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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!
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’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.
Ok, I’ve seen it all now! As I tentatively made my way down Dundas Street at the weekend wearing heavy duty climbing boots, normally reserved for a serious bit of hillwalking, (ie. sitting in the cupboard for 3 years) I spied a figure teetering towards me clinging onto her man for dear life. The cause of this,( unless I’m quite mistaken and she was in fact totally love-struck to the point of becoming a real life cling-on), was a pair of towering stiletto shoe boots with platform soles, in suede no less!!! To use that well known Scottish utterance EEEEEh!? The pavement had disappeared in days gone by under layer upon layer of snow; then ice; then snow, the ice smoothed to a glistening surface by the patter of this seasons fuchsia pink Hunter wellies. Even the grips and ridges of my hiking boots seemed unfit for the conditions, crampons may have been more appropriate for the job. Did I mention that I was on one of Edinburgh’s steepest slopes?
During my trundles through the city last week I have indeed seen it all. The fashion welly,( if two such incongruous words could be hitched together), is definitely topping the bill, the hiking boot following close second. A few fancy snow boots were also tramping around. I almost bought a pair a couple of weeks ago but decided there was no point for the sake of a quick snow flurry, I was sure they’d be redundant within a couple of days and cast to the back of the cupboard along with the hiking boots. How diluded I was! I’ve managed to move to Edinburgh just in time for the worst snow fall in history. What I have failed to spot, are those great big hairy moon boot type things which resemble ” cousin It” I think they’re pretty cool and I dare say will most definitely make a come back. What’s the deal with the ski sticks though? I’ve seen more that half a dozen bods hiking around the city centre, wearing full-on climbing boots, accessorised with gators and ski sticks being stabbed purposefully into the freezing slush which used to be George Street. Definitely deserving of another EEEEEh!?
Roll on the big thaw I say. What’s a girl to do mid flight of the party season when she feels safe only in footwear suitable for the rambling club’s annual summit? I know I’m a lover of contrast fashion but this is above and beyond. Ah! Have you seen Beyond Skin’s pony spots?
Perfect with a party frock, the banana heel gives superior stability, despite the 4 inch heel, so you can down as many gallons of Glava as you please. A flexible sole! So you can jump up and down on the tables without cramping your feet and the suede has been tested for endurance so won’t stain in the rain. Hurray bring on the pony!
Oh I forgot to mention I saw a very conventional looking male wearing a barbour jacket, corduroy trousers plus luminous canary yellow wellies. EEEEEh!?
Here at Arkangel & Felon, we’re delighted to have recently launched our brand new online store, so now you can shop from the unique range of women’s clothing and accessories we offer, 24 hours a day.
Our new website is the ideal addition to our high street store, which is located on William Street in the fashionable West End village of Edinburgh. Within our bricks store you’ll find contemporary & vintage interior styles, sumptuous fabrics and fabulous wallpapers – it’s all part of the Arkangel & Felon experience and our new site reflects our store’s personality, which makes both our shop and site the perfect environments for you to shop for stylish womenswear from top designer labels.
We stock a huge array of utterly gorgeous designer womenswear brands including Ilse Jacobsen, Philippe Audibert, Ruby London and Sarah Pacini. You can easily browse our newest additions and most popular styles, including stunning seasonal wear.
Recent additions to our fresh new site include the beautiful Gros Grain Tunic by British label Anonymous by Ross + Bute, and the stunning Draped Neck Printed Top by the ultra feminine brand Sarah Pacini.
We are thrilled to have launched our brand new online store and we hope you enjoy browsing our collections! Click here to take a look at our new arrivals.