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Inside London Fashion Week

Posted in British Fashion Designers, Iconic Fashion Designers by Gregory on February 7, 2011

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For fashion buyers London Fashion Week is exciting and a real day out even if it is in the name of work. But Somerset house is quiet a venue and I thought you would like to take a look at the planning side of it all. The place to be is the BFC catwalk, her the nervous tension is overwhelming…the designers who brave the front of house before the show are noticeably and understandably tense, their careers depend on a smooth and successful show. One note, the benches are hard on your bum! and its a tight squeeze. Looking at the plan above, the press sit on the left and the buyers on the right, in front of thr BFC logo is a bank of photographers…at least 40 plus…note… don’t look at them when the show starts, you will be seeing ” flashing stars” for 10 minutes, you might even miss the parade!!


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Top 4 Designer Clutches 2010

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2.Bottega Veneta, Lacquered silver knot insect clutch.£4985

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3.Anya Hindmarch Marano glitter clutch. £295Anya Hindmarch glitter clutch,anya hindmarch designer clutch, anya hindmarch designer womesns bags,voulue.com,

4.Alexander McQueen’s Hell’s Knuckleduster £1295.

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Why not the  top 10 designer clutches, well that simply makes it easier to do, less hand wringing and gnashing of teeth. The cost of the designer piece was not a criteria of my selection, it was the overall aesthetic value…and yes it’s definitely subjective to my likes, I’m sure you may have chosen differently to me. Now, if I was going to whittle down the odds down to the best 2 clutches, my choice would go for the Alexander McQueen and Bottega Veneta.

For the outright winner…If only I could take it home …I would go for the British Alexander McQueen’s Hell’s knuckleduster, I love the embossed black leather clutch. It is the clutch that I could use more than the others, whether day or evening it would go down a treat.

My Top Handbag of 2010

Posted in American Fashion Designers, Womens Designer Fashion by Gregory on February 4, 2011

Marc Jacobs Absinthe ostrich-leather tote


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I have looked at so many handbags over the last year it is like being on a hyper-speed carousel when in comes to picking just one. Well I’ve chosen the Marc Jacobs  Absinthe tote. Like absinthe, its unforgettable and addictive. The quality is typical of a Marc Jacobs…its second to none, personally I have only one Marc Jacobs’ handbag to my name, but it is a collectible, in that it was once owned by Selma Blair, perhaps some of you will  remember when I acquired it as part of the a cancer charity auction on Ebay a couple of years ago. A deep red leather handbag and signed by Selma Blair as well…that said the Ostrich leather gives you that distinctively marked leather, and the metal work is just enough without it looking too much like “bling”.

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I only use the handbag for special occasions and then it is put away in its dust bag. I hope someone puts this Absinthe  handbag up for auction this year, I don’t think I could stretch to three and a half grand, mmmmm.

Michel Perry “symbiotic” as J M Weston’s designer

Posted in French Fashion Designers, Womens Designer Fashion by Gregory on February 1, 2011

Michel Perry “symbiotic” as J M Weston’s designer

As with many leading designers they are wide open to piracy, and fake fashion is unfortunately big business. But the noose is getting tighter, and the likes of J M Weston renowned for their classical designs in mens fashion have with the Chinese authorities  had a factory closed down in China for manufacturing JMW rip offs.

“And” I asked myself what has that got to do with women’s fashion…well it was my nosey-ness that found J M Weston offer a male range aimed at women, the Alter Ego range.

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This collection is for the “crossover dressers” (not my words and personally I am uncertain whether it is pc!))who like that masculine edge to their overall expression of fashion.

Oxford in black suede and patent leather

This is my choice, and yes, with a work suit I think I would be attracted to this “man” shoe, or more appropriately a “crossover” shoe.

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 Michel Perry is the  creationist of the alter ego loafer, Oxford, Derby and ankle boot. For quality and prestige you can’t go wrong her,but I think it would be great if Michael was a little more daring in his approach. I think he could work in conjunction with a top women’s designer of this genre and do a women’s only line for a season or two.

Faux pas, or what…better still, where are my marbles, they are certainly not in the bag !!!

Because… hey Michel has already let go with his own brand in women’s shoes based in Paris Michel Perry Spring 2011 collection If you are looking for something different from the racks of same old same old in the high street, then the eclectic collection of designer shoes could well be right up your alley. How about a patriotic sandal for this Spring, it wouldn’t go amiss with a girly skirt, adding a little colour and interest… especially if you want to wave your feet in the air at the Royal wedding.

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Or if flying the great British red, white and blue is not quiet your thing, but  you like the unusual in your collection

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how about a pair of these…yes. Bye for now.

