Donation of the Day:

Would you or someone you know like a new handbag for Christmas?

Yes please I hear you cry… Well you are in luck.

Today’s Donation of the Day is this stunning  Liberty Tote bag.

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This navy Marlborough leather tote bag is in excellent condition.

An all over Iphis design and two top handle straps make a practical and stylish handbag for day or night and the perfect size to carry your essentials in style.

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Expandable sides for any larger items you may need to carry, a single pop stud fastening and internal pocket allow you to keep your contents secure.

Fully lined in Liberty logo stamped fabric

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The bag also has a removable matching tag embossed with the Iphis design on one side and Liberty London in gold lettering on the other.

It also comes with a branded protective dust bag

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 This beautiful 100% leather handbag is still available to buy from Liberty London and retails for £495

The Clothes Line price £400

So grab yourself a bargain as it wont be around for long.

If you have any questions regarding this bag or any item featured on the Blog or Facebook page please get in touch hello@theclothesline.org.uk

 

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Donation of the Day…

Today’s fab donation had to be this cute 60’s inspired polka dot shift dress from Hobbs, designed by Marilyn Anselm. Hobbs

It’s 50% silk exterior means it drapes beautifully and is ideal for dressing up or down, whilst the velvet bodice adds a hint of nigh-time glamour that will take you effortlessly from summer to winter once the weather starts to turn. This style of dress was seen massively on the catwalks for AW14-15, particularly Louis Vuitton, so you’ll be way ahead of the fashion curve. Wear with block heeled court shoes and a beehive up ‘do’ for the ultimate retro revival.

Find this gorgeous dress available to buy online through eBay for just £30 from tomorrow here.

 

 

The perfect Summer dress?

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Could this be the most perfect summer dress? A classic shift, flattering on any body shape, and this season’s hottest stripes in a denim-y hue. What more could you ask for? From stylish British brand Fenn Wright Manson (known for their use of luxury threads and yarns), this is a timeless piece that your sure to wear over and over. Pair with a chic cardigan and flat sandals for a BBQ, or wedges and a classic stole for a fancy garden party or date night.

This gorgeous dress will be heading to our shop in Harpenden next week priced at just £28.00.

Hunting for Tatler Treasure…

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Last year, Tatler – one of the UK’s most prestigious fashion titles – teamed up with charity Cancer Research UK to sell some prized designer possessions in it’s stores for bargain prices. I know, we’re upset we missed out too. But, the initiative is back for spring and on Monday, 59 designer items went on sale across the country. Here’s the tricky bit – neither company is letting on where they are though. So the hunt (and race) is on; these items are sure to fly as soon as any lucky customers stumble upon them in store!

The Clothes Line loves this idea, raising the standard of donations to charity shops to get the best possible price is exactly the sort of thing we do too. We get amazing designer pieces donated to us on a regular basis, and send them out to our shops across the country. The only difference being; we have far less shops stocking The Clothes Line product (six to be precise), so your chances are far higher at finding a designer gem. Plus, we let you know as much as we can where these items will be heading! So there’s really no excuse – get down to your nearest Blue Cross shop now!

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Moschino: was it cheap or chic?

Last night in Milan, American designer Jeremy Scott debuted his first collection for cult label Moschino, after being appointed Creative Director in October. And what a stir the collection caused? The designer, renowned for his typically motif-laden and pop culture inspired designs, brought his personality and a bit of the US to the Italian brand; yet still incorporated it with the classic ‘blingy’ nature of the Moschino we all know and love. Firstly, the show started late, 45 minutes late, due to two in particular stars who had been flown in from London to see the show. Rita Ora and Katy Perry, after partying at the previous night’s Brit Awards, arrived showcasing pieces from their friend’s AW14 collection, and took to their front row seats via the catwalk – a little preview perhaps?

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McDonalds and the cartoon Spongebob Squarepants were the focus, possibly encompassing America more than anything else on this planet. Scott used the brazen red and yellow colour combination, combined with a take on the McDonalds ‘golden arches’ to play on the Moschino logo, and placed it on bags (one even shaped like a take-away cup from the fast-food chain), sweatshirts, shoes and a visor. Models walked down the runway in otherwise sophisticated outfits, Chanel-style jackets, shirt dress and belted robes, if it weren’t for the McDonalds link, of course.

