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against slavishly following the trends that appear on the catwalks each season. Which is why we’ve scoured street-style snaps from the just-finished SS14 shows to bring you easy-to-wear style that works right now. So read on to stay current without looking like you’ve tried!
Harriet Hawksworth, Editor
Mix textures, not colours for a modern Autumn ensemble
Launches to love
Vogue Fashion's Night Out
The annual style extravaganza that is Vogue Fashion's Night Out has been relocated from London to Manchester and will have fashion fans stepping into their stiletto courts to celebrate on Thursday 10th October. Harrods.com is launching four exclusive and limited edition pieces, including a sequin-covered Victoria, Victoria Beckham dress, a babydoll dress by Faith Connexion and Art Deco-inspired Lola Rose jewellery, as part of the event. And that’s not all! Shoppers will receive a beauty bag filled with a Marni fragrance, an Origins facial mask and more, too.Shop Exclusives
Hailed fashion’s golden boy, Scottish designer Christopher Kane’s Autumn/Winter 2013 catwalk collection was a sartorial sight for sore eyes and, we’ll admit, its recent arrival at harrods.com HQ caused gasps of delight. Just launched online, don’t miss the designer’s fresh take on decadent velvet, playful fluoro floral dresses, covetable camouflage print and chunky bolster knits. If it’s good enough for Gizzi Erskine…Shop Christopher Kane
Grade A +
Designer Stacey Bendet’s label Alice + Olivia has garnered a legion of celebrity fans that lists Sarah Jessica Parker and Gwyneth Paltrow among many others, and with a collection filled with texture, pattern and embellishment, it’s not hard to see why. New to the e-shelves of harrods.com, turn to the New York-based label for everything from lace-appliquéd blouses to studded leather bomber jackets and feather-adorned cocktail dresses.Shop Alice + Olivia
Halloween, handbags and zodiac slippers...
Written in the Stars
We see a bright future ahead of you, one filled with pretty ballet shoes. The stars are telling us you simply must invest in Charlotte Olympia’s Cosmic Collection. Crafted in rich, coloured suede, each birthday shoe features a hand-painted enamel Zodiac symbol, from Aries’ ram right through to Pisces’ fish. Complete with a Charlotte Olympia horoscope book, there will be no guessing as to what your shoes say about you.Shop Charlotte Olympia
Back to black
If diamonds are a girl’s best friend, then black diamonds are sure to appeal to your darker side. Expert jeweller Theo Fennell has used this rare and precious stone on a host of exquisite pieces. Choose from fine chain bracelets with glistening charms, encrusted stud earrings and, our personal favourite, the harrods.com exclusive Black Cat pendant. A perfect purchase to celebrate Halloween!Shop Theo Fennell
To have and to hold
This season, classic leather just doesn’t cut it. For handheld impact, opt for one of AW13’s textured bags. Choose from Proenza Schouler’s Lunch Bag Clutch in cosy black shearling and 3.1 Phillip Lim’s 31 Minute Clutch in multicoloured rabbit fur. We spotted Tallulah Harlech toting the truly covetable Mulberry Willow Tote, updated with a jacquard velvet detachable front pouch. Definitely a trend worth holding on to!Shop Handbags
We love Lola
Vogue Fashion's Night Out is upon us and to celebrate, harrods.com is launching two exclusive pieces of jewellery from Lola Rose. Loved by film stars and fashionistas alike (Angelina is a big fan!), Lola Rose is famed for her use of the finest materials and her expert hand finish. Art Deco-inspired, the Tamsin Earrings and Lane Necklace both combine a clear base with beautiful rose gold embellishment. Limited to just four pieces each, these statement styles won’t be available for long!Shop Lola Rose
Studs, sneakers and (Paul) Smith
Trainers have risen the style ranks of late. No longer confined to the gym, stylish sneaks are making an acceptable appearance alongside trousers that aren’t made of denim. In fact the right trainers can now be worn with anything – even a suit! Hi-top sneakers work particularly well with jeans and a blazer and Valentino’s exclusive camo style are selling like hot cakes. We LOVE The Kooples’ Leather High-Tops and Adidas’ Bluebird Etrusco offering.Shop Trainers
What a stud
