Office Blog Posts Tagged ‘designer’

Immerse yourself in Italian fashion

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Italy is home to some of our favourite things; pizza, Prosecco, pasta and of course Roberto Cavalli, Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi and Prada.

The country is undisputedly one of the fashion centres of the world and now its leading design names are set to be celebrated with a major exhibition at the Victoria & Albert in London which will feature more than 100 stunning ensembles created between the Second World War and today.

“Italian fashion is a story of rags to riches almost, as the post-war country recovers and becomes a key place for manufacture, design and entrepreneurial risk-taking that cuts right across businesses,” said curator Sonnet Stanfill. “This is the compelling story which we describe in the exhibition.”

We’ll have to wait until April next year to head to the exhibition, but to celebrate the announcement we’ve taken a look at some of our fashion highlights from la bella Italia.

Missoni prints

The trademark Missoni striped and geometric-print knits are a firm favourite with fashion forward celebs like Cameron Diaz, Blake Lively and Nicole Kidman and have spawned a thousand imitations on the high street.

Missoni Catwalk - Milan Fashion Week

 Fendi Baguette

Fendi’s most iconic handbag has been seen on the arm of pretty much everyone with an ounce of fashion influence since it was launched in 1997. It was arguably the first ‘It bag’ with a waiting list a mile long.

Fendi Catwalk - Milan Fashion Week

Versace’s red carpet looks

When certain celebs want to wow on the red carpet, there’s only one designer they head to, Versace. The design house was responsible for the green chiffon dress Jennifer Lopez wore at the Grammy Awards in 2000, that safety pin dress worn by Liz Hurley and the black strapless number Beyonce wore to the Oscars in 2005.


Prada’s flame heels

Possibly one of the wittiest shoe designs ever, Prada’s flame heels from the spring/summer 12 collection will go down in fashion history. These shoes were so hot they were on fire, with a graphic cut-out flame running along the outer heel and on the ankle strap.

prada flame

Roberto Cavalli’s excess

We know that the minimal look is very chic and stylish, but sometimes we just want to have fun with fashion, which is exactly what Roberto Cavalli does. He never shies away from animal print, gold embellishments, leather and brocade, which means his clothes are always interesting to see on the red carpet.

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NEWGEN MEN winners announced

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

London Collections: Men is set to feature some of the brightest menswear talents in the world in January thanks to a cash injection from NEWGEN MEN which will help ten up-and-coming designers showcase their exciting and innovative Autumn/Winter 14 collections to the fashion crowd.

Among the ten will be three new designers benefiting from NEWGEN support for the first time; we take a look at the new names whose collections we’ll be coveting in the coming years.


Common is made up of Swedish duo Saif Bakir and Emma Hedlund, who as well as having their own label have collaborated with a number of big name fashion houses and none other than Kanye West. Their signature style is “progressive” with “clean aesthetics” and key pieces include their bird print bomber jacket.

Diego Vanassibara

Brazilian-born Diego moved to the UK when he was 22 and is a popular man at OFFICE HQ thanks to his innovative shoe designs. His trademark piece is a hybrid shoe which is one part Oxford and one part Derby.

Speaking about his ideal client, Vanassibara described an “informed urban man with a contemporary and individual attitude to dressing”. Sound like anyone you know?

Kit Neale

Print and colour are the staples of Kit Neale’s bold collections, with trademark pieces including embroidered sweaters, wax cotton bombers and contrast print shirts. His latest collection is based on London icons, but not always ones you’d expect. Elephant and Castle and Heathrow Terminal 4 are particular inspirations.

Other recipients for next year are Agi & Sam; Astrid Andersen; Lee Roach; Martine Rose; Matthew Miller; Nasir Mazhar and Shaun Samson.

 Lee Roach

Caroline Rush, CEO of the British Fashion Council, commented: “Menswear is an unstoppable force in British fashion. Welcoming three new designers to the scheme this season, each of whom bring a very different aesthetic to the NEWGEN MEN line-up, is testament to the strength and diversity of the emerging menswear talent in the industry.”

