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Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

Spitalfields Market

This friday we went to visit Spitalfields market (the best day for fashion) spotting new designers. It’s a great place to pick up unique pieces and support local artists and designers. Set in Old Spitalfields, under cover making it perfect even went it rains- no weather issues! With loads of stalls from art to clothing to jewellery you can find some great items. It’s a little bit more costly but you expect to pay more as a lot of it’s handmade. I personally don’t mind paying more when you know you’re supporting independent designers.

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Here are some of the stalls that really stood out to us!

Chloe Stanyon Design

Working with leather to create beautifully handmade minimalist accessories. We loved her roll top back pack – well designed and super safe with it’s roll top fastening. The perfect accessories to compliment any outfit. From the bright and clashing pattern to one thats head to toe chic black.

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Festival specs

The brand sells one pack which includes 70′s inspired bang on trend round frames with 6 different lenses so you can swap and change with your mood or outfit! At a special price of £20 (just at the market £25) online they are are steal! Seen on the catwalk at Rio Fashion Week s/s 2013. A pair of sunglasses you can really rock whatever the weather or mood! they donate 10% of every sale to War child charity.

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Amazing African printed garments. Ranging from the must have coat (pictured below) to simple jersey tees with printed panels! All handmade by the designer. Follow her on instagram @chanty74

 

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Palmera Sandals

Think these will be big if we get some sun that stays! Gorgeous leather sandals that come in a array of colours ( on trend matte neon are our favs!) Or if you fancy a bespoke pair pick out your leather for a unique sandal. The soles are make from tyres making them rather ethical! Loads of ways to wear them from evening to day!

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If you’re hungry after all that shopping make sure to head to Square Pie for a freshly made hearty pie.

Check out our market guides page for more information on London’s markets.


Sunday, April 21st, 2013

Trend Alert: Neon POP

Neon is a trend that seems to last all seasons, working well for Autumn Winter and Spring Summer. Whether it’s high street or in the high fashion market it’s making a BIG appearance. Complimentary shades being white, denim camel also working well with the monochrome trend of the moment. Personally us girls at Pretaportobello.com are a HUGE fan of neon, it brightens up any outfit. Check out our Neon section on the site

Working well for both day and night we’ve put together out favourite neon picks both high street and designer.

Neon Dress, Simone Rocha SS13 – £995 at net-a-porter

 

PPB Gold and Neon Chain Necklaces – £20 or haggle and get a bargain at Pretaportobello.com

Rag and Bone, Neon Biker jacket – £1,495 at net-a-porter

PPB Neon Orange Chiffon Tshirt – £20.00 or haggle for a bargain at pretaportobello.com

Linen Blazer £59.99 – at Zara

PPB Neon Double Studded Leather Cuff – £8.50 at Pretaportobello.com

PPB Leopard Neon Yellow Scarf – £12.00 at pretaportobello.com


Thursday, April 11th, 2013

Website spotlight – The Coveteur

Ever wanted to browse the wardrobes of some the most stylish people  around??

Well now you can, The Coveteur which has been running since January 2011 by designer Erin Kleinberg, stylist Stephanie Mark, and photographer Jake Rosenberg is new way of showcasing personal style and telling the story behind the story.

The site inspire’s readers through beautifully edited images. It’s not just a site for showing closets but has so much more. A shop; showcasing edited pics from different brands including Cacharal, rag and bone, and Elizabeth and James. Aimed at the luxury end of the market the items may be out of your price range but it’s a great site to get inspiration from.

There are over 350 Coveteurs featured on the site with a new Coveteur added almost every day.

The edit section of the site features current fashion, beauty and lifestyle stories.

The in-house team develops and produces all content exclusively for The Coveteur, including creative direction, photography, video, styling and copywriting.

Check out the site

Here are some of my favourite images from the site -

 


Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

New from Paisie

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PAISIE WAS FOUNDED IN 2010 AND IS A CREATION OF TWO CENTRAL ST MARTIN’S GRADUATES KATE AND VICKY. BOTH DESIGNERS WORKED FOR LEADING FASHION BRANDS BEFORE SETTING UP PAISIE TO FILL THE GAP IN THE MARKET FOR DESIGN-LEAD YET AFFORDABLE INDEPENDENT LABELS.
PAISIE’S BRAND PHILOSOPHY IS TO NEVER COMPROMISE ON QUALITY. EVERY PIECE OF OUR DESIGN IS WELL-CUT WITH ATTENTIVE PATTERN MAKING SKILL, WELL-CARED WITH CONSIDERATELY CHOSEN MATERIAL AND WELL THOUGHT WITH GREAT AMOUNT OF ATTENTION TO EVERY DETAIL. THEY UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF CREATING A FULL COLLECTION WITH EASY MATCHING PIECES, THEY WOULD LIKE ALL WOMEN WHO WEAR PAISIE TO FEEL GOOD AND STAY STYLISH, EFFORTLESSLY.
SO HERE ARE PRETAPORTOBELLO’S PICKS FROM THE COLLECTION AVAILABLE TO BUY NOW FROM OUT SITE. EACH PIECE CAN BE MIXED AND MATCHED TO MAKE AN OUTFIT. THEY CAN BE DRESSED UP OR DOWN AND ARE PERFECT FOR THE SUMMER MONTHS. SHOP PAISIE NOW