Studs have been making guys look tough since the 1950s, so we suggest you make like a rocker and add a little attitude to your wardrobe. 2013’s iterations are all grown-up; Valentino and Saint Laurent have released ranges of stud-adorned accessories that ooze sophistication. Saint Laurent’s Studded iPad Sleeve is an easy way to inject a little edge and Valentino’s Studded Card Holder is sure to keep your plastic super-safe!Shop Studs
Paul Smith knows a thing or two about Brit style, so you can imagine our excitement when his exclusive range of accessories, designed just for Harrods, landed on our desks. Featuring a flight bag, portfolio case, wallet and wash bag adorned with our favourite store, the Knightsbridge collection is topping gift lists as we write.Shop Paul Smith
theRebecca Farrar-Hockley interviewA firm favourite amongst the A-list, including Beyoncé and Kate Hudson, Kurt Geiger is acclaimed for its enviable, fashion-forward footwear. As the brand celebrates its 50th anniversary, Head of Editorial and Content at harrods.com, Maria Milano talks to Kurt Geiger's Creative Director, Rebecca Farrar-Hockley about the anniversary collection and more.
This is an important anniversary for you - how are you and the team celebrating?
Kurt Geiger opened in 1963 so this is our 50th anniversary, which is a big deal. Probably the most important celebratory project is our collaboration with Cordwainers (part of the London College of Fashion), the most famous shoe design college in the world. It’s the breeding ground for some of the world’s top shoe designers, including Charlotte Olympia and Nicholas Kirkwood. This is going to be a long-term partnership for us, including providing scholarships and apprenticeships for undergraduates and graduates. Design has always been at the heart of Kurt Geiger, so nurturing talent is important to us. This relationship with Corwainders allows us launch careers and have the pick of the best talent. We’ve also launched the B Series in honour of the anniversary – a collection of stiletto-heeled shoes inspired by some of London’s most iconic streets.
What is it about London that inspired this special anniversary collection?
Our shoes have always been Italian-made but London-inspired. Back in the day, Kurt was quite a crazy shoe guy. He brought the stiletto to the UK at his amazing shop on Bond Street and as a result brought fashion to shoes – until then, they had more or less always been practical. This was the time of the Swinging Sixties and that added to the London fashion scene. Kurt was a real rebel – he was the first person to serve Champagne in-store as people purchased. It’s all quite normal now, but he brought a real sense of luxury and fashion to buying shoes.
What's your favourite shoe style?
I have them all and wear them for different occasions. The Britton, which is the original, I wear if I want a pop of bright colour. The Belgravia is perfect for dressing up and the Brick has the ultimate punky urban edge that London is so famous for. The collection is like the ultimate capsule shoe wardrobe.
When you build an outfit, do you always start with the shoes?
Yes, it’s a bit sad to say! I tend to wear a black jacket of some kind and skinny jeans but carry three shoes in my bag - they can transform your outfit completely!
How does it make you feel when you see people on the streets wearing your designs?
It’s crazy, especially if you think that we sell in 25 countries, so there are people around the whole world wearing my designs. It’s compelling to see people wearing shoes that you’ve created – it’s quite a special feeling.
“Kurt was a real rebel – he was the first person to serve Champagne in-store as people purchased.”
Which designers would you love to collaborate with in the future?
I’m actually excited about teaming up with new and emerging talent from our Cordwainers collaboration, to do something brand new and take a risk.
Anja Rubik has almost become the Kurt Geiger muse. What are the characteristics of the Kurt Geiger woman?
Anja loves shoes and has a real international appeal, but for the B Series we specifically chose to work with Sam Rollinson as she’s part of the new generation of cool girls. She can look supremely elegant but also laid back and edgy, which is exactly what I think Britain and London style is all about and what increasingly our brand is all about, too.
