DISCOVER NEW DESIGNERS w olf a n d b a d g er.com Aut umn / Wint e r 2014
A LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
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The second issue of The Sett has a repertoire of tales to get you on your way to sartorial bliss this autumn/winter, and this issue we have introduced a homewares section for the first time. We’ve spoken to cult fashion brands ADYN and pop.see.cul to find out exactly what makes them tick, and have the first look into some eagerly anticipated autumn/winter collections.
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As a blossoming retail brand we are constantly on the lookout for new ways to showcase and support our emerging designers and so we must express our gratitude to the talented creatives that help put this issue together, especially with the logistics of conducting a still-life shoot in a house during a London heat-wave.
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We’ve hand-picked a selection of items from our luxury brands that we are most looking forward to seeing in our stores this season.
DISCOVERING TALENT It is wonderful to introduce the second print edition of The Sett. There has certainly been no shortage of amazing content with which to fill these pages and we hope that you enjoy our edit of the best independent design talent this season. The Wolf & Badger brand has grown quickly in the past 6 months with lots of great new designers in both the stores and a huge increase of brands available online. We have also relaunched our web magazine and opened a new cold-pressed juice bar in our Mayfair store – be sure to check out Raw Press on page 5. As we approach our 5th anniversary, our focus has been on an international level. We are pleased to be bringing more and more designers from overseas onto the Wolf & Badger platform, in addition to the very finest UK design talent. With more of you visiting us from overseas, we are excited to now accept payment in multiple currencies and offer free worldwide shipping. Whether you are a blogger, stylist, trade buyer or simply a fashion lover and trendsetter, we hope you enjoy reading and taking inspiration from this edition. As always, this incredible new crop of talent has been a pleasure to discover, promote and support. We have no doubt you will find much to explore here, and we look forward to welcoming you again soon to our London stores or online at www.wolfandbadger.com. Finally, a massive thank you to everyone who helped pull this edition together, you know who you are. George & Henry Graham (Co-Founders of Wolf & Badger)
1. This carrot bag is an utter delight; let its orange hues bring a smile to your face as the miserable weather draws in. Lorna Clutch, £110, ARANAZ 2. If there is one thing we all need to get us through the winter months it’s a trusty knit. This jumper by Needle is perfect for throwing on with jeans and a fedora for a casual day time look. Annabelle Jumper, £145, NEEDLE 3. Every woman needs a sassy black heel in her life. Wear them with jeans, with a dress or with your trusty jumpsuit; Sargossa heels will add that little something extra to all of your outfits. Inspire Shoe, £220, SARGOSSA
4. We can’t get enough of this bag by Lautem. It’s architectural structure and metallic handles are a thing of the future and we can’t wait to get our hands on one! My Funny Valentine Bag, £457, LAUTEM 5. There are a hundred different ways to wear a scarf, just make sure it’s a Scottish inspired scarf by Danielle Rattray. Elizabeth Mint Scarf, £215, DANIELLE RATTRAY
Finally we must extend our thanks to the talented brands that we work with. Their cooperation not only with The Sett but with the stores and helping our e-commerce site to grow is ever appreciated. It is a delight to be able to share their inspiring stories with you all. Emma Foreman Editor
THE SETT CONTRIBUTORS
Holly is a photographer based in Dalston, London. Her clients include Converse, VICE, Rollacoaster, Attitude, The Business of Fashion, The Guardian, Illustrated People, Matthew Williamson, and many more. Her work has also been exhibited at Hibiscus Rising and Technicolour Hymns. Time Out London wrote “Holly has captured a colourful, raw confidence that shines out of all her portraits”.
Previously the Fashion and Beauty Editor for L’Officiel Middle East and Velvet Magazine, she spends her time freelancing across London, the Middle East and Europe as a stylist and writer. Celia has been stylist assistant to Lady Gaga and Jessie J, and worked on major campaigns for MAC Cosmetics and L’Oreal; and assisted on shoots for magazines such as V, GQ Style, Dazed & Confused and Russian Vogue.
Atsushi Takita is a London based hairstylist. Originally from Japan, his work has been published internationally; in publications such as Qvest, Hero, Vision and Harper’s Bazaar. His love of texture and movement makes him known for hair that is beautifully styled in an organic and un-done way. Atsushi has worked with Peter Gray since 2010.
London based makeup artist from Sydney, Australia. Michelle’s commercial clients include Harvey Nichols, Whistles, FarFetch, Fleur B, Fleet Ilya, Terrible Movement and Dahlia. Her work has also featured in, Hunger TV, ES Magazine and Schön publications.
Jumper: J.won, earrings: Yael Salomon, skirt: Judy Wu. Cover. Blazer: DB Berdan, neck piece: Velvet Eccentric, top: Vielma.
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AUTUMN WINTER 2014 TRENDS
THE FLEX OF COLOUR
How to wear this seasons hottest trends
In defence of men wearing colour
RAW PRESS LAUNCHING AT WOLF & BADGER
An exclusive look into the juice bar opening this August
Our guide to doing the sartorial square dance
The designer talks Alexander McQueen and creating the perfect knit
Discussing this season’s iridescent shades
5 THINGS EVERY STYLISH WOMAN NEEDS
Key pieces to add to your wardrobe this season
Meet the designer behind the shoes that every woman will want
A tale of modern love on the city streets
We delve into the design duos brains
We meet the designer and discuss all things unisex
The designer talks all things Central Saint Martins
This season’s menswear gets industrial Editor: Emma Foreman
Our guide to this seasons interiors trend |
Creative Director: Natalie Solomon
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Prabal Gurung FW14
WINTER BRIGHTS Brighten up those long dark evenings with unexpected vibrant hues
7 6 1. Ludmila Unconventional Jewelry 2. Tessa Metcalfe 3. Nine to Five 4. Gudrun + Gudrun 5. Penmayne of London 6. La Paire 7. Arianna Cerrito 8. Kauser 9. Orwell + Austen 10. Abcense 11. Gyunel
KNITTY & GRITTY
Cocoon yourself with wool this autumn in oversized knits made from the softest yarn 1. Gudrun + Gudrun 2. Rosa Bryndis 3. Orwell + Austen 4. Wendee Ou 5. J.Won 6. Arianna Cerrito 7. Ruxx 8. Gudrun + Gudrun 9. J.Won 10. Claire Andrew 10
The Row FW14
Marc Jacobs FW14
Michael Kors FW14
LAUNCHING AT WOLF & BADGER QUINOA AND HAZELNUT SALAD By Ella Woodward of Deliciously Ella
This is an awesome new salad, which I designed exclusively for Raw Press. It’s the perfect summer dish as it’s wonderfully light, yet still very satisfying and it tastes wonderful. It’s filled with fluffy quinoa, roasted hazelnuts, refreshing slices of cucumber and sweet pomegranate seeds, which are then tossed in a simple lemon and argan oil dressing to create something incredibly delicious. Each bite of this salad will fill you with an amazing combination of plant protein, fibre, vitamins and minerals, so you’ll feel energised all day! Ingredients for one serving 50g of blanched hazelnuts 50g of mixed red and white quinoa (cooked with 180ml boiling water) 100g of cucumber 50g of pomegranate 1/2 a lemon (90g) 2 tablespoons of argan oil salt and pepper Method Place the quinoa and boiling water in a saucepan with the lemon juice and a little salt, then allow it to boil for about 12 minutes until all of the water has been absorbed. Above and below: Raw Press juices and preparation
Words by Jack Graham
COFFEE & MYLK
While the quinoa cooks place the hazelnuts on a baking tray and place it in a 200C oven for 8-10 minutes, until they’re nice and crunchy.
