Wednesday, 17 September 2014

M&S Collection recycled wool coat: an elegantly ethical winter coat!

Since April 2012 Marks and Spencer customers have helped to recycle an incredible 7.7 million garments through the Shwopping campaign!

Kickstarted back in 2007 in conjunction with their charity partner Oxfam and supported by YOU Magazine favourite and plan A ambassador Joanna Lumley. The Shwopping initiative is an ongoing revolutionary campaign with the objective to stop the one in four items of clothing purchased in the UK ending up in landfill sites.

Through encouraging consumers to adopt a "buy one, give one" ethos it enables unwanted items to be  recycled, reused or resold through Oxfam whilst also facilitating a greater sustainability on the high street.

All Marks and Spencer's stores accept any used and unwanted items of clothing, from any brand, all year round. With the mission to collect 350 million items a year to ultimately recycle as many clothes as it sells.

In the meantime the results of the Shwopping haul have made it into the covetable M&S Collection, the YOU fashion desk are absolutely besotted with this recycled-wool camel coat!

Crafted from recycled fabrics, this camel style is the style staple for your winter wardrobe. Created from used, unwanted and damaged garments which are reduced to a fibre form, cleaned before being spun into a new, luxuriously rich wool-blend fabric. The entire production process has a significantly lower impact on the environment in comparison to other manufacturing processes, in particular the virgin fabric production process which is the single biggest contributor to a garments carbon footprint.

When you start searching for the perfect winter coat this autumn, do consider this elegant and ethical style and Shwop your old one!


Sarah-Rose Harrison

A delightful lesson in sake appreciation at Ocean House Yashin

We’re big fans of sushi here on YOU mag (and we do like a tipple…) so we were thrilled to be invited to try a special Sake Pairing Menu at Ocean House Yashin – one of London’s top Japanese restaurants.

Some of the colourful bottles of sake on offer at Ocean House Yashin

The event showcased some of the premium sakes that are imported from Japan every year (we were intrigued to discover that many of the brands which are widely on offer in the UK are actually produced in the States). Made from fermented rice, sake brings to mind both white port and vodka, and is usually ready to drink as soon as it’s brewed (though some are matured for up to seven years). Our modern Japanese pairing menu helped us appreciate the subtle differences in taste. We particularly enjoyed the mellow, sweet-toned varieties plus the sparkling sake Ume no yado which was served as an aperitif.

Perfect mouthfuls of sushi...

We learned that sake is best served at room temperature to complement sushi and sashimi (both were divine, and our dining companion went into raptures about the tuna with wasabi!). But the most memorable dishes were the grilled stone bass served with nuka melon and a thick porcini cream and the Wagyu – perfectly cooked beef with aubergine. Plus the caramelised hazelnut cake gave us a few sweet mouthfuls to go with our delicious ‘dessert’ sake. 
The label of Ume no yado sake showing the delicious Yuzu fruit

Our favourite sake overall? The refreshing Ume no yado. Flavoured with Yuzu (a type of citrus fruit used in Japanese cuisine), it has a wonderfully light summery taste and would be a wonderful chilled aperitif at any time of year. 

A sake for every dish (and occasion!)

Yashin Ocean House, 117-119 Old Brompton Rd, South Kensington SW7 3RN
020 7373 3990.

info@yashinocean.com

Rosalind Lowe

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

A grand day out with Ford at Goodwood Revival

Fast cars and pretty frocks! We loved admiring both at this year's Goodwood Revival. On a perfect sunny September day, we were captivated by the style and dash of earlier eras...

Early 1960s Grand Prix cars line up on the Goodwood Revival grid

The vintage motors (from road cars to F1 beauties, and all 'born' in 1966 or earlier) were polished to perfection, and the men at the Festival looked especially handsome in their 40s style tweed jackets and caps (or old-fashioned racing driver overalls...). The women were lovely in 40s dresses and suits (we spotted quite a few fox furs despite the heat!) as well as full 50s skirts (lots of polkadots) and plimsolls or psychedelic 60s shifts....There was no shortage of Land Girls either.

We spotted these girls admiring the Vespas
A few songs with lunch....
Fetching frocks AND fast cars to admire

Our friends at Ford kindly invited us to drink champagne (and tea...) with them, and we were thrilled to be invited into the drivers' Assembly Paddock to get a close-up of the Ford GT40s. The 1960s sports cars impressed us with their sleek lines and sexy-sounding engines as they revved up for a circuit of the track.

Admiring the stunning red Ford GT40 in the Assembly Paddock

Meanwhile in the 'Earls Court Motorshow', we were transported from past to future at the Ford stand, which showcased the brand new Mustang - due to be launched in the UK in autumn 2015, the first time the iconic car will be manufactured with a right-hand drive. Punters were invited to pose in front of a back-drop of a  Mustang on California's famous Route 66, while a photographer snapped a souvenir shot.

The whole Festival has a really fun feel - with thousands of grown-ups clearly having a ball raiding their dressing-up boxes. Yet there is nothing playful about the Settrington Cup - where Austin J40 pedal cars which raced between 1949 and 1966 are put through their paces by their current young drivers.

