FASHION NEWS — Product Launches

Address: Ella Georgia 10 Fishergate Boroughbridge YO51 9AL  Visit: Ella Georgia Jewellery

Pictured above: Jewel by Margot Selby

  Treat your neck
In recent years, scarves have come into their own fashion spotlight, with many fashion houses taking inspiration from Hermès to produce signature scarves that have become must have items each season. And, the luxury fashion houses are not alone.

Ethical accessories and jewellery boutique is now stocking organic and ethically sourced cashmere in the UK. From Yorkshire based designer CocoonU's luxurious cashmere scarves to shimmering velvet scarves designed and made in Devon by Rhona Cabburn and Lindsay Dyson-Jennings — the designs will compliment any of the key trends for A/W '09/10. And, if that isn't enough, why not try stunningly exclusive 3-D silk sensations from Margot Selby.

Sian Foster, Founder of Ella Georgia says of the collections: 'My favourite CocoonU scarf is the grey ribbed knit one.' She added: ‘Once I'm wrapped up in it I never want to take it off.'

Not surprising. Starting at an affordable £50, winter luxury that looks this good, needn't break the bank!

Address: Ella Georgia 10 Fishergate Boroughbridge YO51 9AL
Tel: 0845 1304281

Visit: Ella Georgia Jewellery


Crocs Debuts New Retro Footwear Collection

Photo: Business Wire

  Crocs™ Debuts New Retro Footwear Collection
Crocs™ — adored by adults and children alike — are about to get a style update that is set to endear the brand even more with its wearers.

Incorporating some of the design features to be found in retro trainers, the next generation of Crocs, called Crocband, will come in Beach and Cayman styles.

Possessing all the traits Crocs are renowned for (i.e. comfort and timeless appeal) the new range infuses the youthful and optimistic spirit captured in hip, retro trainers designs as well as retaining Crocs trademark looks.

Features of the Crocband include:
— A unique clog style with a sporty midsole and vulcanized band at an
— Holes for Jibbitz™ shoe charms for personalization, a must for expressive pop footwear
— Fully-molded Croslite™ material construction providing lightweight cushioning and maximum comfort
— Croslite™ material heel strap for a secure fit
— A variety of expressive color combinations including black, bubblegum, navy, red, white and lime

“Crocs iconic clog styles have been part of our brand since day one,” said John Duerden, President and CEO of Crocs, Inc. “The Crocband Collection allows us to celebrate this heritage, but with an updated style relevant to today’s trends. It provides a new look to a Crocs classic, giving all our retail channels a fresh look we are confident consumers will quickly snap up.”

Prices ranging from: $29.99 to $39.99

Visit: Crocs™

The Rado i-Phone application
Famed for producing beautifully crafted timepieces with distinctive looks, iconic Swiss watchmaker Rado has recently announced it’s newest venture — The Rado i-Phone application.

For global travellers who want to access Rado anytime, anywhere, whether that be in New York or Tokyo — via Geneva — the Rado i-Phone application allows you to do it all.

Not only does the good looks and technological genius of Apple's i-Phone compliment Rado's expansion into mobile technology but, it will also help you to keep track of the latest Rado news, view the Swiss watch making brand’s current collection, find your nearest authorized retailer and, enjoy dazzling features via the Rado touch screen game.

Now you have all you need to be a master of time.

Download this free application now from the iTunes Apple Store or directly from Apple’s fun phone.

Visit: Rado


Katrina's Global Appeal
With so many designer luxury labels to high street stores churning out must-have, it bags each season, Katrina's Bags truly possess the originality and quality, that make them so unique.

In just two years, Karina Hesketh's business has built up an enviable reputation for producing eye-catching premium quality bags, each hand-crafted by the artisan herself.

The unique bags and clutches incorporate vintage elements from around the globe, that convey an unparalleled contemporary design ability and high fashion feel. This combination has proved appealing to women (of all ages) and, to Karina's delight, has brought about a loyal customer following as far a field as Hong Kong to California.

Karina's Bags have recently become one of just a hundred businesses nominated for the 2009 Barclay's Trading Places Awards, celebrating small entrepreneurs who have made a success in their lives.

