Missguided Announces More Lines Added To Their Winter Sale!

Just because the month is coming to an end, it doesn’t mean the sales are! Online women’s clothing retailer Missguided have added even more seasonal essentials to their Winter sale, ensuring that you wash your January blues away with up to 60% off fabulous goodies!

Need the perfect reason to stock up on a few gorgeous dresses for that all important spontaneous night out? Missguided have handed you that very excuse with amazing discounts on clothing, footwear and accessories. From that statement sequin dress to the classic midi dresses, you definitely won’t be shying away from your end of season wardrobe this year!

If you’re feeling the cold after the “great freeze” wrap up warm with the perfect winter coat, from leopard print furs to tartan oversized jackets Missguided’s outerwear range has every style you need to keep the chill off this season.

Cosy up in style with Missguided’s fabulous knitwear collection or if you’re lucky enough to be jetting off somewhere a little warmer this month Missguided have made sure that your every needs are covered with their collection of cute tees and women’s swimwear. From slogan essentials to statement tunics you can pick up a summery bargain from a perfect £10.99!

Finances might be tight, but Missguided certainly know how important it is to look your best without breaking the bank. With sale items from as little as £7 how can you resist indulging in a little online retail therapy, and with free UK delivery on orders over £40 you can guarantee that your wardrobe will be fully prepared for fabulousness this year!

For behind the scenes footage, sneak peeks at the latest campaigns and an abundance of fabulous products make sure you check out Missguided on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Youtube and Tumblr.

Happy sale shopping!

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Rare London Offers Free UK Delivery Among Other Festive Promotions

Rare London is currently offering free next day delivery to all UK customers until 4pm on Thursday 5th December, plus free delivery all weekend.

Not only that, the online fashion retailer is also offering up to a massive 40% off its entire seasonal collection, giving shoppers the chance the grab themselves a bargain on party wear or to do a bit of last minute Christmas shopping.

Rare London currently has several promotions running. These include 30% off the Opulence collection, discount code OPULENCE 30, ending midnight Wednesday 5th December; 30% off Coco’s Fortune, discount code SALE 30, between 5-10pm on Thursday 6th December; and a further £5 off all party dresses, running from Friday 7th to Sunday 9th December.

On top of these great offers, Rare London has two fantastic competitions. Customers can visit the Rare London Facebook page for the chance to win a party wardrobe. The store has £1,000 to give away and if they recommend the retailer to a friend, the consumer’s friend could also win a winter wardrobe. Rare London has also teamed up with luxury lingerie retailer Freya to give away £100 worth of Rare London clothing, plus three sets of Freya fashion and essentials lingerie. Two runners up will win a Rare London dress and a set of lingerie of their choice. The closing date for this competition is Wednesday 19th December so customers will have to be quick if they want to be in with a chance of winning.

Deepa Bamrah at Rare London, said: “The run up to Christmas is always busy and exciting. These excellent offers allow our valued customers to snap up a great deal onRare dresses, just in time for their Christmas parties. Whether they prefer a classic peplum dress or want to try a more daring cut-out dress, Rare London has the best party looks, at great prices.”

To take advantage of Rare London’s promotional offers and free UK delivery, and to see the complete collection of women’s clothing, visit www.rarelondon.com.

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Wallis Launches New Collection By Print Designer Lollie Dunbar

Wallis, a premium high street women’s clothing brand, has launched a new collection by aspiring print designer Lollie Dunbar. The collection, which features a bespoke print created by the up-and-coming textile designer, first appeared online and in selected stores nationwide on 21 May 2012.

The seven-piece capsule collection features a range of garments for spring and summer. It includes three scarves, two dresses, wide-legged Palazzo trousers and a cropped kimono.

Growing up in a creative household, with an animator father and a dressmaker mother, Lollie Dunbar knew from a young age that she wanted to become a fashion designer. However, it wasn’t until college that she first discovered her love of prints and patterns. From there, she went on to study textile design at the Winchester School of Art. In addition to this latest endeavour with Wallis, she has also collaborated with the World Land Trust and Liberty London after winning a scarf print design competition.

