Archive for February, 2015

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Outfit of the week – Blush

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In the second of our outfit of the week series we’re highlighting the colour of the season: blush pink. It is such a flattering neutral for all skin types and is so easy to incorporate into an outfit. It tones beautifully with grey, tan, blue, white and is in my opinion one of the most feminine colours a woman can choose without being girlish.

This is the Betise sweater by Des Petits Hauts. It’s made from 100% merino wool so it feels wonderfully soft and lightweight. The elegant drape on the back hem is extremely flattering and ensures you will never have a muffin-top moment while wearing this sweater. The peephole is cute detail too, making the upper back 2015’s unexpected erogenous zone.

BlushBackSmall1These grey wash DL1961 jeans continue to be a staple in my wardrobe. I’ve been blown away with how versatile they are. I’ve worn them consistently throughout winter and now they are pairing perfectly with spring’s new colours. We’re expecting a delivery of white DL1961 jeans very soon and I’ll be at the front of the queue for a pair.

The colour of the Liebeskind Elena shopper tones well with the neutrals in the  Des Petits Hauts collection but if you prefer not to be too matchy-matchy it also comes in a light grey. The beauty of these bags is not just in the design, you have to feel one to understand it’s full allure. The leather is so incredibly soft it renders the bag more than arm candy, it’s a tactile piece that will only get better with age.

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Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

Launching our Outfit of the Week

Exciting things are happening at Feather & Stitch HQ this spring. Not only are our rails now crammed with beautiful new clothes with more on the way, we’re also launching a new feature on the blog which will see both myself and our founder Fiona Sanderson (Fi to friends) highlighting our favourite picks from the SS15 collection. We’re not just talking about the pieces we love we’re styling them too so that you can better see how the collection works for real women. Our photographs for these features are purposefully natural and have not been photoshopped.

Fi, like so many of our clientele is a working mother. Anyone with children, indeed anyone who is close to someone with children knows the very real struggle we can go through to keep our sense of identity after childbirth. There is a temptation to hide in maternity jeans and old shapeless tops but the loss of personal style in this manner can be damaging, not just personally but professionally too. We offer a personal styling service at Feather & Stitch which aims to deliver advice tailored to your individual needs. We want to imbue our clients with a startling confidence in their own unique sense of style. We are on your side ladies and whether you’re running errands, lunching with friends or nailing a presentation at work we want you to look amazing.

So drumroll please… here is our founder in her outfit of the week debut.

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Fringing is BIG news this season. You will see it cropping up on bags, tops, jackets and kimonos. Here Fi has paired the Dominique fringed cardigan by 360ºSweater with the Mai blouse from Des Petits Hauts. The blouse is a cotton-linen mix and has long sleeves, perfect for keeping you warm in early spring. The cardigan is both wonderfully soft and warm as you’d expect from 100% cashmere, but the waterfall opening and fringing on the front sets it apart from other cardigans we’ve seen.

Neutrals and blush pinks take centre stage this season too. We have shades to suit every skin tone as well as accessories such as gold dusted belts to give each outfit a little sparkle and polish.

DL1961 Jeans have proved themselves a firm favourite with our clients over the last season and they will be coming back in spring with more colours and styles added later this month. The shaping technology of their four-way stretch denim is the best we’ve seen in recent years.

Liebeskind is another of our favourite brands back for SS15. We can’t get enough of the buttery soft leather synonymous with this brand and the new pastel shades are just dreamy. Here Fi is carrying the Elena bag in powder rose. We have a limited quantity of Liebeskind in stock so to avoid disappointment I suggest a swift and decisive swoop through our leather goods online and in store. Which brings me to Fi’s footwear. These Billi Bi Snakeskin Chelsea Boots are now in final sale and will be perfect festival goers this summer. Wear them with our Des Petits Hauts dresses for a Parisienne look.

