English Laundry Clothing Puts a New Spin on British Fashion

English Laundry is an upscale brand of clothing designed by Christopher Wicks which features a uniquely English style and attitude. The clothing line borrows heavily from traditional English clothing as well as pop culture styles of clothing that have prevailed throughout the past decades. It features men’s clothing predominantly, but there is an off shoot brand, English Rose, which is dedicated specifically to women.

The male line of tops include such designs as: short sleeve woven shirts, short sleeve tees, jackets and blazers, long sleeve tees, long sleeve woven shirts, vests, sweaters, and hoodies. The short sleeve tees feature designs like the Thomas of Ardwick Tee in off-white, Lions Crown in light blue, British Blue Legs in off-white and black, and the Union Crest tee in off-white. The short sleeve woven shirts include Cotton City in white and black, Dot in black and white, Village in white with grey, Rylands in navy and white, and Flanders in tan and white. The sweater and hoodies section features just two designs: the light blue and white striped Ribble Hoodie, and the sleeveless Old Cricket sweater in brown, navy, and off-white.

The women’s English Rose line is not quite as large as the men’s section, and only includes tops. The selection currently offers Long Sleeve Woven Shirts, Jackets and Sweaters, and vests. The designs are still very nice though, and you are sure to find just the right top you’re looking for. The Long Sleeve Woven Shirts features the long, belted Whaley Range design in either white or black, the Virginia in Red design which features a bucolic red and white plaid design, and the Lady Barn design which has a unique floral pattern consisting of small red flowers, an embroidered design, and comes in either red or grey. There are four jackets and sweaters available, and 5 different kinds of vests that are sure to go well with your other outfits.

As English Laundry is primarily a men’s label, only the men’s section features bottoms available such as shorts, jeans, and slacks. The two different types of shorts to choose from are the Tameside Cargo Short and the Peterloo Cargo Short. The Tameside features a single color in black, brown, or cream. They are based off of the traditional cargo short style that has large pockets on each side. The Peterloo Cargo Short features stripes and comes in either grey plaid or olive. English Laundry also has two different kinds of jeans: the Crest Jeans which comes in black wash and vintage wash and features an English crest on the pant leg, and the Red Selvege Jeans which offer a tight, straight leg and come in either dark wash or rinse wash. English Laundry also features two different designs of slacks: North Slacker and Hathersage slack.

Besides the tops, bottoms, and dress shirts which English Laundry offers, there are accessories such as wallets, ties, scarves, and belts as well. Each sports images that are uniquely English, such as: the Union Jack British Flag, the lion from the English crest, and the royal crown. English Laundry brings true sophistication back to fashion.

Emma Watson’s Fashion Style So Far

Emma Watson rose to fame playing Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter film series. From 2001 (and at the tender age of nine), the young starlet has literally been growing up before our eyes, and although she’s proved herself as a hugely talented and critically acclaimed actress, it’s her fashion sense that’s really been taking centre stage recently.

It was glaringly obvious from her red carpet appearances that Emma’s fashion choices and style were getting better and better as the years progressed, but it was in 2008 when she really started becoming a major player in the fashion world. Not only was she popping up in all the ‘best dressed’ lists and in the front row of many major fashion shows, but there was a lot of speculation that she was going to replace Keira Knightley as the new face of Chanel.

Despite persistent rumours linking her to Chanel, and her ubiquitous presence at international fashion shows, it was actually announced that Emma (aged just 19) had landed the contract as the new face of Burberry. Filling the shoes of Kate Moss and Agyness Deyn, she fronted the Burberry Autumn/Winter 2009 campaign and proved she could carve out a figure as a leading style icon as well as a top actress.

The campaign, which was photographed by Mario Testino, features Watson in clothing from the Burberry autumn/winter collection, which was inspired by Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury set.