Lollie discussed her inspiration for the collection: “I wanted to create something that was suitable for the Wallis customer, for spring/summer 2012, but also something that would be a reflection of me as a designer.

“My main inspiration for the designs were prints seen on contemporary homeware designs and I felt these would translate beautifully into a scarf collection and the other designs flowed from there.”

In addition to homeware designs, Lollie was also inspired by Egyptian Jewellery, Greek pottery and tribal tattoos. She visited the Pitt Rivers Museum in her hometown of Oxford and used its collection of world archaeology as her muse.

Lollie’s aesthetic also draws from the 1960s, as she admires the styles of Twiggy Lawson and Edie Sedgwick. She enjoys the strong yet feminine look of 60s-era shift dresses, jewellery and makeup.

In regard to the design process for her Wallis collection, Lollie said: “When I first met with the design team at Wallis to discuss the collaboration I was so excited that they very much wanted me to take my own direction.

“I worked from home and so had complete independence on the designs. Throughout the process I would meet with the team to keep them up to date on what I was working on and get their feedback on how the collection was progressing.”

Lollie is currently working on a new collection to add to her growing portfolio and looks forward to doing more projects like the one she’s done for Wallis.

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Wallis Launches Icon Dresses Collection

Wallis, a premium British clothing brand, has announced the launch of its Icon Dresses collection, featuring designs inspired by legendary film stars from decades past. Designed and made in Britain, the collection is comprised of five classic silhouettes, each of which channels a different leading lady.

The Icon dresses collection includes a floor-length emerald evening gown inspired by Keira Knightley, yet reminiscent of the 1920s. The British actress often channels the ‘roaring twenties’ in her red carpet outfits, and the garment reflects her vintage style.

For women wanting to add some old fashioned Hollywood glamour to their wardrobe, the collection also includes a two-toned figure-hugging Grace Kelly inspired dress. The American actress and Princess consort of Monaco was considered to be one of the most fashionable women of her time.

One of the most iconic women’s dresses from the 1950s was Marilyn Monroe’s famous white halter dress. The Icon Dresses collection honours this classic ensemble with a near replica. The collection’s white halter dress includes a full pleated skirt and a ruched waist panel for an extra flattering effect.

The beloved ‘little black dress’ has not been left out of Wallis’ latest collection, which features an Audrey Hepburn inspired ‘LBD’ with a simple, chic silhouette. A cut-out detail on the back of the dress gives it a modern touch.

The collection’s silk, coffee-coloured cocktail dress is inspired by Elizabeth Taylor and features lace detailing for an additional touch of femininity.

Each dress in Wallis’ latest collection has been designed and produced in England, with careful attention to detail and quality.

About Wallis:
Wallis is as an aspirational, premium high street brand. The brand has a strong British heritage – first store opened in Islington 1932.

At the heart of Wallis is an understating of real women. It believes in women as individuals not stereotypes and it wants women to look and feel the best they can. This is reflected in the brand’s design philosophy. Wallis design women’s clothing that allows real women to look great – clothes that combine the fabric and cut with their natural curves.

Wallis dresses today’s woman with distinctively designed clothes for a modern contemporary look that makes her feel confident and special, whatever the occasion. Interpreting trends for the fashion conscious 35+ woman and offering clothes that reflect the spirit of women today.

Quality of fit and fabric is paramount as it’s the brands aim to provide a welcoming and enjoyable shopping experience.

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Quiz Unwraps Brand New Website Design

International women’s clothing retailer Quiz has launched its brand new website, designed to make it easier than ever for fashion-conscious shoppers to get their hands on the latest styles.

The company’s website has had a major makeover and along with a new sleek design, users will benefit from an intuitive navigation system which makes finding the right clothes, accessories and footwear quick and easy.

In addition, a number of new features have been added to the site including a virtual fitting room which allows shoppers to create a model from scratch, by selecting height, weight, hair colour, bra size, waist, under-bust and hip measurements. The user can then add dresses, skirts, shoes and accessories to their model to create the perfect look.

