Archive for November, 2012

Top 10 Christmas Party Dresses

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Tis the season folks! Yes, the time is upon us once again to brave the bitter cold, torrential rain and sneaky black ice and venture into the night dolled up in your festive finery and get yourself onto Santa’s ‘Naughty List’.  Here at IndependentBoutique.com, we have scoured our brands to find you the perfect attire for any outing over Christmas and New Year. From sparkles to ball gowns, we’ve got it covered – no need to thanks us…

 ‘Mel Dress’ by MelikaM - £70

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Could theMel Dress by MelikaM - £70 be the PERFECT Christmas party dress?? The loose, cocoon shape and flowing three quarter length sleeves are non-scary for those of us that overdid it on the mince pies, while the rich metallic plum fabric is dark enough to flatter but shiny enough to be thought of as festive and fun. The asymmetric hemline adds a stylish twist – and there are even pockets in the side seams to store mints and lippie in case you get lucky under the mistletoe! Try rocking this look with an over-sized, crystal encrusted, statement necklace for character along with the highest heels you can handle. Grr! (more...)

IndependentBoutique.com Interviews La Paire

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

If you're lucky enough to be jetting away to some winter sun over the Christmas holidays you might want to check out La Paire and their gorgeous footwear. It may be winter now but La Paire cater for those who plan to escape the cold for warmer climates by offering an all year round collection. Designed to exude class and style, with La Paire sandals summer is never too far away. We chat to designer Amy about her brand, who inspires her and what she hopes to achieve in the future... (more...)

Guest Blogger Kate Heslop Tells Us What's On Her Christmas Wishlist

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

As a kid the run-up to Christmas was always half the fun of the festive season; intricately leafing through toy catalogues and writing long letters to Santa Claus. I can almost picture my mum’s face as I handed over the three-page wish-list, assuring her I’d been the best and most well behaved girl that year. Well, some things never change. Whether it’s those leather boots I’ve been dying for or that vintage record player I’ve been lusting after since the beginning of 2012, my wish-list always becomes a ‘dream-on’ list or a ‘maybe-when-I’m-rich’ list. But what if money was no option? What would I ask for? Well after scrolling through pages and pages of beautiful shoes and absolutely must-have dresses, I’ve compiled my top-ten IndependentBoutique.com Christmas present list. So, Father Christmas, are you reading?

cheet-london-sugar-frame-calf-leather-doctors-bagI need this beautiful handbag by Cheet London in my life. This was meant to be a hypothetical wish-list but has actually turned into a excuse for planning my pay cheque treats. The soft dove grey in the sumptuous buttery leather is to die for. The vintage doctor’s bag style makes this a stand-out bag from all those littering the high-street. Definitely a unique purchase to avoid the backpack and satchel trends; it’s one for the individual girls looking for something pretty and something new. And did I mention it’s half price? (more...)

Dentelle etc... Lingerie Designed & Made in the UK - New To IndependentBoutique.com!

Friday, November 23rd, 2012

Dentelle etc... brings you beautifully crafted lingerie which has been designed and made in the UK, we are very pleased to welcome them to IndependentBoutique.com. With gorgeous vintage style floral prints and incredible soft lace trimmings this lingerie is designed with you in mind and built to last, for every woman you are and can be. We chat to Dentelle etc... founder Christina about her brand new lingerie brand guaranteed to give you something to smile about! (more...)

Dress To Impress In Scarlett Black London

Thursday, November 22nd, 2012

Scarlett Black London is an exciting new addition to Independent Boutique.com, especially with the Christmas party season not so far away. Embracing the versatility and longevity of the trusty Little Black Dress, their collections are made of only black fabric focusing on shape and fit of a dress instead. Scarlett Black London is the destination for your next LBD, one that can be worn day or night, formal or casual.

The label’s creator Eliza Scarlett studied styling and photography and the London College of Fashion and has worked as a buyer for Jaeger and Aquascutum, so you can expect only the best. Her fashion expertise has clearly paid off, with a slick and chic collection.

The Onyx Cut-Out - Scarlett Black London - £90

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This little black dress oozes sixties cool. The flattering neckline teamed with the flirty short length makes this dress perfect for dressing up and taking out on the town. Worn with a slim colourful belt and statement heels, this is your next Friday Night dress. (more...)

