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Monday, July 29th, 2013

Henry Hollands Pop up Ice cream van

The world’s most stylish ice cream van has landed. Henry Holland is launching a moving pop up on Friday. The designer has transformed a traditional van  and named it Mr Quiffy I wonder why?? Possibly inspired by the designers famous hair? The van will be selling a limited edition collection of Henry Holland. The project was created to celebrate the label’s forthcoming e-commerce site, which also launches on Friday.

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Monday, February 11th, 2013

New York Fashion Week best of the street style….

New York fashion week is currently happening so instead of posting pictures of the collections which have so far been amazing, Chloe Sevigny for Opening Ceremony was a personal favourite with huge 60′s references, I thought i’d post the best of the street style photo’s showing what real people are wearing and working it for AW. Despite the snow they all came out looking as fabulous as ever it’s all about the big bold coat!

Style Icon of the moment Mira Duma always looking super stylish.

Pictures taken from: Stylelovely , The Sartorialist , Elle

 

 


Monday, September 17th, 2012

Day four of London Fashion Week

Day Four….

Peter Pilotto was first up for day four and what an amazing start. The collection was full of their signature sculptured silhouettes combined with a huge variety of prints. They carried the ever popular peplum through their collection playing with it and making it much more frilly. The printed trousers really stood out to me, slim fit and high waisted teamed with a peplum top it all worked really well. Dresses had a flounce from the waist going down to the hem which was a modern look. The Models sported low ponies a beauty trend we’ve seen a lot of at the moment. All in all well done boys!

The whole mix of prints is something we’ve seen a lot of in the SS13 shows. Michael van der Ham is a designer who loves to mix different colours, prints and textures. With the models all wearing Alice bands the collection was very feminine. Long skirt lengths and cinched in waists. Pieces were cleverly constructed with twists, darts and asymmetric shapes going on. Lots of layering as well which enhance the mix of textures. The prints were fairly simple but colourful and  I think they needed to be with so much going on. His collection was another example of great new talented designers succeeding in their work.

Christopher Kane started his SS13 with a whole lot of white which to be honest I wasn’t too excited but then in came the colour. He to was loving the sheer fabrics for the collection. What made it all different was the extra folds of fabric he added to each design making giving them that extra excitement. Delicate, almost paper thin cut out pencil skirts teamed with graphic tees of frankenstein’s face was very cool and very Kane. He added harsh black tape to a pretty feminine sheer dress giving it that edge we all love.

Erdem similar to Preen mixed snake print with floral…is this something we’ll all be wearing next summer? Colours were pastels which some people may be sick of but I love them especially for the warmer months. Erdem’s skirt lengths were kept long and the collection over all was very lady like. With cut out lace filled sections in some of the pieces, I really liked this and can definitely see it becoming popular. High frilly collars worn on models with long necks looked just fabulous, cleavage is a thing of the past here. Another trend thats poping up is tight mesh or lace long sleeved tops worn underneath.

You can’t but help love Louise Gray’s madness and quirky british style she injects into all her collections.  SS13 was no exeption, models had crazy hair make up and clothes. oh the clothes, a huge mix of print, colour and texture. There was an amazing silver jacket with a zig zag edge, very cool. Her ideas are literally one of a kind and never too serious which I love about it and it’s great that she wears her designs you don’t see that in many designers. She’s collaborated with Topshop so now anyone can have a bright bit of Gray in their wardrobe.

Burberry Prorsum’s collection was of course amazing. The colour palette was full of rich jewel colours with lots of metallics. Ruched satin swimsuits worn under capes, there we a lots of capes and corsets. A lot of them super crop, a big trend for SS13, I especially loved the super cropped trench, very cool! Bailey said he wanted to show “a very British glamour” within the collection and he certainly did. The finale was a all about Burberry’s signature trench but in very intense shades of pink, purple, red, green and blue making that classic look super modern.