At the time, Burberry’s creative director Christopher Bailey described the young star as the “obvious choice” for the campaign, stating;

“Emma has a classic beauty, a great character and a modern edge. Her charm, intellect and brilliant sense of fun made the whole shoot feel like a picnic on the Thames”

Following her success in the Burberry campaign (where was reported to receive a 6 figure sum), she later appeared in the 2010 Spring/Summer campaign alongside her brother Alex.

At this point in time, one wouldn’t blame the actress if she chose to spend her Harry Potter afterlife as a full-time clothes horse, but instead she chose to flex her considerable fashion flair by creating a range for the ethical clothing brand People Tree. This was a savvy move – People Tree has some serious fashion cred, and up to this point clothing with a conscience had never felt quite so on trend.

In February 2010 the collection was launched and Emma was quoted as saying:

“It is hard to know what is good and what is bad on the high street and equally hard to find fashionable or youthful ethical clothing, so I decided to work with People Tree to put together a collection I could be proud of in terms of both ethics and design”

Following her success in fashion, the star also proved she was just as hot in the beauty industry when she became the new face of Lancôme cosmetics in March 2011.

Company president Youcef Nabi went on to gush about Emma stating;

“Thanks to her charm, romanticism and her incredible modernity, she has become the icon of her generation”

The actress stepped up her fashionable status just before the Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows; Part Two promotional duties recently when she graced the cover of the July 2011 edition of American Vogue.

Looking all grown-up and glamorous she modelled a chic Prada Fall 2011 dress accessorized with a pair of bangles by Ben-Amun and a cute flower ring.

Bagging the cover of American Vogue was a massive testament to her fashion muse status, especially when you take into consideration that the sophisticated photos were taken by the famous photographer Mario Testino and the creations came from designers Tom Ford, Alexander McQueen, Prada, Calvin Klein and Dolce & Gabbana.

It’s important to note that she was just turning 21 on the day that American Vogue interviewed her for the scoop to accompany her first cover. Even style goddess Sienna Miller only managed her first cover at the age of 26.

Since earning herself mega-star status, Emma Watson has become quite the fashionista and is admired as much for her preppy off-duty style, as she is for her polished red carpet appearances. Indeed it would seem fashion designers are clamouring to dress the star as she’s just finished the promotional trail for the new Harry Potter film, wearing a range of designers from Balmain & Oscar de la Renta to Valentino and Elie Saab.

Build Your Own Fashion Style With Custom Belt Buckles

Building your own fashion style can be a fun way for you to really get in touch with your personality and allow others to get to know you through your style as well. One unique way to express yourself through your style is by wearing a custom-made buckle for your belt.

Having an attractive, stylish buckle can really complete an outfit. They come in all sorts of different styles, sizes and materials, so you can be sure to find many different looks to choose from. If you’re into the popular Jersey Shore “guido” look, you can get a nice looking, big metal belt buckle with an Ed Hardy kind of pattern on it that will have you looking awesome while you’re fist pumping at the club.

Another idea is getting some kind of symbol on your belt that describes your personality or heritage. For example, if you identify closely with your Asian heritage, it would be a nice representative of both your heritage and your personality to choose a powerful word in a symbol from your country’s language. Another idea would be a Union Jack, if you’re British, or a flag of the country you’re from would also be a good idea to represent your heritage in a unique and fashionable way.

A belt buckle can really tell a story about you. You can express your philosophies on life by choosing an appropriate symbol for your buckle. For example, if you adhere to Christianity, you can choose a cross symbol for your belt or the Christian fish symbol. A peace sign would be another example of a life philosophy represented through your fashion style.

To make a complete fashion statement, it would be a good idea to choose buckles that match items of clothing that you already have. For example, if you have one of those popular Superman t-shirts, it would be a nice touch to add a stylish Superman belt buckle to your belt when you wear the shirt also. You can coordinate your buckle with prominent colors in your wardrobe as well. If you mostly wear purple colors than it would be a fashionable choice to choose purple belt buckles or perhaps other shades that would compliment the purple.

