New Mischa Barton Handbags

    

Mischa Barton launched her first handbag line in 2008 following a collaboration with Ri2k. She says:

“My design philosophy has always centered on creating a product that is directional without compromising on quality and functionality. Each collection is a reflection of my personal style. I have a variety of influences, from my British heritage to my love of 70′s rock music and their iconic characters.”

The collection has grown and developed throughout the years, incorporating Mischa’s sense of style and the demands from her consumers. The Autumn/Winter 2011 collection is full of gems, striking statement bags with a vintage appeal and we’d like to give you the opportunity to view a couple of the styles which will be at Stuart’s Shoes come Mid August!

We just cant wait for these beautiful bags to come in, and as soon as they do we will of course let you know!!

Love from SS <3


Stuart’s Shoes Graduates!

One of our own graduated yesterday!!

Libby, daughter of Jane (owner of SS) graduated from London College of Fashion yesterday, receiving a Bachelor of Arts Honours Upper Second Class Degree in Fashion Promotion (PR).

The ceremony took place at The Royal Festival Hall, a beautiful river front setting… and we were even graced with blue skies for a while!

The University welcomed Carmen Dell’Orefice and Jane Shepherdson as guest speakers for the ceremony, two women who have shaped the fashion world.

Carmen Dell’Orefice, at 80, is the world’s longest running and oldest model. The style icon has been modelling ever since she got on the cover of Vogue in 1946 at 15 years old.

 


The grey-haired beauty is still in demand and this year walked at Alberta Ferretti’s Pitti Uomo show and Adrienne Vittadini’s Lincoln Center presentation. In her 66 year career, Ms Dell’Orefice has graced the cover of Vogue six times and been the face of 14 cosmetic campaigns. Carmen worked with the defining fashion photographers of the era: Cecil Beaton, who introduced her to Dali, Irving Penn, who dubbed her ‘Little Carmen’ and shot her as Snow White, Cinderella and Red Riding Hood, Erwin Blumenfeld who saluted her talents as a “great actress” and Horst P. Horst who rhapsodized over her “American beauty of another, antique age”. Today Carmen views life with equanimity and has the air of someone who is unlikely to be surprised by much. Oh, and she won’t be retiring any time soon. She may have “earned the right to work part time,” as she recently told an interviewer, but she remains steadfast in her resolve to “die with my high heels on”.

Jane Shepherdson is the chief executive of UK clothing brand, Whistles and was previously the brand director for high-street women’s wear store TopShop. Over a decade ago Jane Shepherdson had a brainwave, the kind of revelation that was unnerving in its simplicity, too sensible, almost, to actually work. The retail guru, and CEO of Whistles, decided, while working as the brand director at Topshop, that she would never again sell a piece of clothing that she didn’t like, no matter how many units of that tacky dress or ill-fitting top were being shifted every week. The stalk came, and the TopShop that we know…. and LOVE… arrived on our doorsteps, with thanks to Shepherdson’s determination and passion for excellently sourced and designed clothes. 

Her beginnings in the industry were humble, though. The daughter of a maths professor and a biologist, she knew she was never going to pursue a life of academia. She loved fashion and, aged 21, got a job as a warehouse picker for Topshop. She was soon promoted to buyer and spent nearly two decades with the company, smashing through the glass ceiling to become head buyer within seven years and brand director soon after. In 2006, however, she surprised the industry by parting with the company she had transformed and going in search of a new project.
Clearly unafraid of a challenge, she took on Whistles in 2008. An upmarket high-street brand, in its 1970s heyday Whistles championed cutting-edge designers such as Dries Van Noten, but latterly fell into a fashion rut, selling half-hearted frumpy faux boho attire, and with Libby sporting the Mandy Skater dress from Whistles for her graduation, we’re already loving the changes! It’s fair to say that Shepherdson has brought Whistles into the forefront of the consumer mind, the brand is now a massive player on the high street, and a favourite of our favourite Kate Middleton!

We, at Stuart’s Shoes, feel extremely privileged to have been in the company of two massive fashions icons! Hearing them speak was very inspirational and heart warming….

A very special day all round!!

Love  SS <3 xxx

Military Boots at Stuart’s!

August will see the arrival of a new collection of military inspired boots from the brand Ravel (http://ravelshoesonline.co.uk/). This will be the third season Ravel have been at Stuart’s Shoes and the collection due in is incredible! We’re all VERY excited to try on all the different styles…..!! Click HERE to see a sneak preview of our favourite styles, which are to be featured in the August editions of Image Magazine & R Magazine

Military boots continue to be a massive hit… they’re a little bit grundgy, a little bit edgy and very British. Below is a ‘Stuart’s Shoes How To…’ of how to pull off the Military boot look:

How To Combat the Military Boots:

1. Leggings: Wearing military boots with leggings will always look great. Wearing a long top, tunic or jumper dress will keep you cosy and comfortable on a chilly autumn day. This look is always a winner!

2. Shorts: For a festival vibe, denim shorts and military boots adds a more current approach to the shorts/welly boot combo. Add a pair of printed semi-opaque tights if it gets cold! For a more elegant and edgy (less rolling around in the countryside) look, wear your military boots with leather shorts or sequinned hot-pants, a chiffon shirt and a boyfriend blazer.

3. Skinny Jeans: A guaranteed hit is the skinny jean tucked into military boot combo. For a fresher look, try coloured skinny jeans… our favourite jeans at the minute are bright tomato red ones! These with a plain white t-shirt and your military boots would look fantastic!

4. The Kate Moss: The muse continues to inspire all with her simple outfits… wear a pretty tea dress with a leather jacket and your military boots for a chic Moss inspired creation.

Here’s some of our favourite looks…

The Military Boots will be coming into Stuart’s Shoes during the month of August! Come and visit us at 165-169 Wellingborough Rd, Northampton.

Love from all at Stuart’s Shoes! <3