[Feature] Vestiaire Collective's Charity Sale

Bay Garnett and Camilla Rutherford / Kate Edmondson and Rosie Fortescue

Hope you are well and coping ok with the cold. I am feeling very, very sorry for myself - I'm currently in my pyjamas (the kind of ones you only wear when you know you won't be seeing anyone you know) on the sofa having had a sickness bug for 3 days. It's not fun, and I don't recommend it one tiny bit. But, in more positive news the last week has been super fun for team Vestiaire Collective, as we have been working towards our annual Charity Sale.

Sarah Harris enjoying a manicure

Last week we threw a party at Sophie Gass' salon in Holland Park so all of our friends could come and donate items of clothing for our sale. We've had some amazing pieces, from a tour dress from Jessie J's Alive tour, to dresses from the Fash Pack's very best (see Laura's card holder, Fran's tuxedo, Emma's faux fur jacket and Tallulah's red dress) as well as some great dresses from Rachel Weisz, Gemma Arterton, Rosie Fortescue, Erdem, Zoe Jordan and Temperley. Sales from the items all go to the celebrity's chosen charity, which include the NSPCC, Battersea Dogs Home, Clic Sargent and Barnados.

And so today, everything went live!  Some of my favourite bits have already gone, but here they are:

Please do join in the fun and buy something, it's like true fashion conscious shopping - get something new, support a worthy cause!  Winner!  The favourite on the night was Charlotte Tilbury's long black vintage maxi dress... Which unsurprisingly was the first to sell this morning! Have a look at the full selection of clothing here.

Tiffaine De Lussy/ Jasmine Guinness



[Craving] Get some of what these guys have...

This blog has been somewhat of an education for my style, when I started (for anyone who didn't know) I worked in a corporate job and look like I'd been attacked by T M Lewin and Thomas Pink, collectively. I had absolutely zero clue how to dress myself and shopped for specific occasions, buying things I could only wear for certain types of events etc. Other than that I had jeans and jumpers (poorly chosen by your truly). So, two and half years in and I've learnt quite a bit and try and pass it on. One thing I try to preach is buying things are are honestly worth it...

Upon starting the blog I soon spotted a theme of coloured jumpers, oversize shirt dresses and blazers. Having done a little bit of research I realised they were all by the same Scandinavian brand, Acne. At first I couldn't get past the name and thought it was all ridiculous, but then I found a velvet tuxedo blazer in a sample sale and fell in love with it. I soon realised the reason for owning pieces like this, they justify the price in their fit. Plus it instantly gives you some kudos when you walk into Fashion Week for the first time with all the other girls - no matter what anyone says, it is daunting the first time and you are 110% judged on what you wear (by idiots, but none the less it's nice to feel like you fit in).

One of my favourite bloggers, Charlotte, in her Acne best

Acne is expensive, but look around and you can find great pieces in stores (all of mine has come from sales, online stores, sample sales and clearances) - notably The Outnet has a special sale on at the moment, as per my edit below. They've included all of the above, not forgetting some of Acne's classic puff ball sleeve tops, dollar bill prints and unusually cut dresses.

The waffle knit jumpers are textbook favourite for fashion editors and VIPs alike.  The blazers, particularly the denim linen style is a must-have too (I'm smug, I found mine on Vestiaire a couple of months ago for £100) but The OutNet has a few goodies including this classic black tuxedo for £187. For good measure they've also included Miroslava Duma's jacket, and this metallic one below! All in all, a very good sale indeed...



[Competition] Win an £100 Hobbs gift voucher

If there was one brand I wasn't quite expecting to obsess over this year, it's Hobbs.  It has transformed from a slightly stuffy selection of safe workwear and 'meeting the parents' friendly one pieces, to a completely fashion forward premium high-street name (that was a lot of words, sorry). 

image from Hobbs' press day

They've got so much going on, from comfy knits (this NW3 fisherman's/aran knit is an astonishing £80) to perfect sleek and sharp work wear pieces like the Gwen skirt and staple white shirts. Their Audley dress is THE dress for day time to play time for your Christmas post-work parties, and with an undoubtable ode to Carven's white collar club style. You'd have to have avoided all magazines since August not to have picked up on the fact that Hobbs' coat collection is outstanding, but here is my favourite cobalt blue one which is now reduced to £119 (as worn in the picture above). Their footwear isn't half band either, with these double buckle shoe boots (as done by Wang, Ralph Lauren and Gucci this season) are £149. Lastly, the metallic jacket in their NW3 collection is just something I need to own, having seen it in the flesh the £199 price tag is absolutely validated. 

The lovely Hobbs team have given me an £100 voucher to giveaway to a lucky South Molton St Style reader. Not sure where I would even start with deciding what I'd spend this on, but my edit above is supposed to give you a little steering - ooh and they've also got some very Chanel-ish pumps for £69 here, and a great Joseph-like blue/black jumper for less than £50 here...

To enter, you must do the following:

. Follow South Molton St Style on Facebook here
. Send a direct message to the Facebook page with your full name and email address* 
. For an extra chance, tweet your entry linking in my account @annaelerihart and Hobbs' @HobbsVIP (those that do will get an extra entry)

The winner will be picked out of a hat (or possibly a saucepan, as I can't find my hat) at random on Sunday the 24th of November and announced on Twitter. GOOD LUCK.

*entrants will be added to the Hobbs mailing list


[Trend] Coats to check out...

Sometimes all it takes is one picture of someone wearing something and you just have to have it. That happened for me today with this pic on Pinterest.  I'd made a promise to myself that I wasn't going to buy a coat this winter, as I'm away for a big chunk of it and am still living in my coats from last year - but I might just have to make an exception for a plaid/check/tartan one...

