British fashion designers have always been known for their unique style & approach. I asked Adele Pearce, founder & designer of luxury scarves at Stole and Boa, to share her insights into key British designers, where to find the best of British style in London & beyond, plus tell us all about her unique scarf designs. She also has kindly shared an exclusive discount for Perfect Cuppa English….
The UK is one of the most influential fashion centres of the world. An eye for detail, creativity, imagination and commercial acumen all attribute to the success of an industry that is continuously growing.
London has always been a hub of fashion within the UK and globally. Homegrown designers who have shaped the fashion world include the likes of Vivienne Westwood who always dares to be different, Mary Quant who made miniskirts a timeless piece, Stella McCartney with her intelligent approach to fashion and of course the fabulous Alexander McQueen, to name but a few. Not to mention the fresh new up and coming designers who have the benefit of the British history of fashion, as well as a global influence to contribute to their new creations.
The V&A (Victoria and Albert Museum, South Kensington, London) has a resident exhibition that spans five centuries of fashion within Britain. It also has feature fashion exhibitions that run for months at a time and have been beautifully curated, such as Christian Dior and Mary Quant. The Dior exhibition has now finished but the Mary Quant exhibition remains open until 16 February 2020.
Shop, shop, shop! There are so many streets and towns within London itself that are filled with inviting boutiques and unique designer offerings to tempt the fashionistas in us.
Designer clothes at designer prices:
- Bond Street and New Bond Street (closest station Oxford Circus) A stunning collection of top designer stores from Louis Vuitton to Tiffany. You can also find Fenwick here, a department store filled with items of exceptional taste.
- Knightsbridge (closest station Knightsbridge) Home of Harrods and Harvey Nichols. Both are high end department stores that are a must for any visitor, they sell luxury fashion collections and fine foods among other unusual items.
- Covent Garden (closest station Covent Garden) A fabulous experience just for the visit, as there is a carnival atmosphere in the picturesque part of London, however, it is also filled with artisan shops and market stalls that are a constant temptation.
For unusual independent boutique shopping: Marylebone High Street (closest tube Regents Park or Baker Street)
Shopping Centres: You can find designer stores to high street shops all in one large space. There is plenty of parking here, though they are also well served with public transport:
- Westfield London (closest station Shepherds Bush)
- Westfield Stratford City (closest station Stratford City)
Designer Outlet Shopping, London & beyond:
- London Designer Outlet (closest station Wembley Park)
- Bicester Village, Oxfordshire (closest train station Bicester Village)
- Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth (closest train station Portsmouth Harbour)
When talking about fashion we must mention a style tip, and this one will be about silk scarves. Beautifully designed silk scarves adds the royal touch to any outfit. Queen Elizabeth adopted the silk scarf as a staple part of her wardrobe, as glamorously demonstrated in the latest series of The Crown, and it now still plays a real part of fashion consciousness, a statement item that can be styled in so many ways.
When autumn and winter approaches in the UK we tend to run to muted tones and darker colours. But we are not afraid to show our personality with flashes of brilliant colour and interesting style. A vibrant well-made silk scarf is a simple yet luxurious way to lift your look and show the creative side of your fashionable taste.
Stole and Boa is a British company that makes luxurious wearable art in the form of smooth silk hand rolled scarves. The exclusive designs are inspired by the spirit of nature and each one has its own personal story. The colours are carefully chosen to create statement pieces that are timeless and ooze elegance. Each scarf colour combination is a limited edition, a perfect gift for a loved one or an indulgence for yourself.
Adele Pearce is the artist behind the brand and also the founder of the company. She is a nature lover and takes inspiration from her travels, environment and endangered species to breathe life into her artwork.
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