Vintage belt buckles such as old soda bottle caps and game symbols such as Nintendo controllers and Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots are other cool and quirky types of buckles you can wear with your outfits to reveal a quirky side of your personality. These belt buckles show people that you have an appreciation for the classics and can allow people to identify with you and be able to easily start up a conversation with you.

You can also rep your favorite sports team with your belt buckle and wear it on game days with a matching jersey. Whether you’re a Yankee or Red Sox fan, you can have either of your teams’ symbols right on your belt buckle and let people know who you support. This could either be a good thing or a bad thing depending on where you are, so I’d advise you to stay cautious.

Unconditional Clothing Is Taking British Fashion by Storm

Even though as a clothing brand Unconditional Clothing is about seven years old it has been slowly and steadily gaining more and more popularity until this season where it has finally hit the big time with its latest collection. The brand first started as the in store brand for a high fashion men’s clothing store in the fashionable area called Soho, London in the United Kingdom called the Concrete Shop. It was instantly liked by the kind of men who had an eye for the latest trends in fashion and who shopped in the extremely high end clothing stores in the area. It soon became an actual clothing collection that even began to show at one of the most prestigious Fashion Weeks in the world, the London Fashion Week.

Once again the collection was a hit with fashion followers and critics alike. To cater to women who wanted to wear Unconditional Clothing the label started a parallel women’s line and started showing it at the London Fashion Week as well. After showing at the London fashion week for five seasons and getting great reviews from fashion magazine editors and fashion industry watchers alike, the people at Unconditional decided to take the collection across the Atlantic and the its lines for men and women debuted at what is probably the most popular Fashion Week in the world, the New York Fashion week. The collection has now shown with great success at the New York Fashion week for two seasons with equally great results. Once again the reviews have been very positive and the Unconditional brand has had great things written about it. The Atlas of Fashion Designers of the year 2009 called it one of the brands that has the most impact on British fashion today. High praise indeed for a brand that is relatively so young and has not even been on the fashion scene for a decade yet.

The reason that most men and women who are into fashion are aware of the brand and are buying clothing from the Unconditional line is because of its design ethos that combine the best elements of British and American styles. The brand is said by critics to have a London attitude coupled with a distinctly American sense of ease and simplicity. This winning combination is said to be both edgy as well as laid back in equal doses.

Women in Men’s Fashion Style!

Fashion is ever evolving and some pieces that historically were designed for men are now very popular among women. Hats and bags, especially, have become more unisex and are now acceptable for both genders to wear regularly. Slight variations in fabrics still distinguish which particular styles are wearable by men or women, but not much else. The bowler hat, satchel and newsboy cap have all evolved into a wardrobe staple for both men and women.

The newsboy cap is similar to the flat cap, but is fuller and rounder in appearance. It was popular style for men and boys in the early 19th and 20th centuries. Though newspaper delivery boys and others in the blue collar workforce wore this type of hat, it was acceptable for all classes to wear this style. However while the lower class wore it as part of their uniforms, the upper classes wore this during leisurely activities. In the early 2000’s, this hat became popular with women and it was manufactured in softer fabrics to suit their tastes.

Bowler hats (also known as a derby hat) is made of felt with a rounded crown. It was designed for a politician but soon became popular with the working class. Contrary to popular belief, the bowler hat was the most popular hat in the American West. It was preferred by cowboys and rail workers because it did not blow off the head easily. This hat has a very strong international influence from Bolivia to Africa due to the British railway workers. Charlie Chaplin wore the hat in his famous film “The Tramp.” Today, the bowler hat is synonymous with Bolivian culture and British high society, but this style is enjoyed by everyone around the world.

Satchels have once been a “men only” accessory. The style was simple and consisted of a crossbody strap, a flap, and some buckles holding it closed. They are structured bags, much like a briefcase. They have evolved into different shapes and sizes, and now the word “satchel” means any bag that is rigid and can stand on its own. Flaps are optional and so is the crossbody strap. Contemporary satchels for women are more flexible in appearance, size and color than a men’s version, which has more or less stayed close to its original style.