The Edit – The Oasis Feather Trilby

Oasis Feather TrilbyThis Oasis Feather Trilby is a must have purchase for two reasons. 1. It’s in the perfect berry shade (the colour of the season) and 2. it is completely fitting with the ladylike English countryside trend. Nice one Oasis. Oh and it’s also £22.

What a steal! Get it now.

Have fun! Love Ali x

AW12 Trend – English Countryside

This is a nod back to the days of fishing and shooting, with lots of blazers in tweed and plush warm materials. Think Downton Abbey on a horse. On the catwalk, the most obvious trend setter for this style was Burberry. But we did see others display the country-style ladylike chic.

I love this bow AND stripey skirt ensemble and the simplicity of this tweed coat look

Countryside Trend AW12

Burberry Prorsum A/W12 – Image credits Burberry

What do you think? Will you be investing in a tweed style coat this season?

Have fun! Love Ali x

The Edit – Zara Plaited Shopper with Studs

The Edit is a new regular post which is going to be a must have shopping post. Basically it’s what we are all lusting over. And the good news it will also be what we can afford. Within reason – there might be the odd crazy item.

So this The Edit is the Zara Plaited Shopper with studs. Spotted in store this week. This bag is beautiful, simple and stylish. It’s the perfect carry all your stuff bag.

Zara Plaited Shopper with Studs

 Image credit – Zara

Let me know if you are planning to add this to your winter look?

Have fun! Love Ali x

AW12 Trend – Leather

So leather is a big thing for this season. And we are not talking about just on bags and shoes. Leather is everywhere. It has been used as the sole material for coats, skirts and tops and more interestingly as a statement material on blazers and jumpers.

AW12 Trend Leather

Alexander Wang Fall 12 – Image credit Alexander Wang
Alexander McQueen A/W12 – Image credit Alexander McQueen

Jonathan Saunders AW12Jonathan Saunders A/W12 – Image credit LFWDaily.com

Basically you need some leather in your life.

Have fun! Love Ali x

The Hester Concept Store, New York

The great thing about New York is you never have to go far to find something new, exciting and cool. And this time it was literally under my nose ( or a few blocks away). The Hester is a very cool retail concept store that has just opened at 29th street and 6th avenue under the Eventi Hotel.

The Hester

The Hester has been created by the crew from the Hester Street Fair, the super cool Lower East side market that runs every Saturday on the corner of Essex and Hester. If you have never been – the fair sells incredible food, fashion, interiors and gifts. It’s a must visit.

The Hester

The Hester retail store has some beautiful pieces from a number of innovative New York designers with new stock arriving all the time. I loved these soft beach pieces by Basta – perfect for lounging around in style.

The Hester

Plus every Thursday this summer they are hosting Hester Nights in the courtyard behind  the Eventi Hotel. A chance for us all to sample the delicious food from the Hester Street Fair sellers. It’s creating quite a buzz. More to follow on Friday!

Comme des Garçons, Chelsea, New York

Comme des Garcons, Chelsea, New York

Cycling around Chelsea today, I came across this amazing design store by Comme des Garçons on west 22nd street. It’s been here since 1999, so it’s definitely not news (!), but it was so cool I couldn’t resist going in to look around.

Comme des Garcons, Chelsea, New York

The outside of the building is called Heavenly Body Works which I am guessing was the original use of the building and is covered in graffiti which looks like it has been built up over many years.

Comme des Garcons, Chelsea, New YorkYou enter through a metal tunnel which takes you in to the middle of the store. Inside it is styled like a very cool contemporary space station inside a white gallery space. Think lots of curved futuristic shapes and a pod in the middle to make your payment. It’s all very super cool.

Opening Ceremony Opens in London

Opening Ceremony opens in LondonLondon might be obsessed right now about an opening ceremony of a sporty nature, but if you want a bit more of a fashion based affair then head to the London opening of Opening Ceremony – the renowned New York style store.

Opening Ceremony is a super cool retailer who select fab products from emerging American designers and artists and then house them in their stylish and hip store, for you to shop like crazy. Each year they also add a new selection of designers from a chosen country, with past countries including Brazil, Sweden and Japan.

So check out Opening Ceremony from 19 July in their new London home on King Street in Covent Garden.

Let the games begin and all that!
Image of Opening Ceremony in the Ace Hotel, New York
Image courtesy of Opening Ceremony