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With 3 shows throughout the day in collaboration with Frontiers & Sam Brown, this was a marathon show & shopping event which attracted more than 200 customers to view the latest winter styles from the West End Village boutiques.
From Arkangel & Felon we saw bright pops of colour, inspiring pattern clashes & cosy winter wear including a gorgeous selection of stylish coats co ordinated with zingy zatchels, Paul Smith & Urban Lab scarves & the coveted Wilbur & Gussie clutch bags. All perfectly styled by our creative director Sarah Cosgrove.
Our favourite set was an offbeat selection of looks coordinated in black & white, a pattern front shift dress with diamond pattern clutch a white chiffon tail shirt, leatherette trimmed blazer and satin skinny pants, teamed with black & white melissa lace-up flats & matching 2-tone zatchel. What striking monochrome style!
London Fashion Week, eat your heart out! It’s a veritable tornado of fashion shows here in Edinburgh at the moment and loving style as we do here at Arkangel & Felon are of course in the thick of it (can you see the tips of our fuschia Melissa skyscraper heels poking out from the middle of the flurry?!).
First up there’s the collection we styled for Edinburgh Online Fashion Week, which you can see on Tuesday 23 October at 4pm. Lots of gorgeous autumn season goodies which you can browse from the comfort of your own sofa or desk!
Then we’re adding some much-needed pep, glamour and sparkle to dreary old November with our very own West End Fashion Show, which takes place on Tuesday 6 November, in collaboration with our friends, local boutiques Sam Brown and Frontiers.
We’ll be showcasing, styling and celebrating some perfect pieces to see you through those chilling upcoming Jack Frost months, from super-snuggly and stylish winter coats and knitwear to a positively mouthwatering range of dazzling Christmas partywear, with inspiration a-plenty for gifts for your loved ones – and undoubtedly more than a few items for your own Dear Santa lists!
Ticket holders will also be treated to fantastic promotional offers instore, canapés provided by the lovely folks over at Edinburgh Larder, plus a glass of bubbles on your arrival.
We’ll be running shows at 12pm, 5.30pm and at 8pm at a top secret location in the West End so wherever you are and whatever you have planned hopefully you’ll be able to join us!
Tickets to this fabulous event are just £5.00 and can be purchased instore, or feel free to drop us a line or call us on 0131 446 4466 for more details. Hope to see you there!
Fashionistas, clear your diary now for this must-see 15 minute slot on 23rd October @ 4pm!
If you haven’t already picked up on the buzz of Edinburgh Online Fashion Week, then take a sharp intake of breath now. Arkangel & Felon are featured in the city’s first ever online catwalk show to be streamed online via the Scotsman and STV websites throughout the third week of October. You don’t even have to leave your desk, buy a ticket or dress for the occasion. Simply lock the office door, tell your boss you’re on a late lunch, put the kids in front of the TV.
Watch out for our eclectic and beautifully styled Arkangel & Felon sequence, featuring gorgeous pieces by Paul by Paul Smith, Almost Famous, Lilith and Marithe +Francois Girbaud, plus Sarah Pacini, Sportmax Code, with accessory pops from Zatchels and hip graffiti scarf brand Urban Lab.
We don’t want to spoil the surprise so we can’t give too much about our collection away…but here’s a shot from our final catwalk show to whet your appetite! This concoction of inky shades features a Lilith statement skirt, Marithe + Francois Girbaud jacket and Almost Famous belt. Midnight-hued perfection!
Click click click here for more exciting outfits on 23 October at 4pm!
So get ready to exhale now with an oooh and an aahhhhhhhhhhh. It’s all in the name of fashion.
The Arkangel & Felon team were absolutely delighted to have some of our gorgeous products featured in an unexpectedly thrilling fashion photo shoot for the Scotland on Sunday’s Spectrum magazine – hanging precariously over a cliff, if you can believe it!
These shots, featuring incredibly brave model Elaine Ford and snapped by photographer Phil Stanley Dickson, truly injected some sartorial pizazz into the normally not-very-glamourous activity of rock climbing, and provided a fabulously windswept and adventurous showcase for our autumn-red leather Zatchel, Almost Famous grey faux sheepskin gilet and bright silk colour-splash Urban Lab scarves (of which we’re proud to be Scotland’s exclusive stockist!). Who said fashion is all champagne and frou frou?
