Italian Fashion Love: Attic and Barn

attic and barn

After shopping in Paris, a couple of friends told me about a cool Italian fashion brand they had come across, Attic and Barn. I hadn’t heard of the label before but coming from a Parisienne and an Italian, I knew it had to be good and let’s just say, I didn’t get a whole lot of work done that afternoon!

Attic and Barn is one of those brands that has a laid-back, edgy vibe without falling intoThe Kooples/Zadig et Voltaire category which can sometimes feel a little predictable . Much of the collection is inspired by botanic and floral details with English heritage style prints of daisy wheels and lilac bloom on tops, dresses, shirts, skirts etc. I love the mix and match look of strong coats with faux fur trimming and delicate lace or silk dresses and the final touch of a foulard (so European!) is just perfect. The overall effect is chic and slightly adventurous but whilst remaining completely natural and right on trend.

My Italian friend, Cecilia, tells me there are stores all over the world and with further investigation, I discovered the Italian brand was launched in 2008 and has since grown now being distributed from the Far East to the U.S and Russia as well as all over Europe.

I’m already a total fan of Attic and Barn and can’t wait to go and check it out for myself. Here are a couple of London addresses where you can run into this vintage-style at Fenwick’s in Bond Street or Anna (126 Regents Park Road) but there are also stores in Bristol and you can find a full list on the website.

Have you bought anything from this brand? What do you think?

Maria Grachvogel AW13 at London Fashion Week

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Maria Grachvogel AW13 at London Fashion Week – all photos by my great friend Latiff Napoleon-Johari

One of my favourite collections from the AW13 shows at London Fashion Week has to be from Maria Grachvogel. The perfect cuts and stunning prints are full of attitude, a reflection of the British designer’s strong character and determination, and the result is one of the most ‘ready to wear’ collections from the LFW shows. Aged only 17, Maria Grachvogel passed a London Stock Exchange exam, briefly embarking on a career in the city until she had raised enough money to start her own business. When she was 12 years old, Maria Grachvogel had learnt basic pattern cutting and fabrics at school, creating her first collection when she was just 14 years old and eventually starting her own label at 18.

With a celebrity-filled front row, including Yasmin Le Bon and Dame Kelly HolmesMaria Grachvogel opened her AW13 collection with classically tailored designs such as apron-fronted trousers, high necked blouses and strong shift dresses in a solid, neutral colour palette inspired by ‘the quiet calm of winter woodland landscapes’. Following on were the most beautiful floor-length gowns, wide-legged trousers and dresses in haunting photographic prints, a darker, more eerie side of nature, where one can just make out the whispy branches of a winter forest.

My favourite look from the catwalk however, has to be a full A-line black skirt with asymmetrical hemline which looked absolutely stunning paired with pastel ankle boots and a simple high neck top, I was literally dreaming of wearing the outfit myself and can’t wait to re-create a similar look for my next evening event.

An incredible collection which I’m hoping to see soon on the red carpet! All pictures from the show were taken by my wonderful friend and incredibly talented photographer Latiff Napoleon-Johari and you can check out more of his work on his website.

Maria Grachvogel

Maria Grachvogel

Maria Grachvogel

Maria Grachvogel AW13

Designer Dolls by Laloushka

designer dolls

I have to admit that despite good intentions to keep blogging over the Christmas holidays, it prove to be far too difficult to turn on my laptop whilst the tempation of left over turkey and stuffing lured me back into the kitchen!

Said leftovers having now been entirely finished off, I am back in full form and ready to reveal this year’s exciting news, events and places to see. So to start off 2013, I couldn’t resist these adorable and super stylish designer dolls from Polish label Laloushka where you’ll find your favourite couturiers from Coco Chanel to a fierce looking Vivienne Westwood and even a pouting Victoria Beckham, complete with baby Harper Seven. The dolls are priced at 80 to 90 euros but if you’re not mad about having one of fashion’s finest characters in your home, how about your very own personalized doll?

Simply send in as many details as you can complete with a photograph of the person you which to recreate and then wait for Laloushka to do the magic. We spotted some amazing dolls with mini Louis Vuitton bags, sunglasses and even a teeny pair of Chanel ballerines… how much do I want one of those!

Have a look at the website and be sure to keep a note for that next present idea… why is it that great gift ideas always reveal themselves just after Christmas??

designer dolls

Paris Christmas Windows chez Printemps

Paris Christmas Windows chez Printemps

Christmas in Paris is probably one of my favourite holidays ever. As much as I love the lights of Oxford and Regent Street and the frenzied vibe of last minute shoppers in Selfridges and Liberty’s, nothing quite compares to the couture vitrines of the Printemps on the Boulevard Haussmann, or the animated scenes on display at Le Bon Marche… it’s always quite an event heading out on a crisp November evening, wrapped up in duffel coat and boots, to view the new windows and this year did not disappoint.

Despite leaving big shoes to fill after the 2011 Chanel windows (complete with mini Karl Lagerfelds!), this Christmas it was Dior who stepped up chez Printemps with re-creations of perfume ads (Miss Dior CheriePoison…) and full-size, as well as miniature, couture gowns. There were masqued balls, ice-skating rinks, unicorns and a complete fair ground full of little Dior-dressed dolls… oh how I wish they were for sale!

Paris Christmas Windows chez PrintempsPoison never looked so beautiful

Paris Christmas Windows chez PrintempsHaute couture gowns from recent Dior collections

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