an original Raw Press recipe Who says great style is just about what you wear? Launching at Wolf & Badger in August 2014 is Raw Press - a brand new cold-pressed juice company founded by young entrepreneurs Jack and Toby Graham. Cold-pressed juices are already a huge hit in the States, its slow and natural process results in both minimal oxidisation and heat, so that the beneficial nutrients in the juice do not decay as fast as with other methods of juice extraction. Raw Press have teamed up with queen food blogger and nutritionist Deliciously Ella over the launch period; she will be creating exciting salads and snacks for the store. We have written some recipes exclusively for The Sett, for you all to make at home.
We have been milking a lot of almonds and think we have finally come up with the king of almond milk recipes. The technique couldn’t be simpler! If you get beneath them and squeeze the base of the teat with a firm ... oh wait, that’s a cow. This often happens, sorry.
Chop the cucumber into quarters, then into eighths. Scoop out the seeds and then slice the eighths into thin pieces. Allow the quinoa and hazelnuts to cool once they’ve cooked, then stir in the argan oil, pomegranates, chopped cucumber, salt and pepper.
You actually just soak the almonds and some dates, and then blend them with vanilla bean, Himalayan salt and water. We like to use raw, unpasteurised coconut water, which really refines the flavour and makes it extra delicious! At Raw Press we use fresh and fragrant young Thai Nam Hom coconuts. Enzyme and electrolyte-rich coconut water is isotonic, meaning it has the same electrolyte balance as blood. Once strained and chilled, in order to finish off our signature drink Mylk & Coffee, we add coffee from single origin Colombian beans from Volcano Coffee Works, which are cold brewed for 12 hours, yielding low acidity but a vibrant chocolate orange aroma, light raisin sweetness and medium body. Say goodbye to your morning cappuccino as this is mineral-rich jet fuel that you can definitely feel good about! 120g soaked almonds 5 medium-sized soaked pitted dates A pinch of sea salt 3 drops vanilla extract 1 litre fresh coconut water A shot of cold-brew coffee, or espresso
Raw Press will be open for customers early August 2014, located beneath Wolf & Badger, 32 Dover Street, London W1S 4NE. Raw Press juices are also available at the Wolf & Badger Notting Hill store, as well as online at www.rawpress.co.
Vitamix or blend all the ingredients except the coffee until creamy smooth, strain, mix in the coffee and serve or chill for up to three days. Deliciously Ella quinoa and hazelnut salad
Describe a typical day in the world of J.won… No day has quite been the same. The last few months have been particularly interesting for me. I spend as much time as I can on design as this is the part that I truly love. However, I have recently been combining it with meetings with PR and sales agencies. I also meet up with other contemporary designers near my studio in Shoreditch to discuss inspiration. I have also been travelling quite a lot recently to the US, Hong Kong and South Korea to expand the network and raise awareness of my brand.
“I also use intimate experiences from my childhood memories and reinterpret them in to a modern day context..” How do you begin the design process? It varies greatly. Sometimes, my inspiration comes from simply watching people carrying on with their day-to-day lives. By identifying what is comfortable and practical within their culture and the lifestyle they lead. Based on this, I do research to find my own interpretation. Do you design with a typical customer in mind? Yes, I think of a woman who aspires to have simple, effortless style and who appreciates good quality in what she wears. What inspired your eagerly anticipated Autumn/Winter 14 collection?
I get inspiration from watching and observing trends and people. I also use intimate experiences from my childhood memories and reinterpret them into a modern day context. This was the case for the AW14 collection, which was inspired by ‘mum’s closet’, recollecting a diverse range of colours and textures that I saw as a child, which fascinated me at that time.
iwon Ree was born in South Korea in 1983. Her young knitwear label J.won is the result of incredible academic credentials and an impressive career revolving around knitwear. Having graduated top of her class and winning the Alexander McQueen Scholarship Prize, her debut collection for J.won has been eagerly anticipated within the industry. Emma Foreman speaks to Jiwon about luxurious knitwear and empowering women with her designs…
How important is it for women to feel empowered by what they wear?
Did you have a style role model growing up? Yasmin Sewell. I have always admired her style and effortlessly chic look. She continues to successfully combine the zeitgeist of contemporary fashion with a classical look year in, year out.
Yes, very important. I think that what women wear can have a huge influence on how they feel. This is the reason why my objective is always to bring balance between empowering women yet balancing it with comfort and I want people who wear my clothes to feel that.
What was your very first job?
What is your favourite knitwear item to wear?
My first job was working as a knitwear designer at Ports 1961 in New York. It was a good experience as it provided me with the opportunity to put my academic knowledge and valuable practical experience at Alexander McQueen into a professional setting.
You can’t beat a chunky turtleneck knit that goes with pretty much anything, It is a timeless classic, that brings comfort and warmth, a style which is always associated with autumn/ winter. This theme is also quite clear throughout my AW14 collection.
What did you learn from your scholarship with Alexander McQueen?
What encapsulates the perfect knit?
A lot! It gave me a holistic understanding of the design cycle from research and artwork, to the final collection. It also required an in-depth understanding of technicalities, so it was a good opportunity to consolidate my skillset. The experience provided me with the platform for what lay ahead.
That is a difficult question! It requires an agreement from both the designer and the person who is wearing it for it to be perfect. From the designer’s perspective, I always think about 3 things: the engineering of the garment so that it embraces
Have you always been interested in designing knitwear? Absolutely. I still vividly remember the first knitting class that I attended in my first year of university. I was introduced to a knitting machine and immediately felt so comfortable around it. I instantly knew that knitwear would be the area that I would develop further and the rest, as people say, is history.