THE NEW STYLE RULES
The Spring/Summer 2014 shows have just come to an end, but you don’t have to wait to wear the trends spotted outside the shows. Read on for nine simple style rules to update flagging wardrobes now...
All streetstyle photography by Jason Lloyd-Evans
Graphic takes a backseat as fashion looks to the art world to update this much-loved print.
Black floral shift dress, PAUL SMITH; Still Life T-shirt, PAUL BY PAUL SMITH; Rose print mini, PAUL BY PAUL SMITH; Woodland jumper, MARKUS LUPFER; Miss Charles Tapestry Floral bag, DOLCE & GABBANA.
There are ways to downplay the sometimes obvious connotations of an over-the-knee boot. Done right, the look is powerful - great tailoring, and edgy accessories work well.
Ripped and faded denim is a frim favourite of the fashion pack. Smart shoes and tailoring are a must to counteract the casual.
Elegant and refined, the new maxi is long and not-so-lean. Opt for a directional print top to modernise.
Wash off the war paint and let your complexion breathe. Start with a good skincare regime and perfect with products designed to enhance not conceal.
All that's new in beauty
Calling all Clarins fans!
Skincare buffs, listen up - Clarins is now available at harrods.com. You can now shop the award-winning skincare, fragrance, body, sun, make-up and men’s collections from the comfort of your home. Our top tip for Clarins newbies? Head straight for the newly-launched Double Serum - its advanced anti-ageing formula has already won several skincare awards. Alternatively, you can’t go wrong with a tube of Beauty Flash Balm, the ultimate pick-me-up for tired skin.Shop Clarins
Cute and Compact
As much of a precursor as the great Oxford Street light switch-on, Estée Lauder’s limited edition perfume compacts hail the coming of Christmas. Exclusive to Harrods, this year’s glittering collection is beautiful to behold, as well as beautiful to smell, and will make an extra special gift for that hard-to-buy-for lady who already has everything. Why are we telling you about them now? Because they won’t be around for long! Order now to secure your favourite.Shop Estée Lauder
If you haven’t yet heard of Dr. Lancer, you soon will. Half of Hollywood (we can’t name names but think A-list) are already devoted clients at his Beverly Hills skincare surgery, and for the first time ever he’s packaged up his cult formulas for us mortals to enjoy. Available exclusively at Harrods, his three-step skincare system, ‘The Method’, adds in an exfoliating ‘Polish’ step before following with the more traditional ‘Cleanse’ and ‘Nourish’ regime - hello red carpet glow!Shop Lancer Skincare
Breast Cancer Awareness
Pin on your pink ribbons – October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and we’re all joining forces to support this worthy cause. If your fitness is not quite up to a traditional sponsored swim or half-marathon challenge, you can still do your bit by purchasing Crème de la Mer’s special edition travel sized The Hand Treatment or Origins’ pink Drink Up Lip Balm. For every purchase, the brand will send a donation straight to the charity, meaning there has never been a better reason to top up your make-up bag.Shop New In
Harrods top treatments tested by our resident beauty buff sarah rose edwards
BREAK THE RULES
Beauty rules are not generally made to be broken, but AW13 has a few exceptions. Disregard what you’ve been taught and let backstage inspire make-up rebellion with these modern takes on lips and eyes - they’re easier to achieve than you think!
The Ultimate Knee-High Style
The hottest boot of the season
The autumn equinox has made way for our annual investment purchase of the compulsory knee-high boot, and French luxury label Givenchy has presented us with a delightfully fashion-forward offering this season. Givenchy never leaves us wanting, and with its fierce shark-tooth clasp and super-sleek styling, we are enamoured by this statement riding boot.
A seasonal staple, the Alison knee-high will find a firm place in your transitional wardrobe and is the perfect companion to pencil skirts and skinny jeans. Its subtle nod to the contemporary luxe-grunge trend will not outgrow the season so let the autumnal leaf-crunching commence!
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