Karina's e-commerce website features an evolving selection of bags and is updated regularly with new designs. The current range features handbags from £80 to £140; enabling you to own a piece of hand-crafted heaven, at an affordable price.

Pictured Left: Electric Blue Flag Clutch

Visit: Karina's Bags | Karina Hesketh

Crombie Opens 11 New Concessions in House of Fraser Stores

Crombie Gentlemens
Dinner Suit — Price: £525 |
Dinner Shirt — Price: £85 |
Bow Tie — £35 |
Cummerbund — Price: £49.95
Crombie Womenswear:
Layered Silk Dress — Price: £495


House of Fraser to receive 11 new CROMBIE CONCESSIONS nationwide THIS WINTER
Crombie has always been regarded as a quintessential English gem of a label, that could be relied upon for excellently crafted outerwear and suits. Alas, with stores located in the more exclusive neighbourhoods, like Jermyn St, W1 (etc), it meant owning a piece of luxury heaven, required a long shopping trip into town — but, not for much longer.

Luxury department store House of Fraser, will be opening exclusive outerwear concessions, in 11 stores in the UK, this winter.

Launching on the 1st October 2009, House of Fraser will be the exclusive stockists of the iconic Crombie coats, outside of Crombies' existing stores and concessions. These outerwear concessions will operate from October until March each year.

And, with the traditional Camel coat seeing a return this A/W, Crombie (and its 200+ years of timeless design experience) will showcase a select collection of outerwear which will include the most sought after Crombie Covert coat and the popular King coat.

The eleven House of Fraser stores featuring Crombie outerwear concessions will be: Bristol, Reading, Croydon, Lakeside, Bluewater, Oxford Street London, Westfield London, Manchester and Nottingham. Additional concessions can be found in Glasgow, Scotland and Belfast, Ireland.

The new Crombie outerwear concessions will reflect the brands luxury British heritage and will reaffirm Crombie as 'the' coat maker for ladies and gentlemen.

In addition to these new concessions, the full collection of menswear, womenswear and accessories will be available at Crombie stores, existing concessions nationwide and online.

Visit: Crombie | House of Fraser | Stockist

Dialog accessory collection by Cassandra postema and Dong Chiu AW 09

get up to speed with cassandra & Dong's dialog
This season, dynamic design duo Cassandra Postema and Dong Chiu certainly know how to strike up intelligent Dialog. Communicating a level of expertise, through their beautifully crafted accessory line, their A/W '09 collection delivers on aesthetics as well as alleviating the conscious mind from its guilt. And guilt seems to be a feeling that is playing heavily on fashionistas minds of late. If, like me, you are becoming increasingly aware of how your buying habits can have a negative impact on the planet, you are not alone. Encouragingly, Dialog have coupled their innovation with unwavering dedication to producing fair-trade fashion, to yield a level of transparency that is reassuring.

Available in two lines the first, Electric Sky, is a kaleidoscopic milieu of violet, electric blue and ultramarine, cocoa and forest colours, that are not for the faint-hearted. Clutches, totes and purses are intricately adorned with Dialog's signature contrasting folded fringing and are inspired by the cosmopolitan city of Hong Kong, when it is illuminated at night.

For A/W '09 also, Dialog debuts their new line World Butik. Incorporating tribal textiles sourced from around the world, each piece has a unique story to tell. In typical Dialog style, this line is imbued with the principles of fair-trade fashion and eco-sustainability. With their ideology of giving something back, Cassandra and Dong design with integrity. Both are committed to addressing the world’s continuing poverty crisis, so it should come as no surprise that Dialog is to donate a portion of their profits into communities for self-sufficient training and welfare.

Available from: Yates Buchanan
33 Pembridge Road, Notting Hill, London, W11 3HG | Tel: 020 7229 5884
Visit: Adili |


Picture of Roksanda Ilincic who will be collaborating with whistles on a new capsule collection

Pictured above: Designer Roksanda Ilincic


Whistles sounds a new tune for A/W '09 with Roksanda Ilincic
Yet another high street chain has announced a collaboration that is set to delight the fashion fraternity.

London Fashion Week regular Roksanda Ilincic, will collaborate with high end retailer Whistles for Autumn/Winter '09.