Design Led Accessories Label Dominique Mosley Joins IndependentBoutique.com

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

dominique-mosley-flower-shoulder-bagWe're thrilled to announce that Dominque Mosley has joined us at IndependentBoutique.com. Dominique Mosley is a lifestyle print label  which offers a striking yet wearable collection of bags, scarves and small accessories. Dominique began her career studying print design and training at Central St.Martin, she then went on to freelance for leading high street retailers where she honed her signature style of graphic bold prints and retro inspired colour palettes. We chat to Dominique now about her fabulous label and she gives us her advice for anyone starting out in accessory design...... (more...)

Cunnington & Sanderson Talk to IndependentBoutique.com

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

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We're thrilled to announce the arrival of stunning womenswear label  Cunnington & Sanderson to IndependentBoutique.com. All Cunnington & Sanderson pieces are handmade to order in the UK ensuring exceptional quality and expert craftsmanship. They produce garments that exude elegance and feminity, creating sculptural silhouettes with a sensitive edge. We chat to Matt and John the talented designers behind this outstanding brand... (more...)

Stunning Lingerie Brand Beaujais Talks To IndependentBoutique.com

Monday, November 19th, 2012

We're so pleased to welcome gorgeous lingerie brand Beaujais to IndependentBoutique.com. All of Beaujais beautiful lingerie is lovingly designed & handmade to order in England,ensuring the lingerie is unbeatable quality, making it a thoroughly British brand. Founded by Alice Warner in 2011, Beaujais creates both bespoke lingerie and fashion-forward seasonal ranges, ideal for all your lingerie needs! We chat to Alice now about her super-seductive and incredibly beautiful lingerie....

How do you describe to people what you do and your design style?

Beaujais provides beautiful, glamorous but understated lingerie, in larger cup sizes. It is all about giving women confidence in their curves – providing pieces that not only support and provide a great fit, but that make them feel great about themselves.

What sort of comments do you get about your designs?

Women love the quality and men love the look of the pieces on their partners! I think it’s great that people are increasingly aware of where their pieces come from, and we get a lot of comments about how pleased they are to find lingerie that is designed and made in the UK.  From a design perspective, Beaujais is so much more glamorous and luxurious than many other fuller bust brands out there, so customers often express how happy they are to have found us.

What is your background?

I have a design background, having gained a First Class degree in Fashion Design, and worked in the lingerie design industry, both at a mass-market and high-end level. A stint at Alexander McQueen, as well as roles in PR and sales, all helped to give me the experience needed to create Beaujais.

Which designers do you rate highly and why?

Alexander McQueen (and now Sarah Burton at McQueen), for the exquisite cut, tailoring and craftsmanship that go into each piece. The vision and attention to detail is amazing. Also Sophia Kokosalaki, for her incredibly feminine Grecian inspired pieces, with a London edge, that combine fashion-forward and classic in a completely wearable way. (more...)

Our Top Picks From Cheet London

Friday, November 16th, 2012

Cheet London's designer Emily Cheetham began her illustrious career as an accessories designer on a vintage Singer sewing machine and has since gradually risen to fashion excellence, being featured in a number of trendy publications such as Grazia, InStyle and Marie Claire. Combining exciting prints, hues and textures with sophistication and class, Cheet London is fast becoming the fashionista’s go-to brand, so have a peek through our picks of the best from this award-winning label:

Riley Leopard Shoulder Bag- Cheet London - £150.00

cheet-london-riley-leopard-shoulder-bagThe contrasting hot pink lining on the inside of this Riley Leopard Shoulder Bag sets off the print on this cow leather arm candy. With an adjustable strap and pretty knot detailing interrupting the print, this bag requires some seriously sleek styling! Vamp it up in stiletto’s and a faux fur coat – think Liz Taylor crossed with the Mad Men Christmas party – with bling and embellishment aplenty. This attention grabber is a hard worker, looking lush with a gold sequin number during the party season or an over-sized jumper and leggings for cosy daytime chic, this bag is the epitome of versatile fashion. (more...)

Christopher Waller Chats To IndependentBoutique.com

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

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We are very pleased to welcome the excellent Christopher Waller to the IndependentBoutique.com family. Founded in 2010 Christopher Waller creates timeless, classic clothing with a modern fashion-forward edge. He is comitted to providing clean, day-to-night silhouettes for the busy city woman.  All design and production is carried out in the heart of London, making Christopher Waller a true British fashion brand. http://www.independentboutique.com/designers/christopher-waller (more...)