Double Knitted Jacquard Coat, £675, J.WON
Double Knitted Jaquard Scarf, £120, J.WON
Opening Turtle Neck Sweater, £256, J.WON
Jacquard Pleated Mini Skirt, £245, J.WON
the curvature of the body; comfort so that it remains soft yet practical for those who wear it; and colour by using a unique combination of colours to give a bespoke appeal for those who wear it. You were born in South Korea, studied in San Francisco and have launched your brand in London, which place do you consider to be the most stylish? In terms of style and fashion, London is the most stylish. Other cities of course have potential and a great community of creative and talented fashion designers, but London has something else. It helps to nurture creativity with a great talent pool as well so I thoroughly enjoy the challenge of launching J.won here. London has a wide range of inspiration that is not only about fashion, but in art, architecture and music as well. I have lived in other countries but it is rare to see such a wide range of inspiration that you find here.
EVERY STYLISH WOMAN NEEDS words by Robyn Aubrey You cannot purchase style, you cannot get a ‘good deal’ on elegance and you certainly won’t find any ‘bargain’ class lying around. Style is not about the trends you follow but how you choose to wear them. Stylish trumps fashionable every time, get it right now and it will last forever.
What are your style tips for AW14? Simple is the best. I would say a knit top that has a brightly coloured jacquard pattern with a pair of jeans. Where do you see J.won in five years? It would be amazing if J.won could be established as one of the core contemporary knitwear labels in London. I think London currently lacks such a label so I would love J.won to grow specifically for this market. I also want to combine jersey with knitwear to broaden different styles as the seasons progress.
The Go-to Shoe Every woman needs a shoe that completes any outfit. We don’t think enough about what we put on our feet, often spending hours deciding what to wear, only to shove on the first pair of shoes we can find. Something structured, with a low heel ties everything together and should keep your look elegant. A block heel goes with everything from jeans to delicate summer dresses. When it comes to colour, stay neutral and stick to leather. Float Black Shoe, £490, DEAR FRANCES
J.won is available online and in our Notting Hill store.
The Personality Necklace Accessories should celebrate and show off your personality. Even a dedicated trend-follower can stand apart from the rest with carefully chosen jewellery. A beautiful necklace will last you a lifetime and lifts any outfit. Think of that iconic “Carrie” necklace from Sex and the City – can you picture Ms Bradshaw without it?. Silver Spinning Pineapple Necklace, £220, ALEXA DE CASTILHO
The Everyday Bag We change outfits to suit our mood but rarely change our handbags; this can sometimes let an otherwise fabulous outfit down. When picking your everyday bag, steer away from prints and keep it simple, it needs to go with everything. Peruse your wardrobe and think about what fits within your colour palate. Practicality is important but don’t over-estimate how much space you need. The bigger the bag, the more you’ll fill it and there’s no need to be carrying your whole life on your back. Ziggy Blue Structured Tote Bag, £595, WENDEE OU
4 Above: J.Won Autumn Winter 2014 Collection
The Party Dress This is something worth investing in. The dress that no matter how bad your day has been, will instantly make you feel and look fantastic. Your goto party dress should fit perfectly but should not be constricting, you want to feel comfortable all night long. Again, steer away from prints, they will not stand the test of time but don’t feel constricted by the predictable LBD. Instead, let your choice of colour reflect your personality. Silk Ottoman Dress, £780 , DANIEL CERDAN
5 Double-Knitted Jaquard Sweater, £365, J.WON
The Perfect Knit The perfect knit is the comfort food of fashion, something you throw on with jeans but keeps you looking chic. What we’re looking for here is comfort, durability and endurance. Opt for something loose, soft and flattering and steer away from hard to wash fabrics like cashmere & angora - we’ve all experienced the turmoil that is shrinking your (or someone else’s) favourite jumper. Mohair Sweater, £300, GUDRUN + GUDRUN
Woman. Blouse: Delada, skirt: Funlayo Deri, cream rucksack: Ruxx, earrings: Yael Salomon, necklace: Alexa del Castilho, gold ring: Kasun, white shoes: Dear Frances. Man. Black shirt: Kaushal Niraula, black cardigan,: Mandkhai, trousers: Kaushal Niraula, skinny gold choker: Bam-B, boots: Marcus De.
From boundary pushing prints to dark, industrial shades; here’s how autumn style is shaping up. Styling by Celia-Jane Ukwenya. Photographs by Holly Falconer.
Black jacket: ADYN, white Shirt: ADYN, black Trousers: Euphorik. Opposite page. Jacket: Delada, skirt,:Arianna Cerrito, silver ring: Sheeva, black ring: Fraser Hamilton.
Cream dress: J.Won, faux fur jacket: Delada, white Boots: Dear Frances, brooch: Kasun. Opposite page. Woman. Coat: Daniel Cerdán, trousers: Delada, black Shirt: Vielma, ballet flats: La Paire, gold Necklace: Tessa Metcalfe. Man. Black shirt: ADYN, trousers: Kaushal Niraula, loafers: Galet. Photographer: Holly Falconer, stylist: Celia-Jane Ukwenya, makeup: Michelle Dacillo using NARS Cosmetics, hair: Atsushi Takita using Bumble and bumble, models: Racquel Smith at D1 Model Management and Louren Groenewald at NEXT.
ADYN Autumn/Winter 2014 collection
ADYN ADYN is a youthful British brand with a passion for producing luxury basics and essentials that are neither distinguishably masculine nor feminine. The brand brings a unique artistic perspective to casualwear and has a huge following online from fans who wish to share their ways of styling the pieces. ADYN is the result of a trio of creative minds – how did the brand first begin? We simply began by making clothes that we wanted to wear ourselves. It was in no way ever intended to be the brand it is now but was simply a creative output for our own styles and visions.
“that just illustrates the versatility of our products” Who and what inspires your work? Our inspirations are taken from everything we look at, we strive to be inspired everyday. Photography, architecture, fabrics, furniture, the past the future, now...our eyes remain open at all times.
about fashion, are up to date on the newest collections and products and demand only the best quality.
evolution of the last. That way there will always be a true sense of the ADYN DNA in each piece.
What makes ADYN unique?
Do you all wear your own designs?
We believe that ADYN is unique due to the sheer simplicity and minimalism of our brand and its products. There is definitely an ADYN silhouette that our customers have come to love and recognise. There is little focus on ‘fuss’ as we only rely on cut, shape and quality fabrics to do the talking.
Yes, we do. What is interesting is we all have very different sartorial tastes and wear our brand very differently from each other. I suppose that just illustrates the versatility of our products and shows how you can use simple key pieces to create many different looks.
How do you stay focused?
What have been your highest and lowest points on the journey so far?