Store availability information is another new feature which has been added to the site. With just a glance visitors can now check to see whether the item of clothing they want is available in their local store in the size they require, taking the guesswork out of online shopping.

Haroun Saleemi – E-commerce Manager, at Quiz said: “We’re really delighted with the way the new website looks and hopefully customers will find it easier than ever to navigate and locate the products they want.

“The whole site has been given a makeover, but it is the new features that we’re most excited about. The virtual fitting room really gives people a true idea of how the clothes they’re interested in will look with shoes and accessories. We think it’s going to prove massively popular with online shoppers out to find that perfect outfit for a special occasion.”

Along with the new website functions that have already gone live, Quiz will be adding more services and increased functionality over the coming weeks and months. The ability to buy online and collect orders in store, and the ability to pay for goods with Quiz Credit notes are both coming soon. Quiz also plans to work with the Collect+ delivery service in the near future to make returning unwanted goods easier than ever before.

Haroun Saleemi added: “There are a number of updates to the site still to be rolled out, and you can be sure we’ll continue to search for ways to make shopping for everything from party dresses to evening dresses even more enjoyable for our loyal customers.”

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Debenhams Launches Hosiery To Suit All Skin Tones

Debenhams has launched a range of ‘invisible’ skin tone hosiery available in different shades for women with fair, medium and dark skin – a first for the high street.

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The nude range is available in sizes small, medium and large and colours available include olive, bronze and coffee along with fairer skin tones such as beige and honey.

Debenhams hosiery buyer, Joanna Townsend said: “Nude hosiery is one of fashion’s best kept secrets.

“It’s a woman’s weapon to fight the onset of winter, when wearing black opaque tights is just too depressing on a golden autumn’s day.

“Producing product in nude colours should never take a one-size-fits-all approach, and we are confident that these tights will appeal to women of all ethnicities and ages.”

Until now, olive, Indian, mixed race and black women were forgotten when it came to skin tone tights.

Traditional ‘natural’ or ‘nude’ tights made darker skin colours appear too light, and distorted the natural look of the legs when worn by women.

Joanna Townsend continued: “Our research identified a huge gap in the market for natural hosiery for darker skin tones.

“We had a fantastic reaction to a range of nude bras in varying skin tones earlier this year, so to offer these customers hosiery too was a no brainer.

“Our range is designed to be invisible when worn, no matter what your skin colour.”

The range goes is on sale in Debenhams stores and online at www.debenhams.com now.

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Debenhams Donates Staff Hours To Help Independent Shops Recover

Debenhams Battersea, which was looted during the recent London riots, is to donate a ‘working week’ of hours to the local community, seconding staff to help smaller, independent stores recover.

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Despite the damage that was done, Debenhams Battersea was open again just three days after the events of Monday 8th August. Staff worked alongside local residents to clean up and get the store trading as soon as possible.

Unfortunately, other stores in the area have not been so lucky and are still boarded up without stock to sell or even shelving and display units to put it on.

As such, 35 hours of Debenhams’ staff time has been made available for a month to those businesses that could benefit from the manpower and retail knowledge on offer.

Debenhams Battersea store manager, Neil Roberts, said: “In the spirit of the kindness shown to us by the people of Clapham and Battersea, we would like to give something back to the community.

“Practical support from all areas of our business is available to local, independent shops and businesses that need a helping hand to get back up and running.”

Lorinda Freint, Clapham Junction town centre manager added: “Debenhams is an important anchor store in the town centre.

“The Clapham Junction Town Centre Partnership is delighted with the on-going support it gives small businesses in helping them get back on their feet.”

Local businesses are invited to contact Julian Paine, Debenhams Battersea’s technical services manager to ask for assistance. Help is available from the store’s maintenance team, cleaning, loss prevention, visual merchandise, sales and management.

Debenhams’ Neil Roberts concluded: “The Battersea store staff are incredibly enthusiastic about getting out into the local community to support our neighbours.

“We urge local businesses to come to Debenhams and let us know what they need.”

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Debenhams Reports Boards Which Protected Looted Shop To Become A National Treasure

Debenhams has announced that hundreds of goodwill messages written on boards covering windows smashed during rioting in Clapham Junction are set to become a national treasure.

