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15

May

I officially have a new favourite handbag designer. Kate Spade! Yesterday I went shopping at Bicester Village and was mesmerised by the boutique store. Filled with brights and bolds it was incredible. Prices range from £200-£400 depending on size and material but they are so worth it. They look even more sophisticated in person and these are my favourites! I now know what I want for my 21st! To have a browse at the larger selection of new season bags and the other clothes and accessories she designs, check out the website: http://www.katespade.com/designer-handbags-view-all/ks-handbags-view-all,en_US,sc.html  

08

May

THE UK luxury market is expected to double in size over the next five years. It’s thought that the sector will be worth £12.2 billion in 2017, in comparison to £6.6 billion in 2012

Today Vogue reported this from findings from Ledbury Research. When looking in to how the luxury market still remained relatively stable throughout our economic crisis, I expected this could happen and I’m quite excited about what it could mean. Read the full article at:

http://www.vogue.co.uk/news/2013/05/08/british-luxury-market-set-to-double-in-five-years

01

May

The Difference in Heels?

During my last trip to River Island I fell in love with a simple, sophisticated pair of gorgeous black pointed heels. At £50 unfortunately I couldn’t decide to purchase them there and then. However a few weeks later my generous boyfriend decided to treat me to them and they arrived:

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I was delighted and proud to be wearing them for my next few nights out (praying to not let them get ruined) and as I saw a girl out one night in a similar looking pair that she said were from New Look, it got me thinking. What are we paying for?

Of course there’s the obvious name, people truly only buy Christian Louboutins because you want to show everyone that you’re wearing £400 or more shoes, seen as its definitely not for the comfort factor:

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But then I thought without taking the luxury market into consideration, why then do we choose to pay £50 in River Island compared to £25 in New Look?

Yes, quality is slightly better. My River Island black heels are leather on the upper of the shoes however the rest is plastic. But they are extremely comfortable with soft suede padding on the inside.

The New Look ones are a leather look material and do not have such a comfy cushioning for our feet but yet do look just as sophisticated.

So is it just to say that I’ve bought the heels from River Island rather than New Look? Because within the last year I have had numerous people becoming more proud of the fact they’ve had cheaper purchases for similar products in other places like Primark and Tesco. This means that maybe within the high street, money is now more important and brand means less than it used to?

I think this subject is linked to whichever type of person is reading and anyone can translate it in different ways, I just found it fascinating how different one very similar product can be.

24

Apr

Luxury Market Continue Expansion

Yesterday Ledbury Research published findings of a new study that took place investigating the Top 5 New Luxury Market Countries.

Throughout the economic downturn within the UK we saw the closure of many high street stores, however we didn’t really hear of luxury retailers grinding to a halt. They’ve gone from strength to strength and we’ve been hearing for a while of the success designer products have within Japanese and Chinese tourists within the UK and USA becoming one of their most popular consumers.

However this research showed the new countries that have now joined the luxury consumer market. The top 5 are:

1. Jordan

2. Panama

3. Ghana

4. Dominican Republic

5. Saudi Arabia

I was surprised by Jordan as the number one new country for luxury retailing as most of the country is still in poverty however the new flourishing market for luxury has been increased since the opening of stores such as Louis Vuitton, Cartier and Bulgari within some areas.

This shows the expansion that the luxury market are still having and the development that has begun in more countries.  

15

Apr

Well it’s been three years of studying and researching and today I had in my Dissertation. It’s based upon the new technology of personality when shopping. Combining these two creates a new business format and I’m hoping that I’ve done enough to showcase this. Happy and relieved!

Well it’s been three years of studying and researching and today I had in my Dissertation. It’s based upon the new technology of personality when shopping. Combining these two creates a new business format and I’m hoping that I’ve done enough to showcase this. Happy and relieved!

12

Apr

Influential and Copied

Yesterday I went shopping in Bristol (and loved their new shopping centre) and as I was searching for a few new pieces I saw countless slogan T-shirts, Jumpers, hoodies and dresses. As I purchased a crop top from Miss Selfridge it got me thinking about how the slogan trend began and how it has evolved today. The original designer of the slogan t shirt was of course Katharine Hamnett. Hamnett began designing slogan t-shirts in the early 1980’s and soon became endorsed by pop bands such as WHAM and Queen.

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Hamnett’s designs also became the inspiration for the famous FRANKIE SAY… slogans worn by many. Hamnett has since designed slogans worn by the likes of Naomi Campbell such as USE A CONDOM, PEACE and CHOOSE LIFE.

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But how do high street retailers show this trend now?

Topshop obviously go bold pairing their logo tops with patterned bottoms and layering with shirts. A high fashion trend yet wearable for the everyday girl.

New Look also interpret the trend following the classic structure of the plain white t-shirt with the bold black logo in tow.

This is a trend that is almost so simple you don’t associate it with being a huge trend but it has been in every store and on the catwalk now for a long time so I can’t see it going anywhere anytime soon.

05

Apr

Surround yourself with the dreamers & the doers, the believers & thinkers, but most of all, surround yourself with those who see greatness within you, even when you don’t see it yourself.

Kendra Scott- Fashion Jewellery Designer (via forecastingadventures)

True from the viewpoints of a Dissertation student and every other person in the world

30

Mar

Lanvin Fall/Winter 13/14, Paris Fashion Week.

This was my favourite show from Paris. I love the collection and the way it includes simple classic designs as well as detailed garments using insects and mesh. The show was elegant and dramatic and I’m glad I can share it on here to re-watch again and again.

23

Mar

Merging my past childhood and the future incorporating fashion. Photo found on Favim.

Merging my past childhood and the future incorporating fashion. Photo found on Favim.

16

Mar

Harrods Create Dior Wonderland!

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Harrods have opened and designed a Dior heaven including a pop up shop, a café and an exhibition created using phone boxes and dolls houses to show the classic collection’s perfumes and accessories alongside mannequins and hanging classic gowns. The exhibition will be open to the public until the 14th April and it looks fascinating! I think it’s a fantastic opportunity to see what Dior has designed and produced over the years and what a better place to see it than within Harrods. Brilliant.

See more pics on glamour’s website: http://www.glamourmagazine.co.uk/fashion/celebrity-fashion/2013/03/dior-exhibition-harrods-photos-behind-the-scenes