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But then came the bit of Moschino we were expecting (sort of). The chunky, gold block lettering, hardening up denim and leather in an array of skin tight mini dresses, Bomber jackets and hotpants. It was more risque than we’ve seen before, an ode to the street-style culture we’ve seen appearing in ‘real life’ and on major catwalks over the last few seasons; but no quicker than we could reminisce or contemplate the street-wear we were seeing before us, out came Spongebob. Less subtle than the McDonalds tribute (well slightly), the yellow character’s unmistakable face was emblazoned on t shirts, dresses and bags, and was accompanied by huge black on yellow polka dot designs. The finale showed ball gowns in prints of – again classic American – snacks, such as cheese biscuits chocolate milk and Poptarts. But a wedding dress, largely printed in nutritional information tables came last, followed by the designer himself, who wore a t-shirt with the words “I Don;t speak Italian but I do speak Moschino”.

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So what do you think, cheap or chic? Whichever you decide, there’s no doubting that this is a collection that will be remembered for a long time, and will surely be the focus of many a high-street replica come next season (those Mcdonalds chips phone cases especially…). So does the fact that it can be copied cheapen the brand, or simply reinforce it’s cult status worldwide? In the case of Moschino, its never positioned itself as a completely exclusive label, just a cool one. So we’re inclined to go with the later.

Brit Awards 2014

Last night was the Brits. The award ceremony that is usually the most controversial, and therefore the most exciting; with a reputation for cultivating rebellious behaviour within it’s Brit School audience, and the celebrities who attend (who can forget the Justin/Kylie bum-grab or the moment Adele’s acceptance speech got cut off..?). This year it’ll be remembered for that PR stunt gone wrong… Mastercard’s #PricelessSurprises. but as well as the raucous goings-on that we’ll probably never really know about, there’s always the anticipation of who will wear what. Here’s The Clothes Line’s pick of the best dressed…

Lily Allen

Lily Allen opted for House of Holland while she presented an award. The singer had two outfits for the night, this playful sequin number a sleek vintage Norrell gown to contrast (both went very well with her new neon-ombre hair – no easy feat).

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The Haim girls opted for understated monochrome, all choosing to wear Saint Laurent, and looking amazing. The polished look was played down with the sisters opting for simple, tousled hair and flat booties.

Daisy Lowe

Brit model Daisy Lowe kept things chic in all black – but still wowed – choosing a Sister By Sibling gown with a dramatic thigh split and cobweb detailing. The Gothic look she’s working brilliantly paired with a huge smile and subtle, feminine hair and make-up.

Ellie Goulding

Ellie Goulding can be proud of two things from last night; winning the British Female Solo Artist award, and choosing to wear Vivienne Westwood. The Brit winner looked a mix of girly and glamorous in the nude and cream gown, and her loose side plait completed the look.

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Rosie HW (the model currently taking Britain’s underwear drawers by storm thanks to her very successful collab with M&S), looked every inch a model, flaunting her extremely long legs in Saint Laurent last night. The red sequin dress had a tuxedo look about it with the bow detailing, and was accessorised with simple black courts.

Rita Ora

Here was one star that was getting into the spirit of summer (it’s just around the corner remember…), in a canary yellow Prada gown. Rita Ora’s polished look was slightly different to some of the outfits we’ve seen her in, but this is definitely our favourite.

Photos: ElleUK.com

Topshop X Adidas Originals

A Topshop collaboration with Adidas? Yes, you heard right! The ahead-of-trend high street retailer will be teaming up with Adidas Originals to create a 20 piece collection that will launch in store on 20th March. The collection will see Topshop re-create pieces from the Adidas Originals archives, into completely wearable and affordable sportswear.

This is definitely the answer to all those impossibly expensive sports-luxe pieces (ahem, Chanel Couture) we’ve seen all over the runways for SS14; particularly as it ranges in price from just £25 to £90. Whatever happens, you need to get your hands on a piece of this collection, even if it never goes near a gym (we won’t tell).

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