We stay focused by always trying to improve on the last collection. In the recent months we have found other small brands doing similar products to us so it is important that we are always ahead of the game. What do you love most about creating a unisex collection? It is interesting when designing pieces that are intended for both male and female customers as you have to keep in mind the size and shape of the body but we always come from a more masculine angle and intend for the pieces to be worn oversize. It is satisfying to see the results when we style on guys and girls as it really illustrates how versatile the pieces can be. We have noticed a lot more women wearing the product recently with the trending hash tag #girlsinadyn
Our journey so far has been filled with lots of ups and downs but they have all been part of our learning and growth. We have learnt that there is always an answer no matter how bad something may seem, but the highs will always overshadow the lows. I do not have enough space to reflect on them all but to sum them up has been to see the success of our product, to see people happy to buy and own the things that we put our blood sweat and tears into. To see some of the opinion leaders and people we have admired over the years wanting to wear our product and most of all to get up every day and go into the studio to work on something we love and believe in. Where do you see the brand in 5 years?
Who is the typical ADYN customer?
I will leave that one for you to decide!
Our typical customer is someone who is confident in his or her own style. They don’t follow trends too much but instead build a wardrobe that is simple and reliable for any occasion but different enough to stand out. They are highly knowledgeable
What was your inspiration for the collection?
I suppose we want to keep spreading the ADYN story, to spread our reach to more people who are open to new ideas. We want the brand to grow but remain exclusive, to become a cult product. We have plans to diversify into other product categories but ultimately we want to become a recognised, respected creative company.
Our collections are always a development from the last so I suppose you could say that every collection is an organic
ADYN is available online and in our Mayfair store.
Who wears it better – men or women?
A GENTLEMAN’S SOCK GUIDE The London Sock Company aims to make stylish socks more accessible to the modern gentleman. Inspired by the feeling of putting on new, stylish and quality socks, they designed their Sock Club subscription to make it easy for everyone to do the same. Working closely with their manufacturer they achieve the optimum balance of comfort, breathability, durability and vibrancy of colour. Here, the company explains five key rules to sock wearing for the modern gent. By Arielle Shea
utumn is the perfect time to update the dark, classic pieces that build up the core items within your wardrobe. Industrial grey shades form a perfect baseline for the rest of your wardrobe, but grey doesn’t have to mean boring. It really does have more than 50 shades; charcoal, silvers, heathers – all of which make up a strong, masculine colour palette for the modern gent. If you’re wearing a plethora of dark colours, steely tones and smoky hues, it may be time to introduce new textures into your wardrobe. Pony skin has been gradually creeping its way back into our repertoire of clothing, and mixing textures is an exceptional way of adding variety into an otherwise slate outfit, and will propel you into a league of your own.
When thinking of the colour grey, many of you will conjure up an image in your minds of corporate hell – wearing an ill-fitted grey business suit with nothing stylish about it. However infuse your outfit with a touch of greyscale and a dull outfit can instantly be revived. Sophisticated and stylish, the grey palette is something to rely on with its versatile ways that will go with almost anything.
NO TO HOLES AND DON’T MISMATCH It sounds very simple but you would be surprised how many men hold on to that “lucky” pair of socks regardless of the gaping hole in the toe and/or heel. Putting on a fresh pair of socks can boost your confidence for an important meeting or a date – making you feel put together and ready for anything.
NO SKIN ON SHOW Your socks should sit high on the calf. Both sock and skin showing when crossing one’s legs is not something a stylish gentleman would ever do.
WHITE IS ONLY FOR SPORT White socks should only be worn for physical activity. Look great on the tennis court or in the gym. Looks awful paired with a suit or jeans.
BE BOLD Make a statement with a bold, contrasting colour choice. The old rule of matching your socks to your trouser no longer applies. (However, keep novelty socks for wearing at home.)
Clockwise. Cow Print Slipper: Galet, Black Pouch: Gertrud & George, Tie: Rosemary Goodenough, Grey Slipper: Galet, Cufflinks: Monsieur Fox, Pocket Square: Lorde Dotte. Styling by Celia-Jane Ukwenya. Photograph by Holly Falconer.
COMPLEMENT WITH COORDINATING ACCESSORIES If wearing purple socks, choose a tie with a purple stripe or pattern to pull the look together. Remember – coordinate, NOT match. London Sock Company is available online and in our Notting Hill store.
The Carnaby Backpack, £300, FLEMING LONDON
Cotton Rib Sock, £12, LONDON SOCK CO
Wvoen Belt, £33, TYLER & TYLER
QUICK FIRE Q&A
THE FLEX OF COLOUR Words by Bertie Bertinez
How do you define success? Success in life to me is keeping my family, my wife and daughter happy. How do you achieve a work/life balance? By remembering what’s most important to me. My all time favourite recommendation is as follows: on holiday, by all means take your blackberry or iPhone, but don’t take your charger. That way, you only spend half an hour a day on the phone, dealing with ultra- urgent stuff… and after a couple of days you realise what’s really important and that pretty much everything else can wait until you return from vacation. What qualifies you for your job? I have lived and worked in four different continents and travelled the world extensively on business. I definitely know more than the next man what an international traveller needs when it comes to luxury travel accessories. On top of that I’ve worked really hard researching materials, finding the best craftsman AND persuaded my old colleagues, the engineers at Williams Formula One, to create my collection using their pioneering engineering expertise. What has been your biggest mistake? Probably being slightly naive…believing that people are good to their word. It’s tough in business, no matter how well you know someone. I’ve learned that it is far better for both parties to have a contract in place so you both know very clearly what is expected of the other. What is the best lesson you’ve learnt so far? Developing a brand takes twice as long as you’d anticipate... and costs twice as much.
Why indeed, when history sports a spectacular spectrum of colours and patterns beloved by the gentleman aristocracy and gentry of Europe. From embroidered waistcoats to the delicately hued stockings to the glittering gems dusted lavishly on the body; the gentlemen of Versailles, Almacks and Whites were a vision to be awed. Modernity seems to have left the gentleman behind, leaving an army of black, grey and navy sweating on the Jubilee Line. However, history has not entirely left the men in a melancholy eddy of monochrome; colour can still adorned without the tagline (or should that be hashtag) of resurrecting the Ring-Ling Brothers.
“be brave, be strong, be a man and flex that colour”
How do you stay focused? Well, of course, I have a dream and I’m going to do everything to make it happen. The other way is by looking at the bank balance: when it’s healthy it’s a great motivator; when it’s unhealthy it’s an even better motivator! What are you most jealous of in others? The ability to resist pain au chocolat and other pastries! What book changed your life? “Winning” by Sir Clive Woodward. I’m an avid England Rugby fan and was lucky enough to be in the Telstra Stadium in Sydney when England won the Rugby World Cup in 2003. His commentary on what was required is a great lesson to any sports team or leader. What last made you laugh? My daughter… on almost a daily basis. What’s your most treasured possession? Mine and my family’s health. What’s next? A dip in the pool....I’m currently on vacation and my half hour of work for the day is nearly up!