Whistles' Jane Shepherdson and her design team, have been working with Roksanda on a collection of seven exquisite cocktail dresses.

The collection will go on sale (in limited numbers) in early September and will be stocked in Whistles flagship store in St. Christophers Place, London, as well as other London branches. Harrods, Selfridges and Brown Thomas will also be stocking the exclusive collection.

Jane Shepherdson said: "I have long been a huge fan of Roksanda, and to have her design such an exquisite collection of dresses for Whistles has been a unique opportunity. We have worked closely at every stage of the design process with Roksanda to capture her unique sense of play and contrast in colour, fabric and texture. It would be hard not to fall in love with the resulting collection"

Roksanda Ilincic said: "It's so wonderful to see my work reaching a wider audience, and a pleasure to work with team Whistles!”

Like wine, fashion tends to have memorable ('good') years. 2009 is set to be one of them.

Prices range from: £175-£300.

Visit: Brown Thomas | Harrods | Roksanda Ilincic | Selfridges | Whistles


H&M to Collaborate with Jimmy Choo on a new Shoe Collection

Photographer: Magnus Magnusson


Love those choos
H&M's Creative Advisor Margareta van den Bosch is a fashion angel. Season after season she manages fashion coups that sees H&M collaborate with the very best labels in the fashion world.

This autumn will be no different. The Swedish company has confirmed that British accessory brand Jimmy Choo, will bring its international glamour and covetable shoes and bags to selected H&M stores.

It is the first time that H&M is collaborating with an accessories brand, and to celebrate, Jimmy Choo will extend its design vision for this collection to women’s clothing to complement the accessories. Further exciting news is that this collaboration includes a men’s collection of shoes, bags and accessories.

The collection will be available from the 14th of November in around 200 stores worldwide.

Visit: H&M | Jimmy Choo

unique visual experience that showcases Peroni Nastro Azzurro exclusive collaboration collection with Anglo-Italian fashion designer Antonio Berardi3 dimensional Style . . . And a chance to win!
Trust Harrods to propel Italian style to a new standard, through a unique visual experience that showcases Peroni Nastro Azzurro exclusive collaboration collection with Anglo-Italian fashion designer Antonio Berardi.

The Italian beer brand is set to unveil this stylish collection to London through a ground-breaking virtual fashion performance going live in Harrods on 27th May until 8th June, which will give passers by a unique visual experience of the exclusive collection which includes a stylish leather laptop case, a chic kagoule and a slick jewel bottle opener.

Each of the Peroni Nastro Azzurro Berardi fashion items will be transformed into a three-dimensional virtual-reality image that embodies the Italian passion, style and quality behind the collaboration. The public will also have the chance to win one of these exclusive high-value Peroni Nastro Azzurro Berardi items via the interactive touch screens located within the live windows. A limited number of the three items are also now available to buy online at

Berardi said of this new collaboration, “Peroni Nastro Azzurro is about style, craftsmanship and quality. I wanted these items to convey the same spirit, reflecting the passion of all things Italian as only Peroni Nastro Azzurro can.”

RRP Peroni Nastro Azzurro Berardi Items: | Laptop Bag — £380 | Kagoule —£200 | Jewel Bottle Opener — £50

Visit: Antonio Berardi | Harrods | Peroni Nastro Azzurro | Yoox

Daria Werbowy and Matthew Williamson at the Launch of his H&M High Summer Party
It’s going to be a brilliant summer at H&M thanks to Matthew Williamson’s vibrant, sun-drenched collection hitting around 1,600 stores worldwide from 14th May.

As well as bringing his celebrated world-traveller styles for women, Williamson has designed his first ever menswear range, only at H&M.

“I love the fact that H&M have created a new phenomenon in fashion through the pioneering concept of collaborating with high end designers to create one-off limited edition capsule collections,” says Williamson.

The British designer has saturated his collection for H&M with the vivid colours and neon details that have made his work so famous.

“I think that perhaps as a reaction to the grey cold climate of England and the stark Manchester cityscape I craved colour and exoticism,” says Williamson.

