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Brits wear highest heels in Europe but Dr. Martens are in demand too

We love a really random study and this week research by Compeed says that Brits wear the highest heels in Europe.

While plenty of celebs totter in super high skyscrapers, the average heel height in the UK is reportedly 3.3 inches, Vogue reported. Tall women are considered more confident rich, successful, independent, assertive and get this…intelligent, one psychologist told the Daily Express (we must really wear heels more often!)

Apparently Spanish women wear the second highest shoes in Europe and France, (land of the iconic ballet pump trend) the lowest- with an average of 2.4 inches. Within Britain, you are apparently most likely to find girls braving super high heels in the North East, followed by London.

Taking it to extremes – Christian Louboutin’s ballet heels

But it seems that plenty of British women are happy to buck the heel trend as legendary maker of phenominally comfortable (and clompy) boots, Dr. Martens has had a bumper year, with ASOS reporting that sales have risen a massive 230% from 2011 to 2012 and the boot co revealed it has made £22 million in profits in the same year.

Interestingly ASOS said that while the boots are popular, the three hole shoe as recently worn by Alexa Chung and Agnes Deyn was the biggest seller, while the collaboration with Liberty must have boosted sales too.

Rihanna loves them too!

Stories: Vogue and The Telegraph.

London 2012 Festival: the fashion edit

Hello London 2012 aka the Olympics  and Paralympics– you have almost arrived! And there are lots of events going on as well as a little sport and some of them start early. Here are a few fashion-related highlights. On your marks…

The Louis Vuitton store in Bond Street is showing off the Olympic artwork by British artists until 11 September (the real McCoys are in the Tate) and our favourite is by Howard Hodgekin.

Poster by Rob and Roberta Smith

Kurt Hentschlager’s CORE art project is a giant projection showing a world of weightlessness populated with humanoid figures, which looks really cool. It’s in Ironbridge, Telford until 20 September.

Seeing Stella McCartney’s designs worn by the UK’s finest athletes has to be a fashion highlight!

Shezad Dawood’s film, Piercing Darkness, is a film of vintage textile painting and is on show in Penzance, Cornwall until 15 September.

‘We Face Forward: Art from West Africa’ looks pretty exciting and includes some fashion action, in various locations in Manchester.

If you want to see some sporting bling, head to the British Museum in London to see the official Olympic medals of the London Games. (Until 9 September)

We’d all like one of these necklaces, right?!

The Rio London Carnival kicks off on the 26 and 27 of August and we can’t wait to see some daring and spangle costumes.

‘Secrets: Hidden London – Like a Fish out of Water’ is a fusion of dance, water and fashion at a couple of London’s lidos, featuring the English National Ballet.

And last but not least, the V&A museum is hosting ‘Britain Creates 2012: Fashion Art Collusion’ until 29 July, which features work by:

Hussein Chalayan + Gavin Turk
Giles Deacon + Jeremy Deller
Mary Katrantzou + Mark Titchner
Nicholas Kirkwood + Simon Periton
Peter Pilotto + Francis Upritchard
Jonathan Saunders + Jess Flood-Paddock
Paul Smith + Charming Baker
Stephen Jones + Cerith Wyn Evans
Matthew Williamson + Mat Collishaw … we are soooo excited!

Peter Pilotto and Francis Upritchard

Watch the Throne: the fashion mix

A very short blog in appreciation of Watch the Throne: the amazing (if slightly rude/offensive in places depending on your sensibilities) album from Kanye West and Jay-Z.

While most of us just download an MP3 now-a-days, I have a thing for cover art and upon careful perusal of the album, I found that the artwork is Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci, oh yeah. I would personally love the cover as an opulent bathroom tile or a silk scarf!

Shoe war on Wall Street!

Her name is Beth Shak and she reportedly has 1,200 pairs of designer shoes estimated to be worth around $1 million…so fair to say a shoe fanatic?

So what’s the rub? (Apart from her 700+ pairs of skyscraper Louboutins.) Well, her hedge fund manager ex-husband is after a slice of her super shoe collection and the 24 year-old mum from Philadelphia has vowed to fight tooth and (toe)nail to keep them.

OMG!

The ex, Daniel, apparently reckons that he’s entitled to at least a third of his ex-wife’s shoe collection as part of their divorce deal (we haven’t even mentioned the handbag collection) and claims that he knew nothing about the collection…that his wife squirreled them all away in a secret shoe room in their clearly massive $7.5m Fifth Avenue apartment. (That is SOOO Ugly Betty!)

Apparently the collection was featured on MTV’s Cribs, other TV shows and on Facebook. MS Shak also has a blog about shoes and if reports are to be believed, a Louboutin stiletto tattoo on a rather private area of her body – that’s dedication.

The secret room?!

She told the Daily Mail: “I’m going to vehemently defend myself. I feel this is harassment.”

Apparently Ms Shak funded her extensive shoe habit with poker winnings. For the full story and heaps of pics (where we got them from,) check out The Daily Mail.

