The first event on my brand new Style & Then Some schedule took me to the luxurious Sanderson Hotel for the Good Results PR autumn/winter press day where Katie and I began our ascent via private lift to the plush penthouse suite. As someone who has only ever really been exposed to the finest that Travelodge has to offer, you can probably start to understand my excitement. Whilst getting stuck into the sushi canapés and mini chocolate cupcakes on offer I was starting to think I could get used to this. Even more so when – as blogged last week by BlondeKatie – I left the venue with a mane of freshly coiffed wavy locks, having supped a glass of champagne and tried on Zandra Rhodes latest zany collection of frameless, perspex shades that Elton and Dame Edna would have been proud of.
People often say your hair colour is an extension of your personality, and this couldn’t be truer for the latest collection from fuchsia-haired living fashion legend Miss Rhodes. An explosion of pinks and bright purples in a variety of wacky prints and shapes with funky beads and gold jewellery, perfect for jazzing up any outfit in need of a desperate colour injection. Whilst some of the clothes were a little ‘loud’ for our tastes, Katie and I came across this lovely deep pink, striped sleeveless shirt which would go really well with a pair of trusty skinny jeans and ankle boots wouldn’t you agree?
An equally wacky range intent on colour explosions and kooky designs in the form of toadstools, dolls and owls on fun backpacks and cute suitcases, was Dutch label, Oilily. Whilst predominantly aimed at children you can’t help but think Oilily products wouldn’t be entirely out of place on an older audience somewhere like Japan. They would make great gifts too – there was a selection of handbags, iPad covers and purses for ladies of all ages.
From one end of the design spectrum to another, also on display was more mature label Luisa Cerano’s autumn/winter 2012 offering. The collection had a far simpler style and muted colour palette than the aforementioned brands, but that didn’t equal boring. In the midst of all the fur and leather we found another favourite of ours, a real investment piece coat – simple yet striking with its contrasting leather sleeves.
My personal favourite had to be the scarf selection courtesy of Copenhagen based design house BECKSONDERGAARD, which offered a pattern to satisfy every style and mood. From aztec to polka dots and geometric prints to vintage designs, I have no doubt everyone could find the perfect solution for all their scarf brandishing needs with the aid of this trendy Danish company.