Archive for July, 2014

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Introducing our new Fashion Editor…

The Feather & Stitch team is thrilled to announce the start of our new Fashion Editor: local fashion influencer, Emma Selene.

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Emma has always had a distinct sense of style and loves anything to do with fashion, good design and good food. She is also a busy mum of two small children – Annabel and Bear. She writes her own lifestyle blog over at Bella & Bear.

We sat down with our new editor for a Q+A, to give you a little insight into her style sense and distinct perspective that are sure to shine through our pages.

 

Describe your personal style.
I am a style chameleon. By that I mean I don’t subscribe to any particular trend, rather I prefer to take what I like from the current season’s collections and mix it up with what I already own. Then I put it together in a new way so that it works for me. If I really think about it though, I would have to label my personal style as a mix of sassy meets demure meets style geek (i’ve always been fond of the Birkenstock). I prefer not be overly provocative with my outfits, rather I enjoy a hint of flesh and to express myself through the tailoring along with the way I wear it. The one area I will not compromise on is quality. Clothes that are well made wear well and impart to the wearer a sense of confidence which is perceptible to others. In other words when you know you look good, you feel great and this is projected into the world around you. Two of the best pieces of style advice I’ve ever had are 1) wear what you like and 2) don’t slouch. It all comes back to feeling confident in yourself.

Which of Feather & Stitch’s designers are your favourite?
Ooh, now this is tricky. I happen to love Fiona’s sense of style and the way this is wholly reflected through the designers that are showcased in the collection at the boutique. Each season there are new brands to discover and over the seasons I have gone gaga for Des Petits Hauts, Maison Scotch and Samsoe/ Samsoe. This season I am totally crushing on a new brand, ‘Swildens’. The designs are impeccably well thought out, easy to wear and have a wonderful modern-vintage feel to them. I can’t wait for the leather jacket to come in! I’m also really excited by DL Jeans; they’re an American brand that I was getting to know when I lived over there, the denim has a three-way stretch that lifts your butt perfectly… get in line ladies.

Who is your style icon?
My style icons have come and gone over the years, some are best forgotten (the Madonna lace glove phase is definitely one to gloss over). I’ve always been inspired by vintage off-beat Hollywood glamour. Two women who had an early influence on me are Katherine Hepburn and Faye Dunaway. The first with her classic take on the ‘borrowed from the boys’ look, I mean it was revolutionary back then for a woman to wear slacks and dress like a man, where as today it’s almost common place. While Faye Dunaway in Bonnie and Clyde continues to take my breath away, she has an unforgettable on-screen presence in that film. She wears the clothes with such attitude that they became part of her personality. Being a style blogger myself I spend a lot of time reading other people’s blogs. It’s hugely worthwhile to see how real people are styling new trends as they happen. I love Blair Eadie’s style, it’s classy but she keeps it fun. Another blogger who always has something interesting to say is Leandra Medine, she has a quirky sense of style that leaps off the page; but I think what I find intriguing about the people I look to as style icons now is that they stand out as much for their strength of character as they do for the way they dress. For me a modern style icon has to do more than just look good in clothes, there has to be substance to the person wearing them.

What are some key pieces you find yourself wearing constantly?
I’m a sucker for a breton striped top, they can be layered so effectively but also look great on their own and I always come back to boyfriend jeans; I’m fond of skinnies and occasionally dabble with a wide leg jean but it’s the boyfriend that always hooks me back in. I have an ever increasing selection of jackets and heavy knit cardigans that I love to throw on to finish an outfit although I’ve been giving them a break in this heatwave. You can’t go wrong with a really great pair of ankle boots. I usually buy a new pair (or two) in autumn and wear them with everything from shorts and skirts for the last hurrah of an Indian Summer then with leather trousers in winter followed by lightweight dresses in spring before sandal season starts again. Lastly I am a big proponent of a statement necklace. The right one will elevate a look from good to outstanding, it adds wow factor.

What is in your handbag right now?
My diary (I have my calendar in triplicate so I don’t forget things), a phone charger cable, keys, my purse, spare hairbands (for my daughter’s gymnastics class every Tuesday), sunglasses, the second installment of The Hunger Games DVD, sunscreen (spf50+), some lip balm and my iphone.

What are five things you can’t live without?
My kids first and foremost: trying to remember what life was like before they arrived is like trying to recall a dish served at a long ago dinner party, I remember I enjoyed it but whenever I try to recreate it something is missing.
My iphone: it’s so sad and yet so necessary to running my life.
Coffee: Coffee. Coffee. Coffee.
Great friends: “a good friend will bail you out of jail, a great friend will be sitting right there next to you.”
Nature: I’m an avid gardener and take enormous enjoyment from watching the landscape evolve over time. I plan planting schemes in much the same way I plan a seasonal wardrobe, with colour, function and form. I also have a love affair with seascapes, John Masefield said it best in his poem “Sea Fever.” I go to Devonshire beaches whenever I’m able.


Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Des Petits Hauts Autumn Winter 2014

Time to get excited as Des Petits Hauts Autumn / Winter ’14 collection is due to land in store next week. This season is all about oversized knitwear with a nod to the 80’s. The colours are a fabulous combination of rust, navy and grey with metallic threads running through the pieces.  There’s a wonderful coatigan – Declic, coming in black and rust which will be perfect transitional wear into Autumn.

Clockwise from top left: Romain coat £379, Brisette Cardigan £192, Declic cardigan black £217 and in rust £217

Clockwise from top left: Romain coat £379, Brisette Cardigan £192, Declic cardigan black £217 and in rust £217

There are some fabulous blouses winging their way to us as well. As always with Des Petits Hauts, they throw in the odd quirky detail, whether it be a pineapple print or a single simple star on the collar. Below are two of our favourites.The Des Petits Hauts collection is available to pre-order online now. A little tip – the coatigans vanished in days last year, so if you are coveting one of these, order early to avoid disappointment.

Left to right: Rudi silk blouse £146, Genial blouse £117

Left to right: Rudi silk blouse £146, Genial blouse £117