Archive for March, 2015

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

How to pack the perfect capsule wardrobe

Easter weekend is the perfect time to get away from it all with a special someone for a few days, but with airlines charging ever more imaginative fees for handling baggage the packing part of ‘getting away from it all’ is actually pretty stressful. Gone are the days when you could simply throw everything you might need into a large suitcase and figure it out when you get there. Over time (and many adventurous buying trips) Fi has honed her ability to pack a perfect capsule wardrobe and now applies the same rules when packing for a weekend away with family and friends and we thought we’d share this knowledge with you.

The first rule: check the weather for your destination. Europe and North America can have wildly different and changeable climates at this time of year so use a weather app to get a good idea of what to expect. The second rule: choose your footwear first, limit yourself to two pairs and make them activity appropriate i.e. flats or comfortable heels for roaming the town, heels or on-trend sandals for hitting the town. Choosing footwear first also limits the options of what you can take that will go with them thereby instantly helping the decision process. Basically you’re building your outfit from the ground up. The third rule: make your outfits interchangeable. By this I mean pack items that will mix and match well. Ideally you need one stand out piece and at least two ways to wear it. Jeans are a must and a silk blouse always travels well.

Our founder Fi is off to Copenhagen this weekend and we quizzed her about what she’s taking from the Feather & Stitch SS15 collection. You can shop the looks via the pink links.

“Firstly I’m packing our Pyrus ‘Republic’ jacket. The bead work is so intricate and beautiful it doesn’t require a lot of accessorising. I’ll dress it down with DL1961 boyfriend jeans while travelling and then switch to the Florence ‘Neptune’ jeans when I want to kick my look up a notch.”

Boyfriend Jeans, distressed jeans, ss15

 

Boyfriend Jeans, Summer Jeans, SS15, DLJeans, PyrusPyrus Jacket, SS15, London Fashion, Beaded JacketPyrus Jacket, SS15, London Fashion, Beaded Jacket, Summer Jeans

“Next I’ve chosen our Custommade silk blouse to layer underneath the Pyrus jacket. It’s not currently available online but it comes in two colours, pink and neutral. I’m opting for the pinker of the two as it tones brilliantly with the beadwork on the jacket. I’m also taking our simple yet timeless classic black silk blouse from Kokoon. This blouse is cut so expertly with it’s seductive wide neckline and perfectly pitched sleeve length, it’s impossible to not look good when you’re wearing it. If blessed with a warm day all I need is a Becksondergaard scarf and beaded bag to finish the look.”

“For cooler days I’m going to take a couple of our sweaters. I love the linear embellishment of the dark blue Munthe ‘Nabigale’ sweater, it looks like you’re wearing layers but it’s just a clever cut. I’ll definitely pair this sweater with the DL1961 Jeans in Neptune as this sweater lends itself to a more refined look.”

Blue JumperBlue Jumper, SS15, Designer Sweater

“Another option I’m taking is the gorgeous peach coloured slogan sweatshirt by Custommade. I’ve been living in mine this season, it’s just so comfortable and the bright pop of colour is great for spring days out when you don’t need a jacket.”

SloganSweater1Summer scarf, beaded bag, kokoon, silk blouseSignature 1


Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Stripes // Stripes

I love stripes. From a classic breton top to a wide chevron striped skirt I have them all in my wardrobe, but there’s always room for one more. Especially when the stripes in question are 100% cashmere and incorporate two of my favourite colours namely aqua and light grey. This 360ºSweater is ideal for spring being lightweight and oh so soft. You can’t see it in the photographs but there’s a cute button up detail on the side seam too.

It’s a great time of year to invest in cashmere; we’re in that in between stage where the weather has no idea what it’s doing from one day to the next so a lightweight yet warm knit performs a key function. It will layer easily over a shirt and under a jacket or it can be styled on it’s own, providing a versatility that our comfy heavy winter knits can’t compete with at this time of year.

360ºSweater have designed this sweater with drop shoulders and a boxy look, while it isn’t fitted it’s not oversized either. I chose a pair of our washed grey DL1961 Jeans to complement the cool tones. We’ve noticed how much you love our DL1961 jeans and so we’ve upped the number of different colour ways in our collection, check them out here and we are reordering them as fast as they’re flying out of the door. So if you can’t find your size in the colour you want send us a lovely email and we’ll special order them for you (there’s no need to thank us and no extra charge, it’s all part of our commitment to keep you looking gorgeous).

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Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

Remembering Dirty Dancing

Des Petits Hauts Watermelon SweaterFor me it marked the start of adolescence. Everyone was talking about it. Everyone was trying to recreate the dance across the bridge. Everyone was quoting their favourite scene. Everyone wanted to be that girl at the end of the film, to be the incandescent dancer who no one could put in the corner. I think it appealed to our teenage selves because the storyline mirrored our own awkward awakenings because while most of us longed to be noticed, when it happened for real we were not the confident dancer on the stage we were the girl who carried the watermelon.

Fast forward twenty (+something) years and compared with the ever present grinding visual erotica that graces our screens it all seems rather innocent now. I think that’s what appealed to me when I saw this adorable sweater from the new Des Petits Hauts ss15 collection on our rails. The neutral base colour is offset by coral pink and gold glittered watermelons. There’s a slight scoop to the neckline and the whole effect is one of measured innocence with a dash of cool.

