Cushions for Christmas

Lost for a gift this festive season? Here are some of the best printed cushions we could find on the web to suit everyone’s budget. With retail struggling there are some real bargains to be had.

Under £20.00

Left to right – Ikea, FÖREMÅL Cushion cover plus inner, Ikea.com, Dunelm, Blue Watercolour Stripe Cushion, dunelm.com

Left to right – M&S, Velvet Statement Floral Square Cushion, marksandspencer.com, Habitat, Topsy Yellow Cushion, habitat.com

Left to right – Ted Baker, Orchid Wonderland Piped Feather, houseoffraser.co.uk

Under £50.00

Left to right – Marimekko, Veljekset cushion cover marimekko.com, Voyage Maison Galatea Heather Cushion, turnbullandthomas.co.uk/

Left to right – John Lewis & Partners, Java Cushion, Johnlewis.com, Graham and Brown, Chelsea Pink Floral Cushion, Houseoffraser.co.uk

Under £100.00

Left to right – Anthropologie, Ollie Rabbit Cushion, Johnlewis.com, Timorous Beasties, Eastern Smudge Damask Cushion

Left to right – Designers Guild, Arjuna Leaf Cushion, johnlewis.com, Heal’s, Colour Block by Susi Bellamy’s vibrant block design, Heals.com

£100.00 or more

Left to right – Timorous Beasties, Honey Bee Cushion, timorousbeasties.com, Timorous Beasties, Marble Damask Cushion, timorousbeasties.com

Left to right – Hampton Hex Velvet Cushion, Blackpop.co.uk, Fresco – Velvet Cushion

Left to right – Christian Lacroix, Birds Sinfonia Crepuscule Cushion, Amara.com, Le Curieux Cushion

Left to right – Designers Guild, Kashmiri Cushion, Cobalt, Johnlewis.com, Tema e Variazioni Cushion, Amara.com

Batsheva

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Prairie perfection, playful pattern and total floral overload. Let us introduce to you New York based ready to wear brand Batsheva. We stumbled across this gorgeous brand from various bloggers, it seems to be the must have maxi this season.

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Former lawyer Batsheva Hay started playing around designing matching clothes for her and her daughter back in 2016. Gaining lots of attention from the fashion industry, she soon decided to start a business from this. Laura Ashley inspired, her collections celebrate femininity in the boldest way. Ditsy florals, lace trims and ruffles, the styles hark back to the 60’s and 70’s but injected with modern and updated finishes and prints.

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Not only do the brand cater for all your feminine needs, but they also create beautiful dresses for girls. We love the way they have been shot with the oversized shoes and the funny wigs, straight out of the dressing up box.

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https://guestofaguest.com/new-york/guest-list/batsheva-hay-interview-2017?slide=1

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Robert Vernet – Tie Dye

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The hottest look this week from Robert Vernet studios are these sumptuous tie and dye prints. Echoing the recent trends, these are both colourand texture rich, reflective of the true hand craft.

Design and Colour, the agents for CRV artwork, feel that there is currently a backlash from the over load of photographic techniques and transparent layering of flowers. Our clients now want prints that show off artistic hand made skills such as tie and dye, hand drawn and painted, water colourfluidity, brush marks and generally less regular and predictable execution of design.

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Elton John Fashion Through The Decades

With the highly anticipated John Lewis advert being the talk of the town and Elton John being the star of the show, we take a look at some of his most iconic looks over the years, just like the advert.

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Elton John and Alessandro Michele, Photo Nick Knight, Vogue.com

Being good friends with the design director at Gucci, Alessandro Michele, the singer has always drowned his outfits in sequins and embellished which reflecting the eccentric label’s style. Alessandro has been equally inspired by his Elton, his music idol, even building a collection for Spring Summer 18 around the unashamedly glam and unique style of Elton John.

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Gucci Spring/Summer 18

Here is a look at some of the amazing looks that Elton has performed in so flamboyantly:

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https://www.lalive.com/news/detail/the-many-stage-outfits-of-elton-john

https://www.smoothradio.com/artists/elton-john/elton-johns-greatest-outfits/elton-john-captain-hook/

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Status Scarf Prints

They are back, the BCBG (bon chic, bon genre) look so popular in France in the 1990s and still going strong with the aspiring upper middle class. With a few choice items such as a touch of Hermes or Gucci mixed with Burberry, leather gloves, velvet Alice bands, Guerlain perfume and bauble jewelry, these combined are clear indicators of impeccable taste.

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Photo Daily Mail, Photo Getty Images

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We have had the tarty Versace, but now my friends we are moving upmarket to the more established looks of Gucci, Hermes, Burberry and the likes. Older fashion houses with better pedigree, simple but recognizable designs well suited to the country set, hunter wellies, ponies and the general whiff of damp labs and retrievers. Feast your eyes on the selection from Sublitex.

