Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Beautiful Biker Boots

The humble biker boot is an underestimated shoe.  It has become staple festival fare - an alternative to wellies, or getting your heels stuck in the mud - and is often worn with a bare leg and something denim at the top of it. However, at this time of year – when you can’t rely on the weather forecast and chancing your Opening Ceremony sandals seems like crazy talk (no one wants to be that person in fluorescent sandals in cold autumn rain) -  the biker is the perfect boot. 

You can wear it with anything from skinnies, to minis, tights, stockings, boucle, brocade and mad prints and it can be dressed up or down for many occasions, even fashion week (see Poppy Delevingne at the A/W 12 shows wearing hers with sequins).  Plus, it doesn’t feel like a proper winter boot so you can pretend Christmas isn’t only 104 days away and get your pins out.  Biker boots tend to be leather, so they’re hardwearing and warm, and you don’t have to sell your puppy to get some either, even if you go designer.

Clockwise from top left:

Deena & Ozzy Black Ruby V-Elastic Boots (£85.00 www.urbanoutfitters.co.uk)
Fiorentini & Baker Elis Eternity leather boots (£360 www.net-a-porter.com)
Carvela Kurt Geiger Storm (£180 www.kurtgeiger.com)
Jimmy Choo, lined with rabbit fur (£650 www.jimmychoo.com)
Ksubi (£250 www.farfetch.com)
Marlo furlined (£42 www.topshop.com)

Monday, 10 September 2012

New York Fashion Week Round Up 1

(Victoria Beckham post show with Anna Wintour in the front row - look at the relief!)

For those of us who find the idea of the end of summer hard to tolerate New York Fashion Week always comes at the most perfect time.  Not only is there the excitement of the event, the peekaboo tweeted backstage photos, and the inevitable party gossip, but you can also immerse yourself in the looks for spring/summer next year and focus on short shorts and sleeveless shifts, even as the grey autumn clouds gather overhead in London. At Glass Pineapple we're always on the hunt for new unknown designers and brands. We get ridiculously excited about breakthrough names and we love a fashion revelation. But we're also stuck on our old loves - designers we have adored for years and those that have just keep pushing the boundaries with each new collection. This year, our hungry devouring of NYFW has been no different - here are a few of our highlights so far:

(Peter Som SS13 pic from www.stylebistro.com) 

Peter Som was working ladylike imperfection, applying florals and pastels to Bermuda shorts, pencil skirts and tailored short sleeve buttonless shirts, with blue hues from pastel to sky.  Som’s embellished pointed collars and thick gem encrusted cuffs on short-sleeved shirts were particularly covetous.

(Jason Wu SS13 pic from www.modelsblog.info)

At Jason Wu it was fetishism vs. humanism – think a tough looking black leather bustier with a cream draped chiffon skirt. There was leather and lace, tailored organza and braces worn like S&M harnesses, with elbow length gloves that were stocking sheer.  We also saw the odd peplum, high waisted shorts and a darker, more sinister take on florals.  Short, side swept sleek hair and scarlet lips, along with the fetish take, gave the catwalk a naughty hint of a Berlin sex club.

(Liberty Ross in Alexander Wang pic from www.greenwichtime.com) 

At Alexander Wang the models were clad in urban tough gear with leather trim on collars, zips, lots of exposed seams, and the kinds of laser cut outs that seem to defy gravity.  Wang’s ladies were wearing skeletons of boots – strips of leather running down the back of the calf, under the knee and in a double T bar shoe, or seemingly constructed from strips of masking tape around the calves.  This was the show that provided the most gossip worthy news so far, with Liberty Ross walking the catwalk and a theatric finale of neon knits.

(Victoria Beckham SS13 pic from http://fashion.telegraph.co.uk) 

Victoria Beckham produced a collection full of Broderie Anglaise and short A-lines mixed in with her signature knee length tailored dresses. Her collection was much more lighthearted than in previous years with tangerine breaking up the monochrome palette and (shock horror!) FLAT SHOES! in the form of open toe booties by Manolo Blahnik.

(Top: Rebecca Minkoff SS13 pic from www.fabsugar.com.au; Bottom: Ostwald Helgason SS13 pic from www.zimbio.com)

Ostwald Helgason was a delightful riot of print and colour – coral, yellow, bubblegum pink - with oversized pockets on the skirts and sleeveless shift dresses with starched collars.  Whilst over at Rebecca Minkoff there was a lesson in how to do ‘hipsters on holiday,’ with crisp white, sky blue hues and florals on print shorts suits and luxe sporty tracksuits.

(Rachel Antonoff SS13 pic from http://style.mtv.com)

Rachel Antonoff’s Spring 13 presentation in Chelsea, attended by the lovely Lena Dunham with a freshly cropped haircut, was super sporty (models even had tennis racquets!).  Alongside block heeled jelly shoes, preppy separates there were candy stripes and shirt dresses with cute collars and cuffs. Antonoff’s collection was partially inspired by Brenda Patimkin a character from Philip Roth’s book, Goodbye, Columbus.  “She’s like a country club girl, but she doesn’t give a sh*t.”