Nanette Lepore…a spring handbag

Posted in American Fashion Designers, designer fashion by Gregory on January 29, 2011

Nanette Lepore, a Spring handbag required.

Nanette Lepore’s designs are not generally my cup of tea, but this is purely a “cultural divide” as Nanette caters very well for the American market. But if a  lesson is to be learned then here is one ! Because if a designer isn’t generally to your taste please one shouldnt just overlook them out of hand, they may well have  a jewel that will look great in your treasure chest. 

In my case I was looking for a new handbag for this spring, and with the trends indicating a lot of casual and tailored shorts this Spring, I wanted a handbag that had the elements of Monet’s garden. Colourful, but definitely not a photo reproduction print which one can acquire from the usual tourist traps.To add a splash of colour against a pair of white shorts.

Then, by chance, I came across this Metallic Floral Chain Clutch by Nanette Lepore and I think this may be the one that comes nearest to what I am looking for.

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Priced in at  $425.00, I looked at the leather straps which certainly give that Louis Vuitton look  on the edges… coloured red! But I only have this image to look at, if anyone has this Lepore handbag, please let me know, it would be helpful to get a better impression of the straps before buying. According to the information available it is an Italian sheep skin body which supports  the colourful floral effect…which is really nice. Multi purpose straps do offer you a little flexibility in its use, and it does come with several pockets for the essentials, so no worries on that score. 

If anyone else has any ideas for my Spring handbag choice, please let me know.

See you all again soon in the Voulue Boutique, and afterwards put your feet up at your local cafe and chat fashion with your friends. Bye for know.

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Proenza Schouler … worth the Atlantic hop…

Posted in American Fashion Designers, designer fashion, Latest fashion Trends by Gregory on January 27, 2011

There are not many times when you think this could is the next big thing…but I think Proenza Schouler have touched gold with their designers, they are on the money, on the ball, on …whatever you wish to write in here, just help yourself. The primary reason… why, everything is street wearable, all the items look designer and look quality.The overall image is extremely well orchestrated…round of applause for the conductor, the playwright and the impressario of this fashion.The picture below is just a taster of what you will find in their collections….and what collections! This is what you missed from the last AW collection:-:Proenza Schouler designer womens fashion, womens designer clothes,designer clothing from america,american designer clothes,us designer clothing,second hand designer clothes,womens designer clothes,cheap designer clothes,

Just take a look throughout their whole collection, I personally couldn’t say…”errr I don’t like that”, The pre spring collections below just thrilled me …and the handbags and purses they have created to accompany these lush day clothes are sumptuous and appropriate. In fact, I think if you choose another designer handbag to go with the outfit, I daresay you will doing a dis-service to your final look. But if you do and it works send me a photograph and I will put it below.

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And if you have forgotten, due to the seasons exploits and low temperatures, that shorts are going to be an essential element, so if you are young and looking for something really different, just look at the flexibility of your choice with Proenza. If you find it difficult to source here in the UK, don’t worry,  for an extra couple of pounds you can buy from the many american stockists which are available online, I’m sure you will find more than one willing to send you an outfit across the Atlantic.

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Proenza Schouler bags will add a key element to your  overall “painting” of fashion…just look at the flexibility, add a shoulder strap to the clutch to add variety to any number of combinations of their outfits.

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What as attracted me to this company is choice and the mix of a classy casual that I could wear anywhere, at work or in the pub, and I would even do my Sainsbury’s shop in comfort with this collection. What’s more, why not visit the Proenza Sale at Net a Porter . Good hunting girls. But do note, that Net a Porter do not have the latest Spring collection available… yet.

If you have liked the pre-spring collection, do take the opportunity of seeing the latest Proenza Schouler Spring collection which has just been released, you will even find the Proenza tie dyed elements that have occurred through many of the collections. There are another 39 agonising choices for you to wade through, I’ve decided that this is the one that will make it into my wardrobe….it’s number “9” I just love the billowing sleeves.

Sfrangiato…Shiny Calf Knot Clutch…Bottega Veneta clutch

Posted in Italian Fashion Designers by Gregory on January 25, 2011

Bottega Veneta Sfrangiato

I am unashamed at bringing another Bottega Veneta clutch for you to ogle and drool over….and who would blame you, it’s definitely better than any take away meal. This is a feast of artisans talent …the Sfrangiato, its name alone should surely carry a price tag, it’s worth it. I am sure this will meet the criteria to be included in the best clutches for 2011.Could this be better, yes, when it comes with a free Lamborghini! ( that’s fantasy, it doesn’t come with the car)


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As for the size 6.7″ x 4.1″ x 2.4″/17cm x 10.5cm x 6cm will fit comfortably in your hand, once you have paid the premium price of £1255.00. This is not for your average Banker, looking  to dress to impress… you will definitely need the full package of designer wear to carry this with any comfort. I may be a little snobbish, but if you are going to look the part , please don’t do it without your full committment…a Matalan T-shirt, Primark leggings and a pair of flip flops…will not work.

