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Nothing To Wear- Find Your Signature Style


An impression is formed of you within the first 45 seconds of meeting. Your style defines your life. You feel the way you look. Is your style holding you back? Does it influence your self confidence, costing you promotions, money and love?

Change your Look, Change your Life. (photo - worklondonstyle)

Change your Look, Change your Life. (photo – worklondonstyle)

Two things make you different: how you see the world and how the world sees you.

I know how going though the different phases of life can erode your sense of style. Having worked as a television news anchor, university lecturer and senior corporate manager, I now spend my time helping women succeed in their own businesses and careers. I teach my clients to take the doubt out of dressing by learning style strategies.

Owning Oxford Street

Owning Oxford Street

My clients continue to inspire me as I help them look slimmer, taller and younger. Style is about self-knowledge and attainable aspirations, investment and return.

Attending a conference in Kensington, London.

Attending a conference in Kensington, London.

I believe we are born with an innate sense of style but sometimes life gets in the way. Your busy schedule and the many roles you play leave little time for strategy planning on the image front. Every wardrobe contains it’s fair share of fashion mistakes, clashing colours and styles, impulse buys and disappointments.

Invest in yourself. When you do, you will wake up ready to conquer the world each day.“Change your Look; Change your Life.” – Engela Minshull

You Are The Brand!

 

Autumn Trend: A Red Hot 2014.


Red is the new black. From New York to London, Paris to Milan, red is ready to take over from blue as the dominant colour for Autumn 2014.

Tom Ford RTW fall 2014 (photo -  Giovanni Giannoni)

Tom Ford RTW Autumn 2014 (photo – Giovanni Giannoni)

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Carolina Hererra RTW Autumn 2014 (photo – Giovanni Giannoni)

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Tibi RTW Autumn 2014 (Jimi Celeste)

Prabal Gurung (photo - Giovanni Giannoni)

Prabal Gurung RTW Autumn 2014 (photo – Giovanni Giannoni)

Alexandre Herchcovitch (photo -  Rodin Banica)

Alexandre Herchcovitch RTW Autumn 2014 (photo – Rodin Banica)

Giambattista Valli RTW Autumn 2014 (photo - Giovanni Giannoni)

Giambattista Valli RTW Autumn 2014 (photo – Giovanni Giannoni)

Marissa Webb RTW Autumn 2014 (photo - John Aquino)

Marissa Webb RTW Autumn 2014 (photo – John Aquino)

Celine’s New Flagship Store Opens At No.103 Mount Street London.


Phoebe Philo and her team opened the doors to their elegantly designed new flagship store on Mount Street today. Clear grey marmorino plastered walls and marbled floors inlaid with semi-precious stones, greeted eager customers. Danish artist FOS created specially commissioned artistic details including door handles, floor lamps and a chandelier.

Born in Paris and educated at Central Saint Martins in London, Philo won the ‘British Designer of the Year’ award in 2010 and the ‘International Designer of the Year’ award in 2011.

worklondonstyle shopping Celine's new flagship store on Mount Street on opening day. (photo - worklondonstyle)

worklondonstyle shopping Celine’s new flagship store on Mount Street on opening day. (photo – worklondonstyle)

Attention to detail includes beautifully inlaid marble floors. (photo - worklondonstyle)

Attention to detail includes beautifully inlaid marble floors. (photo – worklondonstyle)

Geometric shapes were integral to her accessories for the season. Bags featured square handles coupled with cubic bangles and chunky, rectangular platform shoes.

The Summer 2014 Campaign (photo - Celine)

The Summer 2014 Campaign (photo – Celine)

In a move away from her usual minimalism and understated elegance, Philo introduced bright colours and bold graphic prints for Spring /Summer 2014. The layered look and asymmetrical pleated skirts were teamed with coats and blazers.

Spring/Summer 2014 (photo - Showbit)

Spring/Summer 2014 (photo – Showbit)

Travel informed the Spring/Summer collections of many designers at Paris Fashion Week. It is represented by colourful tribal prints in the collection at Celine.

Spring/Summer 2014 (photo - Showbit)

Spring/Summer 2014 (photo – Showbit)

Ines de la Fressange Paris’ LifeWear Uniqlo Collection.


Hot on the heels of their 2012 collaboration with French basics brand Comptoir des Cottoniers, Uniqlo has done it again. Available in Paris since November 2013; their Ines de la Fressange Paris range is set to be ‘pret-a-porter’ in London from mid March 2014.

Ines de la Fressange for Uniqlo (photo - Uniqlo)

Ines de la Fressange for Uniqlo (photo – Uniqlo)

An international top model since 1975, Ines became the muse for Lagerfeld, modelling regularly for Chanel from 1983 to 1990. She has been the brand ambassador for luxury shoemaker Roger Vivier for the last decade and is part of the L’Oreal “Dream Team.” Her French style guide “La Parisienne” published in 2010, became a bestseller available in 17 languages.