Dom Reilly is available online and in our Mayfair store.
Brown Watch Roll, £195, DOM REILLY
he fashions have had colour everywhere, pastels, prints and peplums; but why, one must ask, solely for the ladies? Are men to be devoid of any colour to their wardrobe?
It is a known truth that ones political leanings can be seen with the flash of an ankle and a glimmer of a sock. But rather than the limiting blue, red, yellow and green, one can show passion with the motifs of a hibiscus (green fingered enthusiasts), winged insects (entomology enthusiasts) and wings (ornithology enthusiasts). Do away with the black and brown and freshen that drab underwear draw. When it comes to the more conspicuous elements of attire, again the feared comments become whispered in the ears and said gentleman returns to monochrome as a sad result. But have no fear, the pleasant surprise of a psychedelic pocket square peeping from the top pocket will have your boss smiling and ever so possibly signing that pay rise cheque and all because of your bravado with that peeping pocket square. The tie: that strip of fabric tightened around the neck really does have a devastating connection to that feared implement in the gallows. Yet one must stress the remembrance of history and that statue of Beau Brummel on Jermyn Street. He would agonise over the tying of his neck cloth each and every day, every minute fold and pleat was to be perfect, without flaw before he began his jaunt on Bond Street. Follow his lead; spend time with that knot, deciding whether the Half-Windsor or the Balthus or perhaps the risque of the Eldredge is more befitting for the Jermyn Street collar. One must stress the need for the avoidance of the loud and brash; those happy memories of 80’s children’s TV characters must remain at that, nostalgia and not mature reality. With these joyous splashes and flashes of colour we must ‘full stop’ the look with that nod to the sparkle. Yes, diamonds are a girl’s best friend but those precious metals are ever the symbol of enduring strength. Do away with that limp wrist with the clout of a cufflink- solid and sturdy it will poke fourth occasionally from the jacket sleeve giving a momentary bellow of masculine vigour. However at those moments when the office heat reaches levels of disrobing, that cufflink will be a constant clanging cry of your Herculean determination within. For those new or have been away from the very notion of colour, be brave, be strong, be a man and flex that colour.
Top: D.Lo London, middle: Reef Knots, bottom: Monsieur Fox
Brown Travel Wallet, £145, DOM REILLY
Brown Weekender, £850, DOM REILLY
Brown Laptop Cover, £250, DOM REILLY
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Alexander McQueen FW14
Embrace pattern, colour and textureÂ this autumn with jumbo squares and bold lines on your finery 1. Kaushal Niraula 2. Smith Grey 3. Maccessori 4. Mark Giusti 5. Domingo Rodriguez 6. Marcus De 7. Kaushal Niraula 8. Kaushal Niraula 9. Akapello 10. Saxons of Oxford
The story of Bobbies in the UK is a recent one. The idea of bringing the brand to London was born last year and we knew that it had to be done soon, given how much of a success it has already proved elsewhere in the world. Britain is truly a major hub for fashion with such an eclectic mix of cultures and styles; from the timeless classics and tailors of Savile Row to the Bohemian Notting Hill and hipster Camden... There is not just one particular style associated with Britain.
he idea and concept of Bobbies was born in Paris back in 2010. Created by two friends who were in search of fun, colourful and stylish loafers, unable to find something that would meet their stringent requirements, they decided to lead by example and create a brand that would bring to life all the above.
colours of clothing. I donâ€™t always match my shoes to my outfit as a bright pair of loafers is already a fashion stateent in itself. One of the major challenges has been the decision of which geographical area to focus the expansion on. Since we have had such a positive response to the brand, it is a matter of prioritising where to take Bobbies next. But seeing the increasing interest Bobbies has stirred up keeps us motivated. After every milestone there is room to go and improve, and that is what keeps us going. We have a lot of exciting plans ahead for Bobbies; we hope to have more styles of shoes in a wider variety of colours to suit our larger customer base. We also have plans to open shops in more cities... stay tuned!
Left and below. Bobbies Autumn Winter 2014 collection
Bobbies customers are young professionals with busy lifestyles who want to enjoy comfort of their shoes in their day to day lives; they are also fashion followers who love colour and jetsetters who can easily complete their wardrobe for a holiday away. We have customers who buy shoes for summer beach weddings as well as for wearing to work, so we are lucky to have such a great mix of clientele. We are always one step ahead, offering our customers a wide range of styles in beautiful colour combinations, catering for the demands of those preferring the classic styles as well as those searching for fun and quirky detailing. I think the best way to wear colour is to team your bright shoes with more neutral
Bobbies is available online and in our Mayfair store.
a way to express yourself, to adorn yourself, to comfort yourself… the list goes on. What inspired collection?
I find inspiration in nature, colour, my travels, architecture even feelings… it is the combination of all these things that start my creative process. The materials I use will also influence and inspire the end product. The constant backdrop, to all of these elements, is my Danish roots; the clean and functional aspects of Danish design is something I always incorporate into my own designs.
CF Concept rings
What have been your highest points on the CFconcept journey so far? Launching in a new and exciting shop is always a great feeling – we recently launched CFconcept in SHOWstudio in Belgravia. To see CFconcept worn by a prominent person is also a real compliment – Rita Ora and Cara Delevingne both own CFconcept rings. If you could only wear one designer for the rest of your life, who would it be and why? Argh that’s an impossible question! My one constant is my wedding ring – Cartier. So there you have it; I will be spending the rest of my days drooped in diamonds! What’s your vision for the future of the brand? Expanding our presence steadily in the world of jewellery is the game plan. Ultimately, to stock CFconcept worldwide and to launch our own store is the dream. We attack every day with enthusiasm, tenacity and positive energy!
Do you design with a particular woman in mind?
CF CONCEPT Charlotte Flyvholm describes herself as a creative person, never seen without a pen and paper in her hand. She started off with a love of drawing and painting, before moving on to sculpting and finally experimenting with pieces in silver and gold which led to the launch of CFconcept.