Pedalling for victory in the Settrington Cup
They may have had treasured teddies and dolly companions in their passenger seats, but the drivers' little legs pedalled like fury as they trundled towards the finishing line. Definitely one of our favourite races of the day! 

The numberplate on this Porsche caught our eye!


Rosalind Lowe

Monday, 15 September 2014

Get the look: Autumn High Street Special


Start shopping for your autumn wardrobe with these new-in staples, inspired by our High Street Haul:


Coat, £110, River Island                             Gilet, £59.99, Zara             




Sarah-Rose Harrison

Fashion special: Autumn's high street haul of fame

Our essential edit of the season’s top trends and buys. Enjoy! 
Jumper, £29.99, Zara. Skirt, £169, 
Hobbs London. Bag, £20, and Shoes, £60, both Asos.Socks, £15, antharella, from mytights.com
Jumper, £29.99, Zara. Skirt, £169, Hobbs London. Bag, £20, and Shoes, £60, both Asos.Socks, £15, pantharella, from mytights.com
Sheepskin coat, £595, Topshop.
Shirt, £40, BDG, from Urban Outfitters. Jumper, £14.99, New Look. Jeans, £39.99, Mango. 
Boots, £295, Russell & Bromley
Sheepskin coat, £595, Topshop. Shirt, £40, BDG, from Urban Outfitters. Jumper, £14.99, New Look. Jeans, £39.99, Mango. Boots, £295, Russell & Bromley
Waistcoat, £68, Topshop Premium. 
Poloneck, £79, Jigsaw. Trousers, £120, Reiss.Rucksack, £19.99, New Look.Shoes, £85, Bertie, from Dune
Waistcoat, £68, Topshop Premium. Poloneck, £79, Jigsaw. Trousers, £120, Reiss.Rucksack, £19.99, New Look.Shoes, £85, Bertie, from Dune
Jacket, £179, Zara. Poloneck, £16, 
Marks & Spencer. Skirt, £38, Next. 
Hat, £69, Reiss. Bag, £155, Karen Millen
Jacket, £179, Zara. Poloneck, £16, Marks & Spencer. Skirt, £38, Next. Hat, £69, Reiss. Bag, £155, Karen Millen
Dress, £150, Asos. Faux-fur stole, £40, River Island. Bag, £99, Dune
Dress, £150, Asos. Faux-fur stole, £40, River Island. Bag, £99, Dune
Blazer, £145, and Trousers, £95, both French Connection. Sleeveless shirt, £25.99, Zara. faux-sheepskin stole, £28, Asos
Blazer, £145, and Trousers, £95, both French Connection. Sleeveless shirt, £25.99, Zara. faux-sheepskin stole, £28, Asos
Cape, £38, Topshop. Dress, £275, Karen Millen. Boots, £80, Aldo.
Socks, £8, Trasparenze,  from mytights.com
Cape, £38, Topshop. Dress, £275, Karen Millen. Boots, £80, Aldo. Socks, £8, Trasparenze, from mytights.com
Dress, £38, Red Herring at Debenhams. Boots, £190, French Connection
Dress, £38, Red Herring at Debenhams. Boots, £190, French Connection


  • Fashion Editor: Hannah Hughes
  • Fashion assistant Krissy Turner
  • Hair Jamie McCormick at Frank Agency using Redken
  • Make-up Jose Bass using Chanel Le Lift and A/W 2014
  • Model Eileen Heydorn at Storm
  • Set designer Kila Carr-Ince
  • Set first assistant Tamara Venn
  • Producer Lucy Coghlan

  • Friday, 12 September 2014

    Fearne Cotton for Very.co.uk SS15 preview:

    On the eve of London Fashion Week Fearne Cotton previewed her SS15 collection for Very.co.uk with a glitzy 'Circus Rebel' themed catwalk show. 


    Her 16th collection for the popular on-line retailer, the gorgeous outfits were offset by hula-hooper's, fire breathers and an explosion of gold confetti: with models walking down a glamorous glitter catwalk. 



    For SS15, Fearne went for a 1970's disco vibe, drawing inspiration from some of her favourite rock and roll heroines of the 70's - Debbie Harry, Joan Jett and Stevie Nicks. 



    Packed full of metallic dresses, floral co-ords and feline motif's we've already planned our January shop! 

    Our favourite Radio 1 presenter took to the stage to thank Very.co.uk and Lee Publicity for their on going support and love, also acknowledging her step-daughter's adorable attire for the event - she'd fully embraced the circus theme dressing as a clown!

    We chatted to style guru Gok Wan following the show who loved the "fun and creative" collection which was "so on point. Definitely Fearne's brand!" A huge fan of the "brilliant use of texture" he added that it's "really flirty, and exactly what you want to see for SS because of all the darkness of the Autumn months!" 

    Fearne's SS15 collection will be available on very.co.uk from January 2015, in the meantime check out her AW14 collection here.


