Track down the trends
For the best of the season’s fashion and beauty, for men, women and children, simply follow Gwen Horwitz’s top-to-toe shopping guide, to find a stockist near you
The collectible charms of Aaron Basha, the Madison Avenue jeweller, have an international following. The latest additions are hand-made 18-carat gold, diamond and enamel treasures, on vibrantly coloured luxe leather bracelets. Available in the UK at Harrods and at www.aaronbasha.com
AFTER DARK and AFTER DARK PLUS
Now relocated from Temple Fortune (its home for 26 years) to Hendon Lane, Finchley, After Dark remains synonymous with women’s evening wear. The new store stocks an amazing selection of long evening dresses (size six to 30) to suit most budgets. Several styles are exclusive to After Dark in the UK (special orders and adaptations/ alterations on request). Short cocktail and party dresses (including below-the-knee) are available at AFTER DARK PARTY in Stanmore, which stocks more than 200 dresses and outfits for lounge-suit, black-tie and dress-to-party functions, in size six to 18.
ANTI-AGEING HEALTH & BEAUTY SHOW
This year, the most exciting advances in beauty treatments, aesthetic surgery and products are all happening within the anti-ageing sector. And it’s not just our faces that will firm up and feel rejuvenated. On May 11 and 12, the Anti-Ageing Health & Beauty Show at Olympia plays host to the leading health and beauty experts in the UK. Join them and discover the anti-ageing products and treatments that will become part of our beauty régime during 2013 and beyond, then indulge yourself with mini-treatments, makeovers and free samples, on a day out that will take years off you. www.anti-ageingshow.com
A leading UK women’s evening, occasion and party wear designer, Bernshaw is renowned for both glamour and sophistication. Favoured by celebrities worldwide, Bernshaw’s dresses regularly grace red-carpet events and high-society celebrations. Affordable re-creations of designer and Hollywood styles allow women of all ages to make their very own grand entrances. To find your nearest stockist, call 020 7612 0100 or email: info@ bersnshaw.com
For quality pampering at affordable prices, tailored to individual needs, visit this five-star spa and perfumery in Hatch End, Middlesex. A range of Clarins, Decleor and Elemis face and body treatments are on the menu, all provided in a modern, relaxed and friendly environment. Parking is free. www.bliss-london. co.uk
BOUDICA – QUEEN OF LINGERIE
This new boutique in Mill Hill, north west London specialises in luxury lingerie, swimwear, loungewear, silks, hosiery, accessories, solutions and control wear. Labels stocked include Aubade, Marie Jo, Primadonna, Fantasie, Freya, Panache, Huit, B.tempt’D and Rosy, with a professional fitting service. Private appointments and lingerie parties available. www.boudica-lingerie.co.uk
Menswear specialist Boutique Homme, in Golders Green, north west London is now stocking the new collection of suits and jackets from Canali. And when you have made your choice of suit or jacket, the boutique’s Eton shirts and Lanvin ties are the ideal accessories. New for spring is the create-your-own-suit department, offering madeto-measure menswear from an extensive array of fabrics, plus a great range of stitch details and linings to make your suit unique — ideal for weddings or summer parties. Casual wear has also now arrived, from Seven for all Mankind, Lagerfeld and Façonnable, to complete your summer wardrobe. The store is open daily and out-of-hours appointments are available.
BUCKLEIGH OF LONDON
This family-run, traditional bespoke tailor specialises in the hire of top-quality gentlemen’s formal wear, with an extensive stock of dinner suits, morning suits and evening tails in a great variety of sizes, including children’s. Accessories range from top hats and bow ties to Oxford brogues and patent shoes. Ex-hire suits in excellent condition are for sale at reasonable prices. Bespoke suits and other clothing can be made to specification from a wide range of fabrics. Highly-trained tailors specialise in tweed suits, linen suits, office suits, plusfours, waistcoats, smoking jackets and formal wear. Firstclass alterations available for women’s and men’s clothing. www.buckleighoflondon.com
London based stylist Daniella Marks provides the ultimate experience in luxury personal shopping and bespoke styling for men and women. Offering five personal-styling packages, Daniella will help you source the perfect outfit for every occasion. Her latest concept, Virtual Styling, offers fashion inspiration and styling expertise from the comfort of your own home, through online shopping. With Daniella’s professional guidance, learn how to shop effectively, invest wisely and reach your style potential. For further details and to receive your complimentary style consultation, visit www.daniellamarks.com
Known for its designer bargains, David Oliver Fashion Group, in north west London, sells mostly European and American designer labels. All items are brand-new and perfect, sourced directly by buyers all over Europe. Prices are 50 to 90 per cent below those on the high street. Brands cannot be advertised by name, but are easily recognised by their top quality and style. Dresses, suits, trousers, evening wear, specialoccasion outfits and cruisewear are available in size eight to 22 (some larger sizes too).