J.W. Anderson‘s collections are always very cool with a boyish element to them. SS13 was a bit more feminine than usual with a sport feel to it. Shorts that looked like dresses and skirts, there was also a lot of flounces too which I really liked especially the flounced top. He added in leather jackets towards the end of the show mixing them with a printed dress and boots all very grungy. Layers is another trend this SS13 with long long tops worn over trousers. J.W. Anderson has also callaborated with Topshop check it out for some amazing pieces!

 

All images are from Style.com and London Fashion Week.


Sunday, September 16th, 2012

Day three of London Fashion Week

Day three….

At Preen by Thornton Bregazzi there was a whole lot of snake print going on. Which at first I wasn’t really sure about but it’s definitely grown on me. Their pieces were interesting, made up from lots of different panels of fabric, creating asymmetric looks, similar to Jean-Pierre Braganza‘s collection. The silhouettes they used were different to all the other collections i’ve seen so far making it very modern and that’s what i liked about it the most. The mix of the floral and snake print surprisingly worked well together too.

For Spring Summer 13 Marios Schwab’s collection was  pretty dark and unusual but all in a good way. There was lots of fringing happening on dresses, tops and shoes. As a huge fan of fringing It was hard not to love. Schwab used a lot of pleating in his designs as well which worked really well on the leather and chiffon pieces. The silhouettes were mainly pulled in at the waist and just above the knee length wise. A lot of the shorted dresses were teamed with cycling shorts which added an edgy feel.

Vivienne Westwood it’s fair to say is the queen of British fashion and yet again she showed that in her Red Label SS13 collection. It definitely did have a punk’d up royal/ grannies theme going on. The perfect inspiration as it’s been such a great year for Great Britain. Lots of suits which is a big AW trend so hopefully that’s going to stay right through till summer. A little detail that stood out was the button and chain fastingings on the jackets. It was all very Westwood and amazing!

After such a strong AW12 show I was anxious to see what Topshop Unique would pull out for SS13. Overall the collection felt a lot more grown up but was still full of pieces to lust after. With grown up elements it mean’t that the collection could to suit to any age and any shape. Bringing checks as the main pattern which seems to be a theme for SS13, there were also a lot of oversized jackets and trousers. I loved the oversized shirt dresses and i’m sure we’ll be seeing them all over the high street, at pretaportobello we’re so on trend we’re selling one for AW12. Take a look.

Temperley London’s spring summer 13 collection was just WOW. The colour palette was red, white and blue very patriotic but not in an obvious way at all. Gorgeous high waisted feminine silhouettes. Using the transparent trend that’s rather popular for SS13 they worked it into the long dresses and skirts flashing flesh in a classy way. Most of the pieces were made from a beautiful shiny satin material adding to the feminine look. Another collection showing of Britain’s great designers and their talents.

 

Mary Katrantzou does it again! Another outstanding collection with digital prints that were inspired buy stamps from the world around. Most of her pieces had a high necklines, a popular style for SS13. The collection I felt was slightly more wearable for any sort of woman than her previous collections. Skirt lengths were kept knee length making a change from her mini lengths in previous seasons. Katrantzou brought an oversized look into her collection with big big sleeves.

 

All the pictures in this post are from Style.com and London Fashion week.

 


Saturday, September 15th, 2012

Day two of London Fashion Week

Day two…

At Daks the designer Sheila McKain-Waid was inspired by cross hatched surface techniques and layered brush strokes associated with abstract artists. This definitely came across in the use of fabrics which were transparent, floaty and weightless. Daks colour palette was very muted using all natural colours. That with soft tailoring made it all very elegant. I loved the over sized jackets, they definitely brought a contemporary feel to the collection.

Watching Kinder Aggugini show online I got a sense of chic farmyard/ childlike dressing a bit mix match of prints and dungarees, it really worked. His actual inspiration was the story ‘The Old Man and The Sea’ by Hemmingway and for spring summer he said “I wanted to bring this to idea to life in an optimistic and eccentric way”. I think you need to know the inspiration behind it or know the story otherwise the octapus dresses at the end although beautiful don’t really seem to make sense. Overall I thought his collection was really quirky and not like anything I’d seen before, loved the shoes and raincoats!