“I want to share a glimpse of the Matthew Williamson world with H&M customers, by creating an aspirational lifestyle collection which is both exotic and fashion forward, providing the perfect wardrobe options for Summer 2009.”

In stores from 14th of May

Pictured left: Daria Werbowy and Matthew Williamson

Visit: H&M

Paul and Joe Volage 14-bl65 sunglasses
  Paul&Joe's Shaded beauties
It was inevitable. After the success of Paul&Joe's menswear collection in 1995, founder Sophie Albou went on to launch a womenswear collection and a diffusion line called Paul&Joe Sister — culminating in the opening of more than 30 boutiques worldwide. Now, the former student of the prestigious L'Institut Français de La Mode, is to launch her very own optical range — the perfect addition to the lines already in place at Paul&Joe.

Paul and Joe Volage 14-bl65 Sunglasses Albou's playfulness and youthful charm pervades her first optical collection, a quality she has taken from her two sons who's names she has used to call the label.

Her sophistication and feminity is apparent too, founded on an animal figurine and delicate lace details that Albou is so fond of.

Epitomizing her flare for fresh light colours, interspersed with animal prints and floral connotations, further design details are inspired by sunny days spent in the garden observing the flights of butterflies, the petal compositions of a rose and the beautiful subtle colours, that she has romanticised to perfectly enhance the unique frames of her designs.

Paul&Joe's sunglasses and optical range are on sale from Autumn/Winter 2009.

Style Models Pictured: Left Volage 14-BL65 | Above: Voltige13-ECLA
Visit: Paul & Joe

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Sales of sandals soar at Fitness Footwear
Hertfordshire based online retailer Fitness Footwear, must be beaming as bright as the spring sunshine, after a record number of shoppers visited the website to buy from a wide range of sandals, outdoor and sports footwear, available there.

Must-have styles include the Fit Flops which has seen record numbers sold since early January. Marketed as the flip flop with the gym built in, Fit Flops are an innovative sandal which gives you a workout while you walk. This is all thanks to the integrated wobble-board midsole which slightly destabilising the foot with every step. The result is the slow twitching muscles in the legs and buttocks being activated for longer periods of time while walking, which rapidly burns off calories while toning these areas to result in slimmer legs and a smaller bum. It's obvious to see why they have been such a big hit for women with neither the time nor money to attend gym classes.

Pictured, Fit Flop Electra | Price: £43.95.  Visit: Fitness FootwearTo cater for their loyal following of outdoor enthusiasts, Fitness Footwear has also made a wide range of walking sandals available from many of the biggest brands in walking boots, which include: Brasher, Merrell, Hi-Tec and many more well known names. The website even has a variety of Birkenstock styles, which have become a summer staple like Ugg have become a winter must-have in recent years.

After the freezing winter (which blanketed Great Britain in snow), weather forecasters predict a scorching summer to follow, so we could all be wearing shorts and sandals — in just a matter of weeks!

Pictured Right: Fit Flop — Style Electra in Black | Price: £43.95.

Visit: Fitness Footwear

Kate Moss Topshop 9th Collection Hits Stores
  Kate Moss Blooms another winner
Two of the world's most fashionable capitals, London and New York, played host to launches for fashion brand TOPSHOP.

Kate Moss, Sir Philip Green and a bevy of celebrities and guests, descended upon New York's Broadway & Broome, to open the first Topshop store there.

At this end, Kate Moss Topshop's 9th collection of signature pieces for Spring/Summer 2009, reflected her bohemian take on dressing, her glamorous style and her edgy rock 'n' roll spirit.

Interspersed with pretty floral dresses (that are perfect for summer), the collection comprehensively considered dressing for day and night, whereever that may be — like on the beach, at a music festival or for a night out on the town. Heck, Kate even included ideas for what to wear at our leisure.

Star buys include: a grey suede jacket, a delicately embroidered Chinese silk bolero (with lustrous fringing), dresses decorated with exclusive prints from Liberty of London; and her debut underwear collection.

Kate Moss Topshop is available at Topshop Oxford Street, on-line and at Colette — Paris, Corso Como — Seoul, Daslu — Sao Paulo, La Foret — Tokyo, Lane Crawford — Hong Kong.

