House of Fraser

Tom Ford’s Venetian Bergamot

October 13, 2015

An interesting addition to the Private Blend stable at Tom Ford, where other fresh fragrances  lie (such as the great Neroli Portofino and Costa Azzura) that cross the divide and are worn equally well by men and women. It’s obviously a winning formula, for Venetian Bergamot smacks of success with its spiced back notes to […]

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Tom Ford Noir Pour Femme–The ‘It’ Perfume of 2015

July 1, 2015

There are some fragrances that have the ‘it’ factor. They breathe self assurance and bestow confidence and allure as soon as they’re worn. Some also have the ability to entrance the wearer almost as much as their intended prey (singular or plural). Step forward the big new launch of 2015 that’s sure to win bountiful […]

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Guerlain’s Ltd Edition Terracotta Le Parfum

May 24, 2015

I stumbled upon Guerlain’s Terracotta Le Parfum while cutting through Debenhams beauty hall as a means to get somewhere else faster. (Sorry, Debs). There’s a lesson here. Sometimes you hit upon a great product or fragrance completely by chance and not as some PR person is slavishly selling in new releases. In this case, it’s […]

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Jo Malone’s ‘Rock The Ages’ – Clever Conception with a Couple of Surprise Kicks

January 25, 2015

It’s been considerably trying this past year with (personal) tumultuous changes that have engulfed and even, sometimes, swamped. And now, at the start of this brave new year, January’s taking FOREVER to leave us.  I mean…is it STILL January?  Being in exile* North of the Wall doesn’t help either with its relentless sub zero temperatures. […]

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This Week – Beg 15th Sept 2014

September 23, 2014

Hotels du Swank and @Simplybeeflamb This week kicked off with the nervous apprehension and fervour of a referendum that took my country to division (liddlebiddapolitics) that will no doubt last longer than we’d care it to. Families and friends pitched against one another on either side of the debate (still are), while it has changed […]

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House of Fraser Focuses on New Scottish Design

July 22, 2014

It’s hard work getting noticed. Especially if, as a designer, you live and work outside of London. So, when House of Fraser, Glasgow (the original store where the brand sprang from) decided to honour local design talent to celebrate Homecoming Scotland 2014* (* a focus on Scotland’s wealth of activities during 2014), it was a […]

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Glasgow Bags Scottish Designers to Highlight Late Night Shopping

June 12, 2014

We, of the London Fashion Week ilk, know the value of a good promotional bag and become pretty blasé about them – apart from when they’re taken away from us. Mulberry (ex sponsor of LFW) used to employ the meanie rule by only giving them out to ‘real’ press and not bloggers. (NB. High Five […]

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Dick Winters – Chapist Underparts with Panache

June 9, 2014

It’s rare indeedy when a tongue-firmly-in-cheek but with its eye on the ball brand comes along, especially when that brand is British based and with quintessential quirks. Step forward Dick Winters, a brand that’s only been launched since December 2013 and is already making waves as part of ‘House of Fraser Presents’ which launched to […]

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Spring’s Here – Chanel’s Latest Perfume, Bath & Body Releases

March 9, 2014

It’s the first sunny weekend of 2014. March has smiled on us with the delights of sunshine. Enough, even, for open windows and smiles in the Capital, with the hope of better, even more sunshiny days to follow. Chanel has caused us to smile too. With two new important launches in the offing; the first […]

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Sykes Chooses Snuggly Sanctuary in Farhi’s Uncertain Times.

February 25, 2014

Creative director Joanna Sykes presented a tranquil collection for Nicole Farhi AW’14, assuaging uncertainty surrounding the label’s recent fiscal troubles. Tactile themes of ‘protection’ and ‘sanctuary’ were translated through oversized trousers and joggers in cashmere and silk, fur-trimmed woven jackets and spacious Cyclone bombers detailed with lichen lizard. The only snug-fitting silhouettes appeared in wool […]

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