A few weeks ago we spent a couple of days filming in central London. Now I don’t tend to go too often to Oxford Circus, but it is a great place to go Sale shopping and our afternoon was surprisingly really fun. After trawling through racks and racks of clothes, we decided to go to Liberty’s, a very unique British department store housed in a Tudor revival building on Regent’s Street, constructed from the timbers of two ships: HMS Impregnable and HMS Hindustan. This is a place where the famous fashion blogger’s come to take pictures of the beautiful flowers outside this building’s unique facade, but it is also the perfect place for fashionista’s to find new styles, designers and unique garments.
Indeed, Liberty’s third floor’s central atrium is home to the Liberty Haberdashery department and is dedicated to the Liberty Art Fabrics collection, which introduces new designs and reused updated prints each season. Indeed, ever since it’s opening in 1875, when the shop began by selling ornaments, fabric and objets d’art from Japan and the East and then in 1884 when it introduced the costume department into the Regent Street store, creating in-house apparel to challenge the fashions of Paris, Liberty’s has been a fashion trailblazer and pioneer. Strong relationships were then built up in the 1890s with many English designers, many of whom including Archibald Knox, practised the artistic styles known as Arts and Crafts and Art Nouveau. In this way Liberty helped develop Art Nouveau through his encouragement of such designers and the company became associated with this new style, to the extent that in Italy, Art Nouveau became known as the Stile Liberty, after the London shop.
If you are a designer it may be of interest to know, that every year, Liberty’s has a “Best of British Open Call Day” that you can register to go to, where you can pitch your designs directly to the store buyers. Every year they will choose the garments and products that they feel would fit with their brand and which they think will be of interest to their customers and they will then sell them in their store! Their webpage states that they are always on the lookout for undiscovered talent so maybe in 2015 you should have a go 😉
The Christmas lights were still up in town and it was just so nice walking around. It was a bit cold though, so we decided to be a bit extravagant and go to the Dorchester for a Gingerbread Man cocktail, which I highly recommend for a perfect girlie day out in town! For our outing I decided to wear a cute embossed jumper with pink roses that my boyfriend brought back from Spain and which is really feminine and bright, with an elegant white shirt, ripped jeans and a sprinkle of glitter in the shape of some London Rebel lace up creepers. To add some detail to the look, I added some gold and turquoise accessories that brought out the color of the leaves in the jumper. In the second outfit I am wearing all black everything, which is what I wore for filming, with rips in my knees and a backwards cap, but I will feature that look in another post coming soon 😀
Cream Coat – ZARA
Rose embellished jumper – LEFTIES
Ripped Jeans – PRIMARK
Glitter Creepers – LONDON REBEL
Gold and Turquoise Rings – PRIMARK
Turquoise triangle earrings – LEFTIES
White Shirt – STRADIVARIUS
PS: We have two new videos now up on my Youtube Channel “Abigail Royston” about my time at fashion week and giving some tips as to how you could go too!