Visit London Blog » style Enjoy the very best of London Tue, 11 Nov 2014 10:00:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 London Video of the Week: 100 Years of East London Style in 100 Seconds Fri, 02 Sep 2011 14:00:12 +0000

Here’s a great video from Westfield’s YouTube channel to celebrate the arrival of Westfield Stratford City later this month.

There are so many fantastic things about this vid. I love the music, the dance, and of course, seeing all the brilliant, iconic East End fashions through the ages.

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British Wool Week: Sheep on Savile Row Mon, 11 Oct 2010 15:10:04 +0000 Sheep in Savile Row outside Hardy Amies Exmoor Horns sheep in Savile Row Savile Row field day Suits you sir, ooh, suits you. Bespoke tailoring in wool It might look bright, but when this fleece is spun, it will be a more muted heathery toned yarn. Roving Cones of yarn Gary Cooper's Measurements in a customer book at Anderson & Sheppard

To celebrate British Wool Week, the Campaign for Wool have filled Savile Row with grass and sheep! If you’re fanatical about fashion, you’ll probably be aware that wool tailoring is enjoying a massive resurgence in popularity, thanks in part to Matt “The Doctor” Smith‘s Harris Tweed jacket and Benedict Cumberbatch dashing about as Sherlock Holmes in an Inverness Cape. Savile Row is the perfect place to check out the latest menswear trends and indulge in a little bit of luxury.

The Exmoor Horns and Bowmont sheep were happily grazing in the sunshine in central London this morning and will be there all day. Next to the sheep is an exhibition by R Gledhill, who card and spin British wool into yarn which then gets spun into cloth which is then used by Savile Row tailors to make bespoke suits.

All those big boxes of unspun fleece were so soft, colourful and tempting it made me wish I’d popped my spindle in my bag this morning so I could spin a few meters!

If you’re popping along to see the sheep, you might also be excited to know that many of Mayfair’s most distinguished tailors, including Hardy Amies and H.Huntsman & Sons have opened their studios and archives to the public today so you can find out what goes on behind the scenes.

I took a tour of Anderson & Sheppard with Managing Director John Hitchcock who guided me round the shop, office, changing rooms and workshops and showed us (some London College of Fashion students joined in) the details on some funky purple and yellow plus fours suit which won the 2009 Golden Shears competition. John also told us about Alexander McQueen‘s time at Anderson & Sheppard.

You can pop along to see the sheep and enjoy the open day till 6pm tonight. If you can’t make it there are events happening all week, including wool themed windows in many shops across London including Selfridges, Jaeger and Jigsaw. You can follow the design trail at the Design Centre Chelsea Harbour to find out more about wool for your home.

Find out more about The Campaign for Wool, British Wool Week and why wool is the ultimate in sustainable, biodegradable and luxurious fashion at

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Horrockses Fashions at London’s Fashion and Textile Museum Sat, 10 Jul 2010 09:00:22 +0000
The Fashion and Textile Museum have tapped into the zeitgeist again with a perfectly timed collection of chic 1940s and 1950s Mad Men style dresses from Horrockses Fashions.

Horrockses were known for their bright cotton print summer dresses which were widely available ready made, were easy to wear and effortlessly stylish. To keep the dresses at the cutting edge of fashion, Horrockses worked with lots of young designers and artists, including a young Terrance Conran who sold 20 designs to the firm in 1950.

The exhibition is absolutely stunning, every dress looks as fresh and modern as the day it was made. The dresses pay homage to Dior’s New Look, with full skirts and tiny waists, and the prints are all about having fun – giant roses, lobsters, dancing girls and even a dress featuring radishes and hard boiled eggs!

A Horrockses dress would have cost between £4 and £7, (£80 to £130 in today’s money) so they weren’t cheap, but they were the dresses everyone wanted, saved for or copied. The dresses gained even more prestige after they were worn by the Queen. Princess Margaret wore a Horrockses dress to feed a giraffe in Africa in 1956.

The exhibition includes buyers books with photos, samples and elegant fashion illustrations. (There were two collections each year, with 150-160 styles created from 70-80 prints).

If you have a vintage style summer dress in your wardrobe, I suggest you wear it when you see the exhibition. If you don’t have one, you’ll be desperate for one when you leave! The Fashion and Textile Museum is where the fashionable people will be this summer. Go! Go now!

Horrockses Fashions at the Fashion and Textile Museum. 9 July – 24 October. £6.50 adult, £3.50 concessions. Open Wed – Sun 11:00-18:00.

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Model behaviour at The Met Bar Thu, 02 Jul 2009 16:01:44 +0000 Jeremy Healey and Patsy Kensit at the Met BarHaving caught our breath from last nights model behaviour, we can report on the launch party for Leni’s Model Management (previously Quintessentially Models), which took place at the Met Bar, naturally!

Added Dimension Events created a live installation where guests were treated to an unseen behind the scenes peak at the backstage of a catwalk show. On this hot summer evening, it was only befitting that the models stepped into the Met Bar sporting only this season’s sexiest lingerie. First stop was hair by Brooks & Brooks and make-up by Jemma Kidd. Then, after their first sashay on the runway, they were styled by Clare Watson from new style concierge service Miss Dress, in bright ethereal dresses by Orion, before taking to the podium for their final shot, drawing attention from all in the room.

Meanwhile, guests including Hugh Grant (and his mystery blonde model friend “Cynthia”), Danni Minogue, Terri Seymour, Jeremy Healy and Patsy Kensit sipped on ‘Luscious Leni’ cocktails created by the fabulous Met Bar Mixologist’s and gorged on low-fat cupcakes. As DJ Jeremy Healey’s electro-punk disco tracks filled the air, the party spilled onto Park Lane with Holly Willoughby and Chloe Madeley delaying their Nobu reservations to join in the fun!

As the party came to a close around midnight, guests were last seen clutching their bulging goody bags filled with sweet treats made by James Middleton’s (Kate’s brother nonetheless) very own hands, and beauty products galore (um Jamie – where was mine?!).

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