How did you make the transition into design? I think I’ve always been designing; it just took a while to find a specific area to channel it through. I find the whole process intriguing – from the idea to the sketches then moulds, lots of editing and re-structuring, and then finally the end product. It’s so exciting to see my pieces being worn by others. Designing jewellery is my passion – I feel inspired everyday. What drew you to jewellery? I think most women, if not all, are drawn to jewellery. Men too. It is something that becomes an extension of yourself – whatever you choose to wear says something about you. It’s
I design for women who are confident and joyous. Jewellery is such a personal thing and can look completely different on one person to another. It depends how it makes someone feel and what kind of energy it creates – I strive to enhance women’s beauty - to make jewellery that is unique and to be a source of endless pleasure. Do you have favourite materials and techniques when creating your collections? It depends on the design that I am trying to achieve – I love how malleable silver can be but I also really like working with wax: sculpting, casting and finally polishing. Ultimately the focus is on unique and beautiful design combined with high quality materials and craftsmanship. Do you wear the same jewellery pieces on a daily basis or do you like to mix it up? I tend to mix and match depending on my mood. If I’m feeling poised I might wear the simple Klint necklace or the delicate diamond Drop necklace – the clean and simple structure really enhance the sensual lines around the neck and collarbones. To add a bit of edge and rock ‘n roll I’ll wear a mix of Aura and Midi Aura rings.
CF Concept is available online and in our Mayfair store.
METALLIC After seeing metallics take over the catwalks for Autumn/Winter 14 by the likes of Saint Laurent and Ashish, we are confident it’s a trend that is here to stay. Give a nod to the intergalactic ways of the eighties with shimmering fabrics and shiny materials. These pieces have such show stopping potential – why keep them hidden away only to be revealed at night? The attraction of a metallic fabric will never fade, team it with a toned down essentials like a classic white buttoned down shirt and signature black boots to revamp an every day outfit. These iridescent shades have city meets space vibes, dipping a toe in with an accessory or two is the perfect way to get a taste of the trend without diving straight in for a head-to-toe metallic look.
From left to right. silver bag: Zashadu, gold Bag: Wendee-Ou, ring on first brick: Ludmila Unconventional Jewelry, silver necklace: Fraser Hamilton, stack of rings on gold brick top to bottom: Lisa E Moss, Fraser Hamilton, Fraser Hamilton, silver bracelet on grey brick: Ona Chan, gold choker: Yael Salomon, metallic ballet flats: La Paire. Styling by Celia-Jane Ukwenya. Photograph by Holly Falconer.
What is the most challenging thing for emerging designers? A great product will always open the door, which I still find to be a refreshing trait of the industry. However, to open the order book, cash flow is still king. Payment terms are where emerging designers will be challenged. To complicate the matter further, in general, bigger orders equals longer payment terms. There is nothing worse than not being able to service those gamechanging proposals! If you weren’t designing shoes, what job would you be doing? Without doubt, homeware design or commercial interior design. It is my second passion in life. My wife and I change our furniture and décor with the turning of the tides! To design hotel lobbies, or furniture would be great. How do you feel about the current ‘ugly shoe’ trend?
I think its great! I love a trend which has the power to become unisex and help drag men’s shoe trends on a bit. These hybrid stories do just that. Are shoes the first thing you notice about a persons outfit? I try not to but it inherently occurs. Consider it ‘market research’. Are there any designers that you would love to work with? Honestly? None that I can think of - yet. If I were to collaborate, I think I would be interested to work alongside a print designer or textiles designer - someone with a passion and skill that’s external from footwear. Those collaborations always look fresh to me. They push both designers. Any plans for a menswear collection? Absolutely. My background has always been menswear. When the time is right, we will trial a few lines and see what happens.
+EM London is a shoe brand to sit up and take notice of. The shoes are the classic staple style that once you’ve found you can never let go of. They are a girl’s best friend, the kind that goes with absolutely everything. Adam Villa certainly knows what kind of shoes women want, having spent four years as a footwear designer at River Island, and another 4 years as a footwear designer at Dune Group, he is more than qualified to launch A+EM. We spoke to him to find out more about the brand. Have you always been interested in footwear? For as long as I can remember! I love the intricate merge of fashion design and product design that footwear possesses.
What inspired your collection?
How many pairs of shoes do you own?
The colour palette was a key - black, black and more black! It inspired us to consider all the textures. The contrast between soles, linings, uppers and heels is really quite special. It is those subtle nuances that keep us inspired to create.
A = 50. EM = 350. It’s disgraceful, really.
What is the most important part of your design process? Less is more for us. We have a natural desire and love of all things Scandinavian. Once we complete an A + EM style, we must be vigilant to ensure the design is not compromised by overembellishment. Your shoes are made in Spain, why did you choose such a location?
2 bottles of wine, dry roasted peanuts, The Earl of Portobello and a bad day at work! We always had a vision to create something that wasn’t subjected to retail pressure and that could develop and grow in a more organic fashion.
Tapas. It’s the best cuisine by far. Oh, and the Spanish have a natural flair at finishing leathers. It is such a delicate procedure and can easily go wrong. These guys get it right every time. They’re also blessed with great tanneries and last makers. They sit in between Italy and Portugal for prices too – which enables us to provide a superior product at an extremely honest price for our customers.
What makes A+EM London unique?
What are the core values of your brand?
Our production team are like family. We like everyone to get involved and are blessed with a fantastic supply base. Every shoebox is individually signed by hand before shipment. It makes for a very personal touch.
We truly believe in our ethos of ‘staple style’. We don’t pretend to be extrovert or couture and yet, we are proud to provide a product that is unrivalled in quality/design from the high street. Our products are as confident as the customers who wear them.
How did you get started?
Eclipse, £230, A + EM LONDON
Fuse, £230, A + EM LONDON
Who would you consider to be your style icon? We find Kinga Burza pops up a lot in discussion or mood board prep. She feels right for the brand. What’s next on the agenda for A+EM London? We are launching SS15 at the moment and it is rapidly building momentum. We’re talking with some exclusive stores around the world as possible distribution partners. We will also be going live on social media/web (www.a-emlondon.com) so we can truly present the character and personality of the brand.
Interview: Emma Foreman A + EM London is available online and in our Mayfair and Notting Hill stores.
Score, £230, A + EM LONDON
Layer Shoe, £300, A + EM LONDON
JEWELLERY PIECES YOU WILL WEAR FOREVER Finding the perfect piece of jewellery is a difficult task. Sometimes you don’t know exactly what you’re looking for, you just know that you want something new. Other times you can be taken completely by surprise and faced with a piece of jewellery that you will never take off. Whether it’s your Grandmother’s vintage necklace, or a quirky bracelet you picked up at a market in Marrakesh, the strangest pieces can have the most sentimental value. Wolf & Badger is proud to be home to many talented jewellery designers, find a timeless piece that will stay with you forever. From hand-made pieces crafted locally in London, to exquisite bespoke pieces that blur the lines between fashion and art.
Pelin & Pia
QUICKFIRE Q & A
POP.SEE.CUL Pelin Yasar and Pia Hakko met whilst studying at Central St Martins, and together they formed Pop.see.cul. What started off as a blog quickly evolved into a graphic clothing brand, with it’s own directional vision. Pop. see.cul makes a statement of its own with ironic slogan tees and sweatshirts that wittily reference movies, songs and blogs. It has something of a cult following among celebrities who turn to Instagram to show their pop.see.cul support. Emma Foreman spoke to the dynamic duo to find out what makes them tick.