A huge well done to all the guys on the creative team for battling slippery rocks and a Scottish thunderstorm to capture these beautiful and unique pictures (just give them a click to zoom to see the detail)- a bit of a fashion first as one of the only ever full-on outdoors climbing fashion shoots captured on camera.
Perfect neutrals and colour pops to take you into blustery autumn as stylishly as possible!
One of our lovely customers has nominated Arkangel & Felon as their favourite independant womenswear boutique in the national competition run by the Daily Telegraph and endorsed by Mary Portas.
If you agree please click on the advert below and vote for us and have a chance to win a luxury break.
Mary Portas believes that ‘As customers, we have to show that we value and appreciate the really good shops out there, or we’ll only have ourselves to blame if they disappear. When independents get it right, they deserve our support.’
That’s why Mary, currently starring in Channel Four’s Mary Queen of Frocks, has helped launch the Telegraph Magazine’s annual awards, the Best Small Shops in Britain, and is calling on the nation’s shoppers to champion their favourite local stores.
Everyone who votes has a chance of winning one of five luxury breaks (in Majorca, Seville, the south of France, Cornwall and the Lake District) or a case of wine.
Fashion: Pick and mix to find your look
With Fireworks Night just around the corner, the Capital’s skyline is set to explode with colour and texture.
Much like the style offerings available in the city this autumn/winter as Edinburgh embraces the eclectic mix of trends the fashion gods have sent us this season.
“There is certainly a plethora of trends to choose from. From faux fur to biker chic, lace to animal print, there is a lot going on,” says Sarah Cosgrove, owner of the Arkangel and Felon boutique on William Street.
The mix suits Sarah, a former London-based stylist to the stars, perfectly, fitting her love of quirky, individual outfits like a glove.
We caught up with her as she was busy preparing for her boutique’s autumn/winter fashion show in Fountainbridge, the first she has hosted since the shop opened its doors in the West End Village a year ago.
Up to her eyes in the likes of Paul by Paul Smith, Betty Jackson and Wilbur & Gussie, her team of models were getting ready to show the people of Edinburgh just how to make their mark as the weather turns drab and the nights draw in.
“I always look for things that have a bit of a difference about them,” says Sarah, who has worked with the likes of Claudia Winkelman and Zara Phillips on shoots across the globe.
“We have people who come in the shop who are in their 60s or 70s looking for something very classy and timeless. But the same items can be used to make a very unique look, depending on what they are worn with.
“The heritage trend, with its rich earthy tweeds and tailoring, is a great example of that.”
“It’s all about how you put things together,” she says.
I’m on a train to London with a suitcase stuffed full of cool clobber from the shop. No I’m not making a great escape (yet) or chasing Lady Gaga down the country in a desperate attempt to catch her & persuade her to let me re-style her with the contents of my suitcase. In fact I’d love to tear a leaf out of Lady G’s style book myself, you may see me strutting the city with mismatched multicoloured hair, mixed with ripped up plastic bags, wearing various bits of detachable underwear, holey tights & lace goggles Ahhhh Woops – that’s me I’m talking about 20 years ago! Alas I’ve become a little more tame in the style stakes so all hail to Lady G for keepin it real.
I’m off to meet a client for a Summer wardrobe session & personal shopping. Hurray! I spent yesterday afternoon in the shop with the door locked, pulling together outfits for my client. I now want a duplicate of every piece of clothing for myself despite the fact that I was dressing up with someone else in mind & would probably have never tried half the items on. At 5ft 2; blonde, blue eyes & boobs! this doll couldn’t be more different to me & strangely enough dressing up pretending to be someone else opened my eyes to colours, shapes & styles I’ve been missing out on. Despite years of styling it’s easy to slip into a pattern. I have a particular sort of style & probably turn a blind eye to anything I imagine not to be me. Choosing for someone who’s not me threw something else into the mix. I might even think about going blonde but aside from a bit of extra padding I think I’ll pass on the boob job.
