Thursday, 24 May 2012

Mauro Beis Creazioni...Handbags to die for

A friend of mine came few weeks ago to visit me here in London and she was sporting a fantastic bag, roomy, colourful and strong. I've been drawn to it immediately and my poor friend Prou, I'm sure she felt her wrist twisted because she said" It's yours, don't worry, a friend of mine makes them, I can have another one". So this fantastic bag now is mine, let me tell you about it. Mauro Beis Creazioni are entirely handmade using beautiful fabrics and eco leather. I can say that despite there is a kind of production with the several models, Mauro Beis being a craftsman, put his finishing details on each bag so at the end they are all one off items. As a strong supporter of independent and ethical labels I could not keep just for myself these great bags, perfect for the everyday life of us busy fashionistas. My bag is called Paola, by the way the all production has got women's names for each bag, and I 've tested its strength stuffing everything inside, I've just left out the kitchen sink for obvious reasons, but carrying it crossover body style, I can go around with my reflex, my netbook and all the essentials in a woman's bag. Comfortable and strong, something we need to go from work, to a press day and to a fashion presentation as in my case, but perfect for everyone for the office, the university, school and yummy mummies school run.
At the moment these bags are not sold in England, making them more desirable than ever but if you contact Mauro Beis at his Facebook page, I'm sure he will manage to ship one of his wonders to you.
http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Mauro-Beis-Creazioni/402480959769141



Lory in canvas

My Paola bag in brocade fabric

Annalisa bag in fabric

Giusy  colourful messenger bag in eco leather.

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Carnaby 20% Shopping Party 31st of May

It is that time of the year again, the day that fashionistas and shoppers put on the diary for an evening where the Carnaby Street Quarter is organising the 20% Shopping Party. Let's go on the 31st of May from 5 until 9 and enjoy the hundreds of offers from shops and restaurants. Several events are planned during the day but you need your FREE ticket which can be obtained writing to http://www.carnaby.co.uk/
Live music will be played in some of the stores and complimentary drinks and canapes will greet visitors and customers. Giveaways with purchases and makeovers are also in the programme for this fun evening.
I keep the best bit for last......200 lucky shoppers will be selected randomly in the street and they will receive a fantastic goodie bag worth £ 70. I'm not revealing to much now, I will be there taking pictures, listening to some music, checking my favourite shops for a bit of pre holiday shopping spree and at the end I will taste some food from one of the many independent restaurants.
While you are there, bring a book to swap it at the Carnaby Book Exchange in Kingly Court.

Monday, 14 May 2012

Rohmir The Silk Route

Rohmir's lavish presentation during London Fashion Week has attracted many visitors who indulged in the beautiful salon at the Freemasons Hall, while gorgeous models mingled with guests wearing the latest collection by Olga Roh " The Silk Route". The background being a bazaar with small tables where tea was served and delicious canapes offered to buyers and the press pack, the opportunity to take pictures of the fantastic clothes has not been missed by anyone. Fur and tweed coats were on display and delicately intricated lace patterns enriched dresses and trousers, matched with silk, chiffon, satin, creating a collection very wearable and sophisticated. Rohmir 's woman is elegant, modern and loves colours. The richness of the fabrics used for this collection is Olga Roh's signature for quality and style.

A - Line Dress " Jonquil" in viscose and wool cotton with lace sleeves

Jacket "Calla" in brushed calfskin leather and metallic viscose blend matched with "Xara" trousers in calfskin slim fit leather.

"Cameo" long sleeve voile silk blouse matched with "Tiwlip" trousers in nude silk lace.

Pink coat "Blossom" in french wool cotton blend with tassels and "Misaki" trousers in eel leather

"Kosum" slim fit cashmere knit top matched with gorgeous "Diantha" cotton and lace leggings

"Raisa" short leaves jacket in french linen and metallic wool blend.

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Nina Naustdal First Anniversary

Fashion Notes by Cris' style spy Stephen Mahoney on a new report of a glam and celebrity's night:

"Walton street was a real buzz, as Nina Naustdal celebrated her first anniversary party of her boutique opening at number 176.

This was a real glamourous event, with chauffeur-driven Maserati cars dropping off Nina's celebrity guests. Some of whom arrived wearing some of her latest collection and gave an added glitz to an already illuminating party.

Lauren Goodger, was dignified as she walked the red carpeted entrance, with paparazzi flashes popping.


As were Radio 2 early morning presenter Vanessa Feltz who came sailing in, arm in arm with her squeeze the strapping singer/songwriter Ben Ofoedu.

Inside Hofit Golan, was working the room armed with a mike and trailed by her camera man, getting her celebrity sound bites for Fashion TV.


As was Lizzie Cundy for OK TV, who was sporting one of Nina's couture bejewelled blue silk satin dress.  Lizzie took time off filming to tell me "I've still haven't got over my birthday celebrations, that started last week at Nick Ede birthday bash at DSTRK the £25 million re-fit night club.

Lizzie looked a $million after a week of partying.

Almost as good as our host Nina.


Only for my money, Nina was the undisputed best dressed person of the night, in her own designs, a staggeringly, beautiful, dress and  her equally dazzling fine jewels, as she weaved her way through the army of guests.


In the store's secluded back garden, the gorgeous TV presenter and model Amal Fashanu, was resting her fine form while sipping her Moet Champagne, Belvedere Vodka cocktail courtesy of Movida.  Between sips, Amal told me she's sourcing fresh ideas for another TV program, after her successful documentary on her deceased Gay Uncle Justin Fashanu.  Justin was one of the UK's footballer stars, who committed suicide from endless torment.  With her good looks, I can’t see that finding new material being a problem? Can you!


While tucking into a delicious canapes, by fellow Walton street, successful entrepreneur Jak's, I spied Preeya Kaledas, actress rocking up one of Nina's second line diamond printed dresses a snip at £516, a frock her character Amira Masood in Eastenders could only dream about.


From one dream to another Prince Cassius, looking dapper in a Selected Homme white jacket. Cassius bent my ear about his endless options and interviews he's been having to do more TV and I for one, can see this charming fellow hosting his very own talk show.

In mid sentence, both of our attention was drawn, to the sight of the  magnificent celebratory cake, that even the HRH hairdresser Ian Carmichael eye's feasted on.

After I'd eaten my slice of cake, I gave Nina a farewell peck on the cheek and her PR Dee Vesali.
At the exit, Dee thrust into my hand a goodie bag  filled with Elemis travel kit products and I left with my new party pal Karolina Kivimaki contributing editor to Lake Como Lifestyle magazine.

Copy & Photos by Stephen Mahoney