I felt Holly Fulton’s collection was extremely strong hitting so many of the SS13 trends i’ve seen so far, such as t shirt dress, the drop waist, transparency, a little bit of sports, stripes and she brought back pastels. There was a distinctive vintage 50s vibe I felt, with tight pencil skirts and cut shirts. There was a HUGE mix of prints but it all worked well together. All looks were teamed with leather espadrille type shoes and some with transparent mini sports bags, other models wore cute bubblegum rings! Safe to say I want it all!

House of Holland was another favourite of day two. Was really grungy and definitely fits his market of cool London girls. Lots of tie die, and checks teamed with beanie hats and boots. The boots are amazing, metallic with floppy straps they will definitely be on everyone soon! HOH incorporated applique into the final looks with metallic flowers stitched onto dresses, a shirt and trousers. There was a lot of purple going on, then all colours for the tie die, which has been popular this summer and will be next too.

Issa  whose collection of beautiful bright dresses that were inspired but the garden of Eden and Noah’s Ark. The dresses were amazing all so colourful and flowing as the models strutted down the runway.  I felt the shorter dresses weren’t as strong however the printed maxi dresses brought the the wow to the collection. The colours were bright and rich and something we all love to see and wear for the summer.

At Mochino Cheap and Chic it was all about the 70s, bright colours and pineapples. Are flares heading for a comeback? I hope not… The collection was very mix matched but it really worked. There was still an element of sports in the mix as a lot of the looks were paired with colour coordinated trainers. Most of the prints were pineapple based which made it all very fruity and quirky.

 

All images are from Style.com and London Fashion Week.

 

 


Friday, September 14th, 2012

Day one of London Fashion Week SS13

London Fashion Week is finally here and I will be posting Pretaportobello’s favourite shows from each day.

Antoni & Alison were first up today and what a great start. Using simple shapes but very jazzy colourful prints their collection was very wearable. A lot of t shirt dresses which I loved mainly short and all sporting childlike paint prints of drawn dress, very quirky. Nothing is too much and there were all fun pieces. The shapes will suit any shape and any women as long as she’s got the guts to wear all that colour!

 

Zoe Jordan will be on every cool girls wish list. Bringing back pastels and metallics but in a new way. Her SS13 collection is boyish yet oh so sexy. Crop tops paired with tailored trousers and blazers on models with wet wet hair giving off an 80s vibe. Is this possibly the new power suit? Jordan injected a sports element into some of her pieces. She too is on the t-shirt dress trend making on in a gorgeous burnt orange.

Willow brought her Australian edge to London Fashion Week. It was all very high fashion with sheer being the main theme another huge trend it seems for SS13. Loose shapes mixed with tailored pieces and bustiers. I loved the jackets which of course worked beautifully with the soft flowing outfits. She took used desert sunset tones within her collection. Is this the return of orange…again?

Jean-Pierre Braganza collection is less colourful than the others sticking to a colour pallette of mostly black, white and blue. However he used clever lines and shapes within each design making them asymetric. As a collection it all worked really well together and I especially liked the shirt dress with contrast sleeves, collar and placket.

Sass & Bide’s collection wasn’t all matchy matchy which made the show fresh and modern. They used mainly neutral colours, injected with flashes of bright colours. Sass & Bide used a messy polka dot as their print which wasn’t the obvious choice but worked well especially in the maxi skirt, worn with a grey top and coloured necklace. Similar to Zoe Jordan they channel a male energy through their collection but it was also very feminine. Masculine dressing is still a big trend next spring summer.

PPQ’s collection had a big 70s psychedelic influence, using a gorgeous paisley print throughout and mixing it with hard wear elements like harsh buckles. A full printed body? Maybe that look is best kept for the models but the mini dresses and tops with trousers are much more wearable. They also brought stripes into the mix which is definitely another trend to watch. PPQ used a deep rich colour palette giving of a warm vibe to the collection.