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High street store Debenhams has decided that they should be preserved to show how British people rallied around after the unprecedented street disturbances.

It believes the words on the boards make them a valuable piece of history, reminding everyone how local people felt, and that the violence and destruction was the product of a tiny minority.

Said Debenhams Battersea store manager, Neil Roberts: “The generosity of the people of Clapham and Battersea has transformed plain pieces of wood into a testament for our times.

“Their words of support are proof that, in times of adversity, Londoners still have the strength of character to stand up and offer a helping hand.”

So many messages of support were scrawled on the boards covering Debenhams’ ransacked Clapham Junction store that they quickly became a local landmark.

Visitors came from all over London – and even a few from overseas – to see what had been written, and to add a message of their own.

Among the messages were: “We have taken Clapham back. The rioters won’t stop our community”. Others said: “Clapham, we love you. Get well soon”, and “We have lived and loved here for 14 years. How dare you destroy our amazing community”.

So many messages of support were written that they filled every available inch of the boards, each measuring 9ft by 6ft.

Neil Roberts at Debenhams said: “While looting and destruction grabbed the headlines, the voices of ordinary people went virtually unheard.

“These boards, tell us, in their own words, how they felt at that time. They have become priceless pieces of social documentary.

“After the riots, hundreds of local people turned up to sweep away the broken glass and to help us get our store up and running again. We didn’t have to ask. Instead, they came and did all that they could to rebuild their community again.

“These boards record the very essence of that human spirit.”

The boards have now been taken down and are being preserved carefully by Debenhams. Conversations have been taking place to try and find a home for them in a prominent location where the general public can come and view them.

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Wallis has announced its collections for Autumn/Winter 2011

The womens fashion company continues the paired down trend during the autumn/winter season with ’60s Modernity’, offering a strong modernist take on the 1960s. Architecturally tailored pieces such as the three quarter length coat, long lined tunic and the flood length trousers create clean lines in futuristic shapes. Unexpected colour clashing on a pallet of electric blue, ginger and black are blended on fabrics of denim, tweed and leather, while prints on knitwear pieces provide stark contrasts. Favourite pieces from the story include the ankle grazing two tone trouser and the leather T shirt, which makes a welcome return this season with fur trim sleeves. Accessories are kept simple to complete the minimalistic look, with snakeskin adding texture.

The ‘Babington House’ collection offers masculine tailoring and historical referencing, combined to create a quintessentially English collection with a nod to the 1970s. Russet hues blend with peach and camel while colour blocking of muted tones remains important. Ali MacGraw inspired T dresses in autumnal shade colour clashes add retro glamour to the collection. Culottes and flared cords are key trouser shapes for the season, creating fluid lines in intrepid colours of berry and burnt orange. These can be paired with a pussy bow blouse and a snug sweater vest or velvet blazer to complete this feminine silhouette. Hero items include the tweed belted trench coat and the berry Afghan faux fur coat. Accessories could include a fedora with a feather in the brim and a patent ladylike tote for 1970s chic.

This autumn/winter, the womens clothing company also pays homage to Alexander McQueen with the ‘Gorgeous Gothic’ collection in a story that evokes Gothic glamour. Leather and chiffon fabrication come together throughout the collection to create dramatic effects. Black mink and soft smoke lilac are blended for vintage boudoir feel. The silhouette is lean; sheer fabrics and contrasting hem lines create a provocative response, while pleats and tucks soften the look and create floaty elegant lines. Victoriana boots laced to the knee are teamed with outerwear favourites including the opulent beaded cape or the midnight black faux fur coat to complete the look.

All products will be available on-line at wallis.co.uk including a fantastic range of shoes, belts and bags to accessorise outfits for all occasions.

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Missguided.co.uk Shortlisted for 2010 Drapers Etail Award

Independent web-based young fashion business Missguided.co.uk is delighted to announce it has been shortlisted in the Best New Etailer category at the 2010 Drapers Etail Awards – testament to the brand’s achievements and rapid expansion since launch, just 20 months ago.

