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Eco-Friendly Label Thoreau Launches Debut Collection

WITH authenticity, integrity and ethical consciousness at its heart, UK-based brand Thoreau has recently launched its inaugural AW16 collection. Every piece in the collection is both environmentally and animal friendly – and these values  in no way detract from the exceptional quality, elegance and style of the range.

Dandy Top from Thoreau

Each garment is manufactured in Britain, using only reclaimed fabrics, or those produced using water-based recycling systems – leftovers of which are donated to charity. Any animal fibres – such as wool or silk – are ethically sourced and therefore guaranteed to be 100 per cent cruelty free. Natural dyes prevent pollution and what’s more the company tracks emissions caused by manufacturing and shipping, with the intention of eliminating them all together and thus offsetting their carbon footprint.

Javan Dress from Thoreau AW16 collection

Operating in an industry responsible for approximately 10 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide, Thoreau’s founders, Hannah Little (who has worked in fashion for over 10 years), and her partner Owen, are hoping to initiate a significant change in the way that the industry functions, inspiring suppliers to re-evaluate their production processes, taking into consideration the planet’s most urgent needs.

Frenchie Bed Jacket by Thoreau

Likewise do they urge consumers to reconsider the way the shop; quality, and thus longevity and durability, are of the upmost importance to Thoreau’s designs. The collection is composed of versatile, staple pieces intended to form the basis of a capsule wardrobe, the idea being that each garment may be worn and re-worn, for seasons and indeed years to come. The aesthetic is therefore classic, a subtle 70s vibe imbued throughout, evident in light, breezy blouses and floral prints.

Coco Blouse by Thoreau

Hannah says, “We believe that personal style does not have to come at the expense of the conscience and that there is a general shift underway in the way people are shopping. We believe that this shift towards a new kind of consumerism means that people are demanding a more authentic, transparent experience from their purchases.”

Thoreau’s designers Hannah Little and Owen Weatherley

She continues, “We like to think of ourselves as the opposite of disposable, fast fashion. We are thinking about every stage of the process and seeking out solutions that minimise our impact on the world – we’re striving to strike a balance between the styling choices of the individual woman and our collective responsibility.”


by Hannah Bergin

Thoreau is exclusively available online. The brand offers free shipping across the UK

Chanel’s Unique Beauty Destination Opens at Spitalfields

CHANEL is offering its clients a unique beauty experience in the form of a playful and interactive parlour in the heart of Spitalfield’s Old Market. Customers are invited to rediscover the House’s iconic and extensive selection of products in new ways, in the form of beauty consultations, personalised make-up tutorials and one to one sessions with fragrance experts designed to cater to every client’s specific needs and respond to their preferences.

Likewise are customers given the opportunity to sample the latest that Chanel has to offer, by testing new products and exploring the latest beauty trends to have emerged from the Parisian runways.

Chanel at Spitalfields © Chanel

Exclusive to Chanel at Spitalfields is the Rouge Allure Ink Parlour. Launched with the House’s AW16 line, Rouge Allure Ink – a matte liquid lip colour – belongs to the brand’s Le Rouge No.1 Collection, which both celebrates and further explores the power, glamour and sheer seductiveness of the colour red. The new ultra-fine Ink is exceptionally fluid and silky, gliding effortlessly onto the lips and adhering perfectly with a long-lasting finish. Upon application, it creates a matte texture in intense, remarkably bold colours.

Chanel at Spitalfields offers a bespoke lip menu and an interactive filter screen with which customers are able to sample Rouge Allure shades and experiment with different looks.

by Hannah Bergin

To book an appointment, contact Chanel at Spitalfields call 0207 247 5513 or email

Annabel’s Members’ Club and Casely-Hayford Collaborate

THIS season sees a unique collaboration between Annabel’s – Mayfair’s sophisticated Private Members’ Club and Casely-Hayford – the London-based menswear brand which imbues traditional Savile Row tailoring with thoroughly contemporary touches which has resulted in the creation of the limited edition Annabel’s Smoking Jacket.

The single-breasted blazer, which is crafted from midnight-blue velvet and features a wide-set shawl lapel, is lined with a modern camouflage print, in keeping with the military theme which defined the brand’s AW16 collection Irregimental Youth.

Annabel’s jacket therefore embodies the prestige and finesse of the Private Club whilst referencing the hip contemporaneousness that defines Casely-Hayford’s aesthetic.


Annabel’s Smoking Jacket by Casely-Hayford © Casely-Hayford

The Casely-Hayford label was established in 2009, by father-son duo Joe Casely-Hayford OBE and Charlie Casely Hayford. An internationally acclaimed designer in his own right, Joe’s career has spanned over 3 decades and in 2007, saw him appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for his services to the sartorial industry.

Two years later, he entered into a partnership with his son Charlie, a Central Saint Martins alumnus, who fostered his exceptional technical skills via various internships and a comprehensive apprenticeship undertaken at his parents’ studio. The pair’s collaborative label now operates in both London and Tokyo.

by Hannah Bergin

Annabel’s Smoking Jacket by Casely-Hayford is exclusively available at Harvey Nichols and is priced at £675 but the club in fact holds a number of the limited edition blazers, should gentlemen turn up at their doors in improper attire

Fabryan Releases AW16 Collection at Belarus Fashion Week

LUXURY womenswear and accessories brand Fabryan launched their AW16 collection on the catwalk of Belarus Fashion Week. Created in 2010, this brand is distinguishable by striking silhouettes and statement colour, achieving a synthesis of simplicity and art inspired design. The new collection boasts ready-to-wear pieces which are elegant yet eye-catching.

