- 26TH MARCH 2019 -

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IN THIS ISSUE


MOST WANTED

THE LAST STRAW

Skin kind AND seriously stylish, rev up you spring ear-candy with a pair of stitched, raffia hoops…

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THE EDIT

MODERN MONO

The clocks are changing and so is your capsule wardrobe. If you’re not sure what to wear in between the seasons, then stick to simple black and white. Spots, stripes and sling in a Prince of Wales check… keep it neat, keep it chic and you’ve got the whole thing sussed.

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animal instinct

It’s the trend that no one’s getting tired of… snake, leopard, zebra… if it’s wild and comes in a wearable, neutral tone then who wouldn’t want more? High waisted pants, a slinky cami and decadent earrings work perfectly for lunch, lolling at a drinks party or just lounging about fabulously at home, just slip on some woven slides and you’ve nipped spring, totally in the bud.


THE EXTRAS

MOTHER’S DAY

Where to take her and how to treat her… this is the fashionable way to do Mother’s Day.

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BEST IN THE BUSINESS

JO HOOPER

FOUNDER OF NRBY CLOTHING


Jo Hooper started working in fashion in the 80s and has been living and breathing it ever since.

As well as leading positions across womenswear in some of the country’s largest organisations including Debenhams, John Lewis, and even the V&A, Jo has also worked alongside smaller high street brands and worked on collaborations with British designers Tracey Boyd, Clements Ribeiro and Alice Temperley. 

Throughout her career, Jo has seen a huge change in women’s working lives… the huge increase in flexible working, working from home, the desire for comfort over formality, but she also knows how important it is for women to still feel stylish when popping out for a coffee, a pint of milk or for meeting friends nearby. This is what inspired her to launch her latest project… NRBY Clothing. “The Japanese call it one-mile-wear - we call it NRBY”.

“It’s wonderful to talk to our customers and find out how they feel about what we are doing - fashion shouldn’t be serious, it should make you happy and feel good!”

Visit their pop-up store in Elizabeth St, SW1 now or shop the collection below.

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JO shareS HER expert tips on how to shop

Be comfortable - nothing looks good if you’re constantly adjusting your shirt, waistband or hobbling around in uncomfortable shoes.

Remember that the right colour can be an instant uplift - pink definitely does that and so can the right blue or green.

The right accessory can be the accent that updates your favourite tried and tested outfit… it could be earrings, a necklace or a cross-body bag.

A white shirt, whether linen, cotton, poplin or silk ALWAYS works - with jeans or for a dressier look.

Buy clothes you think you will wear often - summer and winter wardrobes are less and less relevant, as we just layer up our favourites.


IN THE KNOW

out ‘n’ about

MARY QUANT 

Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL

6th April 2019 - 8th March 2020

At last, Mary Quant, the woman who embodied the Swinging Sixties cultural revolution, is being honoured with an exciting exhibition highlighting the unique contribution she has made to fashion.  With over 200 pieces on show, many from her own personal archives, the exhibition will focus on how she challenged convention and turned a small fashion business into a big global name. 

She represented female empowerment way ahead of her time, creating clothes for a new youth-driven era.  Think shiny PVC, racy hot pants, skinny rib sweaters and of course, the mini skirt along with her iconic Daisy logo, all Quant hallmarks. Hemlines and eye brows were raised while women flocked to Vidal Sassoon to copy the famous Quant bob (also the prerogative of another certain famous fashion doyenne)!

She was the voice of the Sixties, and commercially savvy.  Thanks to the entrepreneurial skills of her husband Alexander Plunket Greene, she launched a cosmetic range, home furnishings, hosiery and even a Daisy doll.  They knew the marketing value in creating a scene and fashionistas flocked to Bazaar, their shop in Chelsea where the vibe was cool, the music loud and the cash tills buzzing.

Her reign as fashion queen lasted from the Fifties through to the Seventies and it’s hard to imagine any another living female designer that has ever achieved such global fame.

At the peak of her success, every woman owned something by Quant, even if it was just a powder palette or a Daisy brooch.

“The whole point of fashion is to make fashionable clothes available to everyone”.

This was her message and it rings just as true today.   

An accompanying video interview with V&A Conservator Nigel Bamforth is a MUST-SEE as he shares his memories of being a Production Manager for Quant in the Sixties and Seventies. 

In the Know… One way to sneak in first and get ahead of the crowds is to become a member of the V&A, members get a preview on April 5 

Satin mini dress and shorts by Mary Quant , photographed by Duffy, 1966 . c Duffy Archive

Satin mini dress and shorts by Mary Quant , photographed by Duffy, 1966 . c Duffy Archive

where to go and what to do…

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SEE YOU NEXT WEEK ...

FASHION DIRECTOR JULIA MAY MORGAN | CONTRIBUTING ARTS EDITOR ANGELA KENNEDY

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