Alexa Chung turns sixties siren for Maje

It’s like Christmas come early as we hear that one of our fav models, Alexa Chung, is the new face of one of our fav brands, Maje – and its AW12 campaign to be exact.Image

Alexa is doing what she does best- looking amazing and slightly brooding in a 1960s way. These amazing shots by Glen Luchford (down a Metro station in Paris) remind me of a Rolling Stones cover and are rather different to Alexa’s recent bright and breezy Superga campaign.

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Maje said: “Elegant yet edgy, her attitude reflects a personality that is both glamorous and rock ‘n’ roll.”

We say: “We agree and we love it.”

Pics: Glen Luchford via The Telegraph

Royal fashion tea

We’ve previously waxed lyrical about fashion-influenced cakes, including Pret-a-Portea at The Berkeley hotel in London and now there’s a limited edition royal collection available to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubliee. Check out Princess Beatrice’s iconic Philip Treacy hat (that she controversially wore to Will and Kate’s wedding) …now in cake form! Will you be celebrating?

Pic: Refinery29

V&A exhibition: ball gowns: British Glamour since 1950

Major fashion exhibition alert! The V&A has reopened its Fashion Galleries and to celebrate there is a massive exhibition on post 1950s ball gowns to celebrate. Displayed over two floors, there are red carpet numbers, catwalk favourites and royal balls.

The show covers 60 years of British fashion and there are pieces from Jonathan Saunders, Alexander McQueen, Giles Deacon, Erdem and more. Oh and a number of frocks from the royals and celebs, including: Bianca Jagger and Liz Hurley as well as a one-off created especially for the show by Gareth Pugh. I love the idea of seeing the dresses and knowing who wore them so some reason. We can’t wait to go!

If you’re a fan of red carpet dresses, you need to get your gloved hands on the £20 hardback book to accompany the exhibition. Bargain!

Alexander McQueen SS11- can’t wait to see this up close!

Iconic ‘Elvis’ dress for Princess Diana by Catherine Walker

Erdem AW08

1950s stain ball gown by Norman Hartnell

I adore this backless Victor Edelstein gown

Mondrian, YSL + fashion

There’s an amazing exhibition Iwant to see at Somerset House (home of the BFC and LFW) called Mondrian Nicholson in parallel for a master class in minimalistic modernism. While both men were geniuses and have left their mark on every part of modern design, Mondrian’s work inspired another French genius – Yves Saint Laurent and having read so many reviews about the art exhibition, I had to blog about YSL’s 1961 Mondrian dress, which looks almost as current today as it was then and continues to inspire. It’s hip to be square.

The artist

The designer

Sixties magic (pic:Designkultur)

Just an amazing cover (pic:SewingByTheSeatOfMyPants)

Inspiring limited edition Vans

...a seductive swimwear collection...

...and power courts by Ruthie Davis

Sarah Schofield's eye-catching swimwear would sure turn heads round the pool (pic:Trendland)

There’s a new high fashion high tea in town

Cake and fashion? We’re there with (Carven) bells on!

Having high tea with girlfriends has been hip in London for some time now and I was lucky enough  to be treated to an afternoon at The Berkeley hotel a while ago, where you can eat cakes and treats all inspired by the catwalk’s latest collections. It looks ALMOST too good to eat! The menus change with the seasons every 6 months and all the pretty cakes are served on Paul Smith china.

But now there is a new kid on the block as Asprey has launched Jubilee tea at the Langham hotel and it also looks super exciting! As you might expect, these culinary creations are inspired by Asprey’s jewelley collections, which the Queen is a fan of, and we note the awesome use of glittery icing!

Tasty little gems from Asprey

Masterpieces at Pret a Portea

The season I last went - and check out the handbag-shaped doggie bag!

Talking of doggies...

Spring cleaning: wardrobe organisation lust!

I used to be addicted to MTV Cribs (not the what’s inside your fridge bit!) and am therefore a massive fan of Who What Wear, Show Me Your Wardrobe and The Coveteur. Just call me stylishly nosy. So at the time of year when you are optimistically swapping out cosy winter favourites for floral sundresses and inevitably revisiting winter woollies sooner than you thought, we bring your some fantasy wardrobe organisation inspiration. Not just for the amazing contents, but the WOW-drobes.

Monochrome zen from builtinwardrobesuk.co.uk (as big as most londoners' flats!)

Filipa Fino's cute jewellery collection. I love the idea of a treasure chest with shallow drawers! (Pic: The Coveteur)

The epitome of bling- Tamara Eccleston'es wardrobe looks more like a well-stocked boutique! (Pic: Daily Mail)

Blogger, Song of Style's super neat wardrobe - an inspiration! (pic: blogger's Instagram)

The one I'd most like to raid! Blogger Susie Lau got The Coveteur treatment! Her wardrobe system is affordable from Ikea btw.

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