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Trends women are ‘borrowing’ from men

Friday, November 1st, 2013

This season women’s wear is borrowing from the boys. Androgyny was a prominent fixture on the Autumn/Winter 13 catwalks, with Stella McCartney, Dior and Vanessa Bruno all teaming masculine tailoring and materials with a few feminine flounces to great effect. And we love the way Rita Ora, LakeBell and Sophie Dahl have rocked the look on the red carpet.

We take a look at some of the key elements of the trend in recent months.

Traditional tailoring

We’re used to seeing Jennifer Lawrence in frothy gowns on the red carpet, however, she truly embraced masculine chic in the latest Dior campaign, posing in a slick tuxedo-style suit. The trend for tailoring was also a key feature of Stella McCartney’s latest collection with pinstripe double breasted dresses, peplum blouses worn with structured trousers and de constructed men’s jackets.

zara martin

To get the look yourself, team a structured suit with a softer shirt or silky t-shirt and sky-scraper heels to add a feminine edge.

Statement sweaters

Givenchy, Erdem and Christopher Kane all sent models down the Autumn/Winter catwalks in baggy statement sweaters, making them one of the must-have items of the season.

Slouchy shapes and bold prints add a masculine edge to this trend. Wear with simple jeans and chunky Nike Air Max trainers for a relaxed look, or dress up with a mini skirt and boots.

 UNICEF UK Halloween Ball - London

Beautiful brogues

Add a masculine edge to even the girliest of outfits with one of this season’s hottest accessories, the flat shoe. Team brogues with tapered, ankle length trousers or a dress and slouchy blazer for a look which is very Dries Van Noten.

If you can’t do without your heels, why not try a pair of chunky-heeled brogues?

MBFW Spring 2014 - Rag & Bone

Over-sized coats

Simple, over-sized and streamlined are the key words to bear in mind when choosing a coat this season.

Add a feminine edge by choosing a coat in this season’s key colour; pale pink, or take inspiration from Stella McCartney and add some beautiful brooches to the lapels.


Susie Lau Styles Clarks Sportswear AW13 Women’s Collection

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013


World renowned stylist, global fashion blogger and trend influencer Susie Lau presents Clarks Sportswear AW13 women’s collection.  A fusion of colour and textures, Susie draws upon streetwear, sports luxe and colour blocking trends to showcase the latest collection.


Clarks Originals Juno Hi Black Suede


Styled simply with colour pop accessories and ready to wear pieces including a neon pink skirt, neoprene sweater and purple vinyl mac, each look is teamed with a selection of styles chosen by the well-respected Style Bubble blogger.


Clarks Originals Juno Hi Wine Suede


Susie Lau commented:

“I took inspiration from the colour contrasts of the shoes – the more muted shades of the uppers with the bright popping soles and then tried to play up the casual sportswear element of the shoes.  It’s a hint of sportswear without being too literal and without losing any femininity.”


Clarks Originals Juno Lo Grey Suede


Following the same ethos of modern craft seen previously in the men’s collections, Clarks presents Juno, a capsule collection for women comprising two styles, Juno Hi and Juno Lo. Inspired by the iconic Clarks Originals Desert Boot silhouette and the DNA of a classic sneaker, the styles incorporate premium soft suede with striking colour block soles. Light, cushioned and fit-focused, Juno is classic in style but modern in attitude.


Clarks Originals Juno Lo Purple Suede


Available at the following OFFICE & OFFSPRING stores:

Office, Carnaby St

Office, Oxford St

Office, Topshop Oxford Circus

Office, Kings Road

Offspring, Neal St

Offspring, Selfridges

Offspring Kingston

Clarks Originals Juno Hi Grey Suede

Clarks Originals Juno Lo Black Suede


Poste Mistress; Interview with the Designer

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

We caught up with footwear Designer, Manni Kalsi, who brought you the new Poste Mistress collection. Over a fruit juice (we’re getting all summery now) she gave us the ins and outs of the collection from the early stages right up until the final product.

Where do you get your inspiration from?
Anywhere and everywhere! I get a lot of my inspiration from ‘people watching’ in the various countries I visit. I also check out blogs and keep up to date with trend reports. I believe that you should trust your gut instinct so if you have an idea, no matter how crazy it is, you should have 100% trust in it.