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Street Style London Fashion Week

Walking into Somerset House at Fashion Week is like walking into another world. The norm is to dress as outrageous as you want…heels are a must, it’s all about the details. Fashion professionals plan weeks in advance what they are going to wear. Luckily it was a sunny day and as weather is always an influencer on what to wear, sunglasses were a must, the must-have for SS13 definitely being the round flip sunnies. Yves Klein blue is back, seen head to toe and in accessories. That shaggy coat is a must-have (mostly seen in black) it will be sure to keep you warm and looking chic during the colder months.

 

 

 


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

 

 


Saturday, January 19th, 2013

William Tempest Film For River Island

This short fashion film was shot all in one and is highly inspiring although we look forward to summer trends and this was done for AW there is a massive Gatsby element to the film which is due to come out this spring…Will you be rocking the 20s look this summer?

Take a look

William Tempest for River Island Design Forum


Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

Twin Town

Twins are officially cool, thanks to Louis Vuitton’s S/S 13 show at Paris Fashion Week.

They had an amazing show with escalator ramps, checkerboard-print shifts, pointy shiny flats, acid yellow…and TWINS!!

Oh yes, pretaportobello’s Lisette and Victoria are feeling very smug today as twins have now surpassed the traditional cheesyness brought about by the Cheeky Girls and have officially become COOL…Oh yes, a twin is literally ‘the’ fashion accessory of next Spring/Summer!

 


Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Day Five of London Fashion Week

So it’s the last day, it’s gone by so quickly a week definitely isn’t long enough for London to show off its hot designers.

Mulberry it was pretty obvious the collection was going to be amazing yet again. Emma Hill is doing a grand, grand job. The collection was all about flowers, starting with mustard colours and going into a gorgeous pastel green colour. The prints were beautiful and vintage looking floral ones with matching floral buttons on the jackets. It was collection great for the British summer with coats and lots of layers. Pieces included summer leathers for trousers, skirts and tops, which i think will grow on me. The bags are what we all love to see. New clutches made an apparance and floral bags matching the print of the clothing. The dogs as always made the whole show a bit more fun and less serious. That’s what fashion is all about – having fun!

Simone Rocha is still a fairly new designer but she is doing an amazing job. Her SS13 collection was ticking all the trend boxes: sheer, knee length, high necklines, summer leather and metallic. I predict that her perspex box bags will be on everyones wish list. She brought back that neon yellow/green everyone is crazy about at the moment, it just works doesn’t it! Her collection was simple yet modern and very strong.

Meadham Kirchoff‘s SS13 collection was amazingly crazy as always. They mixed historic elements with new and covered them in frills, bows, jewels and ribbons. They worked the layering trend putting skirts of trousers. My favourite look was the one with a top with YES print worn with yellow skirt over blue trousers as it wasn’t as out there as some of the other outfits. The collection was styled with embellished hats and big bling earrings which I loved as it worked so well.

Ashish was all denim, numbers, and wonky wonky outfits. I loved the “I’m serious” jumper and the fact Ashish mixed sequins in with jersey and denim it worked so well. The models were styled with messy ponies, wrongly buttoned shirts un tucked adding to the messy messy feel. They wore old school reeboks keeping the look sporty the tracksuit bottoms also added to this. It was a great mix of smart casual.

Fashion Fringe was set up by Colin McDowell in association with IMG Fashion 9 years ago. It was set up to support young talented designers in London and to keep them in London. There are three finalists, Haizhen Wang, Teija Eilola and Vita Gottleib so three collections in one show.

Haizhen Wang was first up, drawing inspiration from japanese armour and historical costumes as well as spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. I did love the collection and it was definitely suitable for our english summers as there was a lot of jackets, trousers and layers. There was a big mix of the two inspirations colliding together, this can sometimes not work but it did for Wang.

Next was Teija Eilola who described her collections as “A Finnish girl arrives at the party: shoes in her bag and a huge, crisp mackintosh over her little silk dress. On the way to the party she crossed a forest and a couple of fields.” This definitely came across in the collection, I felt her stronger pieces were, a gathered neck floaty skirt and the cropped mac. All her pieces could be worn day or night which was a great strength from her work.

Lastly it was Vita Gottleib who was inspired partly by Paul Poiret’s 1911 party ‘Thousand and Second Night’ and partly by the idea of layering Eastern influences into western ideas. Gottleib made eastern influences much more rocky which was something different. I loved the leather collars and belts adding a harsh edge. There was a lot going on in some of her designs as she had some many influences so it maybe would have been better to take some away. However it showed off her skills as a designer.

 

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


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.


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