    Sarah-Rose Harrison


    Thursday, 11 September 2014

    En Brogue the book! A guide to flat shoes and how to wear them with style:


    Do you know the difference between a derby and an Oxford? Tassel loafers or penny loafers?

    Inspired by Hannah Rochell's popular blog, enbrouge.com, En Brogue is a girls guide to flat shoes and how to wear them with style.

    After an embarrassing fall in heels at Waterloo station Rochell banished heels from her life, giving away her few pairs of heels to friends and charity shops. She's not looked back, or missed her Céline
    kitten heels. Inspired by her high-heel-less life Rochell created her blog, and this book, to prove that there are stylish flat shoes out there!

    From slippers to sandals, brogues to boots, penny loafers to pumps En Brogue honours forty styles of shoe with beautiful hand drawn illustrations, quirky photos and interesting historical facts about our favourite flats.

    The perfect gift for shoe lovers everywhere, En Brogue available in stores from today, priced at £10.

    follow @enbrogue on Twitter & Instagram


    Sarah-Rose Harrison

    Monday, 8 September 2014

    Grey for Today: Get the Look

    Love the Grey inspired looks in this weekend's fashion story? Now get the look for less....


                  Jacket, £29.99, New Look                               Trousers, £19.99, New Look


                            Jacket, £80, River Island                              Rollneck, £14, Topshop









    Jumper dress, £39.99, Zara                    Trainers, £20, Topshop

                                          
               Skirt, £149, Marks and Spencer                                              Hat, £20, ASOS



    Sarah-Rose Harrison

    Fashion: Grey for today

    From slate to stone, it’s the season’s favourite neutral. Wear from head to toe with a slick of silver 
    Wool Coat, £695; Wool jacket, £370, 
and Wool Trousers, £255, all DKNY
    Wool Coat, £695; Wool jacket, £370, and Wool Trousers, £255, all DKNY

    Wool top, £300, Edeline Lee.
polo neck, £36, Oroblu. Wool Trousers, £500, Awake. Felt hat, £185, Laird & Co Hatters for Teatum Jones. Mohair scarf, £800, Roksanda.
    Wool top, £300, Edeline Lee. polo neck, £36, Oroblu. Wool Trousers, £500, Awake. Felt hat, £185, Laird & Co Hatters for Teatum Jones. Mohair scarf, £800, Roksanda.


    £1,500, Pavane, fromboutiquette.com.
Leather dress with knitted collar, £972, Lucas Nascimento, from matchesfashion.com. Boots, £595, Purified, from coggles.com
    £1,500, Pavane, fromboutiquette.com. Leather dress with knitted collar, £972, Lucas Nascimento, from matchesfashion.com. Boots, £595, Purified, from coggles.com


    Cashmere and leather Jacket, £900, Pinghe. Wool Jumper, £300, Paul & Joe, from net-a-porter.com.
Trouser-skirt, £450, Tibi, from matchesfashion.com.
    Cashmere and leather Jacket, £900, Pinghe. Wool Jumper, £300, Paul & Joe, from net-a-porter.com. Trouser-skirt, £450, Tibi, from matchesfashion.com.


    WOOL Coat, £595, Nicole Farhi.
COTTON Shirt, £140, Zeynep Tosun. Cotton Skirt, £420, JW Anderson, from brownsfashion.com.
Shearling Shoes, £261, Loeffler Randall
    WOOL Coat, £595, Nicole Farhi. COTTON Shirt, £140, Zeynep Tosun. Cotton Skirt, £420, JW Anderson, from brownsfashion.com. Shearling Shoes, £261, Loeffler Randall


    Boiled wool jacket, £570; georgette blouse, £315; wool-mix trousers, £355, and felt hat, £370, all Emporio Armani
    Boiled wool jacket, £570; georgette blouse, £315; wool-mix trousers, £355, and felt hat, £370, all Emporio Armani


    Fashion assistant: Alisha Hockenjos
    Make-up: Jose Bass using Chanel Le Lift Serum and  Vitalumi√®re Loose Powder
    Hair: Jamie McCormick at Frank Agency using Kapello Hair
    Model Luisa Bianchin at Viva
    Producer Lucy Coghlan
    Set designer: Kimberley Harding

    Stockists
    awake, a-w-a-k-e.com
    DKNY, 020 7499 6238
    Edeline Lee, 020 7224 4010
    Emporio Armani, armani.com
    Laird & co Hatters, lairdlondon.co.uk
    LOEFFLER RANDALL, loefflerrandall.com
    NICOLE FARHI, nicolefarhi.com
    Oroblu, oroblu.com
    Pinghe, bypinghe.com
    Roksanda, 020 7613 6499
    ZEYNEP TOSUN, zeyneptosun.co.uk







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    With backgrounds in interior design and investment banking the couple were inspired to start Amara after Sam refurbished their family home. Their passion for luxury style and quality service has seen what started as a store on Chelmsford high street, grow into an enormously successful website, which now stocks over 200 designer homeware brands including Missoni Home, Mulberry Home and Ralph Lauren.


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    Sarah-Rose Harrison