With the Poste Mistress collection I wanted the same premium quality and design focus as our successful men’s brand, Poste. So, for this collection I had a brainstorm with a selection of Poste Mistress customers with various styling preferences to discuss what each would want from the collection.

How long does it take from sketch to finished product?

From sketch to store, the usual time frame is around 10 weeks. I like to work closely with the factories so often visit them and discuss the sketch with the designers and pattern cutters. It’s very fast paced so you can give your sketch to the factory in the morning and by the end of the day you have a pattern in front of you.

What are your favourite styles in the new Poste Mistress collection?
That’s a difficult one as I love them all! I think my No.1 has to be the Victoria Zip Boot, as it’s a simple yet stylish shape finished in beautiful soft Italian rust suede or black nubuck. I particularly like the way the block heel has been set into the natural leather sole. Another favourite is the Alice sandal in black leather, it’s gorgeous and flattering, combined with the style it’s the perfect evening shoe.

What’s special about the new PM collection?
I would say the sleek simplicity of it. While designing this collection I made sure I kept the lines extremely clean and simple, I didn’t want there to be too many seams or complicated shapes. The whole collection has been made in Italy, produced and hand finished in the finest leathers. The soles and socks have also been embossed with our new Poste Mistress logo and flower detail, I think it’s the small details like this that are very important.

How would you define the Poste Mistress customer?
She has expensive taste but isn’t one to show it off, understated glamour! Premium quality product is very important to her and she makes sure she takes this into consideration when shopping. As well as finding a gorgeous pair of shoes, they need to be well made with beautiful leathers and a great staple piece she can wear season after season.

What do you love most about your job?
Definitely the travelling! I get to go to so many places throughout the year, from European trade shows to the US for design inspiration. However, I also love designing and being creative on a daily basis. All of my designs are hand drawn as I like the fluidity of a pencil on paper and I can’t get the same application with a computer. I also have the privilege to work with an amazing team, they are all a bit eccentric and have great characters so coming to work every day is an experience, you won’t find anywhere like it!

What do you do if you find your creativity isn’t flowing? Any tips?
If I find my creativity isn’t flowing, I like to take a break from what I am doing and go back to it later on in the day.  My main tip would be to stay relaxed! Your creativity should flow easily and if you get stressed or worry too much, it won’t.  Just relax and enjoy what you are trying to achieve, it’s more fun! And don’t forget to smile…!

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Spotlight on Talent – The Judging & the Winners

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

We recently teamed up with our good friends from UGG Australia to put the spotlight on you and your talent. With creative minds switched on we received hundreds of your UGG Australia designs. For a preview of some of the entrants you can visit our Facebook album.

UGG Australia Judging Panel

It was no easy task but we managed to shortlist the most interesting and inspiring designs. But the hardest part was still to follow. Our wonderful judges got together at UGG Australia’s London Head Office to make some tough decisions.

UGG Australia Judging Panel

UGG Australia Judging Panel

After a preview of the UGG Australia 2013 A/W collection (which is stunning), the judges revisited the design brief and viewed the shortlist. With judging criteria on design, practicality and originality, each design was scored out of 10 by each judge.

UGG Australia Judging Panel

UGG Australia Judging Panel

Each judge looked at the shortlisted designs from a different perspective and there was much to debate over – all in good hearted spirit of course. Once the scores were totaled our top 3 were announced. For a one minute recap you can watch our video of the campaign here.


UGG Australia Design


UGG Australia Design



UGG Australia Design

OFFICE and UGG Australia want to thank everybody who entered and voted in the design studio. We were blown away by the quality and detail of the designs sent in – well done!


Spotlight on Talent – Seetal Solanki

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

As a specialised print designer within the footwear industry Seetal Solanki has worked on numerous creative collaborations with high street brands and designers. She brings a wealth of experience of over 10 years within the creative and fashion industry.

Delivering Design, Art & Creative Direction in a number of different disciplines including fashion, footwear, textiles, brand identity, photography and many more. She partners & collaborates with a number of industry experts which allow her to achieve an international presence.

Watch our video to hear Seetal talk about style and design.

And if that’s given you some inspiration then enter the UGG Australia design studio to check out budding designers work and to submit your own. It could win you an amazing £1000!


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