Felder Felder’s collection had a whole lot of sexy feminine going on. Using soft colour palette of cream, blue, yellow and black with a two gorgeous prints. The high neck crop top popped up again, something i’m sure we’ll be seeing lots of across the high street as it’s been in some shops this summer. They took the high neckline across their collections putting it into dresses, playsuits and other tops. One of my favourites was a beautiful loose fit blazer (another popular item) in lemon yellow which can be worn with lot of outfits. Felder Felder even brought in a bit of summer leather, pretty sure they had everything it was an amazing collection!

All images are from Style.com and London Fashion Week. Check out this Video of day one all the highlights.

 

 


Thursday, September 13th, 2012

A round up of New York Fashion Week

Although us girls at PPB are ready to fully embrace the fall trends, with Spring Summer 13 shows going on at the moment it’s hard not to get excited about the next season.

So what can we look forward to? Lots of colour of course, embellishment, 60′s influences, dark elements and lots of rich layering. From the massive sports hype this  summer I would say there is still a touch of sports influence lurking. Especially in Rag and Bone’s collection. They were inspired by the Paris-Dakar Rally so there was a mix of racing stripes with delicate floaty fabrics making it all very contemporary.

At Marc Jacobs it was all about the 60′s with lots of simple shapes like t-shirt dresses long and short. Stripes in  nearly every look, a lot of monochrome which was a fresh take for the spring summer collection. I am a huge fan of the t shirt dress and I definitely think that will be a popular trend next year. Taking the drop waist influence from the 20s and putting it in to dresses and skirts making it feel modern. Another piece that caught my eye were the dresses that looked like trousers a very clever play with lines to create this illusion. Possible trend alert illusion dressing? Diane von Furstenberg also had a lot of 6os influences with a modern  twist. Her colour palette was different shades of sunset, great for spring summer. She collaborated with Google video glasses, 7 models wore them capturing the show at eye level. They even went with the colour palette, a great example of how fashion is pushing boundaries with technology. This meant there were many ways to view the show and viewers were able to see the whole process. This is definitely something that needs to carry on, a great invention.

Tory Burch took us through her travels with luxurious embellishment and layering. Gorgeous dresses with Moroccan accessories it was all very pretty and you got a sunny vibe from it. I love how she paired Moroccan slippers with an evening gown. The slippers will definitely be on everyone’s wish list!

There were sceptics when she initially announced that she was venturing into the realm of fashion design, but Victoria Beckham has managed to prove all the haters wrong. The last couple of seasons have been a really turning point for VB, but S/S 13 was her best yet, in my eyes. Appealing to the younger fashionista, she went for a palette of black and white with bursts of nude and tangerine. In her mainline an diffusion collections, VB had a bit of everything, tailored separates, amazing prints, sexy, sheer bodycons, flirty frocks, sleek trousers. We love.

With 50 shades of grey on everyone’s reading list there was bound to be some influence in the Spring Summer shows. Jason Wu created a “summer bondage” collection. There was a huge amount of lace and soft leather but nothing seedy at all it was all very grown up an elegant. The final dresses where just WOW amazing. I’m sure they’ll be all over the red carpet.

Probal Gurung also had a dark element to his collection although most of it was white and feathery he injected a red into a few pieces adding a WOW to the collection. Gurung also had a lot of layering and embellishment with the ostrich feathers giving off that luxurious feathers.

Of course there are many many more designers and trends popping up, these are just a few to get you excited. All the pictures are from Style.com . Next up will be London….(our favourite, not being biased of course!)


Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

What IS Resort?

Fashion has moved from the set seasons of spring/summer and autumn/winter. Buying patterns, even within the larger retailers, has moved much closer to the seasons, with significantly more in-season and trans-seasonal buying.