Elaine, in Gants Hill, Essex takes pride in sourcing women’s wear in size 14 to 32, from around the world. Summer cruisewear is stocked at Elaine all year round, along with all wardrobe essentials, to suit every age. With 30 years of experience, friendly staff are on hand to assist. In-house alterations are free.
At Fenwick, Brent Cross, the new season’s collections are here, featuring exquisite designs by MaxMara, Weekend, Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, Red Valentino, Armani Jeans and many more. Put together the perfect spring wardrobe with the advice of the Fenwick personal shopping service. To book: 020 8732 8191
HOLLIE DE KEYSER
This Knightsbridge boutique is the place to find designer evening and special occasion wear in size two to 22. Prices for cocktail dresses start at under £200 and evening gowns at under £300.
Catering for the prom girl, 18th birthday party and all other occasions, the boutique offers something for every age, with looks that are understated but elaborate.
Spring/summer 2013 is filled with vibrant colour and beautiful fabrics in stunning designs, with elegant daywear from Italy. Labels stocked include Stizzoli, Nicole Miller, Jovani, Mignon and many more. Hollie works closely with designers to create bespoke options.
Hollie also owns the neighbouring Luisa Spagnoli store and has recently opened a new boutique in Double Bay, Sydney. Opening hours at both Knightsbridge boutiques include Sundays; no appointments necessary. www.holliedekeyser.com and www.luisaspagnoli.co.uk
HOUSE OF WILLIAMS
At House of Williams, in Whetstone, north London, customers are welcome to visit the showroom and workshops, to view the complete his-andhers wedding and diamond ring collection, with all the latest designs. All the wedding and diamond rings are bespoke, made in-house and sold at wholesale prices.
With its up-to-the-minute, computer-aided design technology, the House of Williams can custom-make any wedding ring to fit around any engagement ring. Appointments: 0208 446 8538, www. howweddingrings.co.uk
SPRING 2013 JC EDGE
JUDITH OF WANSTEAD
The first impression of the season’s collections at Judith is the beautiful spectrum of colours. Judith has outstanding spring/summer wear in size eight to 26 — and the same young, snappy elegance of the small sizes can be found right through to the larger sizes. Three experienced fitters offer expert alterations on the premises.
Just around the corner from Harrods is Laura B, with sophisticated women’s clothing, from general daywear and knitwear to made-to-measure outfits. Occasion wear is the speciality and any outfit can be made in your size and chosen colour, with adjustments to your tastes. The salon has even dressed the royal family. Prices from £1,500. Appointments only.
This lingerie and corsetry specialist in Temple Fortune offers an impressive range of bras, swimwear, nightwear and hosiery from leading designers. Experienced fitting staff help you find the perfect bra and swimwear, in cup sizes A to H. For brides, there are pretty basques with matching briefs or thongs. Expert alterations.
Italian fashion brand Luisa Spagnoli, in Knightsbridge, is a flagship store for the collection, and offers everything from daywear to elegant loungewear. Outfits are available for special occasions, weddings and mother-of-the-bride. The beautifully tailored wool jackets and trouser suits are ideal for the businesswoman. www.luisaspagnoli.co.uk
MARY’S OF ENFIELD
Specialising in dressing the mother of the bride, mother of the groom and wedding guests, Mary’s of Enfield, in Hoddesdon, Herfordshire, stocks leading occasionwear labels from all over the world, in size eight to 26. All budgets are catered for. Staff can also help you choose co-ordinating accessories from a superb selection of designer wedding hats and fascinators, shoes and handbags.
