I’ve soaked up some fabulous fashion over the past two weeks that I’ve spent in the UK – especially when it comes to homegrown, UK designers! Some Brit labels are well known & loved in the US and around the globe (Hello, Stella McCartney & Alexander McQueen!) and others haven’t quite risen to the ranks of superstar fashion houses. Thankfully, (or not thankfully for my bank account, however you see it) one of my favorite London shopping outposts, TopShop, is now available in the States! I’m hoping others follow suit so that we can all soak up the glam that is British fashion!
Here are a few of my favorite fashion moments from design houses across the UK…
This playful pump is a fun, fashion-forward addition to any wardrobe. Charlotte Olympia is known for whimsical footwear, complete with abstract platforms and a cornucopia of colors and prints. Simply gorgeous. And so youthful!
You can wear these with skinny jeans or a sparkly cocktail dress – for a night out or to Sunday brunch! They are versatile and fabulous.
Issa London celebrated some serious notoriety when Duchess Catherine of Cambridge (formerly Kate Middleton!) and Prince William announced their engagement to literally millions of people across the globe. She sported a blue wrap dress from Issa London that now lives in infamy.
Issa creates gorgeous gowns and everyday dresses that are figure-flattering and feminine. This geometric-print dress is the perfect solution to wearing this season’s tribal print, but in a feminine, statement-worthy way.
I was first introduced to John Richmond on February 12, 2011. Why do I remember the exact date, you ask? Because it was the day before the Grammy awards, where my husband’s band was performing, nominated (and ultimately a winner! Yes, I will brag on them…) and I still didn’t have anything to wear. I had tromped about the streets of Los Angeles feeling exactly how Julia Robert’s character in Pretty Woman must have felt, getting leers from rude sales people and feeling desperate and helpless for SOMETHING to wear that was half-decent. (When I came to the counter at an Italian design house to purchase a dress, the sales person said “I’m gonna have to call Italy and see if I can let you buy this” – LITERALLY! Are you kidding me??)
Feeling defeated and on the verge of tears (I really wanted to look awesome on my husband’s big night!) I made my final stop into H. Lorenzo on Sunset Blvd. There, a sweet sales lady named Yolandra pulled out a sexy, edgy, perfect dress that shined brighter than the lights of Hollywood in that moment! It was the one. And it was John Richmond. From then on, I was hooked on his gorgeous, edgy couture.
This sexy black mini is the perfect LBD for a hot night on the town. Pair it with some bright strappy heels, and gorge earrings and you will be the toast of the evening. Plus, John Richmond’s clothes fit like perfection. Just trust me.
TopShop really is a one-stop shop for cool fashion, accessories, and shoes! I recently visited the Chicago outpost and literally wanted to purchase everything in the store (I didn’t! Willpower!)
These lilac sunnies scream summertime to me. They are fun, flirty, and feminine. Plus, aviator-shaped shades look great on any face shape!
Whistles is a go-to high street brand for savvy, British fashionistas. The line stands up on its own, or mixes perfectly with more expensive pieces for a chic, classic look.
This ring is great for everyday wear, or dressed up and mixed with other pieces. It’s a pretty, versitile piece to add to your jewelry wardrobe!
Oasis is another British outpost that combines chic style, at bargain prices! Take this fabulous “Liverpool Street” tote, for example. It’s gorgeous blue hue and texture make it the perfect summery arm candy. And let’s be honest, it doesn’t look EXACTLY like an Hermes Birkin bag, but it looks a lot like an Hermes Birkin bag…and for about $45, that’s literally 1/1000th of the price of a REAL Hermes Birkin.
Enough said. Until this Womanista wins the lottery and has an exorbitant amount of superflouous income and can afford a real Birkin.
Happy British Shopping, womanistas!
xo, the Womanista