Six of the best: Faux & Fabulous

Tuesday 28th October 2014, 9.28






We reveal our top six faux fur products to get you through the winter in style, now in-store at Liberty.

Faux fur is huge news this season, so to help you choose the best of what’s on offer we’ve done the hard work for you. Discover six of the best items from our fur fashion edit including coats, earmuffs and scarves, from some of our favourite brands such as Barbour, Paul Smith and Acne Studios.

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Angelique Faux Fur Jacket
Make a statement in true winter wonderland style with this seriously chic jacket. The shaggy faux fur has a bold monochrome gradient that is a definite head-turner. Pair with skinny jeans and boot heels for the ultimate on-trend look, while staying beautifully warm in the process. Success.

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Toscana Lambskin Earmuffs
Keep your winter accessories fresh with these covetable earmuffs from Karl Donahue. Their pastel tone will lighten up your outfit ensuring you don’t get lost in the winter gloom.

PAUL SMITH
Shearling Scarf
Finish off your wintry look with this cosy fur scarf. It comes in a beautiful grey evoking elegance on a cold evening. This is the touch of luxury you’ve been searching for.

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Faux Fur Trapper Hat
This Imposter trapper hat will keep you luxuriously warm during those mornings and evenings when it’s almost unbearably cold! We can assure no more cold ears with this fashionable faux fur choice.

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Quilted Faux Fur Parka
Defy the elements with this quilted Barbour parka. The classic utilitarian design with its flattering cinched waist and luxurious fur hood will take you through the chilly seasons, year after year.

PAUL SMITH
Sheepskin Seamed Mittens
Avoid numb fingers with some mittens for the winter. This Paul Smith pair will keep your hands toasty-warm during those early hours and chilly lunch breaks. We love the contrasting burgundy and black.

Shop the Faux & Fabulous edit in-store or online. Share your fabulous fur fashion with us on Twitter or Instagram @LibertyLondon.

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Monica Vinader Jewellery: The Collections

Thursday 23rd October 2014, 11.00






Monica Vinader designer jewellery evokes sophistication and affordable luxury with its distinctive collections each speaking of an exotic inspiration and modern designs.

Monica Vinader launched her eponymous jewellery line in 2002 with the aim of creating simple, affordable, striking pieces using real stones and precious metals. Each collection has its unique elements, whether it’s a contemporary twist on a classic diamond design, or an inspiring background of the glamorous Italian Riviera, they hold their individual stories and impeccably quality. Monica Vinader rings, bracelets and charms are stackable and timeless, with their versatility allowing you to wear them together or just one distinctive piece. Explore the range and discover which narrative suits your mode.

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Love what you see? Shop the Monica Vinader collection in-store or online. Already a fan? Share your Monica Vinader jewellery on Twitter or Instagram @LibertyLondon #LibertyAccs.

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In Detail: Liberty Print Barbour

Wednesday 15th October 2014, 14.00





Take an in-depth look at the four liberty prints used in our latest collection with Barbour.

Barbour has been protecting us from the elements since 1894. In its time the brand has produced everything from biker jackets to macs earning Royal warrants and industry acclaim, plus a collaboration with Liberty which sees two heritage brands come together in a celebration of British fashion and design. Discover the new season prints that are lending Barbour a little Liberty inspiration.

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Perreira
This new season print brings a touch of Oriental inspiration to a heritage Barbour style. Taken from a fabrics impression book from the early 1900s, Pereira was selected by the Liberty Art Fabrics team for A/W14 due to its resemblance to the Oriental carpets at the Burrell collection in Scotland. Packed with symbolism, this floral is a nod to the prints in the Liberty archive.

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Wild Flowers
The perfect British-inspired pairing for a Barbour jacket, Wild Flowers Liberty print was initially inspired by a 19th Century book, ‘Field Guide to Wild Flowers in Britain’. Designed by artist Su Blackwell, this print is a joyous recollection of early childhood journeys across the British landscape, and as much a celebration of childhood as well as British art and fashion.

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Windrush
Designed by paper cutting artist Helen Musslewhite, Windrush Liberty fabric is named after the Oxfordshire valley of the same name. Capturing some of the architectural elements of the British countryside as well as conjuring memories of a whimsical childhood, this modern, multi-dimensional floral makes a stylish companion to a classic Barbour Beadnell.

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Seth Rankine
Designed in celebration of the trees that represent strength and longevity in our modern world, Seth Rankine Liberty print lends a more stylised, geometric edge to a Barbour jacket. Based on a Liberty archive design from the 1990s, Seth Rankine was re-worked and added to the Atmosphere collection for A/W14, representing just one of the natural forms that make up our environment.

Shop Barbour Liberty online or in-store. Follow us on Twitter for the latest updates.

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Behind the Brand: Venessa Arizaga

Wednesday 3rd September 2014, 9.47

 

 

Puerto Rican-rooted New Yorker Venessa Arizaga talks us through her life as a creative and what inspires her designer jewellery collections.

