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Anya Hindmarch’s new collection inspired by old London

2 Feb

“I’m obsessed by all things London,” says accessories designer Anya Hindmarch.

So much so that her Spring/Summer 2012 collection was presented at the old and abandoned Aldwych tube station on The Strand and was inspired by lost and found objects.

One of the key pieces of the collection, the Bruton bag which Anya designed after discovering an old Doctor’s bag deserted on the London Underground.

A simple satchel shape, The Bruton is perfectly complemented by contrasting panels and trims and lined in the brands signature bow fabric.  It also has great detailing such as tassel pulls, a subtle enamel bow logo and quirky labelled interior pockets (“Lipstick”, “Music” and “Phone” being a few).

We think its gorgeous.

See our Anya Hindmarch bags to hire.

 

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Feeling lucky>

25 Jan

We’ve sold seven gift vouchers this week – will you be a lucky recipient?

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Our website of the week

20 Jan

Picture a social occasion, wedding, party or maybe a night out, you’ve had months to plan the perfect look when someone turns up in YOUR dress or outfit. Every women dreads getting caught in a ‘same dress’ disaster, this is where What RU Wearing comes in! The perfect solution to wipe out those awkward and embarrassing moments. Register your event and outfit free at www.whatruwearing.co.uk, inform all your guests using e- invites and get them involved too avoiding same dress clashes.

The Directory features a list of goods and service suppliers if you are in need of an extra helping hand event planning and can be searched regionally to find business’s in your local area.

Still need inspiration when its comes to that all important outfit? Visit the Occasion Wear Directory and browse through the great selection of both designer and high street names, perfect for any occasion. The eZINE magazine is also available on the website with any new products and seasonal discounts. Filled with ‘What To Wear’ articles and the latest up to date trends you’ll never have to ask the question “what are you wearing” again!

Snack the healthy way

25 May
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Don’t forget we’re still running our promotion with California Almonds – the perfect mobile snack!  Every hire will get a free pack of almonds and travel tin!

Does the perfect bag really exist?

23 May

We all have our favourites in many areas of our lives and handbags are certainly no exception.  Shoulder, across body, clutch, lots of pockets for organisation or “throw it all in” bucket style – we all prefer a certain type of bag for our daily activities.

However Jimmy Choo think they have designed “the perfect” day bag.  The Rosalie is definitely a bit of a looker with perfect proportions, rolled leather handles and an expanding top to accommodate all the rubbish we ladies carry around with us.  The super soft grained calf’s leather version comes in red, black, chocolate and nude and they’ve also produced a leopard print ponyskin version and a snakeskin version for the super luxe ladies.

Its quite plain for a Choo design which we think will make it popular for the high flying businesswoman but may be seen as a little on the “boring” side for their glamourous customers. It also looks a LOT like the Ross from last year. 

To say its “perfect”???  We’re not so sure

Handbag secrets uncovered!

18 May

The secrets of our love affair with handbags have been revealed. Women in the UK have an average of 6 handbags according to new research* by California Almonds. The average handbag and its contents are worth £108 and weighs in at a shocking 4lbs – that’s the equivalent of carrying around 4 bags of sugar!

Handbags have always had a dual role being the ultimate fashion accessory as well as a practical survival kit to get us through the day.

Amongst the treasure trove of handbag goodies from make-up to jewellery to the latest must-have gadgets, there’s one essential that’s often missing – a healthy snack to boost energy levels and get busy women through even the most grueling days – and cope under the weight of those handbags!

When it comes to food, 54% of women carry snacks in their handbags. The ideal snack is convenient, tasty and packs a nutritional punch. Almonds are perfect for handbags, they’re portable, nutritious and utterly delicious, (and, even better, they won’t leave crumbs or melt inside your handbag.) A natural source of protein, high in 10 essential nutrients, including fibre, vitamin E and calcium, almonds have the most bone-building calcium of any tree nut and a handful will provide you with 60% of your daily requirement of vitamin E.

Nutritionist Juliette Kellow explains, “Healthy snacking is good for you and can help keep energy levels up and hunger pangs down. Choose a snack such as almonds that is tasty and satisfying – it will help you get through the day and avoid giving into the temptation and reaching for those unhealthy impulse snacks. Almonds fit perfectly in your handbag and are ideal for those of us with busy lifestyles.”

We’ve teamed up with California Almonds and everey new hire this month will receive a funky storage tin and a free packet of almonds!!  Get hiring before they’re all gone!

Victoria sets her sights on the White House

21 Jan

Victoria started her dvb fashion line in 2007 with jeans and sunglasses. However if rumours are to be believed it wasn’t that successful with Fred Segal and Saks dropping the range due to poor sales.

However she came back fighting in 2008 when she launched a high fashion collection based on what she likes to wear.  Just 10 pieces were in the first collection costing between £600 and £1,900 and gave more than a nod to one of her most iconic outfits; the Galaxy dress by one of her favourite designers Roland Mouret.

Now on her fifth collection she has won over the hard to crack fashion world with celebrities such as Madonna, Brooke Shields, Elle Macpherson, Katherine Jenkins and Tana Ramsay being photographed in her dresses.  She has even received praise from Anna Wintour, the notoriously frosty editor of American Vogue.

She surprised everyone however with her Spring/Summer 2011 collection as it also featured a handbag line that were also Beckham creations.

Understated, practical but also ultra luxurious and “super-chic” (as Victoria herself has said) the collection features a very large travel bag, a two tone shoulder bag and her flagship design, the Victoria.  Obviously named after herself (and if you can then why wouldn’t you!) its boxy rectangular shape not too dissimilar to her beloved Hermes Birkins.

Victoria Beckham "Victoria" bag

 

Shiny calfskin, nubuck and crocodile ass to the air of luxuriousness and with prices ranging from £3,250 to £18,000 she is certainly targeting a certain clientele.  Not content with celebrities she has set her sights much, much higher.

When interviewed by Luke Leitch from The Times, Victoria was asked who she could imagine toting her very limited edition white crocskin Victoria.  Her first response was obviously herself, but then she expanded “The other day I was fortunate enough to meet First Lady Mrs Obama and she has made a huge impression on me.  She has the most incredible aura about her.  I was beyond impressed.  She is beautiful, chic and charismatic and she would carry one of these bags really well.”

Now sold out on Net-a-Porter, lets hope Victoria has got her wish.