Established in April 2009, Missguided.co.uk – a specialist in womens clothing, has evolved to become a leader in the value-for-money fast fashion sector – with extensive womenswear including going out dresses and accessory collections which are updated on a daily basis. They also feature a new capsule beauty range and intuitive, user-friendly website.

As a cutting edge online Etailer, Missguided.co.uk follow the latest fashion trends – most notably their range of party dresses and maxi dresses suitable for any occasion.

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Break-Through Womenswear Brand Missguided.co.uk Nominated In National Magazine Company Awards

Just 15 months since launch, independent online women’s clothing retailer Missguided.co.uk has been nominated in three separate categories of Reveal’s inaugural Click To Buy awards. Part of the National Magazine Company’s annual 30 Days of Fashion & Beauty campaign, the awards celebrate the best in British web-based fashion and beauty shopping, with nominations comprising largely of the online offerings from the major high street retailers.

Missguided.co.uk is nominated in the key ‘Brilliant Bargains’, ‘Hassle Free Service’ and ‘One-stop-shop for Fashion’ categories, testament to the brand’s recognition within consumer media and rapid expansion since launch; likewise, to the ongoing consumer appetite for fast fashion.

Established in April 2009, Missguided.co.uk is dedicated to making the latest catwalk and celebrity trend-inspired fashion including Maxi dresses and accessories available at affordable prices. With a tightly edited collection that is updated on a daily basis such crop tops and a growing legion of celebrity fans, Missguided.co.uk is already well-known destination on the fashion map and with the appointment of Marketing Director Leon Quinn and a £1 million marketing investment, 2010-11 will mark a further era of growth for the brand.

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Topshop And Teenage Cancer Trust Unite For Summer Bandstands Picnics Throughout The UK In June

Every day in the UK six young people are told they have cancer. Being a teenager is tough enough without having to deal with a serious illness that takes away your normal life at home, at school and with friends. Young people often feel isolated when facing a cancer diagnosis and rarely meet others going through the same experience. Teenage Cancer Trust believe that teenagers shouldn’t stop being teenagers because they have cancer and build specialist units in NHS hospitals where young people can be treated together, in an environment suited to their needs.

Topshop And Teenage Cancer Trust Unite For Summer Bandstands Picnics Throughout The UK In June

Throughout the month of June, Topshop has joined up with the Teenage Cancer Trust to help raise money through a host of special events and by selling dedicated product instores and online. The product lines consist of a bespoke print head scarf, kaftan and bag designed exclusively for Teenage Cancer Trust, as well as friendship bracelets which reflect the summer trends – a percentage of all sales goes to Teenage Cancer Trust.

The unique outdoor Bandstand Picnics will be hosted around the UK in June featuring many up-and-coming music artists such as electric trio Chew Lips, Welsh indie-popsters Los Campesinos and the hotly tipped Summer Camp, plus pop-rockers I Blame Coco.

All events will take place in the loveliest green spaces in London, Bristol, Liverpool and Birmingham and will be transformed into classic picnic style areas. To complement the picnic theme, Native Faces – a London based Face painting company – will provide festival decoration using Topshop Make Up. Sk8 House roller skates will also be available to hire, while sports day games will take place for amazing prizes. There’s a special sun-shaded area where you’ll be able to relax with sun cream on hand.

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French Connection Model To Appear In Pirates Of The Caribbean

French Connection’s ‘THE WOMAN’, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, is set to appear in the next instalment of Pirates of the Caribbean, On Stranger Tides, which is due out later this year.

Bergès-Frisbey, the current face of French Connection’s Spring Summer collection – the 2010 ‘THE WOMAN’ campaign – has been selected by producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Rob Marshall to star in the key role of Syrena, a beautiful and alluring young mermaid, in Walt Disney Pictures/Jerry Bruckheimer Films epic adventure “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” the fourth in the blockbuster series of films.

Bergès-Frisbey joins Johnny Depp, returning in his iconic role of Captain Jack Sparrow, and Penelope Cruz who will play Blackbeard’s daughter. The fourth Pirates movie begins filming this June in Hawaii, Great Britain and Los Angeles. The film is slated to open on May 20, 2011.