This salon’s award-winning team is celebrating more than 35 years in Stanmore. Specialising in cut and colour, with perfect shape, balance and suitability, MG Hairdressing has three talented Wella Master Colour Experts. Among its treatments and services, the salon offers
JC EDGE SPRING 2013 100 per cent natural human hair extensions, Nanokeratin smoothing, Wella texture transformation and manicures. There is a sliding scale of prices, to suit all pockets and free consultations are offered. Stockists of Wella, Philip Kingsley, GHD and Fransen as well as Parlux hair dryers.
The Miri label is recognised far and wide, particularly for its exquisite and fashionable evening gowns and daywear. The Miri line has grown rapidly, dressing thousands of women across America and now Europe, with the opening of Miri boutiques in Jerusalem, Ramat Gan and London. Made with the finest fabrics from Europe, each of Miri creations has the designer’s special personal touch. Careful attention is given to every customer by experienced sales associates.
This fashionable store in London’s Belsize Park specialises in women’s wear size 16 to 28. Clothes reflect a stylish sensibility that sees no need to compromise on fashion, elegance and flair in larger sizes. Everything from plus-size knitwear, jeans and dresses to larger-size formal wear skirts and trousers are in stock. Spacious changing rooms allow you to try on the designer label fashions in comfort. Opening hours include Sundays and bank holidays, noon to 4pm.
Specialising in lingerie, swimwear and nightwear, these boutiques in Cockfosters and Buckhurst Hill cater for all ages and sizes, with cups A to GG in swimwear. Best-selling brands include Wacoal, Marie Jo, Panache, Fantasie, Miraclesuit, Chantelle, Bodywrap, Freya and Prima Donna. Expert alterations.
Using comfortable, flattering fabric and clever draping, Ronen Chen’s designs are loved by women all over the world. The stores in central London and Temple Fortune, north west London offer a high level of customer service and attention to detail. This spring/summer, shop the chic monochrome trend or play with colour with Ronen Chen’s clever range of basic dresses in fuchsia, turquoise, cobalt blue and red. Timeless pieces, to wear from one season to the next.
This women’s wear boutique in St Albans offers stylish, individual clothes and accessories from French and Italian brands. Prices bridge the gap between high street and designer. Effortlessly chic fashions include classic dress shapes in vibrant block colours, graphic printed tops and tunics and coats and jackets for various ages and lifestyles. You can also shop online at www. simplyfrench.me
Spice London is an awardwinning family shoe business in Primrose Hill and Islington. As well as its own label, Spice London stocks Chie Mihara, Paul Smith, Audley, Megumi Ochi, Camper and more. Celebrity clients include Amanda Seyfried, Helena Bonham Carter, Sadie Frost and Rachel Stevens. This summer’s collection mixes vintage styling with fun; designs include sweet black and white Mary Janes, lilac platform sandals and two-tone lace-ups.
The celebrities’ favourite, Hina Solanki of Sol Cosmedics, offers bespoke semi-permanent and permanent make-up, including eyebrows, eyeliner and lips, as well as camouflage for alopecia, vitiligo, scars, scalp and areola. www.solcosmedic.co.uk
Established in 1925, Wallers has a smart West End shop in Great Portland Street (open Monday to Friday), selling top-quality men’s suits, sports jackets, blazers and dress wear, all at discounted prices. Wallers specialises in short/long fittings and large sizes up to 54in chest. The Golders Green and Camden Town branches are outlet shops with keen prices; suits £79.50 each or two for £130 and sports jackets and blazers from £49.50. Outlets open seven days a week.
Visit Westfield London and Westfield Stratford City to ensure you are ready for the new season. In the vast expanses of Westfield, you can find all your florals, print graphics, metallics, hot brights and monochromes at your favourite high-street stores and aspirational designer brands, all under one roof. With non-stop entertainment for the whole family and a wide variety of food and dining options, Westfield provides more than just retail therapy.
Boudica swimsuit £62
Wallis floral maxi dress £150
Debenhams Ben de Lisi printed tote £39
Ronen Chen loose top from a selection