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Vintage Agatha Paris baubles

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Photo vintage Vanity Fair

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However this may be the origin of the look but the high street will may this trendy, adding new coloursand twists to move this firmly back into the city. One way is taking the more nautical twist that suggests cruises not just the local yachting club. The inclusion of soft flowers amongst the chains and bridles suggests pumps over stout shoes.

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Fashion Bloggers to Follow

In a world where everyone loves fashion and a selfie, anyone can become a fashion blogger with the help of some followers. Its hard to know who to follow for the best fashion content with the industry as oversaturated as it is. Here is a look at our favourite influencers filling our instagram feeds with colour and fashion and who love print almost as much as we do:

Pandora Sykes

Writer, fashion consultant and fashion guru Pandora Sykes is one of our favourite bloggers. As co-host to the No1 podcast show ‘The High Low’, Pandora shares her interest in popular culture and fashion through her blog and instagram. Her recent new born is already a style icon in herself

http://www.pandorasykes.com/category/fashion/

Instagram – @pandorasykes

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Style Bubble

One of the original fashion bloggers, Susie Bubble, has built a massive name for herself and is now a massive name in the fashion world for her unique, vibrant style.

http://www.stylebubble.co.uk

Instagram – @susiebubble

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Song Of Style

Interior designer Aimee Song takes gorgeous fashion shots in stunning locations. Her wardrobe relaxed and full of printed gowns.

http://www.songofstyle.com

Instagram: @songofstyle

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Advanced Style

Photographer and author, Ari Seth Cohen, is the creator of Advanced Style, a project devoted “to capturing the sartorial savvy of the senior set.” He says, “I feature people who live full creative lives. They live life to the fullest, age gracefully and continue to grow and challenge themselves.” It is one of the most vibrant, uplifting fashion blogs out there.

https://www.advanced.style

@advancedstyle

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The Frugality

London based fashion stylist, Alexandra Stedman, is a lover of high street fashion. Her blog is full of affordable but ever so stylish outfits and she is not afraid to wear bold prints.

@thefrugality

http://the-frugality.com

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Freddie Harrel

Her enchanting smile is enough of a reason to follow fashion blogger Freddie Harrel. Best known for mixing high street with high end and effortlessly owning her looks. We love the vibrancy Freddie brings to our feeds.

@freddieharrel

http://freddieharrel.com

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Robert Vernet at The London Print Design Fair

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Sarah Glyn-Woods of Design and Colour Ltd and Karl Grobelny from Creation Robert Vernet

Sometimes it is important to say things as they are….it is very quiet in the world of printed textiles, clothing manufacture and retail sales. It was therefore no surprise that the Fair was quieter than usual. There were some stunning designs on offer from our friends at Vernet as there were from other studios and sellers of vintage archives.

Just to be totally uncommercial for a moment, what would we do without the wonderful array of vintage garments when foot traffic is slow. There were things that I had worn in the past and even certain items that I have kept and are in suitcases in the loft. There were interesting characters posing in some outrageously wonderful outfits, so thanks for cheering us up and you know who you are!

Recently a friend borrowed a 1970s knitted kaftan to go to a party and my other half pointed her out to my son at the bus stop saying ”well that ‘s a throw back to the past”. He failed to notice it was our friend or that it was one of my many cherished garments that he thinks I should part with.

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Flowers were very much in evidence, as usual, but they were more painterly and some had a vintage cut out feel.Finally the photograph flowers appears to have faded away with the limited exception of some occasional wear seekers.

We had much interest in medium sized and smaller florals with a vintage feel but overall they needed to be very pretty.

Patchworks were popular; squared, diagonal or scarf prints from monochromatic to fresh multi coloured. The most popular flower for me was the poppy which appeared to have sneaked into most floral bouquets or be standing boldly in the forefront. The mixing of the poppy with other flowers and the looser shapes and variegated colour and texture moved the bloom safely away from the flower of remembrance day.

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Laura Newton from Blueye Design and Kate Lerigoleur from CRV13

Tie dyes a la Dior muted palette or in these playful bright colours were also very popular.

These were WGSN’s picks from Robert Vernet:

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Shrimps X Habitat

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Pretty yet cool, Shrimps stand alone in the fashion world with a distinctive handwriting. Celebrated for their expressive prints, the brand have decided to collaborated with homeware brand Habitat to showcase their illustrative hand on home products.

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With a colour pallet of baby pinks, cornflower blues and contrasting monos, this collection feels stylish and contemporary. Fabrics reflect the quality of both brands with short pile velvets and rich cottons and elaborate coloured fur.

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“Breton stripe faux fur throws are draped on painterly print bedding, layered alongside embroidered cushions and hand crafted rugs.” Hannah Weiland; Creative Director of Shrimps

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Crazy creatures and twisted fairytales, the collection is certainly out of the ordinary. We love the contrast of a pretty, feminine colour palette with bold and some what ugly designs, a really exciting new take on interiors for Habitat.

https://www.habitat.co.uk/shrimps

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