(Rag & Bone SS13 pic from http://twenty2.onsugar.com)

Finally Rag & Bone took inspiration from the Dakar rally with motor cross inspired quilting, and their signature slouchy tapered trousers, fuller flared skirts, tailoring and blazers, crochet petticoat hems, oversized shirts, and flashes of lime green.

Across many of the collections, florals made a frequent appearance, as did collars (pointy not Peter Pan) – embroidered at Peter Som, sporty at Rachel Antonoff, floral at Rebecca Minkoff and leather at Jason Wu and Helmut Lang.  We saw hats and headpieces aplenty – pilgrim hats at VB, clingy net headpieces at Peter Som and structured net at Jason Wu.  Colourwise, lime green was seen at Rag n Bone, blue virtually across the board, and shades of orange/tangerine on numerous catwalks from the colourful collection of Ostwald Helgason to the otherwise muted pieces at Victoria Beckham.

That should keep us going for now - still J Crew, Vivienne Tam, Falguni and Shane Peacock, Vera Wang and Badgley Mischka to go and at the end London Fashion Week! (and breathe…)

Thursday, 6 September 2012

Fashion's Night Out

So, tonight’s the night!  Fashion’s Night Out has finally arrived and, as is the case every year, we’re in a total spin about where to start.  There’s an overwhelming number of stops to make and it’s just not possible to fit it all in so don’t even try!  If you have a favourite brand then head to their stores, consume their free booze, enjoy their discounts and scoff their canap├ęs.  If you’re just on the hunt for a bargain then here’s a quick guide to the best discounts, free gifts and in store events:

If you’re looking for discounts head to:

Hackett (15%)
All Saints (free £25 gift card with every purchase over £125)
Anthropologie (20%)
Armani Exchange (20%)
Aspinal (15% off signature cuffs)
Banana Republic (‘special discount on the night’)
Bershka (20%)
Bertie (20%)
COS (20%)
DKNY Jeans (20%)
Dune (20%)
French Connection (30%)
Hobbs (20%)
Guinot (15%)
Jenny Packham (15%)
Kurt Geiger (25%)
M&S (10% off Limited)
Orlebar Brown (15%)
Pull & Bear (20%)
Reiss (10%)
Rockport (20%)
Warehouse (20%)

For purchase that come with freebies: Whistles, Mango, Vivienne Westwood, Nails Inc, New Look, Radley, Rituals, Superdry, Bodyshop, Topshop, Uniqlo, Victoria’s Secret, Coast, Diptyque, Fenwick, Kiehls.

Some noteworthy launches:

Chanel – vending machines at the Covent Garden pop up store (Covent Garden Piazza, WC2E 8RF) selling a special range called Les Twin-Sets de Chanel

Christian Louboutin (17 Mount Street London, Greater London W1K 2RJ) – the launch of the Highness Dragon Tattoo shoe for women, the Henri Dragon Tattoo men's shoe and the Dragon Tattoo iPad case (and the chance to win them too).

Whistles (22 South Molton Street, London W1K 5RB)-  instore launch of the Limited Edition collection including the Kirsten Varsity Jacket – get your initials hand stitched on the back!

The Met Bar – head here for the after-party with DJs and cocktails until the early hours!

For full details check out Vogue’s interactive map http://www.vogue.co.uk/special-events/fashions-night-out#MapTitle

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Brocade Brigade

For the inaugural Glass Pineapple blog we’ve decided to go with a centuries old fabric that’s making serious comeback for autumn this year.  Brocade put in an appearance on numerous A/W 2012-13 catwalks, from Erdem to Balmain, Stella McCartney to Jonathan Saunders, being stitched into circle skirts, cropped trousers, pencil skirts, bodycon dresses and clutches. 

Stick a pin in a list of top designers or high street stores this season and you will find a brocade piece somewhere in their latest offerings – either forming the fabric for the entire piece or as a detail or trim.  You can use brocade to bring some glamour that works both day and night – add a tailored brocade jacket to a pair of jeans for a tougher way to wear this feminine fabric, pick some metallic brocade courts to liven up your office outfit, go for a shimmering brocade skirt and a soft cashmere jumper to nail the luxe look, or go all out in head to toe brocade in a trophy trouser suit.  If you’re looking to join the brocade brigade, here are our Glass Pineapple faves:

J Brand brocade jeans £158 from http://www.shopbop.com/

Brocade tassel slippers £18 from http://www.asos.com/Women/ 

Elizabeth and James brocade Yumi top £234 from http://shop.nordstrom.com/

Balmain gold brocade jacket £852 from http://www.theoutnet.com/ (reduced from £2,435!)

Mango brocade blazer £69.99 from http://shop.mango.com/GB/mango

Matthew Williamson brocade top £235 from http://www.urbanoutfitters.co.uk

Brocade clutch purse £38 (approx) from http://www.etsy.com/listing/81464676/peacock-feather-silk-brocade-and-silk (lots of great brocade bags on etsy.com)

Stella McCartney brocade jacquard shirt £510 from http://www.matchesfashion.com

Rokit brocade pencil skirt £20 (lots of brocade skirts to shop here) http://www.rokit.co.uk/product.php?product_id=WC201690