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Venessa Arizaga burst onto the jewellery scene in 2010 with a collection of playful, fashion-conscious pieces that played on her Puerto Rican roots as much as her home town of New York. A favourite in the Liberty jewellery hall, Venessa Arizaga bracelets and necklaces are the perfect contemporary twists for your jewellery stack. As her autumn/ winter 2014 collection hits Liberty.co.uk, we caught up with the designer to get a sneaky peek behind the scenes of this irrepressible label.

What part of New York influences your designs? How is this contrasted with Puerto Rican culture?
What hugely influences my designs are the cool girls I see in the city. I’ve always been inspired by people who just go out there and have fun with fashion. It inspires me to make pieces that they would want to wear. That eccentricity, combined with the laid-back ‘island girl’ lifestyle influenced by my Puerto-Rican roots is one of the main essences of the pieces I design.

Other than these two places, where do you find inspiration for new designs and witty motifs?
I find inspiration in everything – from fabrics, to music, and tons of research. I love going to libraries and spending days on end pulling books and being inspired by what I find.

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How does your workspace and studio reflect the personality of your jewellery?
Our studio is very laid-back and has a lot of things that remind me of the beach. We have surfboards, maps and globes, flamingos, and a rooftop with an amazing view of the Manhattan skyline. It’s reflected in my jewellery in the way that it’s easygoing, and but fun and daring at the same time. I think it’s the way accessories should be.

Do you have any good luck charms or keepsakes in the office?
We have a studio cat named Betty and she is a sweet little cat. I play with her every day! She mostly lies down and wants to be brushed. For the time we’ve had her, she’s made the studio a happier place.

What does a typical day at work look like for you?
Each day is different, depending on the season. I have days where I work on developing a new collection, and days where I prepare for production. I’m a Jack-of-all-trades – I love that there’s no typical routine because it keeps things interesting.

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Which part of the design process do you love the most?
My favourite part is free-styling when I make a piece. I like combining my favourite charms, thread colours and new sewing techniques. Sometimes it never comes out the way you expect it, but with mistakes and lots of experimentation, you always get something innovative.

Do you have a particular favourite piece of jewellery you wear every day?
Right now, I love wearing the friendship cuffs from our AW14 collection. On one side it looks like just a simple cuff but when you look at the other side, you see that it’s a fun little bracelet with a happy charm. I’m obsessed with the special knotting technique we developed for this piece.

What should we be thinking about when buying our next jewellery piece?
Follow your gut. If you see a piece that speaks to you, try it on, and if it’s a fit you know it’s meant to be yours. Jewellery is really special and very personal.

Have you visited our Regent Street store? If so, which is your favourite department and why?
Yes, I have! It’s very beautiful. My favourite department is the fabric department. I am in love with the historical Liberty prints! I found myself in trouble buying meters and meters of gorgeous cottons that I brought back and decorated my house with.

 

The our full range of Venessa Arizaga jewellery is available to shop in-store, with selected styles available online.

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Spotlight on: Larson & Jennings

Friday 25th July 2014, 16.46

 

 

 

Anglo-Swedish watchmaker, Larsson & Jennings, are taking the timepiece scene by storm. We caught up with the discreet team to get the 411 on combining two styles of European design, strap preferences and their top tips for buying watches.

Which watch are you wearing now?
It’s really hot in London today so we’re wearing the CM | Gold – the lightweight Milanese chain metal is nice and cool in the heat, plus the colour looks good with a tan.

Do you wear the same watch all the time or change it to suit your mood?
We like to change it up. Our core watches have quick-release straps so you can swap the styles to suit the mood or activity you’re doing at that time.

What do you love about Swedish and British style?
Both nations have incredibly rich history and design identities, which offer a wealth of styles to be inspired by from both the past and present.

How have you brought these elements to your watch designs?
By combining the classic British dress watch aesthetic with the paired back minimalism that’s so popular and effective in Swedish design, we’ve brought elements of each nation’s signature styles together to create one product that bridges both.

Your watches are popular with guys and girls. What is it about your designs that make them great unisex pieces?
The simplistic design, the lightweight feel and the high quality fabrics and materials make the watch both functional and easy to wear. Plus the 40mm case size of our classic ranges lend itself well to both men and women.

Canvas, leather or metal strap?
We couldn’t possibly choose. It really depends on the wearers aesthetic and style. The Larsson & Jennings watch case and dial is a mix of classic and contemporary so any of the strap categories work as long as you are you looking for a clean and uncomplicated watch.

If you could give one piece of advice on buying a watch it would be…
As well as looking for comfort and great design, the most important thing has to be good manufacture. Our watches are made with precision engineering in Switzerland so that they’re the best quality they can be at the current price point. At the end of the day it’s a functional item so it’s got to work as well as look stylish. We’re launching new watch styles later this year and look forward to sharing them with old and new customers.

Photo by Lucy Williams from Fashion Me Now

Photo by Lucy Williams from Fashion Me Now

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