But above all, I’m thinking  that a warm summer will add the finishing touch, a natural illumination of your treasured designer clutch wherever you are.

Images: Courtesy of  Bottega Venetta.com.

David Koma, surfing high on fashion…Spring2011

Posted in Latest fashion Trends, Russian Fashion Designers, Womens Designer Fashion by Gregory on January 19, 2011

Last seasons bold geometrical shapes wooed many a women who wanted something different heaped with special dust of genius…David’s online bibliography is somewhat lacking when it comes to finding out more about this artistic designer. That said, perhaps his creations are more than words can describe and as such we have to indulge in the homage we are required to pay to such an eloquent “artsmith”.

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As for David Koma’s coming Spring  tsunami of womens fashion, David will be one of those designers who will be riding his surfboard high on the crest. His art-physique is strong and dominates in this powerful world of fashion… just take a look , it will be a difficult decision to choose the best. Just these little black dresses will be tormenting your taste buds, but take a moment to look carefully at the geometrical patterns within each outfit.

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In this array I do find the triangular cut out in models three and five particularly attractive, just enough to give you a little more reveal of your gorgeous legs. David has introduced more curvature into this seasons display, giving (especially on model number four above) a defined waistline, in fact it gives you a slimmer figure than you actually have.

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If you want an extra wow factor, then using the good old black and white contrast mixed with David’s patterns will require you to be courageous. Personally, I will be making a more gentle start by going for the girly pink and white spring collection.

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Well we you be going for the “girly” or the “courageous” facets of David Koma’s beautiful ensemble of designer women’s clothes.

Ultra… transcends east west barrier

Posted in designer fashion, Latest fashion Trends, Womens Designer Fashion by Gregory on January 10, 2011

Ultra…new  Spring Phenomena in Womens Fashion

There are many eastern designers who fail to transcend the east/west fashion barriers, often as a result of the differences of artistic cultures.Many fashion designers, especially for designer women’s clothing, tend to stay within their “cultural pond” which is definitely true here in the UK. Though if you  put your ear to the track, and you will hear the locomotion of Ultra, heading up a full body of steam and heading your way.

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their core element is to bring you sustainability, so  if this is  the key factor in your fashion buying decisions, then you cannot go wrong with Ultra. In using materials from soya and bamboo, salmon skin instead of leather,you are going to get a new and original feeling against your skin. And I’m sure you are aware that fish skins are excellent materials, often very hard-wearing , soft supply and can be coloured just like leather.Do you remember the glorious handbags of Heidi Mottram and Makki if not …google them! Other materials used are tencel from wood pulp and recycled polyester. All that is missing from the little pixie outfit above is a pair of fairy wings….isnt it cute.

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The image they are aiming for is the rebellious, and I cannot concur, I think that they need to go beyond their present collection and add more attitude before they can be called rebellious. That said, the outfits here  have achieved a major goal, that is these clothes would look good on any European City sidewalk ( and the US as well! we like to include everyone here).

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They will be launching a limited collection at the Paris Fashion Show 2011, so girls, do you have what it takes to wear this “edgy cut” fashion.The collection comes in blacks,whites and greys,

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so do take a further look at their website Ultra Lookbook for more eco-choice.

2010 in review…Voulue says…thank you for your amazing support

Posted in Uncategorized by Gregory on January 6, 2011

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

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The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads: Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 12,000 times in 2010. That’s about 29 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 127 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 579 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 70mb. That’s about 2 pictures per day.

The busiest day of the year was October 24th with 312 views. The most popular post that day was Skeggings by Jonathan Aston… Designer Hosiery AW10.

Where did they come from?

Some visitors came searching, mostly for audrey hepburn short hair, zuhair murad, memphis design, dita von teese, and grace kelly.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Skeggings by Jonathan Aston… Designer Hosiery AW10 October 2010


Zuhair Murad October 2010


Dita Von Teese Burlesque avec Jean Paul Gaultier September 2010


Holly Fulton inspired by Memphis,Krushenick & Joan Collins September 2010


New fashion designers showing at this years London Fashion Week June 2010






There has been a short delay in our blog postings, this will resume again shortly as we concentrate on bringing you more refreshing daily input from the world of fashion.

All the Best for 2011

Voulue Boutique.