Thursday, 30 October 2014

Exclusive: Harrods x Rupert Sanderson

   In partnership with the British Fashion Council, Harrods have released their second Inside the Studio series, allowing us special insight into the ateliers of four amazing designers: Matthew Williamson, Antonio Berardi, Alice Temperly and iconic shoe designer, Rupert Sanderson.

  Art Style Love is able to share with you an exciting look at Sanderson’s work ethics and designs in an exclusive video, plus a little background info on the designer’s spectacular career!

   Astonishingly, Sanderson was born on the same Malaysian island as none other than Mr Jimmy Choo himself (there must be something in the water) before moving to East London, earning a degree from London University and landing himself a job in advertising.

   After a time, the designer enrolled in the world-renowned Cordwainers College (a division of LCF) and, during his summer break, rode a motorbike to Italy, the centre of high-quality leather craftsmanship, to learn all that he could about producing the perfect shoe.

   This learning process provided the foundations for the way in which Sanderson designs and crafts shoes for his own collections today; in true Italian sense, he states his design philosophy as ‘less is more’, and aspires to make a women feel sexy in his pieces. However, it’s not just about the vision; Sanderson isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty:

"To be a shoe designer, I believe you need to know how to make shoes. It is craft based - it needs to be understood, you have to love doing it, enjoy the process in the factory - not the frothier side of fashion. Day to day what gets you through is the craft"

   Though Sanderson’s designs undoubtedly possess that classic Italian flair, the coolness of the British fashion scene is always present, both in his work and in his mindset:

“When it comes to the British aesthetic - we are blessed, we are the envy of the world. There's a huge pot of different influences. It's in your bones as a Brit, you've grown up with it.”

   Who said you can’t have the best of both worlds?

   To this day, Sanderson has designed shoes in collaboration with Karl Lagerfeld, Louise Goldin and the Royal Opera, and has founded talent-scouting award, ‘Fashion Fringe’ shoes, alongside fashion commentator, Colin McDowell. Selected pieces, including the celebrated ‘Estelle’ sandal and stunning 'Wilson' shoe, from his AW14 collection are available at Harrods.

   For inspiration, see my edit below.

 Mallory Pump - £395
Solace Pump - £575
Parnassus Ankle Boot - £695

   Below is an exclusive interview with Rupert Sanderson filmed by Eddie Wrey as part of Harrod's Inside the Studio series. In it, he reveals his work ethics and various inspirations that go towards creating his stunning designs. For more information, photos and videos, click here.

* In partnership with Harrods

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Under Your Influence


* Items were gifted for review purposes

Monday, 27 October 2014

Win £50 in Bonmarché Vouchers

T O P   R O W

2. Faux Fur Hat - £8
3Cream Scarf - £12
4. Socks - £4.50
5. Red Scarf - £5

B O T T O M   R O W

6. Reindeer Jumper - £20
8. Owl Jumper - £20
9. Robin Jumper - £20

   Some people maybe fighting it, but I'm definitely not - Christmas is just around the corner! And high street store, Bonmarché, has got some very festive items in stock already. 
   Above are my favourite picks, all of which are twenty pounds and under - and you could bag yourself some of these items, and more, with my latest giveaway to win £50 worth of Bonmarché vouchers. Simply enter via the Rafflecopter widget below!

   This is open to UK residents only. The vouchers can be spent either online or in store.

* In partnership with Bonmarché

Sunday, 26 October 2014

6 Ways to Wear Capes

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1. Grace Olivia from Dorothy and Olive matches her AX Paris patchwork-style cape to the beautiful colours of her Autumnal background.
2. L'amour de Juliette smartens up her look with a check-patterned cape and all black accessories.


3. Leonie from Oh Couture sticks to monochrome shades for a smart casual look.
4. Suzi from Sus Exterior introduces a pop of colour with a blue velvet dress from Weekday.

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5. Cristina from Guiadeestilo goes casual with a graphic tee and leather trousers.
6. Sirma from Sirma Markova does a pair of wellies true justice in combining this Choies cape sweater and a hint of lace slip.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

10 Things I Love About Autumn

Pumpkin Spiced Lattes 

   I'm not a huge coffee drinker, but somehow, come Autumn, I always end up cozied in a coffee shop with one of these bad boys in my hand (alongside a giant mince pie or treacle tart if I'm feeling particularly Autumn-y).

Warm Colours & Fallen Leaves

   Call me romantic, but I can't help but smile when I see streets scattered with beautiful red and gold leaves. It also makes a great background for outfit shoots.

Comfort Foods

   So now I can ditch all the Summer smoothies and bowls of fruit and start to hibernate with a giant bowl of stew followed by some sort of sticky, syrupy pudding. Yum.

A/W Collections

   I can begin the annual stocking up of gorgeously warm wool and fur coats (faux, please), not to mention the ranges of scarves, hats and boots. Sorry bank account.

Film Releases

   Now's the time when all the blockbusters make their releases. Gone Girl and Maze Runner have just been ticked off the list, now waiting for The Hunger Games and The Hobbit! But of course, we can't forget about the golden oldies that we associate with this time of year: I'm talking Hocus Pocus, Practical Magic and The Nightmare Before Christmas. Popcorn's in the microwave as we speak.

Cozy Homeware

   Yes, it's not just clothing that I stock up on come Autumn. Hello, giant throws and blankets, fluffy pillows and candles (soooooo many candles).


   I've decided that I have no patience for carving. This year, designs will be drawn on, and contents used for homemade pumpkin spiced lattes. Drool.


   It's a tradition in my books to break out the Baileys once October hits. No more Summery cocktails for me!

Home Baking

   Normally, I cannot stand the thought of baking (I leave that to my rather talented sister), but there's just something about this time of year that makes me want to crack out the mixer and get making! Sugar cookies and cupcakes here we come!

Box Sets

   Now that I don't have to feel guilty about staying inside all day, I can dump myself on the sofa with my boyfriend under a huge blanket and catch up with The Walking Dead.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

New In: Silver Horseshoe Bracelet by Gemporia

   Minimalist bracelets are definitely my thing right now. Especially those with beautiful little lucky charms - my favourites being infinity symbols, stars and now this* pretty horseshoe from Gemporia, a twinkle of white topaz and sterling silver.

   After working in the jewellery industry for so long, it's become a habit of mine to only ever wear precious metals, for fear of that icky green effect on my skin from high street fashion jewellery. Over the past year, I've thrown so much 'fake' jewellery away that I've cleared out half my jewellery box. Now I'm left with a few items that are forever wearable, and I can add this horseshoe bracelet to my collection, as its sterling silver metal will never go green. And at only £17 for an item that can be worn forever, I'd say it's an easy investment.

   At 7.5", it's slightly large for my wrists, but its length can be adjusted by fastening the clasp further up the chain. This way, it sits perfectly and doesn't swing round to face the other way.
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   Having worked with Gemporia before, I know firsthand that their items are great quality, as well as great value (most items are almost half the price of what you'll find on the high street). They have a stunning range of silver jewellery, as well as items in gold and platinum if you're really looking to treat yourself (my favourite is this white gold opal and diamond ring; I'm a sucker for opals).

   What're your favourite types of jewellery? Have you treated yourself to anything new lately?

* Items were gifted for review purposes

Sunday, 19 October 2014

You're My End & My Beginning