Carrying a Roger Vivier handbag prior to the Chanel Haute Couture Fall-Winter 2013/2014 collection shows at the Grand Palais in Paris.(photo- Francois Guillot/AFP/Getty Images)

Carrying a Roger Vivier handbag prior to the Chanel Haute Couture Fall-Winter 2013/2014 collection shows at the Grand Palais in Paris. (photo- Francois Guillot/AFP/Getty Images)

Parisian Chic. (photo- Ines de la Fressange)

Parisian Chic. (photo- Ines de la Fressange)

Ines says, “After many years in the fashion business I learned a few things, and my wish is to give back a part of my experience in order to help women, such as the trick to mix casual and sophisticated for instance. Everything can be mixed in an easy way and worn at the office and on the weekend.”

Ines working with Uniqlo Design Director Naoki  Takizawa (photo - Uniqlo)

Ines working with Uniqlo Design Director Naoki Takizawa (photo – Uniqlo)

Uniqlo Design Director Naoki Takizawa said, “We talked regularly with Ines and exchanged views on a number of subjects including fabrics, design and fitting. Ines’ own lifestyle and approach to fashion closely mirror Uniqlo’s LifeWear and I am very pleased to be launching the new line that we have created together.”

Ines de la Fressange's collaboration with LIfeWear UNIQLO. (photo - Uniqlo)

Ines de la Fressange’s collaboration with LifeWear UNIQLO. (photo – Uniqlo)

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LifeWear aims to promote comfort, allowing customers to create their own style. With her attitude of ‘laissez-faire’ and clearly ‘bien dans sa peau’,  Ines’ collaboration with Uniqlo brings us a fun, wearable and affordable collection. French chic is available at uniqlo.com/uk.

French Women Don’t Get Facelifts


Mireille Guiliano first came to our attention when she famously invited Oprah to come stay with her to learn the secrets of why “French Women Don’t Get Fat.” This former CEO of Veuve Clicquot, the LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton-owned Champagne house, launched a new genre of French ‘savoir faire.’

Mireille Guiliano's new book

Mireille Guiliano’s new book ‘French Women Don’t Get Facelifts’. (photo – Grand Central Publishing)

Subsequent publications included the “French Women Don’t Get Fat Cookbook”, “French Women For All Seasons” and her business sense and sensibility guide, “Women, Work & The Art of Savoir Faire.”

Mireille Guiliano

Mireille at a signing for “Women, Work & The Art of Savoir Faire.”

Guiliano shares her time between Manhattan, Paris and Provence. The 60-something writer attributes the youthful staying power of the French to their individualistic style and attitude. She says, “The difference is the U.S. is a ‘youth’ culture. France is not. Literally, here you are old after 30 and not in France. There is still respect for women in their 50’s.”

She writes, “Certainly in France, a woman in her forties and fifties is still alluring and seen as an object of desire and acts the part. She feels it and acts it, but doesn’t pretend she is ageless.”

#bookshelfie - Mireille in her apartment in Manhatten.

#bookshelfie – Mireille in her apartment in Manhatten.

A few tips from her book: 1. Attitude is key – Mireille calls attitude ‘the magic pill’ responsible for the major difference in youthful appearance of French women. Love and laughter save the day. 2. Dress for the age you are now. She says “Girlish looks for matue women are not something French women are keen on. With today’s choices, one does not have to dress old at any age.” 3. Less is more for makeup. “Once your face has noticeable wrinkles, don’t even think about makeup and moisturizers with glittery particles that draw attention. C’est tout.” 4. Eat “face friendly” food. This includes lots of vegetables, good protein, honey and a little bit of what you fancy; including chocolate and a glass of champagne. 5. Respect your skin. Moisturise religiously. France is a country of creams and treatments, often bought from the local chemist. Use preventative measures like UV protection to slow down the clock.

Mireille Guiliano

Mireille Guiliano

“French Women Don’t Get Facelifts” is published by Grand Central Publishing on 24 December 2013. It has already been named a Wall Street Journal best book of the year.

Mulberry – The Delevingne Factor


British handbag and clothing brand Mulberry has set its sights on international expansion. Established by Roger Saul in Somerset in the south west of England in 1971, Mulberry has built a reputation on its dedication to craftsmanship and tradition. This balanced with a nose for high fashion and practicality has ensured it cult status when it launched the now iconic Bayswater in 2002. Named after the leafy West London neighbourhood, it was originally available in Oak, Chocolate and Black. Its success has seen new colours and finishes sent down the catwalk year on year.

The Mulberry Bayswater (photo - worklondonstyle)

The Mulberry Bayswater (photo – worklondonstyle)

With 123 stores and a market cap of £604m The Rookery, Mulberry’s original factory, could not meet demand. The second factory in Somerset has been completed and will run to full capacity by mid 2014. The Rookery has been the only leather goods factory of its size in the UK.

