The Eagle has Landed – American Eagle at Westfield London


Launching the first UK branch of American Eagle at Westfield London, Executive Vice President Simon Nankervis said, “The brand’s changed since 2011 and we’ve moved from being a US retailer to a global retailer.”

American Eagle Westfield London (photo - worklondonstyle)

American Eagle Westfield London (photo – worklondonstyle)

Launching in time for Christmas.

Launching in time for Christmas.

With more than 1,000 stores in the US and annual sales of $3,3billion, American Eagle is best known for its denim.

Denim (photo - worklondonstyle)

Denim (photo – worklondonstyle)

Nankervis said, “Our ranges will be differentiated because the guy in London wears his jeans tighter and the girls [follow] trends a lot quicker because of the proximity to Europe. It will be closer to what we do in New York than Middle America.”

The first UK store at Westfield London (photo - worklondonstyle)

The first UK store at Westfield London (photo – worklondonstyle)

The opening at Westfield London will be followed by another 10,000sq ft store over two floors, on the upper level at Westfield Stratford on Saturday. From next Wednesday Bluewater shoppers will be able to visit their own local store.

A Summer of Travel: Business and Pleasure


I was recently asked whether my upcoming trip to Miami was business or pleasure. “Isn’t that the same thing?” I asked.

My role as Transformational Coach and Professional Speaker sees me working with clients around the globe. This Summer I was privileged to coach in South-Africa, France, Prague and London.

IDRAC School of Business in Lyon, France (photo - worklondonstyle)

IDRAC International School of Management in Lyon, France (photo – worklondonstyle)

Musee Des Beaux Arts de Lyon (photo - worklondonstyle)

Musee des Beaux-Arts de Lyon (photo – worklondonstyle)

St. Remy de Provence, France (photo - worklondonstyle)

St. Remy de Provence, France (photo – worklondonstyle)

Prague (photo - Marissa Loewen)

Prague (photo – Marissa Loewen)

Mentoring is fun in luxurious surroundings. With Jean Thopson in Prague (photo - worklondonstyle)

Mentoring is fun in luxurious surroundings. With Jean Thompson in Prague (photo – worklondonstyle)

Time to say goodbye. Ready for the flight back to London. (photo - worklondonstyle)

Time to say goodbye. With Amanda Smith at the Marriott in Prague. Ready for the flight back to London. (photo – worklondonstyle)

Working London Style at the Corinthia Hotel in London (photo - worklondonstyle)

Working London Style at the Corinthia Hotel in London (photo – worklondonstyle)

West Coast Winter – South Africa


Mykonos mayhem (photo - worklondonstyle)

Mykonos Yacht Club (photo – worklondonstyle)

Pelicans At River Studio Velddrif (photo - worklondonstyle)

Pelicans At River Studio Velddrif (photo – worklondonstyle)

Early Spring flowers in Laaiplek. (photo - worklondonstyle)

Early Namaqualand Daisies in Laaiplek. (photo – worklondonstyle)

Milo (photo - worklondonstyle)

Milo (photo – worklondonstyle)

'Die Hel' Strandfontein (photo - worklondonstyle)

‘Die Hel’ Strandfontein (photo – worklondonstyle)

Water Wise a Gardening in Doringbaai(photo - worklondonstyle)

Water-wise Gardening in Doringbaai (photo – worklondonstyle)

Beach Cottage Yzerfontein (photo - worklondonstyle)

Beach Cottage Yzerfontein (photo – worklondonstyle)

Sushi at Bouzouki (photo - worklondonstyle)

Sushi at Bouzouki (photo – worklondonstyle)

Trusted Timberland's Mykonos (photo - worklondonstyle)

Trusted Timberland’s Mykonos (photo – worklondonstyle)

Sunset Run Langebaan (photo - worklondonstyle)

Sunset Run Langebaan (photo – worklondonstyle)

Fabulous at Forty: Diane Von Furstenberg Wrapping Up At Galeries Lafayette.


Following on from her “Journey of a Dress” retrospective in Los Angeles, Diane Von Furstenberg will continue celebrating four decades of her iconic wrap dress by taking over 12 windows and the main entrance at Galeries Lafayette’s Paris Flagship store from September 3 to 30. She will present a capsule collection of 12 dresses in 6 heritage prints as well as bags and a selection of small leather goods.

Diane in her office  situated in the famous meat packing district in New York.

Diane in her office situated in the famous meat-packing district in New York.

