïa; Sweater, Miu Miu
This dress is Clocktopia—she is one of my favorites this season. Partner in crime of Tikiman, they are the dynamic, robot emblazoned duo! She is flirty and playful, intricately embellished and pleated, feisty and confident, and she sits on the phone all day (look closely!).”
Dress, Mary Katrantzou
These pieces hanging on the wardrobe are from our archive. They are from the ‘Object D’Art’ collection, the obsolete banknote, postage stamp, and the interiors collection.”
Dresses, Mary Katrantzou
Favourite fellow designers: Azzedine Alaïa,Miuccia Prada, Raf Simons and Nicolas Ghesquire. Favorite artists: Oscar Niemeyer, Gerhard Richter, Marina Abramović, Jeff Koons, Andy Warhol and Richard Mosse.”
I think [my most memorable career experience] was the lampshade collection!’
Top, Mary Katrantzou
The animal shaped cookie cutters have been woven into these jacquard blazers, which were specially made by a family run weaver’s studio in the South of France. Uniforms and trade inspired the cookie cutter design—it was about creating an animal print from the cookie cutters that bakers use.”
Jackets, Mary Katrantzou
I never leave the house without my iPhone.”
It seems many global brands are taking a gritty, edger look for their AW14 campaigns and going British! Take the likes of James McAvoy, Robert Patterson & Alexa Chung to grace the pages and being the face of worldwide brands. Is this to appeal to a new audience or to update the image of many of these heritage brands….. who knows, all that we can say is we like it!
James McAvoy photographed by Annie Leibovitz for Prada Fall/Winter 14/15 Menswear
Alex Chung for Longchamp AW14 Campaign
We are excited to see Lindsay Lohan wearing her recent purchase, the Leather Moschino Baseball Cap from Feathers a few weeks ago, when she was out attending the Moschino show.
Sometimes the simplest things are the most stylish, and Jessie Bush, blogger & photographer from ‘We The People’ knows exactly how to pull this contemporary look off. Here is a perfect example of how a striped tee paired with a neat tailored trousers, heels and sunglasses can appear effortlessly chic with only 4 pieces of basic clothing (which every woman has in her wardrobe).
With Moschino celebrating its 30 year anniversary Jeremy Scott has caused quite the revolution with pop culture inspired products that throw a punch. In purchasing these products you instantly become branded as a Moschino supporter – which is a signature of fashion coolness! Recently the man of the moment has released the following eye-catching shots of Linda Evangelista and Carolyn Murphy for Moschino’s new campaign.
Feathers being a family business has evolved over the years, and now with the introduction of Robert Burstein, boutique owners Peter & Suzanne’s son joining the business, Feathers’ has new plans to grow, and take the brand to a new level. The article in The Telegraph by Rebecca Burn-Callander talks about the ‘Swing sixties boutique to chase growth in a modern era’.
The third generation of the Burstein family is looking to usher Feathers, the luxury Knightsbridge boutique launched in the swinging sixties, into a new era of growth.
Robert Burstein, 28, joined the family business last year, and plans to take the 45-year-old brand from a single store to five outlets across London. “Our area of expertise is bricks and mortar,” he said. “If we find the right locations then five sounds about right.”
In the early years, Feathers stocked sixties designers including Biba and Kenzo. Today, it specialises in selling clothing and accessories by high end “grunge” fashion designers, such as Rick Owen, a favourite of pop star Rihanna, and Haider Ackermann, whose muse Tilda Swinton is frequently snapped in his creations.
In its heyday, Feathers owned two boutiques, but was forced to close the Westbourne Grove branch in 2012. “We felt the recession, like everyone did,” said Mr Burstein. “But we survived.”
The downturn forced the company to diversify into new revenue streams. Feathers partnered with e-commerce specialist Farfetch to increase online sales. More than 10pc of the company’s £3m turnover is now generated online, claimed Mr Burstein.
However, the e-commerce site will always be a secondary revenue generator, he added. “Online exposure is expensive. We’ve seen a lot of boutiques around the world spend a lot of funds in vain.”
The customers that started coming to Feathers in sixties are now getting older, and it is crucial to attract a new generation of shoppers, he added. Plans include an in-store refresh, and the introduction of a new experiential shopping experience which allows customers to interact with apps on iPads.
“We want Feathers to be multi-generational,” said Mr Burstein. “We want to have a grandmother, daughter and granddaughter in the store.”
Mr Burstein is also keen to introduce new products in-store to attract new shoppers. “Feathers currently operates on two floors but there’s a bottom floor that I’d like to use for fragrance and curated artisanal apothecary products,” he said.
“We recently collaborated with perfumier Angela Flanders on a Feather Fragrance, and we’d like to do more in that area.”
According to Mr Burstein, the time is finally right to grow the Feathers brand across selected high end areas of London. “Consumer confidence is back,” he said. “We felt the turning point last year. And if we can survive here, sandwiched between Harrod’s and Harvey Nichols, we can compete in other areas too.”
Feathers was founded in 1969 by Willy and Jean Burstein– not to be confused with Joan Burstein, known to the fashion world as ‘Mrs B’, who founded the Browns boutique. Suzanne and Peter Burstein, Robert’s parents, are still involved in the business. Mrs Burstein remains the primary buyer for the store, while Mr Burstein runs operations.
This year, Feathers celebrates the 40th anniversary of its Knightsbridge store. “The retail environment has changed so much since we opened the first store,” said Mr Burstein. “If my grandfather were alive today, he would be completely thrown.”
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