Astrid Bergès-Frisbey was born in Barcelona of French-American and Catalan parentage and, now based in Paris, is one of France’s brightest young stars, appearing in French films “La Fille du Puisatier”, “Bruc”, “Extase”, “La Premiere Etoile” and “Un Barrage Contre le Pacifique”.

Astrid took her first steps into the fashion world fronting French Connection’s Spring Summer 10 international campaign and is set to continue working with the brand for Autumn Winter 2010.

French Connection wishes Astrid every success in her exciting new role and all the best for her future acting career.

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Topshop Launches Its High Summer 2010 Collections

Topshop has launched its High Summer 2010 collections, just in time for the sunshine. To accompany the new collections, Topshop customers can access a behind-the-scenes video from the brand’s advertising campaign shoot which shows the newest trends for the summer season. Packed with styling ideas, it is the perfect way to get inspired and choose what to fill your wardrobe with.

Topshop Launches Its High Summer 2010 Collections

Topshop’s in-house design team have the enviable task of finalising the trends the store will feature each season. They do this by trawling the globe in search of the most exciting new pieces, snapping great street style looks, and being inspired by all the cool places they visit. These ideas are then brainstormed, developed, and crystallised into the current Topshop High Summer collections.

For summer there are a lot of new looks to have fun with. Summer Fete offers a mix of sorbet shades, pretty prints and bleached-out denim, whilst in Festival Army, military-inspired pieces have a grungy edge. In Club Tropicana, body conscious summer dresses and hotpants in bold prints and colours look at home on the beaches of Rio de Janeiro. Finally, jersey maxi dresses, sleeveless denim gilets and towering platforms offer slick city chic in Body Armour. Topshop dresses continue to be key, particularly those featuring pretty sherbet colours and pastel ginghams. Shoes are also a big trend for SS10 with wedges and clogs taking centre stage.

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French Connection Launches Ladieswear Spring Summer 2010

French Connection launches Spring Summer 10 collection, full of colour, shine and all things fine. It’s a tale of two style tribes – 50’s teen rockabilly’s hop amongst punks from the 80’s, the clash is evident on both proportions and tailoring giving a new 50’s slant with graphic florals creating a softer, vintage backdrop.

The spring summer style collection sits like a back-to-school pencil case full of Caran d`Ache coloured hues – everything fresh and exciting ready for its first outing. The mix of casual to formal pieces is even, endorsing the freedom of creating an individual style with a juxtaposition of clean cut lines with softer silhouettes in fluid fabrics.

Bold electric blue blazers are worn oversized with contrasting purple lining over neon Hawaiian floral dresses and exposed zips. The double-breast blazer dress with bold gold buttons gives a nod to the 50’s whilst providing a take on an 80’s classic. Bold retro prints in deep jewel colours are mixed with fluro brights on high shine batwing dresses.

Trousers are a contrast of silhouettes – sharp cigarette pants in black, neon Hawaiian print or electric blue, are given gold zip detailing on the waist and ankle, to be worn with oversized shirts or bustier tops – Sandra Dee style. Pleated harem trousers in soft to touch fabrics feature throughout the range in muted tones of beige and black – contrasted with striped or draped vests. 50’s rain Macs are updated in bold blue with gold branded buttons, which can be worn cropped and oversized for a more relaxed feel.

Knitwear is playful, with multi coloured liquorice Allsort stripes in short sleeve jumpers and body con skirts – and a hero piece knitted dress with batwing sleeve detail.

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Topshop Introduces New Jonathan Saunders Collection For 2010

Topshop, the high-street fashion giant, has announced its partnership with the colour and print master Jonathan Saunders is to continue into 2010 with the launch of a new 2010 denim and devore collection, hitting Topshop stores at the end of January.

Geometric shapes and block colours run throughout this five-piece collection. A denim pencil skirt and matching cropped strapless basque are in panelled denim dyed in three different jean colours, ideal to be worn together, but can also be styled to great effect apart. A geometric devore grid design runs down the full length of a black body-conscious full length dress, a sweatshirt and a loose-fitting jersey tee, great for relaxed urban living.