From 25th of August, Diane will feature in an advertising campaign shot by Jean-Paul Goude. She is expected to attend an event at the store in late September to coincide with Paris Fashion Week.

Diane as she is set to appear in the campaign for Galleries Lafayette's  Autumn theme "Pop'timisme." (photo - Jean-Paul Goude)

Diane as she is set to appear in the campaign for Galeries Lafayette’s Autumn theme “Pop’timisme.” (photo – Jean-Paul Goude)

Diane launched her first line at 22 and the wrap dress based on a ballerina wrap at 26. She was motivated by the drive for independence and said, “I didn’t know what I wanted to do, but I always knew the women I wanted to be.”

Diane modelling the iconic wrap dress.

Diane modelling the iconic wrap dress.

Her dresses have been worn by the rich and famous for their style, iconic prints and comfort and are favoured by the Duchess of Cambridge. A dress from her 1975-1976 collection has been immortalised at The Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The Duchess of Cambridge in DvF.

The Duchess of Cambridge in DvF. (photo – Getty)

An early adopter of new technology, Von Furstenberg has designed a range of eyewear for Google Glass.

Diane Von Furstemberg for Google Glass.

Diane Von Furstemberg for Google Glass.

Diane had her term as President of the Council of Fashion Designers of America extended through to 2016. CFDA CEO Steven Kolb said, “The board’s unanimous decision to ask Diane to stay on as president is testament to the great growth the CFDA has had under her leadership.”

Autumn/Winter 2014

Autumn/Winter 2014 (photo – Getty)

Autumn/Winter 2014

Autumn/Winter 2014 (photo – Getty)

Michael Hertz who previously worked with Bally, has been hired as Artistic Director to assist in promotion and design of ready-to-wear, accessories, aesthetic of stores and advertising campaigns.

Michael Hertz new Artistic Director at DvF.  (photo - Getty)

Michael Hertz new Artistic Director at DvF. (photo – Getty)

Diane Von Furstenberg and models celebrate the 40th anniversary of the DVF wrap dress. (photo - Getty)

Diane Von Furstenberg and models celebrate the 40th anniversary of the DVF wrap dress. (photo – Getty)

Her book “The Woman I Wanted to Be” will be available from Autumn.

Une journée à Seven Dials


Originally posted on Lost in London:

shopping Seven Dials

Des fois j’ai de grandes idées et j’ai envie de tout systématiser. C’est mon côté frenchie; la systématisation, on aime bien ça outre-manche. Je tiens également à préciser que j’ai un peu abusé du Pimm’s hier. Bref, la semaine dernière j’ai passé la journée dans un quartier de Londres façon touriste avisée et je me suis dit que ça pourrait être une super idée de le faire dans d’autres quartiers. Et puis de partager cela avec vous. Enfin, vous me direz si ça vous plait avant que je me lance, hein. C’est que je suis bien occupée aussi. Ce n’est pas comme si je passais me journées à buller devant Wimbledon.
Même pas.
Donc viens, suis-moi je t’amène à Seven Dials.

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Queen Bestows Damehood On Zandra Rhodes


“Personality and jewellery will conquer everything;” said  Zandra Rhodes and now it has. Queen Elizabeth has bestowed one of  her highest honours,  a damehood, on the British fashion and textile designer.

Rhodes received the title, equivalent to a knighthood, as part of the annual Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Dame Zandra Rhodes (photo - Katherine Rose)

Dame Zandra Rhodes (photo – Katherine Rose)

The Queen's Birthday Celebrations. (photo - Lefteris Pitarakis/AP/Press Association Images)

The Queen’s Birthday Celebrations: Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles, Princess Eugenie, Sophie, the Duchess of Wessex, Prince Phillip, Prince Edward, Prince Harry, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William (photo – Lefteris Pitarakis/AP/Press Association Images)

Rhodes, born in Chatham Kent in 1940, is the daughter of a fashion instructor and graduated from The Royal College of Art in 1964. In 1968 whilst lecturing at art college, she opened The Fulham Road Clothes Shop in Chelsea with Sylvia Ayton. She set up on her own and designed her first collection in 1969.

Considered too outrageous by traditional British manufacturers she took her designs to New York where Diana Vreeland featured it in American Vogue.

On the cover of Suitcase magazine.

On the cover of Suitcase magazine.

Famous for her vivid prints and colourful hair, she is considered a pillar of Sixties and Seventies British fashion. Having kept samples of all her work she founded the Textile and Fashion Museum in Bermondsey in 2003.

