The University and its 31 colleges dominate the centre of Cambridge. It lends the city the quintessentially English charm of a period drama. It was in fact Christ Church college in Cambridge that was the setting for parts of Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited, as well as Lewis Carrol’s Alice in Wonderland and it was also used to film parts of J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter. The ancient looking shop fronts display women’s fashion from what seems a bygone era, the tea shops are sleepy and the Sunday market attracts a thick soup of tweed clad academics and students. But with the bicycles whizzing down the cobbled streets and the bells ringing from the cathedral you can’t help but slip into the rhythm of one of Britain’s most historical cities. It’s packed with culture; laminated posters for theatre, recitals, concerts, films and literary events hang from every inch of the railings of the ornately carved buildings and there are historical , garden and punting tours to keep the scores of tourists happy. If you’re heading to Cambridge for a heritage holiday, don’t pack your bag without checking our sartorial guide to 24 hours in Cambridge. Read the rest of this entry »
Christmas, birthdays, anniversaries or just a bit of sneaky retail therapy; we’ve got it sorted. The best thing is, we don’t just do gifts for her, we do gifts for him too, which means you don’t need to scour for hours because we’ve got them all here. So if you’re stuck for gift ideas, let our experts save you the effort of finding your special presents. We’ve got it all – beauty gifts, fashion gifts, travel gifts , little luxurious bits and cashmere knits…Pendleton Blankets, Anya Hindmarch bags and luxury perfume. Take your pick!
1. Hush beret, £35. 2. Vida Vida Mini Explorer, £50. 3. Miller Harris Citron Citron, £42. 4. Anya Hindmarch leather iPod case, £95. 5. Inverni Nordic flap hat, £100. 6. Zoe and Morgan earrings, £110. 7. Paul Yacomine Parfum de Coiffeur, £27. 8. Sophie Hulme keyhole belt, £100. 9. Hunter Fairisle cuff wellington socks, £26. 10. Diane Von Furstenberg metallic clutch, £255. 11. Gaucho Belts Capybara leather belt, £38. 12. Daisy Chakras gold charm bracelets, £86 each. 13. Anya Hindmarch large wallet, £195. 14. Anya Hindmarch nubuck make up bag, £135. 15. Sonia by Sonia Rykiel stripey socks, £30. 16. Phoebe Coleman gold star necklace, £108. 17. Hunter cable knit slipper socks, £35. 18. Humanoid fingerless gloves, £94. 19. Miller Harris scented travel candle, £10. 20. Ecua Andino trilby hat, £60. 21.Treatment Range, Beauty Sleep boxed eye mask, £25. 22.Pendleton woollen blanket, £105. 23. Charlotte Sparre snake print silk scarf, £70. 24. Sonia by Sonia Rykiel heart keyring, £57.
London Fashion Week is in full swing and the capital is buzzing with excitement. Between running to appointments, shows and parties, we’ve spotted six key trends sure to shake up the city. (pictured above clockwise)
1.) Heritage with a twist
- No one does designer coats like Sophie Hulme – Pull on her leather sleeved trench for the ultimate in London heritage dressing
2.) Ankle boots
- Ash footwear will see you through the seasons, especially this gorgeous pair of black pull on booties – perfect for running around chic street
3.) Aztec Print
- Aztec print is everywhere! We have fallen for Antik Batik’s embellished silk number; it’s a luxurious take on the Mexican print trend.
4.) Mustard yellow
- Everyone in the front row is doing it – it’s a colour that’ll gently take people out of the summer months and into winter mode. We’re going for Current/Elliot’s mustard cords.
5.) Sheer blush lips
- Sheer lipstick is easy to wear and has a softening appearance, rather than the harsh effects of some bright lip colours. We’re channeling BECCA for lips.
6.) Metallic nails
- We’re taking a break from the bold talons we’ve been seeing all summer and embracing a darker, more sultry mood. Marian Newman’s got the colours and we’ve got the love. She’s just done the shows for Tom Ford, Acne, Paul Smith, Richard Nicoll and Jonathan Saunders. Mystery killer nails it is.
If you’re hitting London this week, don’t forget to take a look at the interview our founder, Sarah Walter, did with Virgin last week about her London Fashion Week tips and bits. To read the full interview click here.
When the weather outside is frightful but the fire is so delightful, at sp we say take a trip to find some winter sun. Plan a hand-luggage-only short hop, or a more leisurely escape from it all. You can shop summer clothes, cruise fashion, beach cover ups, suntan lotion and swimwear all year round at style-passport.
It’s that time of the year again, when many of us will be jetting off to the States to go and catch the shows. With so much to do and so little time we know that even the glitterati need help when it comes to throwing together their NYC capsule wardrobe. Before you leave, take a minute to check out style guru, Arabella Greenhill’s tips on what to do in the city. For those of you who won’t be in the Big Apple you can stay up to date from the comfort of your home by tuning in to a new channel on YouTube that is set to broadcast more than 30 of the shows as well as beauty and trend reports. Access the channel at http://www.youtube.com/liverunway.
Lazy Summer Sundays Capsule Wardrobe: Swing by Forks cafe on Swains Lane (London N6), with Sonia by Sonia Rykiel heart key ring £57, Petit Bateau stripe scarf £31, leather purse by Anya Hindmarch £78, knitted jumper by IRO, sunglasses by Ray Ban £120 and of course, fashion’s beloved Converse trainers, £46.