What is your biggest inspiration?
Describe your brand in 3 words…
PELIN & PIA: Rebel Wilson!
PELIN: Young, fun and sarcastic. PIA: Fresh, young and smart.
The best perk of your job?
If you could only wear one pop.see.cul item for the rest of time, which one would it be?
The ombré trend isn’t going anywhere and this necklace will add the perfect finishing touch to any outfit. Vesper Light Necklace, £99, CARA TONKIN
PELIN&PIA: Movies and people. What is your secret to success? PELIN & PIA: To be pop.see.cul, to live pop.see.cul, to own pop.see.cul, to enjoy pop.see.cul. Who would you invite to a dinner party?
There’s something nice about a statement piece that does the talking for you. With this ring you can put it on and know that it will catch the eye of everyone in the room.
PELIN: To meet other creative people. PIA: To see someone wearing our designs.
Ella Ring, £70, YAEL SALOMON
What is the biggest fashion faux pas someone can make? PELIN: Et ma bouche t-shirt. PIA: Shark sweatshirt.
PELIN: Skirts on jeans – I hope that never comes back. PIA: To try too hard.
Who was your childhood hero? What is your proudest moment to date? PELIN: Barney the Dinosaur. PIA: Xena: The Warrior Princess and Joe Dimaggio.
PELIN & PIA: Lily Allen and Cara Delevingne wearing our items.
Best person to wear your designs?
What is your guilty pleasure?
PELIN: Liv Tyler. PIA: Chloe Sevigny
PELIN: I still sometimes listen to the Spice Girls. PIA: Watching E! Entertainment.
How do you achieve a work/life balance?
What do you have planned next for pop.see.cul?
PELIN &PIA: This is easy for us because pop.see.cul is a very big part of our lives, we don’t see it as work. It’s with us 24 hours a day, and as partners we balance each other, when one of us is away the other takes care of pop.see.cul.
PELIN&PIA: A lot of new product varieties like shirts, denim jackets, sweatpants, knitwear etc. More interviews with young creatives on pop.see.cul blog.
Sunshine by name and sunshine by nature, this delicate necklace is the kind that you will wear for decades. Curve Necklace Sunshine, £72, BURCU OKUT
pop.see.cul is available online and in our Mayfair store.
The Weekender Sweatshirt, £90, POP.SEE.CUL
Beach Please Tee, £60, POP.SEE.CUL
Japan Tee, £60, POP.SEE.CUL
A delicate bracelet that you never take off is as second nature as your watch. Pile them up to create a jewellery party on your arm. Seke Bangle, £178, JOANIQUE
JUDY WU Judy Wu had always dreamt of using her creativity to express how she views the world. After moving to London to study Womenswear design at Central Saint Martins she cut her teeth at several fashion studios such as Jasmine de Milo and House of Holland where she honed her pattern cutting and design skills. For the past 4 seasons she has been fulfilling her dream of running her own fashion studio. We spoke to Judy to find out if she really is living the dream…
Who would you love to see wearing your designs?
What’s the biggest style mistake you’ve ever made? Double denim!
Other than strengthening my technical skills, I learnt a lot about the business side of the industry and how to successfully combine creativity with commercial acumen.
The Judy Wu woman has an air of sophisticated West London cool, she is feminine, confident and stylish. I think Poppy Delevingne is always effortlessly stylish and would look beautiful in my designs.
How did working at another brand inform what you wanted for your own?
You were raised in China yet moved to London, what was it about London that made you settle here?
I am glad that the brands I worked for were quite different in style, as it helped me define what I wanted my own label’s identity to be. It helped me find the right balance between wearability, and artistry. I wanted my designs to make an impact but also have the subtlety to be versatile and understated.
London is such an amazing city - exciting, multicultural, historical and innovative, all at the same time. So as a designer I find a real abundance of inspiration and creative energy in this city.
You have a background at House of Holland and Jasmine De Milo, what did these fashion houses teach you?
What sort of woman buys your pieces? She’s a woman who likes to be stylish without shouting about it. She’s bold and vivacious yet never over the top. What was it like showing at London Fashion Week? The creative energy was mesmerising and inspired me so much! I really enjoyed seeing what some of the other designers were doing. I think to be a good designer you mustn’t think that you have all the answers and you always have to be open to new influences and sources of inspiration.
It also provides lots of opportunities for up and coming designers. There are great businesses like Wolf & Badger that support new designers and therefore help ensure that London retains its status as one of the most important design and fashion capitals of the world. Even whilst studying, I knew London was where I wanted to base my label and I’m delighted with my choice. How much of your success do you credit to studying at Central Saint Martins?
To be a good designer I think it’s important to be open to new influences and sources of inspiration, as well as not being too headstrong in thinking you have all the answers.
It was very challenging and fascinating to study at Central Saint Martins. I studied with and learned from lots of great people – my classmates and my tutors were so full of talent. They all inspired me and pushed me to be the best I could be and that really helped take my vision to a higher level.
Did your collection have a good response?
What’s the best career advice you’ve ever been given?
The response was overwhelmingly good, which as a designer is incredibly gratifying and self affirming. It made all the hard work and all the worry about every little detail seem really worthwhile!
“Be true to yourself”. In fashion it is so easy to piggyback onto every trend, but the brands that last are the ones that know the difference between a mere fad and timeless style.
Fringe Dress, £567, JUDY WU
Jersey Print Skirt, £243, JUDY WU
“In fashion it is so easy to piggyback onto every trend” Which designers do you admire the most? Alexander McQueen’s Spring/Summer 1999 runway show blew my mind. He managed to combine true artistry with celebrating the female form, and elevated fashion to a new level of vibrant expression. That is the goal and the creative driving force behind every collection I design. What plans do you have for Judy Wu to grow? We are planning to expand our business in Asia whilst growing our presence in our London home. We plan to collaborate with some very exciting artists and designers on some original projects. Keep an eye on our Facebook page: StudioJudyWu in the next few months to hear about of all these exciting developments..
Judy Wu is available online and in our Mayfair and Notting Hill stores.
Yumi Shirt, £351, JUDY WU
Oversized Coat, £972, JUDY WU
5 M I NU TE S W I T H …
SCENERY LABEL just Scenery Label wares in our home, there’s a real mix of old and new – African stuff, art-deco, mid-century modern, 1980’s… What aspects of the design process do you find most challenging? The promotional bit! Not keen on ‘blowing my own trumpet’. What do you find the most enjoyable? Definitely the initial daydreaming, researching and the sketching part of designing a product range. What do you do to relax?