Btw Karen, I hope you’re not reading this – after our shopping session I went back to the shop & bought myself the navy maxi tube dress which I selected for you. It was so not you & so not me yet it looks fab on both. I know it’ll be a well loved Summer wardrobe staple, I’ve already worn mine with a very old and well loved cropped denim jacket & a pair of melissa flats. As for you my dear, you can trust the weather to be a little kinder and wear it jacketless with those fab nude wedges we got for you! Perfect to get a bit of extra height & still be comfy whilst hitting high in the trend stakes.
Orange is literally this season’s hottest colour! We’ve had the winter hues of
grey, black & taupe a season too far so it’s time to zest up & grab a fruity 5 a day shade. Choose from lime green, citrus yellow or berry purple. Ahhhh orange … the colour of tropical sunsets & tequila cocktails if it’s just too strong then coral is a great alternative & casts a flattering glow onto most skin types. Btw all these zesty shades are great teamed with White, denim & natural tones or so you dont have to zing it head to foot choose vivid accessories for pops of colour to add a lilt of joy to your outfit – perhaps a cheeky little satin clutch or a zingy printed scarf . It’s as good as a shot of vitamin C & bound to beat those post winter blues.
Was that really Christmas again? It’s just that I can remember the one before a bit too vividly for comfort. Christmas used to be a long awaited season with a slow build up of at least a year, or so I thought. There were several seasons which meandered lazily along in between Christmas & Christmas and last Christmas was so far from this Christmas that it seemed like a distant memory. Now Slade have really done it ! They wished so hard & for so many years that it would be Christmas every day, that now it almost is!
We’re now on the countdown to New Year or Hogmanay as we say in these parts. Why couldn’t these two major celebrations have been a bit more evenly spaced out to least get us over the first hangover before creating the next? Also giving more opportunity to spin out the sparkles for longer (see blog previous). Anyway talking of attire, if you’re venturing out to celebrate the coming of 2011 under a fountain of fireworks with a plethora freezing folk, then why not set yourself apart by being cosy warm and uber stylish with the Ilse Jacobsen puffa. BTW you’ll set this off perfectly by teaming it with the celebs choice of winter head gear, the Madeleine Thompson beanie, in cashmere no less! And I might also add, in case of all those drunken beer splashes or worse!? The puffa is machine washable.
Wherever you happen to find yourself, we wish you a sparkling evening & a happy, prosperous & stylish 2011!
I’ve always been a bit of a magpie, not just at Christmas but anytime of the year. I just can’t resist a sparkle. Give me sequins; crystals; glitter; mirror balls any day of the week. Diamonds as they say are a girls best friend but in my opinion they don’t even have to be the real thing as long as (in the words of those once hunky boys), they…”shiiiiiiiiiiinnnne! ”
I discovered edible glitter last year in 20 different colours so now I can even eat rainbow coloured sparkles. According to the catering supplier I bought it from, the glitter is non-toxic (that’s a relief) and indigestible so it passes straight through ones system and is released in the same form as it went in. Ok, Ok we won’t dwell on this one too much.
There’s something about the nature of all things glittery that is just so glamorous, so promising, so ultimately uplifting. A flash of magic, an enticing chink of iridescence, a glimpse of starry planets in worlds way beyond our own… ok I’m drifting now, we’re probably just so starved of sunlight this winter that we’re clutching at glittery straws.
Last week I dressed the window mannequins in silver foil wigs and sparkly top hats, kitsch but cool! They are also sporting an array of Philippe Audibert cuffs, created to catch the light, which they do perfectly in a provocatively classy way. The Audiberts are teamed with chunky Philippe Ferrandis swarovski cuffs, bunched together beautifully, their facets reflecting any chink of light they can grab, with only one purpose… to dazzle the beholder.
I’ll definitely be lighting sparklers on the cake this Christmas ( if I ever get round to baking it). The icing will be fastooned with edible glitter, silver balls and candles of course. I’ll be wearing a sequined jacket, shiny leggings, sparkly shoes, a diamanté tiara, glittery eyeshadow and lipstick ( I usually do) with a sparkling glass of fizz in my hand. Too much glitter in one go? Never.