You’d be forgiven for thinking that, with the name, the Resort Collections are all about beach holidays and sunny climes dressing….but you’d be wrong. Resort, as ElleUK put it, is ‘Fashion’s great In-Betweener, the season wedged betwixt Fall and Spring which has in recent years taken on a life force all of its own, to become the industry’s favourite collection’.

According to Lanvin’s Alber Elbaz, Resort is ‘about solutions’, as the in-between period from October to March is often quite problematic due to the changing weather or the fact that the shops are mostly filled with sparkly party numbers, rather than wearable yet trendworthy wardrobe additions.  Resort gives designers an opportunity to reach a broader range of consumers and are created to take the wearer through cold and grey Autumn climes, into festive December and through to sunnier spring. That’s why the Resort Collections often feature wide ranging garments from swim and beachwear for those lucky enough to grab a winter break, to leather, furs and tailoring for those facing the weather at home.

Resort is also, in a way, an opportunity for designers to test new (or even their more radical) ideas before they incorporate them into their bigger spring/summer catwalk shows, beginning in September.

Surprisingly, Resort 2013 sees a number of designers on the same wavelength, interpreting several trends we are likely to see in the coming spring/summer season: scarf prints a la Givency, takes on the safari jacket, nods to the 70s, both bold and playful and sweet and whimsical florals, and stiff oversize T-shirt tops in luxury fabrics.  There was also a definite whimsical undertone with playful fairytale details such as bunnies at Carolina Herrera, and ethereal butterflies from Nina Ricci by Peter Copping.

Scarf Prints at Givency…

Butterflies at Nini Ricci by Peter Copping…

Undeniably, boldness dominated Resort 2013 collections in the form of bold colours (Stella McCartney used rich pinks, golds, and greens in her woven floral jacquards against a crisp white background), lively prints, extreme silhouettes (loose fitting ‘Clown like’ dresses over baggy pants at Marc Jacobs), stripes  and florals.  There was also no shortage of sky-high hemlines with lots of designers such as Jason Wu, DKNY and Jill Stuart featuring rompers, mini skirts, and short suits.

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Shorts at DKNY and Jill Stuart

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘Clown’ Style at Marc Jacobs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bold Colour at Stella McCartney

 


Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

Lookbook has arrived!

Our lookbook for Spring/Summer 2012 has arrived! here’s a sneak peak for you followers! This was shot in the lovely Greenwich Market, South East London.

When you have a free weekend you should definitely pop down there and have a wander.

Keep checking our website and pinterest for the full lookbook!

Greenwich is a covered market with a vibrant atmosphere and a local, rather than touristy vibe. In fact, many regard it more as a farmers or craft market due to its commitment to showcasing designer makers and local food producers. The Market is in the centre of the Greenwich one way system, in the covered area surrounded by College Approach, King William Walk, Greenwich Church Street, and Nelson Road.

The market management work hard to keep a good mix of products on sale so the market always feels fresh and exciting. On weekends you can expect to find up to 150 arts and crafts stalls and up to 25 food stalls. You can expect to discover original artworks and handcrafted toys, fashions and handmade jewellery, skincare, home, textiles and interiors, kids and baby clothing, antiques as well as delicious fresh produce and mouthwatering food-to-go such as cupcakes, dimsum, sushi and Brazilian churros.

The Market itself is open Tuesdays through to Sunday 10am-5.30pm. On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, expect to find antiques, vintage, collectables and food stalls. On Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, it’s arts and crafts, homewares, fresh produce and food stalls.

Greenwich Clock Tower Market, 166 Greenwich High Road, London SE10 8NN

Open from 10-5pm every Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays, the Greenwich Clocktower Market offers an array of around 50 quirky stalls selling antique, vintage and retro items in Greenwich town centre, just before the clocktower. You’ll be able to get your hands on a variety of items such as antiques, art, bags, books, bric a brac, ceramics, clothing, crafts, furniture, jewellery, records.


Monday, February 20th, 2012

London Fashion Week Day 4

Michael Van Der Ham and Peter Pilotto – my fave looks of the day.


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