What motivated you to start Scenery Label?
Above and above right: in the studio Below: Beth Oladipo
nspired by the art, craft and culture in tropical climates, Scenery Label is making waves in homes all around the world with its bright colours and even bolder prints. We spoke to the designer Beth Oladipo to find out more about the accessory and homewares brand that’s brightening up people’s lives.
Sewing, with my music on – especially if it’s something I’ve made lots of times before – it’s really relaxing. I also enjoy painting, and when I have time, I like to go on painting courses, where I can drink green tea with old lady artists and paint whatever random thing I choose.
After years of freelancing as a fashion textile designer, I suppose I craved more involvement in the actual design of the product – the shape of the article, not just the surface pattern. I’ve been squirreling away lots of nice reference material since my early What is your favourite Scenery Label item? twenties too, which I haven’t actually had Oh, that’s a hard question! I was so happy to the opportunity to use in my commercial get my hands on the last of the Vlisco emerald design work. Scenery label allows me to “After green horse print fabric, that I cherish the design products in their entirety, inspired products made with that. The item I felt most by absolutely anything I like, so I’m really years of freelancing happy with, when I finished making it was the enjoying myself! pineapple. as a fashion textile Have you always wanted to be a designer? The design that I wear the most, is the jumbo I trained in art, rather than fashion or designer, I suppose I bead necklace, I put it on with absolutely everything product design, so it never dawned on me that I’d become a designer. My work at college craved more What’s next for the brand? was very 3- dimensional though, I made soft sculptures of objects, people and animals… involvement in the If you take a peek at my tumblr blog - http:// so when I look at the pineapple in my current you’ll see some of collection, I think ‘my God! I’ve really come actual design of the scenerylabel.tumblr.com/ the influences for the next collection. There’ll full circle in my career’. be continued tropical content, leafy prints product” and parrots but to create some contrast, I’m Why has Africa had such a heavy influence on also planning to add some more architectural your designs? looking things. I grew up in Birmingham, went to a culturally mixed comprehensive and listened to Ska and Hip Hop music What will you be wearing this season? (Autumn/Winter)? throughout the 80’s and 90’s. So you could say African influence has been around for sometime in my life, long before I got Probably what I’ve been wearing for the last hundred years. No seriously, I don’t have a huge wardrobe full of clothes, but it’s married and acquired my African name anyway! very considered, I tend to buy timeless looking things, mainly in Your collection features pops of colour and dynamic prints – does black that I then pep up with crazy accessories and bright tights. Amongst the darkness in my closet, is the occasional Vlisco this style reflect in your own home as well? batik dress too… Oh yes! Long before we had kids, our place was a riot of colour and pattern. I’m a big believer in colour in the home; it keeps you What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given? optimistic even if it’s only the odd pop! ‘Where there’s a will, there’s a way!’ and ‘Enjoy what you do, In Amsterdam on a Tuesday morning people put unwanted and the happiness will resonate from what you make’. I haven’t household things on the street – so most of our living room actually got a clue where I heard these sayings, despite them furniture has been scavenged this way and up cycled! So it’s not having a big impact on me. Scenery Label is available online.
Stripes Panel Cushion, £75, SCENERY LABEL
Pineapple Cushion, £75, SCENERY LABEL
Gold Leather Cushion, £125, SCENERY LABEL
Symbols Print Cushion, £50, SCENERY LABEL
H O M E WA RE S
WHITE OUT A glance at the 70’s tiles or peach cupboards in your grandparents’ home is enough to make anyone realise that interiors trends do not last. With that in mind turn your attention to white; a colour that will withstand the test of time with its refreshing tones to ensure that your home remains stylish and pure. If an all white room is too much for you, then adding white accessories to your home is a great way of refreshing your interiors without overdoing it. Evoke light and airy feelings with these unique accessories, perfect for when you need to return to a peaceful environment at the end of a long day. The Pipework Candlestick by Nick Fraser will spark a conversation at any dinner party and the industrial pipes are an innovative way of adding white into your home without getting too clinical. Both the tableware by Eleanor Stuart and hand cord pulls by Belgin Bozsahin are proof that white doesn’t necessarily mean dull. The playful prints ooze personality and the hand cord pulls will add a sense of humour to any room. Show off your knowledge of grade II listed buildings with this architectural delight by Chisel & Mouse, the sculpture of Trellick Tower would be the focal point of a shelf with its iconic status. Give your home the elegant finishing touches it needs with white accessories that will always be in style.
From left to right: The Tweedles Plate: Eleanor Stuart, Pipework Candlestick: Nick Fraser, Trellick Tower: Chisel & Mouse, Porcelain Hand and Hand Cord Pull: Belgin Bozsahin, Raining Mug: Eleanor Stuart. Styling by Celia-Jane Ukwenya. Photograph by Holly Falconer.
TO ADD COLOUR TO YOUR HOME 1.
As autumn draws in, the darker evenings can start to take their toll on even the chirpiest of souls. Add a splash of colour to your walls and make your home a place that will instantly lift your mood, stir your senses and keep the seasonal affective disorder at bay.
Zuzunaga squares throw: An otherwise ordinary sofa can be transformed with this colourful blanket, and use it to curl up under when the temperature drops. Squares Throw, £220, ZUZUNAGA
It’s easy to cover your home in neutral tones; the familiar shade of cream has been on your walls ever since your first rented flat in student halls and has crept its way back into your house. Only now you’ve actually chosen it yourself and spent hours pondering whether Almond White or Barley White is going to brighten up the place the most. If this sounds like you, then it may be time to consider getting out of your colour comfort zone.
it comes to choosing a colour, why not cosy up to a friendly flamingo instead? A cushion is easy to swap in and out as your mood changes. Flamingo Cushion, £54, KATIE AND THE WOLF
Taking the first step to adding colour to an otherwise neutral room is easier than you may think. Let your home reflect your personality and don’t take life too seriously. We’ve found 5 accessories that will catch an eye, induce a smile, brighten a mood and instantly transform your space.
2. Katie and the Wolf flamingo cushion: If you’re fickle when
3. Lampara lampshade: Let the unique print and vibrant
colours of this lampshade have a therapeutic effect on you as the main feature of any room. Leaves Lampshade, £129, LAMPARA
4. Stephanie Wilkinson Print: Art is a great way of bringing
colour into a space. This print will create a sense of wanderlust. The Old Fort, Salvador Print, £50, STEPHANIE WILKINSON
Bococo naga cushion: Cushions are the quickest way of adding colour and require the minimum amount of effort. Mix and match different textiles and prints for an organised colour burst. Naga Cushion, £55, BOCOCO
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