Pictured: Liberty Poppy Bandeau Dress — Price: £65.00 | Visit: Topshop
H&M Photographs ByJohn Scarisbrick Depicting Matthew Williamson's Forthcoming Collection

Ooh to be at the front of the queue that faithful day — Thursday the 23rd of April — when H&M opens its doors to another design collaboration destined to be talked about for months to come. British designer Matthew Williamson is the aforementioned designer to join forces with H&M, through the launch of an exclusive collection that will see his brilliant talent for colour — made accessible to all.

Marrying together iconic pieces from his past collections and brand new catwalk looks, the collection will display his flair for distinctive, eclectic prints and vivid colour pieces full of the influences and inspirations of a global traveller. From dresses to tops, all-in-ones to the sharpest tailoring, this fashion collection has all the key pieces for Spring 2009. Matthew Williamson says: “I wanted to create a strong urban collection fused with the brand’s signature symbols and shapes. It’s been fascinating to search back through my archives to isolate the most iconic pieces, then rework them for H&M. Colour is one of the defining aspects of my signature style, I focused on the iconic peacock motif seen across my collections to develop a palette of blues, chartreuse and emerald. The spirit of the collection is both covetable and precious."

Creative advisor at H&M, Margareta van den Bosch's ingenius knack for initiating H&M's frequent collaborations, said of her latest: “I think people will really love this collection. I love the way Matthew mixes prints in the dresses, and the colour-blocking of the tailoring. It’s very elegant, but there are lots of things you can wear in a really relaxed way, too. The mix and match of all the embroidery, the prints, the sequins and the colours makes all of the clothes very special."

This exclusive collection for Spring is only the first part of Williamson’s collaboration with H&M. From May 14, the perfect wardrobe for summer will be available in around 1600 H&M stores worldwide. Williamson has also designed a full menswear collection for H&M and this will mark his debut into menswear.

Price Examples: Grosgrain Strap Dress €69.90 | Cashmere Cardigan €69.90 |
Tuxedo Jacket €99 | Metallic Jaquard Jacket €99 | Bubble Skirt €59.90 | Trousers €59.90 | Shorts €39.90 | All-in-One €199 | Jersey Dress €69.90 | Sequin Dress €199 | Ruffle Gown €299

Visit: H&M

Photograph Left and Below By: John Scarisbrick

H&M Matthew Williamson Photographs by Photographs By: John Scarisbrick

Berkley Shirt in Indigo (Photo: Business Wire)

Berkley Shirt in Indigo (Photo: Business Wire)

  J Brand Boutique thinks you're special
The lovely people at designer denim label J Brand Premium, are to introduce a new collection called J Brand Boutique.

The new line will feature unique design details, washes, and for the first time from J Brand, jackets and knit shirts.

“We wanted to create a unique product that offers soul and, a very important distinction, exclusivity! Boutique is a limited assortment created for the finest specialty stores around the world,” said President and Co-Founder Jeff Rudes.

Always the innovator, J Brand Boutique combines seven new vintage-inspired washes, pocket linings influenced by vintage Japanese rice bags, and newly designed labels with stitching reminiscent of hand embroidery. Inspired by their travels to culturally rich destinations, the design team named each wash after cities such as: Sydney, Berlin, Seville, Lima, Liverpool and Kyoto.

J Brand Boutique features always-flattering styles with the same great fit customers have come to expect from J Brand. A variety of aged, clean and worn-in washes make these jeans, tops and jackets the ideal separates.

“Boutique is the perfect way to create and merchandise tops and jackets that work with our J Brand aesthetic,” said Creative Director and Co-Founder Susie Crippen. “We have the ‘Q’, a new twist on the boyfriend jean that offers a sexier, more feminine way to wear a slouchy rigid denim jean. It is my new favorite.”

The collection offers cropped denim and moleskin jackets starting at $300 as well as 100% cotton knit shirts starting at $154.

J Brand Boutique will launch this July at Barneys New York with worldwide rollout in August at specialty stores including Dover Street Market in London, Le Bon Marché in Paris, Biffi in Milan, and Ron Herman in Los Angeles.

Visit: J Brand Jeans | Dover Street Market



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