The Bayswater requires 12sq ft of leather. (photo -Mulberry)

The Bayswater requires 12sq ft of leather. (photo -Mulberry)

Bags are designed in the London studio. The entire process from pattern making and prototyping to fine tuning can take up to 28 weeks. Considering material qualities, it takes one skin to make one handbag. The Bayswater requires 12sq ft of leather. All off-cuts are used in smaller projects and recycled. Bags are handmade. Cutting, skiving, handle making, splitting, spraying, inking, ironing, stitching and folding are overseen by largely locally sourced and trained craftspeople.

The launch of the Alexa, named after British model, TV presenter and style icon, Alexa Chung, drew A-list stars to Mulberry’s catwalk shows. The design is derived from the Elkington, Mulberry’s Classic men’s briefcase.

Alexa Chung with the Alexa bag and the original Elkington which inspired it. (photo -Mulberry)

Alexa Chung with the Alexa bag and the original Elkington which inspired it. (photo -Mulberry)

American singer Lana Del Rey inspired the Del Rey bag featured in the 2012 Autumn/Winter campaign. Cara Delevingne, British model of the year for 2012 is the current face of the brand.

Mulberry launched the Cara Delevingne range at Claridge’s in London on 16 February 2014. It is hoping to revive it’s flagging bag sales; drawing on the model’s millions of international followers.

Cara Delevingne photographed by renowned British photographer Tim Walker (photo - Mulberry)

Cara Delevingne photographed by renowned British photographer Tim Walker (photo – Mulberry)

Chief executive Bruno Guillon has said plans to open 15 new stores were on track. A flagship store is set to open on Paris’ Rue Saint-Honore in 2014.

Guillon has repositioned Mulberry from an affordable to a luxury brand, with 36% of sales derived from bags priced over £1000 compared to 4% in 2012. Creative director, Emma Hill’s departure has left room for new direction.

Vintage Mulberry - The Roxanne. ( photo - worklondonstyle)

Vintage Mulberry – The Roxanne. ( photo – worklondonstyle)

Investment in prominent tourist destinations such as Asia and North America saw pre-tax profits down by 28% to £7.2 million, in the six months to 30 September. Revenues were up 2.1% to £78.1m with like-for-like growth of 4%. International retail sales were up 29%.

Research has shown that Asia Pacific is posed to be the biggest market for luxury goods by 2018. In readiness for the harvest, now is the time to invest. It is a costly process, but with the local market close to saturation, the promise of rich pickings may well justify investment in multinational expansion.

The Cara Delevingne backpack. (photo-Reuters)

The Cara Delevingne backpack. (photo-Reuters)

J Crew – Michelle Obama’s Click To Chic Hits London


Jenna Lyons, president and creative director of J Crew is the force behind the rapid sales rise at the North American brand. Rising through the ranks since graduating at age 21 from Parson’s School of Design in New York, the 44 year old is a high profile woman in consumer fashion; one of only three on Time Magazine’s 2013 top 100 most influential people list.

Jenna Lyons; president and creative director of J Crew

Jenna Lyons; president and creative director of J Crew

Five years ago on Monday, October 27, 2008 Michelle Obama appeared on The Tonight Show in a complete J Crew outfit. Drawn on her shopping habits she replied,”When you don’t have time, you’ve got to click.”

Michelle Obama wearing J Crew on The tonight Show with Jo Leno.

Michelle Obama wearing J Crew on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

On April 1, 2009 Michelle wore J Crew’s Crystal constellation cardigan and the Dazzling-dots pencil skirt in mint green whilst joining Sarah Brown for a meeting at Charing Cross in London.

Michelle Obama in mint green J Crew in London in 2009.

Michelle Obama in mint green J Crew in London in 2009. (image Getty)

The 30 year old brand started out as a mail order specialist and runs 249 stores in North America. The long awaited opening of the Regent street store brings the mismatched, masculine meets feminine style of Lyons to central London. Expect to pay up to 40% more than in North America. Layering is key to the J Crew look with oversized statement necklaces and bejewelled cuffs to finish off an outfit.

Lyons manages the branding of the clothes and stores.

Lyons manages the branding of the clothes and stores.

Jenna has been in the press for her relationship with girlfriend Courtney Crangi after a very public divorce from husband, Vincent Mazeau. Her style is central to the brand’s transformation and success.

Jenna wearing a pink maxi skirt and denim jacket at the Costume Institute Gala in 2012,

Jenna wearing a pink maxi skirt and denim jacket at the Costume Institute Gala in 2012.

J Crew opened a menswear store at 38 Lamb’s Conduit on 10th October 2013. The Flagship store opens at 165, Regent Street, W1 on Friday. J Crew’s Chairman and CEO, Millard “Mickey” Drexler, called it “an important flagship location on arguably one of the most important streets in one of the most important locations in the world”.