Scottish born print designer Jonathan Saunders graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 1999 with a BA in Printed Textiles, going on to graduate from Central Saint Martin’s in 2002 gaining an MA with distinction in Printed Textiles. Jonathan joined the New Gen scheme for three seasons 2004-2005, sponsored by Topshop, which began their working relationship. Following three seasons showing in New York, Saunders has recently returned to London.

One of Saunders’ trademarks has been his use of traditional silk screening techniques, developing the concept of engineering prints around pattern pieces. Whilst print is still integral to his designs, more recently he has focused on the development of an architectural, clean form, perfectly displayed in his devore jersey pieces for Topshop.

Jonathan commented: “My collection for Topshop this season has been inspired by sportswear and workwear, as well as the bold and graphic shapes of the Memphis movement. It’s perfect for urban city dwellers”.

The new collection is Jonathan’s fourth for Topshop and will be available through selected stores: Oxford Circus, London Selfridges, Liverpool, Manchester Arndale, and online at Topshop.com.

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House Of Fraser Launches Rare Collection By The Saturdays Through Stores And Online

Girl band The Saturdays have teamed up with the dynamic clothing brand Rare to launch a new collection for women available to buy in House of Fraser stores and online at www.houseoffraser.co.uk. The range will feature two pieces from each band mate, enabling fans to wear clothing designed by their favourite member of The Saturdays.

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House of Fraser is a leading UK retailer that offers exclusive collections, designer brands and high street fashion for men, women and children. In addition to contemporary designer brands currently online, the new women’s clothing range will appeal to young, fashion conscious women that like to keep up-to-date with the latest trends.

The Saturdays are known for their über glam pop princess look and The Saturdays Rare collection will explore biker chic and the days of the Hells Angels, featuring studs and rivet detailing as well as continuing with strong themes from the 80s.

The Saturdays, added: “We absolutely love fashion and having the chance to design our own collection is brilliant. Our relationship with Rare started with Mollie’s yellow dress in our If This Is Love video, so it’s great that we now get to have our very own range.”

The new Rare by The Saturdays collection is available through House of Fraser stores as well as online through the House of Fraser website.

About House of Fraser:
House of Fraser is a department store group with 62 enviable locations across the UK and Ireland. As one of the best known names on the high street, House of Fraser has presented customers with an unrivalled nationwide department store for 160 years. The company was acquired by the Highland consortium in November 2006 marking the beginning of an exciting new chapter in its history. The group has annual sales in excess of £1.25bn and employs 6,500 House of Fraser staff and 10,000 concession staff through 5 million sq ft of selling space.

Famous for its exclusive designer brands for men and women’s clothing as well as renowned household and kitchenware names, such as Joseph Joseph, House of Fraser offers luxurious items at affordable prices.

As a retailer House of Fraser is committed to ensuring that it continuously looks at ways of improving working standards and the effect it has on the environment.

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House Of Fraser Launches Exclusive New Joseph Joseph Elevate Range

House of Fraser, the leading retailer of designer brands has teamed up with Joseph Joseph to launch the new ‘Elevate’ utensils range, which will be exclusively available at House of Fraser until October 2009.

The new ‘Elevate’ kitchen and tableware collection is being launched in stores across the UK as well as online through the House of Fraser website. All the utensils from the new ‘Elevate’ collection have been designed for their ease of use in the kitchen and to reflect a fresh innovative concept, whilst also being stylish, contemporary, sophisticated and practical.

Joseph Joseph was originally established in September 2002 by twin brothers Antony and Richard Joseph, and has gone on to develop a strong brand identity with its own distinct style and image for kitchen and tableware designs.

From the spaghetti server to the ladle, all of the elevate kitchen utensils feature a unique weighted ergonomic soft grip handle to ‘elevate’ the head above the kitchen worktop, resulting in less mess and more time to enjoy the food that has been prepared. The kitchen utensils are dishwasher safe, suitable for use with non stick cookware and feature a Nylon head that is heat resistant up to 240 degrees.

