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Exclusive VIP Invite To THE KOOPLES Sample Sale

For those wanting to add understated Parisian chic to their wardrobes, we have a treat for you. Arlettie, the cool invitation-only sample sale company are hosting a four-day sample sale for one of our most-loved brands, The Kooples. The brand launched just over a decade ago with a serious sartorial bang, changing the landscape of affordable luxury. The aesthetic was cool and nonchalant with just the right amount of sex and rock ‘n’ roll – think Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg vibes. Remember the brand’s ‘couples’ campaigns? Everyone wanted to be them with their crisp suiting, androgynous shapes and rock ‘n’ […]

Fashion & Beauty

Heading To Ascot? Here’s What All The Women Are Wearing

They say never let a man determine what you wear. But if you just so happen to be heading to the Royal Ascot this weekend, you’ll have to swallow your pride (and feminist ideals) in order to be let in. It’s your chance to dress like royalty and let’s face it, options are a little more varied for the ladies.  Not enclosed? Firstly, it depends whether you’re in the Royal Enclosure or not. If you’re not, then things become a lot simpler. Dress like you’re going to the christening of your hoity-toitiest friend. So you’ll need to pop on a […]

Awesome Afternoon Teas

London’s Most Fashionable Afternoon Tea Returns

It’s known in the fashion and food community that if you’re hunting for a designer-based afternoon tea you’re going to want to strut your sassy stuff down to Prêt-à-Portea at The Berkeley Victoria Beckham afternoon tea here or if you’re into fashion just as much as we are then here are 28 catwalks to see at this year’s London Fashion Week.

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Fashion & Beauty

Sustainable Strutting At London’s Most Ethical Fashion Week

London Fashion Week; it’s the week we wait for with #outfitgoals organised, Instagram stories up and elbows at the ready to charge past queues of equally excitable Givenchy, Fendi and McCartney fiends. But what about the lesser known designers who are itching for that Coco Chanel type shot at having their curated wardrobes witnessed by the masses? Introducing Independent London Fashion Week Designers (ILFWDA), the crème de la crème of grass roots fashion and creative expertise. ILFWDA showcase lesser known talent, promoting those who have to shy away from astronomical corporate fees, heralding fashion exclusivity, quality fabrics and handcrafted intricacy. Fashion […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

German Gymnasium Drink to our Icons

Cocktails, like pieces of art, are a thing of beauty – especially circa 5.30pm on a Friday when you’ve barged past every fellow commuter, sashayed your way on to the escalator and pushed through the tiny tube door gap, to ride off into the sunset, and get your hands on one. Well, the next time 5.30pm tolls and the Sex on the Beach isn’t ruffling your feathers anymore, how about getting yourself down to German Gymnasium’s Meister Bar to sample their brand new ‘Icons’ cocktail menu? The menu pairs 12 new cocktails with celebrated names from the catwalk, art exhibitions […]

Experiences & Pop-Ups

London Fashion Week Festival: The Most Stylish Event of the Year

If the last two months have seen you wrapped in festive, garish jumpers, oversized sweaters and elasticated waistbands post-Christmas, now is the time to come out from under your layers and step up your sartorial game. London Fashion Week is back and with it, The British Fashion Council brings you London Fashion Week Festival. Taking place from the 22nd -25th February, the festival will be four fabulous days of designer catwalk shows, shopping and talks. Need a little inspiration? Does your Pinterest style board need some updating? Discover the key trends for Spring/Summer 2018 at the Trend Catwalk shows and then pick up […]

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Instagram’s Christmas Gift Market At Spitalfields

Bringing one of the biggest online markets to life. This Christmas, Instagram is hosting its first ever Gift Market. Bringing together 50 of Instagram’s small businesses in order to celebrate the UK’s most inspiring independent traders. Whether you lust over, or ignore those marketing adverts on Instagram this is a chance to go browse the latest products and suss out for yourself whether they are as good, or as awesome as they look online. Effort is never something we like to exert and Christmas markets are an easy way of ensuring you don’t lose faith or spiral into despair while […]

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The Carnaby Street Christmas Carnival

Christmas baubles and disco balls, turning the shopping experience you dread, into a party you’ll remember. Not all of us love Christmas shopping, and many of us are left battling desperate crowds on Christmas eve trying to convince ourselves that a shoe horn is an acceptable present for Aunt Betty, because it’s the only thing left on the shelf. This year on November 9th the Carnaby Christmas Carnival launches their brand-new Christmas installations. Though it starts at 5pm be sure to be there for 6pm to avoid missing the turning on of the Christmas lights. Over one hundred brands will […]

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Peckham Levels, the Next Cultural Hotspot

If we told you the next big cultural destination was a huge carpark you’d think the world had gone mad (and that the London property market was getting wildly out of control). But fear not – new venue Peckham Levels may be at a multi-storey carpark, but it’s one you’ll actually want to get lost in. Gone are the days of holding out your car keys gormlessly while wondering where the hell you parked the car (here at least), because seven levels are being transformed into a workspace for artists, designers, makers and entrepreneurs, where you’ll discover exciting emerging talent […]

Experiences & Pop-Ups

Fashion and Design On The Street

This September the cat walk meets the drawing board as London Fashion Week coincides with the London Design Festival. To celebrate, Regent Street are going to be celebrating with Fashion and Design Month, a series of events and, for the first time, creative classes, a programme of hands-on workshops and tutorials held in shops up and down the iconic street. The complimentary month-long programme will also include events, talks and activities offering visitors to Regent Street the chance to get to know a little more about the fashion and design industries that dominate the street and how they work. Talks […]

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