Harvey Nichols sale add-love it or hate it ?

Sales have started earlier this year and last week I have received a sale card from Harvey Nichols announcing it’s sale from Wednesday, 17th of June,but instead of the excitement, it made me feel puzzled, if not annoyed.

The ad’s slogan is ‘ try to contain your excitement ‘ and it features a slim model with a wet patch on the front of her trousers, implying that the discounts were so good, she actually peed herself.

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Was it a male or female agency team who came out with this ad? Are those people women haters, as I can’t see the male in the ad? Are women considered so fickle and so shattered by the birth of the children, that the manifestation of our excitement is peeing ourselves? 

Harvey Nichols, which for many years had a coolness edge to it-the designers they carried, the layout of the floors, their customer base-I remember how many years ago I went to admire Alexander McQueen designs and at the same time enjoyed looking at the people who shopped there…..I don’t know what customer base this ad will inspire or attract, but I won’t be among those people hunting for sales bargains, even if the discounts go up to 70%, on this occasion.

Jubilee tribute from Katherine Hooker

As Great Britain and possibly the world, are getting ready to raise a toast to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and her Diamond Jubilee, many creative people want to pay their own tribute to an extraordinary woman and a truly inspirational and hard-working Queen.

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Katherine Hooker designed a Jubilee Jacket that is tailored in an all-season, off-white linen blend. It has navy blue buttons, is trimmed with navy blue suede alcantara and has an understated Union Jack patch on the lapel that adds a patriotic touch straight out of the 1940′s. The sleeve lining is red, white and blue striped.

This ready-to-wear jacket is based on one of Katherine Hooker’s bestsellers, the Alexander

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Leather Forever exhibition by Hermes Paris

Hermes epitomises the incredible quality and attention to detail when it comes to the leather that they use to craft their bags, shoes, saddles and many other beautiful and creative objects of desire.

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The exibition ‘ Leather Forever ‘ takes place at No.6 Burlington Gardens until May 27th and covers 12 rooms:

Savoir-faire: the library of skins-the only room at the exhibition where you are physically allowed to touch and feel different types of leather

Savoir-faire: the artisan’s studio where you can actually see Hermes bags being made in front of you and ask any questions you might have. I asked if Hermes says ‘no’ to any requests from their customers and was told that the only thing they could think of in that moment in time was that the leather of elephants isn’t being used unlike a long time ago in the past…..

The Patina of Time, Time Savers, 

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James Nares+Coach=perfect bag

I have been a long-standing admirer of the talent of artist James Nares ( he moved to the US from Great Britain in the seventies and has been exploring his talent through artistic expression in music, film and painting)-his single stroke canvas make me feel joyously speechless just by looking at them. They are so colourful and so incredibly mind-blowing that I just dream of owing one of his canvases some time in the future, but imagine my happy surprise when I recently saw an article in Lonny magazine about artist’s collaboration with an American leather goods brand Coach.

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There are five brushstroke paintings in a single limited edition collection of five bags ( there are only 175 of each around the world ) that just made me feel like a giddy teenager when I was looking at them at Liberty’s of London where

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Jubilee celebrations at Katherine Hooker

Katherine Hooker is not only a very talented designer ( I am lucky to owe several of her jackets and a Jackson coat that made me feel warm and fashionably smart in the understated, yet chic kind of way throughout last winter ), she is also one of the loveliest women you will meet-charming, kind and attentive to both her clients and to quality and detailing in her designs and fabric choices.

I have met Katherine several years ago, when her jem of a shop in Chelsea was fairly newly opened. She had a small team helping her with the clients and orders in the shop and her sweet dog Pretzel was also the star attraction, either peacefully snoozing on his cushion or gently rebuffing your ‘patting’ advances . Katherine is very hardworking and dedicated to her craft, doing the fairs in the UK and trunk shows in the US, yet always finding time to advice her clients on the best style of the jacket or the perfect coat for the times of the year when we need to feel protected against the elements or a dress or a skirt for a special occasion in the bloom of spring or summer heat.

 On May 24th Katherine will be hosting a special event dedicated to Queen’s Jubilee celebrations, so put the date in your diary and go to do some bargain hunting in Katherine Hooker’s shop, where you will be spoilt for choice. Rest assured that whatever style or item you will choose, it will lovingly serve your for years and make you feel feminine and unique.

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www.katherinehooker.com

Milli Millu’s London showroom

Last week I popped round to see Mireia, my beautiful model-like friend who is the creator of the sexy and stylish bag line Milli Millu for a preview of her brand’s new showroom-spacious, light, with high ceilings and stocking up all colours and styles of the envy inducing Milli Millu bags.

 As the showroom wasn’t finished last week, I didn’t take any pictures but promise to do a post very soon and ask Mireia a question or two about her plans for the brand.

The Milli Millu showroom is officially open from today and is on the first floor at No.14 Grosvenor Crescent ( a stone throw away from the Lanesborough Hotel ), Belgravia, SW1X and if you subscribe to the brand’s newsletter online now, there is a pleasant surprise in store for you until May 20th.

http://www.millimillu.com/

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Vogue festival 2012: saturday’s afternoon session

This year Vogue UK hosted its first festival at Kensington Gore. It took part on April 20 & 21 and each day was divided into two sessions, morning and afternoon. Even though the announced programme was overwhelmingly interesting, I booked my ticket for Saturday’s afternoon session.

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The check in was smooth and seamless and then I queued for about 30 minutes in order to get into the ‘theatre’ , where the

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