The ‘Elevate’ utensils range includes solid spoons, slotted spoons, ladles, spaghetti servers, slotted turners, flexible turners, and other kitchenware utensils for cooking enthusiasts.

About House of Fraser
House of Fraser is a department store group with 62 enviable locations across the UK and Ireland. As one of the best known names on the high street, House of Fraser has presented customers with an unrivalled nationwide department store for 160 years. The company was acquired by the Highland consortium in November 2006 marking the beginning of an exciting new chapter in its history. The group has annual sales in excess of £1.25bn and employs 6,500 House of Fraser staff and 10,000 concession staff through 5 million sq ft of selling space.

Renowned for its exclusive designer brands for men and women’s clothing as well as renowned household and kitchenware names, such as Joseph Joseph, House of Fraser offers luxurious items at affordable prices.

House of Fraser is committed to ensuring that both we and our suppliers continuously look at ways of improving working standards and the effect we and they have on the environment.

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Barbara Hulanicki Collection At Topshop

Topshop is renowned for working with style heroes of the past, present and future, and this spring marks its coming together with Barbara Hulanicki. Continuing from where she left off in the 70s, Barbara Hulanicki rejoins the fashion world with a new series of clothes for Topshop.

Barbara Hulanicki

While rich with reminders of Biba in its heyday, the collection is a distinct move away from the pretty designs of the past. Clothes are brought up to date by modern prints and edgier shapes for a new generation of fans, making Hulanicki one of the most influential and inspirational style icons of the 20th century.

Having spent the last 15 years designing furniture and hotels worldwide, Hulanicki has reverted back to her first love of fashion illustration as the starting point for the collection. The enchanting ‘ladybug’ and ‘headscarf girl’ designs appear on delicate chiffons, the bold ‘enlarged animal print’ is splashed over silks and jerseys, and quirky large placement sketches of fashion girls stand out on T-shirts and accessories.

The Hulanicki collection takes on a split personality of Good Girl/Bad Girl dressing.

A playful, floaty silhouette in bright coral, pink and pale turquoise tones characterises the Good Girl. A flirty printed dress with Hulanicki’s trademark elegant puff shoulders is echoed by daringly short skater skirts, culottes and playsuits in chiffons and silks. Billowing smock blouses are grown up, while a bright pink ‘ladybug’ print cropped corset top and coral animal print body are aimed at the younger customer. The dramatic black maxi jumpsuit with tie shoulders is the stand out piece and most reminiscent of the collection’s 1970s origins.

A seductive off-the-shoulder body-con dress in lilac jersey with a teasing print on the bust appeals to the collection’s Bad Girl. Mini dresses are bandeau or halter neck in figure hugging jersey for a laid-back sexy look, and a cropped suede jacket with matching high-waist hot pants in khaki. The large prints used on these clothes are repeated on several simple jersey T-shirts for a more accessible and casual take on the look.

Beachwear finishes off the womens clothing collection with a ‘headscarf lady’ printed retro-shaped bikini set and oversized floppy sun hat in either bright or pale pink, and a large beach bag emblazoned with the ‘silhouette girl’.

On her collaboration with Topshop Barbara said: “Top Shop has always been the first shopping stop when I am in London. They work in the same fast thinking, ‘It won’t be there the next time so make a snap decision’ attitude that we developed in the 60s and 70s.”

Mary Homer, managing director of Topshop added: “It is an honour to be working with one of my own personal fashion heroes. Barbara’s approach to fashion is as bold and inspirational now as it was in the 70s. The team has loved working with her and I know our customers will love this collection”

The new Hulanicki collection will be on sale from the end of April.

About Topshop 
Topshop was established in 1964 and is part of Arcadia Group Ltd. Sir Philip Green became owner of Arcadia Group Ltd in 2002.

Topshop is continually recognised as being an authority on womens fashion, having won several awards for design reputation and new service. Topshop was the first fashion retailer to show on schedule at London Fashion Week in September 2005 and continues to grow its reputation for supporting exciting new talent at London Fashion Week.

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