the girl who lives to shop

Month: February, 2012

After some hard-ish graft, and more than a few needle related injuries, I have finally finished my Equipment-a-like crystal embellished shirt – and I am in love. Usually I don’t play favourites with my clothes, but I may have to make an exception with this shirt! It is SO beautiful (even if I do say so myself!!) I’m thinking of pairing it with black during the day to channel monochrome cool; and with a statement trouser for on trend evening wear. Hope you like it as much as I do!

love sophie xxx

All for the bargain price of £35 rather than £305

My shiny new shirt

The inspirational Equipment shirt


London Fashion Week 2012

HURRAH it’s here again! Fashionistas and FROWers are descending as designers showcase what we will all be wearing come September; its only day three and already there is many-a-new trend emerging from runways dotted all over the capital.

Caramel Hues  From Bora Aksu showcasing power peplums in delicious mocha, to Sass and Bide’s futuristic champagne body con dresses; creamy caramel colours were seen everywhere and topping the bunch were Mulberry. Throughout their collection we saw this burnt sugar palette. Set against these colours, textures contrasted, as buttery leather skirts were paired with long-haired goat fur. The standout piece being this utterly shag-tastic Mongolian fur coat. Oh it’s just perfect.

From Mulberry A/W12 photos: Vladimir Potop

The Lady is a Vamp  Marios Schwab created the ultimate femme-fatale for A/W12 by looking back to Hollywood icon Marlene Dietrich. Sent down the runway – with cloche hats a plenty – were figure hugging day dresses, elbow length gloves and streamlined silhouettes, which Schwab made provocative through his use of daring lace inserts. His show culminated with dresses which revealed and concealed, encapsulating the collection. His tantalisingly jewelled and ultra sheer ball gowns fit to grace many a red carpet.

From the Marios Schwab Fall12 Runway photos: European Pressphoto Agency and Telegraph

Tsarina  At Issa and Temperley, it was all about the Russian princess, sumptuous colours, extreme jewels and decadent swathes of materials. Temperley’s runway featured jacquard, velvet and luxurious embellished evening gowns mingled with plainer silk Lanvin-ish gowns  – think Catherine the Great style opulence. Issa’s ‘Trans-Siberian Express’ show was more seasonable as cossack fur hats, dramatic capes and cashmere military coats ruled the runway.

From the Temperley runway A/W12 photos: AP/ EPA/ AFP

Electric Lips   Moschino you absolute beaut, this is possibly the funnest thing I’ve seen since Friday! Behold the ‘Glitter Kiss’. Amazing? Yes. Wearable? Not so much. Dubbed the ‘fajazzle’, oh how I wish I coined this phrase, it is THE new way to wear glitter!

A Micro-Trend from Moschino

Halfway through London Fashion Week, and the best is still to come – hello Peter Pilotto, Christopher Kane, Erdem, Burberry Prorsum, Mary Katrantzou, Roksanda Ilincic and Holly Fulton! GET EXCITED

love sophie xxx


Carelessness in dressing is moral suicide.

Honoré de Balzac

Photos by Mark Segal from Louis Vuitton’s 2012 Cruise collection catalogue

love sophie xx

All Hail Jonathan Saunders

The winner of the highly coveted Vogue/British Fashion Council Designer Fashion Fund Award 2012 was announced yesterday as Scottish designer Jonathan Saunders.

The £200,000 fund is awarded to up and coming designers to help develop their label and enhance their reputations.  He was up against the likes of Mary Katrantzou, Richard Nicoll, Peter Pilotto, Roksanda llincic, Nicholas Kirkwood, Marios Schwab and Meadham Kirchhoff – and you don’t get bigger or better rising stars than those.

Saunders' Avery and Renton Silk Printed Dresses from

Saunders is known for using traditional silk screen printing to create unique and distinctive designs, and for having a vibrant and modern take on femininity. From through his pre-collection on, the Avery and Renton dresses epitomise the relaxed glamour that is so synonymous with Jonathan Saunders; who graduated from the illustrious Central St Martin’s and went on to work alongside Alexander McQueen, Christian Lacroix at Pucci and Phoebe Philo at Chloé.

The prize has previously been awarded to Erdem Moralioglu and Christopher Kane, who since winning have both gone on to become global fashion superstars – hopefully the same will happen to Saunders because he thoroughly deserves it.