Des Petits Hauts Alinou Sweater

Here I’ve styled the sweater with a pair of simple washed grey jeans from our DL1961 collection. In the summer I will definitely be switching them up for a pair of the white Florence jeans for daytime wear and a pencil or full tulle skirt for evenings out. And I can assure you there’s no way I’ll be sitting in the corner.

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Friday, March 6th, 2015

Introducing new brands for ss15 – ProjectAJ117 || Munthe || Essentiel

Hurray it’s Friday or FriYAY as it’s often referred to these days. We are all abuzz about the glorious sunny skies today which are forecast to continue well into the weekend (here’s hoping) because it means we’ll likely see you sauntering past our new window display and popping into the boutique for a peek at the new collection very soon. It really has been a manic couple of weeks for us what with receiving daily stock deliveries, hosting a private party in aid of the charity ‘Me Too’, sending out orders like wildfire and organising a pop-up shop for later in March plus press calls for national media we’ve hardly had time to sleep, let alone appreciate the exciting new brands that now adorn our rails.

One of our favourite discoveries for this season is relative newcomer ProjectAJ117. Founded in 2011 and based in Copenhagen ProjectAJ is fast becoming one of Denmark’s most lusted after brands. Their fabrics are cold dyed by hand which means each garment is unique in it’s own right, they have a rough casual look to them but a soft and feminine feel. The silk ruffles on the Ninna blouse are proving to be a hit, but if you find a round neck is not the most flattering look for you we also have two v-neck button down shirts that are perfect for a bustier frame.

ProjectAJ117norma white

Munthe (pronounced Munte) is another new find from Denmark and at the time of writing we are the only stockist in the British Isles, talk about a hard to find label! Munthe takes inspiration from the middle-east and has a focus on bold print and exquisite textures. The tapered silk pants can be dressed down with flats and a sweater for a causal afternoon, or glam them up with a pair of black high heeled strappy sandals and a simple silk blouse and jacket for evening. The Nasosa jacket we’ve chosen to compliment the collection is superbly tailored with just the right amount of edge to make it a modern classic. Our entire team is clamouring to get one.

Munthe Munthe tapered silk pantsMunthe jacket

While Essentiel is not a totally new brand to Feather & Stitch we have missed their quirky prints and bright aesthetic and so we are delighted to see their free flowing clothes back for SS15. My personal favourite (and I’ve already got my hands on a pair) are the Jivers trousers. The instant I saw them it was love. They are suitable for long-legged people, I stand barefoot at 5ft9″ and they are a perfect length for me in flats. Don’t distress if you are of a more diminutive stature they are a doddle to have tailored for length. We are still waiting on about half of the Essentiel collection to be delivered so keep your eyes peeled for more from this brand over the coming season.

Essentiel Jivers Trousers EssentielSignature 1

 

 


Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

Outfit of the week – spring monochrome

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We all have our favourite black pieces in our wardrobe, a little black dress, a pair of jeans, a top that suits every occasion. But come springtime black can feel a little heavy, a bit out of place next to landscapes dotted with jewel coloured crocus and bright sunny daffodils; all of a sudden stepping out in your favourite black number can make you feel like the woman that spring forgot. There’s a simple fix though, update your look with splashes of cream and white.

Des Petits Hauts has raised the bar for wearable feminine tailoring this season. All the pieces in the Des Petits Hauts collection at Feather & Stitch tie together and can be mixed and matched to suit your mood. Here Fi has layered the Kaboul blouse and Ariane cardigan over our signature DL1961 jeans. The blouse is long sleeved and made from 100% cotton so it is perfect for covering up in the sun this summer, it feels very light when worn due mainly to it’s loose fit and demi sheer quality. The double star details dotted all over the blouse give it a modern look that is juxtaposed by the cheese cloth appearance of the cotton. It’s a nod to the 70’s and ties in brilliantly with the 70’s revival trend that’s filtering down to the highstreet by way of high waisted flared jeans.

Des Petits Hauts, Liebeskind, Billi Bi, DL Jeans

The Ariane cardigan will double as a summer jacket and is one of those essential pieces that every woman needs in her wardrobe. It’s the summer equivalent of winter’s leather jacket. As such we expect a lot from it, it needs to be tactile and soft, hang perfectly and add a touch of glamour to our look; all of which the Ariane cardi does with aplomb. The gold lurex thread running through the cotton brings understated glamour to this piece. Being knitted cotton it has a little stretch in the fabric so it will need a delicate wash cycle to keep it in shape and looking like new. I suggest washing it at a low temperature and then laying it out flat to dry. Here’s my tip if you have underfloor heating: lay a large pale or white towel on the floor, place the damp item on top then gently pull the fabric back into shape. Leave it there overnight and voila, dry knits with no crease marks or saggy hems.

Des Petits Hauts, Billi Bi, Liebeskind, DL1961

Our Liebeskind bags have been an instant hit with our clients this season. We have only one of these tan totes left in stock which isn’t surprising considering once you touch the leather the urge to hug it is hard to resist.
Billi Bi, Liebeskind, DL1961 Jeans, Des Petits Hauts, SS15

It was a busy day in the boutique when we shot this look and heels simply wouldn’t have cut it, so Fi’s choice of Billi Bi footwear for this outfit is perfect. Flat, practical and comfortable while the snakeskin gives them a fashion edge.

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