Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Uptown Girls: Trunk Show in Chelsea

Trunk shows are such a great way for fashion entrepreneurs to share and sell in a social and intimate setting. Anne hosted this party in her Chelsea pad and gave friends the opportunity to try on and buy goods from three fabulous enterprises.

Anne's apartment is the perfect backdrop for the beautifully crafted goods on show, and champagne really does help with the decision making.

Fur is starting to make a comeback, and Marais Fur has laidback, rocking rabbit fur pieces that are accessible and wearable with a regular London wardrobe.

I felt rather Dynasty in this rabbit fur bomber, so I posed and did my best Alexis-style "you bitch" face... I tried on the glamorous and versatile poncho that was the must-buy piece of the evening. Perfect for busy mums, this will have you looking street-cool at the school gate and yet sleek and sexy for date night. As Claire, Marais Fur's founder, describes it: this is grab-and-go fur!

The beanies were a hit too - the bobble is removable for those days you want a simpler look.

Caroline has been making gentleman's bespoke shoes for many years now and it is only fair that she has turned her hand to making women's brogues. Those handbags peeping in the background are pretty fine too!

One of the pioneers of the social shopping concept, Stella&Dot has just arrived in the Uk from New York. There is a wide range of jewellery and I think it is particularly suited to busy working women who want fuss-free accessories - striking earrings and necklaces that will flatter a shift dress or open necked business shirt.

I couldn't resist the Sutton necklace, which can be worn five different ways and at different lengths. With gold and silver plate strands, it is still light enough to stay on all day without feeling too clunky.

The Stella&Dot stylist Victoria was happy to recommend complementing products and ideas for how to wear. That's the real beauty of the trunk show - a fun and personal way to shop and share connections and ideas.

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