VOGUE, December 1984.

Christmas is nearly upon us and so I have a little treat. An old copy of VOGUE given to me by a dear friend a few Christmases ago. The issue was the Christmas Issue for December 1984 and depicts an era lost in the realms of nostalgia and TOPMAN knock-offs. A rare insight into ladies-wear for fashion Ramber but nevertheless a stunning pictorial. Merry Christmas
Armpits…
 Recession busting fashion finds, by VOGUE.
 health warning comes with a Cartier cigarette holder.
Fur. Discuss.
The English woman and her English garden.
 Frankie Goes To Hollywood, in the Men’s pages.

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Burley Hurley Back From Bust

This Bury indie has dealt with difficulty over the Recession but has bounced back with 3 new stunning stores and a Drapers Awards win. I got a rare opportunity to quiz Managing Director, Mark Hurley, and you can see the full interview here. I kept these two answers just for Fashion Ramblings readers (cheeky).
Fashion Rambler: Hurley boasts a fantastic online store akin to those offered by international multiples, how are you finding the ecommerce sector?
Mark Hurley: The ecommerce sector has been difficult due the fact that we have issues with the back office side of our website, this is currently under re-construction with a new launch early in 2011.

FR: Would you consider the menswear market the toughest fashion sector during these uncertain economic times and how has Hurley navigated the storm?

MH: All sectors are tough, though we have a good solid core customer base who have been with us for many years and continue to support us, ladies is quite steady but still underpinned by the Ugg phenomenon. The main things is to keep your standards high if not higher than ever before with great customer service which is re-paid by loyalty. We continually look for new brands but the classics are still as important as ever.
Check out the website here.
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Christmas List Vol 3

It’s nearly Christmas and I can’t help thinking about the nasty pasty VAT rise in Jan. Rather ruining our Sales Season don’tythink? Anywho, I hope Father Christmas gets me this lot otherwise I’ll be paying a premium at the tills. Cheers Cameron..

Coco Before Chanel The September IssueDesperate Housewives: The Complete Sixth Season 

What?… I’ve already seen Die Hard…

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I heart these from UNIQLO, so light, so warm.


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I have just bought a Calvin Klien shirt in an electric blue but I WANT THIS ONE TOO!


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Love me some Northern Heritage.

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Brand Whore much?


What do you want Santa to put in your stocking?


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Clothes Show Live 2010

I went to the Clothes Show Live this weekend with Sara Wilson and got this Sweater.
You can get one from A Non, here

It was a tiring day of walking around stalls, some inspirational, most pretty usual. We loved the Fashion Theatre Show though (despite Gok Wan’s appearance) and thought the styling was fantastic. 

The theme was ‘A Night At The Movies’ and saw dance interpretations of major filmic genres before a catwalk show styled to coincide. For the Bond scene, Die Another Day by Madonna blasted out as Military themed models strutted out in Deerstalkers and Aviator boots.


To be truthful, the whole event was like OK! Magazine vomited all over the NEC. The Celebrity culture mass-produced media machine worked the concept of the Clothes Show, it is what gives it its pulling power. People buy tickets to buy into the ‘world of fashion, celebrity and show business’. It is interesting to see in action and amazing to see when it is making real money for retailers. I think it is also interesting that many ‘fashion-insiders’ turn their noses up at the Clothes Show because it is ‘just a shopping event’, an event for the consumer and not the hardened fashion critic. But, the love and glamour of the fashion industry that makes the fashion savvy blogger buy their copy of POP Magazine is not that different to the same buzz a 13 year old girl gets from buying her CSL Ticket, a ticket into a fantasy. Congratulations CSL on a brilliant show.


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Luis & Juke

Newbie undie brand Luis & Juke sent me some knickers to try on. I was rather pleased as I’ve liked their bizarre style for a while after spotting them in TOPMAN.


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The brand ethos originates in 1950s retro and aspires to bring fun into the menswear market. The tight cotton boxer brief styles are in bright, loud, young colours that appeal to your typical young male and are at student friend prices from £13.00 p/pair. 

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The brand have just set up their first stand-alone website and are celebrating with a cool competition, click here for deets. 

I wonder how long it’ll be before they start selling online?

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Anywho, you can’t go wrong with a pair of Rockola Luis & Juke, especially for a stocking filler. Now, see me rocking these bad boys!

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