 

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Friday, February 13th, 2015

Summer Knits by Des Petits Hauts & 360º Sweater

Isn’t it always the way that when you want a lightweight cashmere knit in late spring and summer there’s not-a-one to be found? This is because savvy shoppers have already snapped them up and you end up thumbing through the new heavy winter knits in mid-August. Not ideal right? You can prevent this scenario by shopping smart now. At Feather & Stitch we care a great deal about the quality of our knitwear, we know it has to work hard because of the vagaries of the English climate which is why we take such pride in our hand picked collection. This season our knitwear range includes a fantastic selection from Des Petits Hauts and 360º Sweater.

The Saint Laurent and Tommy Hilfiger runways were awash with star prints and bold colours; a look that’s incorporated into 360º Sweater cashmere knitwear. The navy and white star Capella sweater is a sure fire winner with it’s scoop neckline and slighty fitted silhouette. While the Vega sweater channels a punchier design, using single bold star on the back and 3/4 length sleeves.

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If you yearn for pastels, take a look at our Betsie and Bertino sweaters by Des Petits Hauts. Made from 100% merino wool these feminine pieces are punctuated with demure cut-out details and bows. At Burberry Prorsum blush pastels like these were paired with lilac shades while Stella McCartney opted for gold and tan details.

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Sea green hues are perfect for spring and flatter most skin tones, I’ve fallen for the 100% cashmere Andi jumper in sea foam and the bold stripes of the Skylar jumper, both are by 360ºSweater. I’ll be wearing mine with white jeans and yellow accents.

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The nautical feel of the Atilon pullover is hugely appealing after the earthy colours of autumn and winter; stripes are always en point and were seen at Chanel, Emporio Armani and Altuzarra to name a few. Wear it with white and pastel coloured jeans, or if you wish to emulate the shape of the season choose wide leg sailor pants and chunky block heeled sandals.

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Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

Des Petits Hauts – Spring Neutrals

As I stare at the frosted roses outside Feather & Stitch HQ this morning the light dusting of ice has me reflecting on the coming season’s neutral hues. Outside looks soft and the leaves glisten in the sunlight; it has me wanting to cast off my layers of winter knit like an alpaca being fleeced of it’s coat. In short, I long for spring. This desire is not helped by the arrival of new samples from our Des Petits Hauts SS15 collection. They’re hanging on a rail a short distance from my desk and the colours are a breath of fresh air in the office.

The mood for this collection is light, feminine and well, sweet. The subtle shades bring to mind spring blossom, summer meadows and sandy beaches, which on this cold and frosty morning we are all longing for. Come high summer the blouses and t-shirts will be worn as separates but I can’t wait that long. I need to wear them now, so I’m going to layer them.

For me one of the stand out pieces of the Des Petits Hauts collection is the Ariane cardigan in ecru. It’s 100% cotton with a single golden lurex thread woven through the material, the thread glints when it catches the light. A simple, elegant cardi like this can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. For a day running errands I’m going to wear it with the Figue v-neck t-shirt in grey, a pair of our washed grey DL1961 Florence jeans, ankle boots and the Woopy scarf for extra warmth. For a night out I’ll switch the t-shirt for the Ondela blouse (I love the demi-sheer quality of this top coupled with the drops of colour) and a pair of heeled strappy sandals. If you prefer a longer length cardigan, the powder pink Albina cardi pairs beautifully with the Neve blouse as it highlights the rose gold thread running vertically through the material.

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10_1412_FEASTI_FR52_1412_FEASTI_FR Polka dots, stripes and print are synonymous with the design ethos of Des Petits Hauts and they crop up throughout the new collection. The Creon cardi with its navy polka dot detail is a fabulous addition to your wardrobe and is  already a favourite at Feather & Stitch HQ. We’ll be wearing it with the lightly striped Gaspard T-shirt and the delicate Melodie blouse.

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We love to hear your feedback and comments about the collection so please keep them coming. Des Petits Hauts is available to pre-order online here.

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