TSM Review: Newly launched ‘& other Stories’ boutique in London

& other stories is basically the middle sister store of H&M and COS; three years in the making and much anticipated hype to live up to around the collection that debuted on Regent Street, London last weekend. I wasn’t brave enough to visit on opening weekend; I didn’t want claustrophobia to taint my first experience of the 1200 sq feet boutique which would no doubt have been full overly ‘focused’ fashionistas and media a rife so I managed to pop in this weekend to check it out.

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My initial verdict? I am a fan and my wallet has an unhappy feeling that I’m going to be a big fan. I’d personally describe & other stories as the adoptive child of design led COS (ok so it’s getting incestuous) – due to the clean lines and minimalist shapes and Topshop Boutique - driven by the edgier fashion forward shoes, accessories, patterns and feminine prints. Now I say ‘adoptive’ child because the concept of & other stories is meant to be like no other: It is not inspired by the latest catwalk inspired trends but rather influenced by the notion of personal style of everyday individuals (like us), bloggers and women who create their spontaneous ‘thrown together’ individual looks through multiple avenues (thrift stores, online shops, eBay, vintage stores etc). For three years, 70 designers were split between Stockholm and Paris (including designers from ACNE) to create ‘stories’ for the collections and the influence is highly visible in store by both the indoor merchandising and clothing designs.

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What I loved about the concept of the store was that there seemed to be a subliminal stylist following you around everywhere. The pictures of coordinated outfits were surrounded by a series of subtly suggestive edits which encouraged you to compile a thrown together look, very much popularised by bloggers and street style you see today.

Styling is about expressing personality from head to toe so I love that the wide rimmed racks (spacious finger spacing) and suggestive accessories help customers to experience mixing and matching pieces with make up to create a look of their own.

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& other stories London & other stories Regent street

& other stories 2013These are the items I picked up in store and tried on. I suspect due to the mad Saturday rush and the fact that it was only the second weekend since opening, there weren’t any small sizes available to try on so I left empty handed. The size ranges from 34-44 (UK6-UK16 equivalent) and the pricing is fairly reasonable but on the pricier side compared to what we high street shoppers are used to.

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Pictures from there current collection& other stories London Regent street Summer Spring

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I personally loved the shoe and accessories in store more than clothes but that’s just me in general. It’s difficult to tell how comfortable the leather of the shoes are but I definitely like the metallic cut out sandals and heeled brogues. I can see the heels being a hit in London as well with the younger crowd however the prices are definitely premium compared to younger sister H&M.

Best buys &Other Stories

& other stories leather ballerinas

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& other stories gold heel pumps

If you’re lucky enough to live in a city where one of these stores will open, I’d highly recommend you visit for a browse (There are stores opening in Paris and Copenhagen). The stores have a cool Scandavian feel to them and there’s an eclectic mix of vintage tones, clean silhouettes and retro styles that will strike a cord with everyone and especially if you, like me, love blogger fashion! Check out their and find yourself browsing for hours just like I did in the actual store on weekend.

Thanks for reading – Have a great week!

Tien xo

TSM Top 5 Picks: In Concert – Zimmermann RTW Collection (Autumn Winter 2013)

It happens every year … Take today for example: I threw on my gloves, beanie and a heavy duty coat en route to Westfield Shopping Centre in Shepherd’s Bush, London and somehow found myself trying on Summer dresses (suitable only if it were at least 20 degrees warmer), bright neon sleeveless numbers (love, btw!) and floral short shorts. It was hard not to get swept up in the new season’s promise of sun and warmth but let’s not kid ourselves here people, we are still in the middle of Winter!! But you know what, secretly, I’m kind of bored of staring at the same old sales racks now. I can only withstand about three weeks worth of sales before I impatiently start drifting towards the quieter, neater and untouched by bargain hunters ‘new seasons’ section and my eyes now greedily await new season stock both in Europe and back home in Australia.

Zimmerann are one of my favourite Australian brands which I associate with home, Summer, beach and relaxed Summer holidays. Their prints and fabrics are always unique and their swimmwear collections are second to none. The new Autumn Winter range for 2013 is much more relateable to me as I can actually imagine wearing these here in the colder London weather or as it gradually warms up over the next couple of months. Zimmerann clothing leans towards the higher end (in terms of pricing) but their designs are uniquely Australian and their worldwide appeal and sold out collections attest to their popularity. Here are my favourite looks so far from their 2013 AW In Concert collection Lookbook …

The Rising Floral Panel Dress

Independent Knot Dress

Independent Knot dress in Citrine

Rising Gold Lace Dress

Silk Ray Dress

Aside from the Rising Floral and Sun dress, I love the fact that these dresses are transeasonal and can be layered with tights and long/ankle boots for Winter. I haven’t had the opportunity to try any of the new collection on but would love to hear your thoughts on the make, fit and reviews of any of their new pieces and which one your favourites are.

Zimmermann stores are spread throughout and is also  and ships internationally to certain .

TSM Review: Anna Dello Russo for H&M

Anna Dello who ? I might hear you say… Don’t worry, that would have been me a few months ago asking the same question. I really only came across Anna a few months back when I first started getting into fashion blogs and coming across her pictures at fashion shows featured on other blogs. Secretly I found some of her outfits totally over the top (OTT) like those “outfits” on the catwalk where you think to yourself – AS IF you you could walk down the street in that! But I’ve come to appreciate that fashion is art and it’s all about personal expression and the world would be pretty boring if everyone dressed the same and didn’t dare to push the boundaries. I read an interview by Susie Lau on Anna Dello Russo and appreciated where she came from a lot more. She’s like the Lady Gaga of fashion: She lives and breathes fashion as art and she has her own unique style. So despite being dubbed a ‘fashionista maniac’ the woman might know a thing or two given she is the creative editor-at-large for Vogue Japan and was previously the fashion editor at Vogue Italia.

Images via vogue.com

To be honest I wasn’t one of those die hard fan who lined up on the 4th of October at 6am at H&M flagship stores for the release of her collection which comprised of very extravagant statement jewellery, shoes, sunglasses and luggage pieces. Her pieces were luxurious – flashy gold jewellery and accessories mixed with vintage undertones. My friend V picked up some enamel bracelets with animal motifs that were really fun and when I wondered into the store on Saturday I appreciated that the accessories were OTT and that was the whole point; the range wouldn’t suit everyone. Continue reading

T-Styled Me loves Elie Saab Fall Winter 2012/2013

The Fall Winter 2012/2013 collection looks very similar to Elie’s Saab’s previous collections, especially the sheath silhouette gowns with lace paneling and intricate beaded embroidery but the collection is romantic and beautiful nonetheless…

Sheath dresses suit rectangular body shapes and for gowns with less detailing on the top half, they also work beautifully for inverted triangles as well. If you need a reminder of knowing your body shape, refer to my previous posts for help.

The column gown on the left (above) is one of my favourites from this collection. It looks culturally inspired and I love the gold undertones in this pale blue – it’s so elegant and regal looking. Something K Middy would probably wear.

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