ALACARTER STYLE


More picture perfection from pigalle! by David
April 10, 2009, 10:06 pm
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WHO DO I WANT TO BE TODAY???

WHO DO I WANT TO BE TODAY???



PREPARING BREAKFAST AT 40 WiNKS… by David
April 7, 2009, 11:04 pm
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INSPIRATION AT A GLANCE… by David
April 6, 2009, 6:36 pm
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PIGALLE’S PICTURE PERFECTION
I have always loved scrapbooks… they are a visual record of the things that inspire someone, and often provide a private insight into their aesthetic sensibilities, their passions and their dreams. My lovely friend, Pigalle Tavakkoli, has a rare eye for the strange and the beautiful, and she has very generously agreed to share her personal scrapbook with everyone who subscribes to alacarterstyle. Updated most days, it is playground of pictorial bliss for anyone who can’t afford a flesh and blood Muse, or who simply needs their visual senses aroused and satiated. Enjoy!!

DAVID

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Unique and hard to find US designer brands in London by Kelli

Brian Reyes

Brian Reyes

I couldn’t resist! Thanks to this week’s issue of Drapers, I found OXYGEN in central London! The shop carries collections from about 20 US designers and other exclusive lines from all over. Two of my favorites are Brian Reyes (pictured above) and Doo.Ri (pictured below). It feels like shopping in NYC  so I suggest giving it a look next time you’re shopping in the Oxford Street area. Find it at 38 Eastcastle Street W1.

Doo.Ri

Doo.Ri



Drapers and 40 WiNKS… by David

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WOULD YOU LIKE TO SHOOT AT 40 WiNKS FOR FREE?
If you work in the fashion industry keeping up to date with what’s going on and checking out the latest trends has probably never been more important. Most of you probably already subscribe to Drapers, the weekly trade journal, but did you know that if you renew your subscription before the 5th of May you could be in with a chance of winning not just a two night stay at 40 WiNKS, but also the opportunity to use the house as a location for your very own fashion shoot?
40 WiNKS is one of the best-loved fashion and celebrity locations in London, attracting an endless stream of glossy magazines and top advertising clients. This really is a fantastic offer, so whether you are a young designer or an established major brand, make sure you check out Draper’s website today for full details on how you could win.

DAVID



ALEXANDRA FARO – FASHION DESIGNER by David
SPRING/SUMMER 09 COLLECTION

SPRING/SUMMER 09 COLLECTION

Hungarian born fashion designer, Alexandra Faro, moved to London in 2004. After studying at the London College of Fashion she bravely decided to launch her own label. Alexandra popped over for a drink the other night to tell me about her new A/W collection, which all sounds rather fab and wonderful, but still very hush hush!!… Here in the UK, her designs are stocked exclusively by super cool ‘127 Brick Lane’, alongside the likes of Comme des Garcons and Maison Martin Margiela. Her previous collections there have all completely sold out, so if you are interested in getting something from her current S/S range, we would suggest you get down there sharpish!!

DAVID

AUTUMN/WINTER 08/09

AUTUMN/WINTER 08/09 COLLECTION



Sexy style beyond your wardrobe by Kelli

You know what it’s like to put on a new stylish outfit and get all gussied up for a night on the town. Something about being all put together causes our confidence to rise and maybe, if I dare say, feel a bit sexy. Well, as an interior designer, my goal is provoke similar emotions through the spaces I design. For example, designing a bedroom or bathroom that makes you want to undress, turn down the lights and bask in the ambiance, where the colors, lighting and textures scream luxury, style and sex appeal. If you’re looking to add some new appeal to your pad, consider adding some luscious fabrics as window treatments, upholstery, and bedding. For example, check out the fabrics from the “Grandezza collection” (pictured below) by fabric designer Jab Anstoetz. I am not a fan of ALL of his work but I do find this collection sexy, full of texture and color. gradezza

Another way to give a bedroom or bathroom more drama and appeal is by adding one of my favorite design elements: the vintage chandelier. As some of you might already know, I have designed a few lamps myself but I still love the simple elegance an antique chandelier can bring to any space. I plan to put together a post soon all about my favorite lighting so stay tuned!

xx Kelli



FRED AND GINGER by David
March 31, 2009, 6:53 pm
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WHO STOLE ALL OUR CLOTHES, DARLING??

WHO STOLE ALL OUR CLOTHES, DARLING??

UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL…
A woman who doesn’t care about the lingerie she wears is a woman who needs a new relationship!! The fabulous 50s inspired collection from Victoria Holt and her label Fred and Ginger is a perfect homage to old fashioned luxury and sophistication, and is guaranteed to get those sparks flying again. Victoria used to work with Jenny Packham, so is someone who really understands how to make a woman feel glamorous and confident. What is so refreshing though is that she has recognised that some of us boys also enjoy wearing nice underwear, and her collection includes a range of briefs and boxer shorts in French silks, English cottons and Swiss jerseys… The collection is available from Selfridges, so pop down and check it out!!

David



Top Pins… by David
March 30, 2009, 2:14 pm
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Courteney Blackman

Courtney Blackman

My lovely friend Courtney Blackman is in Vogue.com today…
Check out those pins!!
David



Spanish Fashion with real SEX appeal… by David
Spring/Summer collection from Manolita Watlin

Spring/Summer collection from Manolita Watlin

SPANISH FASHION WITH REAL SEX APPEAL…
One of the hottest new stars on the Spanish fashion scene is Soledad Serna, whose label Manolita Watlin specialises in clothes for women who want something a bit different… we love her cool, funky, sophisticated look, and also love the fact that she is based in London!! We are hoping to persuade her to have a private viewing of her new collection at 40 WiNKS very soon, so if you are interested in attending, let us know…

David



Hanging out with Robert Pattinson by Kelli
March 26, 2009, 4:04 pm
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Hunk or Skunk?

Hunk or Skunk?

The other day we had a photo shoot here at 40 WiNKS for cool, new magazine Fashion Music Style. Among the bands and musicians being shot was the Hollywood hunk, Robert Pattinson. I got to make “Bobby” a cup of tea and chat with him as the photographer and crew prepared for the shoot.
Yesterday The London Paper printed a story about Pattinson’s hygiene or lack there of stating that the actor was stinking up the set of ‘The Twilight Saga: New Moon’. This got me thinking, can a hunk still be sexy if he’s a bit smelly? Write me what you think and I will reply with details from my own personal encounter with the nostril offensive culprit in question.
xoxo Kelli