oxford street shopping
Nothing beats Christmas on Oxford Street. It is beautifully chaotic. The hundreds – maybe thousands – of shoppers dashing throughout the 200+ shops, the glistening lights, the tourists carefully choosing presents for their loved ones from the greatest city in the world – it is all so wonderfully London.

It also happens to be the only place in the city guaranteed to meet holiday party dressing needs so, for all intensive festive purposes, I decided to treat myself to a personal shopping excursion with the wonderful Style Doctors team in the one spare hour I had this month.

With nothing but a few sparkle-loving pointers, the ‘Power Hour’ session (an Oxford Street exclusive service that employs a Style Doctors’ stylist to a perfect outfit in one hour) left me with a new ensemble of dreams for less than £100. In under 45 minutes.

If only that saved time and money could be spared come the January sales…

(Outfit details: Long Sleeve Pearl Embellished Body, Eyelet Detail Mini Skirt, and Julian Hakes Mojito heels)

oxford street shopping

oxford street shopping
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louise gray ss13
For Spring/Summer 2013, Louise Gray turned out an extraordinary collection that put me on a high for days. Under the slogan ‘NOW WHAT‘, Gray delivered her synonymous level of unabashed fun in a manner that was brilliantly advanced from Autumn/Winter 2012. With quilted devore, newsprint, doodles, and a well-executed juxtaposition of geometric and text-based prints, there was a lot to see and a lot to love.

There is no question about it, Louise Gray has a method to her madness; a mad hatter-esque madness that chose to mix images of cheeseburgers with bold-printed images reading “GOOD TIMES” and then surprise us all with chiffon-on-chiffon embroidery and jigsaws of lace. Each piece was eye-catching in its own way – Gray said “if you buy just one thing, it’ll feel like you’re getting something special” – and often had the feel of an optical illusion.

From Tatty Devine jewellery (exclamation mark earrings!) to sponsorship by Barbie (a 21st Century version of Barbie’s first ever dress!), ‘NOW WHAT’ is the perfect solution for your inner East London street princess. Charmed, I’m sure.



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Codie Young Topshop

  • Model Codie Young was accused of anorexia by ‘experts’ and journalists when overly-photoshopped images of her were released on Topshop‘s website. Codie has spoken up to dispel rumours. Why? “I’m one of those people that doesn’t take crap from anyone. I stand up for myself. I felt I shouldn’t just sit back and have someone say something about me that’s clearly not true, so that’s why I decided to do it. I just wanted to let people know it’s not OK to just call us anorexic. I mean, obviously I understand that people are going to have opinions of me because I’m a model, but it’s different to accuse someone of having a disease.”
  • Lily Allen is closing “Lucy in Disguise” – her store in Covent Garden. In August, she will be opening a new branch in a different area of London. When rumors spread that Lily’s business was struggling, she tweeted “If any other publication wants to write deliberately misleading articles about Lucy in Disguise, feel free, I WILL sue you.”
  • “What I love is this idea of a wardrobe. The idea that we’re establishing certain signatures and updating them, that a change in colour or fabric is enough. I do think that the world doesn’t need many more frivolous bits and bobs that end up left in cupboards or landfills.” – Phoebe Philo on Celine
  • Lil Wayne is planning on launching a clothing line called ‘Rebirth‘. Yes, like his album. “I just figure that I… I’m funky. I got that from my stylist, Marisa. I’m funky, like she say. I wear a whole buncha items at one time, you know what I mean? I be figuring you at least want one of them items. Like, ‘Damn, I’d love to have that safety pin he got on,’ you know what I mean? Anything. I got on these types of shoes, these shorts, this sweater… A year from now, I want all these items to be mine. Rebirth. I want—I just figure people want to be funky like me, so I got my clothing line.”

    Anja Rubic Sasha Knezevic

  • Models Anja Rubic and Sasha Knezevic got married on the Mediterranean island of Majorca. Anja wore a wedding dress-cum-minidress custom designed by Pucci designer Peter Dundas.
  • Fabio is selling half-inch pieces of his hair for $10,000 on Craigslist, along with a $500 ice cream scoop, a $4,000 tanning bed, $8,000 CD tower, and a $5,000 commemorative pizza stone. Great way to spend your allowance.
  • Vogue has a new secret website that will launch in December. No-one is revealing the content or plans for the site. Let’s hope for a sartorial social network!
  • Topshop Unique Fall Winter 2011
    I have been waiting for this show since I was a little toddler nugget: The Cruella de Vil collection (presented as Topshop Unique). As the congregation of Anna Wintour-snappers evaporated from sight, the Thirties-cum-Dalmatian models traipsed along the enormous runway. Oversized faux fur and art deco elements were abundant, with nonpareil pieces like the Brooklyn Bridge dress and many embellished sleeve dresses. See the top five looks below! View Post