She has designed for the rich and famous, actors and royalty including Diana, Princess of Wales, Elizabeth Taylor, Jackie Onassis, Freddy Mercury, Kylie Minogue, Paris Hilton, Bianca Jagger and Anastasia.

Raising Cancer Awareness (photo- Jeremy Selwyn)

Raising Cancer Awareness (photo- Jeremy Selwyn)

Known as “The Princess of Punk” Zandra has won many awards throughout her career including ” Designer of the Year” in 1972. She was made Commander of the British Empire in 1997 and holds nine Honorary Doctorates from Universities in the USA and UK.

Rhodes lost her mother to cancer  and  supports Mayor Boris Johnson as Breast Cancer “ambassador”  to raise awareness of the devastating disease.

Masterful combining of colour and design. (photo - Advanced Style)

Masterful combining of colour and design. (photo – Advanced Style)

Honoured with her was Hilary Mantel, author of celebrated Tudor-era novels “Bring Up The Bodies” and “Wolf Hall.”

Angelina Jolie, though not a British citizen, was made an honorary dame for her work toward eradicating sexual violence worldwide.

What Would Maya Angelou Do?


Dr. Maya Angelou renowned poet, professor, singer, dancer, novelist and actress; passed away at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina today. She was 86, but the woman I first met in her book ‘I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings’, was timeless. A peer of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and friend of Malcolm X, her voice transcended manmade barriers. Having never been to college, she received more than 30 honorary degrees. In 2011 president Barak Obama awarded her the Medal of Freedom, America’s highest civilian honor.

Maya Angelou reading in her dressing room before a performance at  Village Vanguard in New York City.(photo- G. Marshall Wilson)

Maya Angelou reading in her dressing room before a performance at Village Vanguard in New York City. (photo- G. Marshall Wilson)

I credit Dr. Angelou for installing in me the belief that courage is the most important human trait. She also said; “Forgiveness is the greatest gift you can give yourself” and “To know the end; look at the beginning.”

In times of great distress or challenges I would often ask: ‘What would Maya Angelou do?’

Dr Angelou during celebrations for her 83rd birthday.

Dr Angelou during celebrations for her 83rd birthday.

Oprah Winfrey said: “I consider it God’s gift to me – a Blessing Incarnate – to witness and experience Maya’s grand, open heart. Her willingness to serve.”

Maya's books on my bookshelf at the time of her passing. (photo-worklondonstyle)

Maya’s books on my bookshelf at the time of her passing. (photo-worklondonstyle)

I awaited eagerly each new instalment of her autobiography and took pleasure and instruction from her profound wisdom and spirit of dignity, grace, courage, determination, integrity and generosity.

She would say, “Don’t bring the negative to my door.” She projected attention to the positive and highlighted common ground in order to unite. I can hear her say: “In the Eye of the Storm, in the Heat of the Flame, say Thank You – for your faith that deliverance is coming.”

Dr Angelou with her mother Vivian Baxter about whom she wrote: 'Mum and me and mum' (photo-curtesy Maya Angelou)

Dr Angelou with her mother Vivian Baxter about whom she wrote: ‘Mom & Me & Mom.'(photo-curtesy Maya Angelou)

Born on 4 April 1928, Maya grew up between St. Louis and the then racially-segregated Stamps, Arkansas. She had a difficult childhood surviving rape at the age of 7 and giving birth to her son, the writer Guy Johnson at age 17, a few weeks after her graduation from high school. She toured Europe in the mid-1950’s in the opera production of “Porgy and Bess” and in 1957 recorded the album “Calypso Lady”. She joined the Harlem Writers Guild in New York in 1958.

Dr Angelou reciting her poem 'And Still I Rise' at the inauguration of president Bill Clinton in 1993.

Dr Angelou reciting her poem ‘On the Pulse of Morning’ at the inauguration of President Bill Clinton on January 20, 1993.

Combining the two things she loved best, writing and cooking, she published her first cookbook in 2004.

The jacket cover of her fist cookbook: 'hallelujah! The welcome table'.

The jacket cover of her fist cookbook: ‘hallelujah! The welcome table’. (photo-Brian Lanker)

Maya spent time working as a newspaper editor in Egypt and Ghana. She spoke six languages. It was here that she wrote the first part of her autobiography. Her son says: “I was raised as an only child, but because of my mother I have many brothers and sisters. I share her easily because one cannot own the dew, the snow, the wind , the rain. It is a force of nature.”

Maya, I am passing on your instruction to me; “When you learn, teach. When you get, give.”