Tag Archives: fashion

Spring/Summer style with Jaeger

22nd March 2015

The weather is warming up (not a moment too soon) so it was a perfect day to check out the new collections at Jaeger in Bath today with a few of my favourite bloggettes.

IMG_9673_Edit

Left to right: Karen from Mission Style, Nina from Le Shop, Fritha from Tigerlilly Quinn, Lori from Wild & Grizzly, Josephine from Style by Josephine and Gaby from Voila Styling.

Jolly’s is a bit of Bath institution – it’s got to be one of the oldest department stores in the country, having opened in 1823 and, although it’s now part of House of Fraser, it retains that luxury tradition and Great British style that it’s always been known for. It came as no surprise to me then, when I heard that Jaeger – another paragon of classic Brit fashion – has a concession inside this very store.

IMG_9694_EDit

This spring, their womenswear collection draws inspiration from renowned artists Barbara Hepworth and Paul Klee, with sculptural tailoring and striking prints taking centre stage.

IMG_9674_Edit

One crucial trend for this season will be military/utility styling, and Jaeger is doing this functional tailoring incredibly well, with structured safari style dresses and skirts, like the one I’m wearing above. I plan to take this skirt up a few inches, since I am a shorty, but I think on someone tall it would work very well!

IMG_9695_Edit

If you like your pastels, you’ll also find something to love here, since their collection contains a lot of pink and peach tones right now, as well as baby blue.

IMG_9579_Edit

One thing that really stands out about Jaeger is the quality of the garments. The price point may be slightly higher than many high street stores, but the craftsmanship that goes into them is worth the extra spend. Skirts and jackets are beautifully lined and there’s not an errant stitch in sight. You really do get what you pay for.

IMG_9692_EDit

As well as a fabulous shopping spree, we were also treated to an exclusive blow dry bar at No. 3 Hairdressing on Saville Row. I was delighted to discover that our stylist, Stefano, is a natural curly head like me, so he knew exactly what to do with my unruly barnet! For many of us visiting the salon, it was our first time and we were all surprised how big it was – it looks small from the outside, but they have a whole floor upstairs devoted to making people beautiful! Karen from Mission Style (pictured below) is a regular, so she and Stefano had a lot to catch up on!

IMG_9538_Edit

On top top of this, Lancôme were generous enough to gift us all with some treats from their latest beauty collection which, as you can tell from the smiles on the girls’ faces, went down very well indeed…

IMG_9717_Edit

I’m looking forward to trying the Génifique serum. As someone who is usually quite stingy with my skincare (Nivea and Olay is about as far as I’d stretch) I’m really keen to see if a bigger budget means better results. I’ll fill you in when I’ve tried it!

IMG_9719_Edit

All in all, we had a fabulous day and it was full of surprises. I have to admit that before today I was convinced that Jaeger was perhaps somewhere my mum or my aunt might shop, rather than me, but actually their cuts and colours are extremely contemporary and seeing the new collection made me completely rethink my opinion.

As I’ve reached my thirties, I’ve decided to live by the mantra of ‘buy less, wear more’, so I’ll certainly look to invest in a few quality pieces like these in the near future.

Disclosure: I was contracted by Jaeger to help put together this blogger day and was given my outfit. The views given here are genuine though, so trust me on them! 🙂

Leafric brings le chic to Bristol

14th July 2013

Cutting edge design in the heart of Bristol? Yes please!

This week I received a lovely email from Sashana and Melissa Miller, two fashion designer sisters in Bristol, who have just set up their own label, Leafric. They debuted their first collection at Fair Trade Fashion Week in 2010 and since then they’ve developed their style, using ethically sourced cotton materials.

Image

Explaining their style, the sisters said:

“The léafric aesthetic is feminine, flirty and adventurous. They strive to excite and surprise their customers with every new collection, be it through their original hand painted prints or small unexpected details in a garment”.

Image

They describe their SS13 collection as being designed with influences from artists of the Pre-Raphaelite era.

Their designs use lots of clean lines and fresh white cottons, bringing to mind Stella McCartney’s fresh, feminine approach. Some of the all-white garments, with their stark lines and sheer panelling, remind me of Calvin Klein’s minimalist 90s collections – you could almost see a teenage Kate Moss wearing them.

Image

Bristol is absolutely brimming with creative start-ups like this, which is what makes it such an exciting place to live. I’m really impressed with the Miller sisters designs so far, and look forward to seeing what else they’ve got up their sleeves for next season.

For more info, check out the girls’ website: http://leafricdesigns.com/