They're true statements, and thanks to houses like Celine and Stella McCartney everyone is going nuts for them.  It took me a while to get past the fact that my school uniform kilts were suddenly fashionable (who would have ever, ever thought it). The one in the first shot is from Zara here and is £149.00, and a very similar Topshop one here is 60 pounds cheaper at £89. If you need something a little less bright, then Warehouse and M&S' versions are totally work friendly... What do you think?



[Event] J Crew finally comes to Regent Street

a textbook J Crew look, loved the sparkly pumps

Yesterday I was lucky enough to be taken in from the rain and grey to J Crew's new flagship European store on Regent Street, to meet with their head womenswear designer the lovely Tom Mora. Who was as jetlagged as I was rain-induced-bedraggled.  The store is as immense and filled with gems (literally in J Crew's case) as you'd imagine, so between asking Tom a few questions about the new store I took some snaps of my favourite bits and pieces. I can already predict it's going to be a tough job to stop me going in there on a daily basis...

bright prints and layered jewels / signature peacoat and breton tee

AH: We've been waiting for a store to open in London for years, why did now feel like the right time?
TM: Expansion into the UK and Europe has always been on the agenda, for us it was much more about finding the right property. When this one came up we knew we had to have it as our flagship. As J Crew is such a wholesome, genuine brand we needed to really feel proud of our homes. We have 3 very unique stores which feel like they were always meant for us.

embellished sweaters and more chambray than you know what to do with

AH: J Crew is the go-to brand for all things preppy and casual cool, is this perception something you're happy with or are you looking to develop the collections towards any other style?
The idea is that our collections encompass everything a woman needs. Yes, an element of that is casual-wear but we also cater for parties, office-wear and weddings - whatever a girl wants. I'm fortunate enough to work with an amazing team when it comes to inspiration for fabrics and prints (for which we are now so famous) who have the view give us the freedom of expression. No idea is ignored and most of them are here in the store today.

sock heaven, goodbye holey cold feet hello winter snugness

AH: With your presentations in New York, are J Crew trying to create their own trends or replicate the themes from the runways as other high street UK brands tend to do?
TM: The presentations are something I absolutely love to do; showing people what we are all about and putting our skills under the microscope. The positive response we get only reinforces us to continue doing what we're doing. Customers often perceive us as just a casual brands; cashmere sweats and chino pants but we are so much more than that. The presentations allow us to showcase this, and I think the detail puts us above the rest.

my favourite Donegal sweater, under £100 - win!

AH: Did you have to make any changes to the US collection to make it UK ready?
TM: Not really, no real changes. Our merchandising may alter slightly but thats more due to weather than style. J Crew, particularly since Jenna (Lyons) joined us has always had an international take on dressing.  The reality is that we do classic pieces and layer them up with more trend focussed patterns and prints, which you can do anywhere.

hopefully this will be enough chambray for us Londoners...

AH: What are your favourite pieces from this seasons collection, and are there any pieces you are most proud of?
TM: I'll have to be careful not to list off the whole store as I genuinely love it!  Our outerwear is exceptional this year, the fabrics are amazing and we've managed to make pieces warm, cosy and yet still have some degree of tailoring to them.  The whole collection is lush, layered and textured and I love the whole print clash idea. You can deconstruct it however you want to, there is always a way to do the look.

Oh yes, the jewels made it here too. Theyve got their own room...

AH: What pieces do you envisage being the best sellers here in the UK?
TM: Blazers, definitely. We've stuck to our roots and made quite a few androgynous styles, one in particular is made in a mens' factory and is robust like a mens' jacket.  Even the most frantic of girls will struggle to break it, perfect for a girl on the go.

We had a walk around the store and loyal J Crew fans will not be disappointed. With a cashmere room, jewellery lounge and surplus staples such as the breton shirt, chambray shirt and vibrant prints there definitely is a purchase for everyone here. Be warned, or better still - get Christmas wishlisting!

J Crew Regent Street opens to the public on Friday 8th of November, or shop online here.


[Outfit] Blending in the Blues

I have been absolutely off my feet for the last couple of weeks with the day job so the blog has taken a back step, not helped by the fact when you get home it's dark. So outfit posts are a challenge, and when it's raining all weekend it's an extra delay. So yesterday mid shoot I managed to drag a friend outside (in the brief moment it wasn't raining) and take a couple of pics of some new pieces I've picked up recently.

First up is a lovely cropped knit from Reiss, I'd been after for ages and am so happy I finally tracked one down.  I'd had my eye on much more expensive versions, so this one for £120 was an absolute steal. I can also confirm it is super warm, and has pockets (an essential for me, if nothing else). My tee is an old favourite from Topshop, I've had it for years... It has little Eiffel Towers on, I found one on eBay if anyone wants to get their hands on one here.

My Chelsea boots are from Hush, who I'm working on a little something with so watch this space. I've been buying their knitwear and pyjamas for years so was thrilled when the opportunity came up.  The boots are a gorgeous shade of blue which works so well with denim and pretty much everything I own - plus, they make my ridiculous tiny feet look normal sized which is a "big" one for me as I hate my tiny excuses for hooves.

On to the jeans, which are from a brand called AND Jeans. They're new to the market, and have been designed for busy girls like me. They spent years looking at how jeans wear over time, where they rip, tear, etc - and created a collection that will stay looking good for longer. Their model is the girl from the Blurred Lines video, so you can even imagine you're as hot as her in them (and you might find it encourages your boyfriend to be enthusiastic about your purchase, I speak with experience.  They come up true to size and stay the same size on wear 1 as they do wear 5. Very happy. 
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