FABRYAN AW16A look from the recent AW16 Fabryan collection

Samantha-Jane Agbontaen, self-taught designer, believes in indisputable quality in terms of tailoring. Hand-crafting the collection with a small team in London ensures each pieces individuality whist maintaining superlative finishing. This line is also versatile yet reliable when it comes to the brands three principles: understated elegance, innate creativity and timeless design.

FABRYAN AW16A look from the recent AW16 Fabryan collection

Strong dynamic lines paired with classic cuts offer fluidity between day and night wardrobes for the contemporary woman, along with award-winning style that has been featured in Vogue and Tatler. This brand has gone from strength to strength since its formation and by offering personalised bespoke tailoring to all customers, alongside exquisite collections, they are set to shake the London fashion scene.

by Evie Murphy

Samuji Finnish Fashion Brand Present AW16 collection

FOUNDED in 2009, Finnish brand Samuji carries both fashion and homeware ranges. Its unique visual identity is authored by Samuji’s Creative Director Samu-Jussi Koski. His first womenswear collection unveiled in 2011 have proven Samuji’s and designer’s commitment to the values that guide them on their creative journey – devotion to things beautiful in their simplicity, distinct functionality and kindness.

Samuji green coatA look from Samuji AW16 collection

Samuji does not consciously bow to the must-have flippant trends, preferring to focus on timeless and enduring design, yet each one of their collections prove their unique ability to marry current with ageless. Building on those sentiments, and driven by his fascination by art and architecture which he uses for inspiration, Koski has created a distinctively captivating collection.

Using bold prints, velvet, navy and brown wool and cream corduroy he offers carefully crafted selection of skirts, dresses and overcoats, as well as staple knitwear. Bold colours and proportions guarantee the wearer to stand out of the crowd while flattering the figure – tapered trousers, cropped tops, oversized collars and hugging rollnecks excite and evoke allure.

Samuji polka dot dressA look from the Samuji AW16 collection

The brand caters to a pioneering, self assured woman who assuredly affirms her strength and bold sense of style while remaining comfortable with her own sensitivity. In their own words, “You can take the Samuji woman out of artistic, romantic surroundings but you cannot take the romance out of her. It’s there, and no matter how modern she looks, she seems to have an instinctive preference for seasoned items. Things that gain value over time, things that have a story to tell.”

Samuji window shotA look from the Samuji AW16 collection

The AW16 collection offers that woman a wide variety of choices – there are easy daytime pieces, such as wide-legged trousers, A-line dresses in all lengths and fitted shirts, as well as daring lame tunic and trousers. Even the simplest looks can be accessorised with voluminous wool hats, mesh hopper bags, statement patent leather ballerinas and ankle boots, all designed to compliment the garments. Samuji also brought back their previous AW hit – an oversized beanie hat – in a range of lush colours.

Samuji wool hatA look from the Samuji AW16 collection


by Magda Pirowska

The collection will be available on Samuji’s website as well as their store in Helsinki and selected stockists in Europe, Asia and America.

LFW AW16: palmer//harding

“This season we are exploring anonymity, looking to the accelerationist and situationist movement and vaporwave for inspiration, while the anti-digital aesthetic of Nathan Peter’s art work (which we started to explore last season) continues to filter into the colours and textures of the collection,” Levi Palmer and Matthew Harding.

palmer harding asymetric black shirt

palmer//harding are one of the most dynamic duos on the current British fashion scene. The Central St Martins graduates have launched their brand in 2012 and have since gone from strength to strength gaining worldwide recognition and loyal following from the fashionistas appreciating their sharp tailoring and redefining of the classics.

Their specific reverence of the shirt, which always forms a central part of all of their collections, have earned them their “the shirt of boys” nickname and their latest AW16 collection proves once more that they continue to reign in that department.

palmer harding suede skirt blue dress

Set in the underground show space of the Mary Ward Centre, Bloomsbury, their LFW16 presentation was meant to take the viewer on the journey of self evaluation. A simplistic set formed in its entirety out of wooden pallets was a creation of Lianna Fowler studio and made for a poignant backdrop for the collection which carries a warning but also messages of hope and urging for action.

palmer hardin orange oversize coat

Building on their customary statement shirt palmer//harding duo presented a collection that is traditionally comprised of easy to wear classic with duo’s signature twist that makes each garment stand out in the crowd. Boxy silhouettes and light layering lend to the notions of anonymity and empowerment which led the designers on their latest creative journey.

Inspired by the vaporwave movement they have created a collection that is “ultimately about protecting ourselves fro the modern onslaught – and empowering individuals – by concealing our identity through layers, amour – inspired pieces and literally covering up.”

Sleek pieces created with superb craftsmanship furthermore feature cropped sleeves and trousers, cinched waists and asymmetric hems which have become synonymous with palmer//harding name. Wraparound skirts and statement flowing shirts and oversized coats complete the selection and confirm its status as timeless declaration against raging capitalism breaking societies and leaving us vulnerable and alienated.

palmer harding khaki trousers

The designer’s also reached to modern art for their colour palette and textures. Contemporary painter Nathan Peter have become their inspiration that resulted in appointing yellow, black, white, brown, dusty blue and coral for the collection’s key colours. They used cotton poplin, melange and micro cords with support from cotton – blend organdie checks and lightweight wools for their shirts and velvets mixed with more cotton in the skirts and trousers. Already diversely textured selection was furthermore enriched with patchwork pony, shearling and melton wools in the outerwear.

palmer harding black shirt patched skirt

The collection’s show styling was completed with jewellery designed in collaboration with Sian Evans and shoes provided by Duccio Venturi Bottier.

by Magda Pirowska

Images courtesy of WeAreVillage