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16/04/2014

 

RETURN OF THE BIRKENSTOCK

 

Is it 1996? Nope, but Birkenstocks are having another moment nearly twenty years on. We get it, you said you’d never go there again, and so did we. But the ugly shoe reigns over all others in 2014, and it starts with the Spring/Summer sandal – the Birkenstock.

There were versions seen all over SS14 runways at Giambattista Valli, Marni, Givenchy and Celine, and bloggers galore are tapping into the season’s comfiest trend, be it through designer footwear re-makes or the classic brand itself. Sure, you can get platform versions from Topshop, and jeweled studded ones from Giambattista Valli, but Birkenstock has remained popular due to it’s unbeatable comfort factor. And this is something we love for those long summer days; your feet will thank you for it.

Birkenstock style

 

(Top left to right: Marni Fussbett sandal, Giambattista Valli, Givenchy)

 

The Clothes Line has had a brand new pair of Birkenstocks donated this week, and they are just what you need to stay on trend and comfortable this summer. The gorgeous patent purple pair are band on trend (hello, did you see those glittery purple Marni sandals above?) and in a UK size 7. They’re brand new, too, which means this pair will honestly last you a lifetime – lets face it, this is one trend that’s bound to come round again and again.

birkenstock

 

We’ll be putting this pair up on our eBay shop which is coming soon for £15 (all buy it now prices you’ll be pleased to know) – so keep an eye out on our Facebook and Twitter for updates!

 


10/04/2014

THE SPRING COAT EDIT

You need a spring coat. Unless you live in any other country except England, in which case your seasons are probably very well defined. But here we’ve already seen a scorching hot (nearly) start to March, more rain and frost towards the end, and sunshine again come April. Trust us, you NEED one.

We’ve put together a selection of the best spring coats we’ve had donated, that are simply perfect for this awkward time of year, and will see you through those rainy July days too…

Hobbs

This swing style slightly cropped jacket from Hobbs will smarten up any outfit. It looks great worn open over a statement dress for a spring wedding or christening, over a simple shift dress for work, and still looks amazing done up over jeans, a polo neck and bright accessories for cooler days. It’s monochrome colour means it’ll go with virtually anything, and what more reason do you need than that? Oh, yes the price; at £30.50 you’ll be walking away with a wardrobe steal, too! Head to our Marlborough shop next week to find this gem.

 

Jaeger Boutique

Who doesn’t need a classic rain mac in their wardrobe? This choice is great because it’s swing style means you can layer underneath it and it can be worn all year round. It’s light, showerproof fabric makes it ideal for springtime though, and this is one style statement that will never go out of fashion. From Jaeger Boutique, one of the most trusted British heritage brands still around today, this jacket is made to such a high standard, and the bow details on each cuff set it apart from the rest. Priced at just £39.50 we’ll be sending your future coat to our Henley shop.

 

Toast

Now believe us when we say this is one of the most stylish coats to be seen in this season, and is set to stay at the top of the fashion charts for a few more seasons to come. The Boyfriend coat. This oversized and slouchy garment says casual cool, yet, made in a cotton and linen fabric and finished to a high standard, it screams sophistication. Wear over dresses, jeans, your suit for work, heels or flats. Everything works with this coat – plus we love the gorgeous spring colour! Usually retailing at £295 this hardly worn jacket is priced at £95 and will be available next week at our Hale shop.

The White Company

It’s not quite a coat but it still made the cut. This 100% cashmere jumper from The White Company is so luxurious we had to include it. It’s lightweight but as it’s cashmere it’ll still be ultra warm when you need it to be. Perfect over a t shirt when you’re shopping – because how annoying are multiple layers when you’re trying to get some serious retail therapy? The asymmetric neckline has a nod towards this season’s hottest trend too, so you needn’t worry about accessorising too much, this speaks wonders for itself. Get over to our Wilmslow shop next week and find this beauty for just £30.

Click here to find details on where you’re nearest Blue Cross shop is. if you’d like any more information on the products featured above then please email hello@theclothesline.org.uk

 


07/04/2014

WEDDING SEASON IS HERE...

Yep, that means getting out those dusty dresses from last year’s season of love, joy and happiness only to find you have nothing suitable for this season. But The Clothes Line have had so many amazing donations this week that we’ve been able to pick out some of the best dresses that we know are perfect for turning you into the perfect wedding guest…

The versatile one

ted baker

 

First up is this 100% silk dress from Ted Baker. It’s soft purple colour is flattering on most skin tones, and its strapless style makes it ideal for day-to-night glamour. All you need is a cover up for the day in case the weather isn’t great and a clutch bag for instant party-feel come evening. Plus, it’s perfect for way more than just a wedding. We’re thinking a day at the races, formal garden party and even your sister/brother/cousin’s graduation.

Heading to our Henley-upon-Thames shop this week for £20

 

The understated one

coast

 

It’s your work colleagues wedding. You don’t know her too well (despite spending most of everyday with her), and you’re not entirely sure what sort of ‘do’ it is. This is the answer. Understated glamour from Coast in this classic orange number, you’re not going to step on anyone’s toes by dressing up too much, but you’ll still turn heads in this fabulous colour. It’s conservative neckline mean it’s suitable for just about any event (dinner with the in-laws?), but the beautiful draping means it’s interesting and super flattering too.

Heading to our Hale shop on Tuesday for £18

 

The vintage one

charles creed vintage

 

We all know the feeling, you show up to a party and someone else has the same outfit on. You spend the whole time wondering who looks better in it, and avoiding standing in the same photos. But a classic vintage dress usually leaves you safe in the knowledge that you’ll be the only person in the room wearing it, and leaves way more time for enjoying yourself, which can only be a good thing. This structured dress from Charles Creed is the right amount of party (thanks to it’s metallic gold colour), wow factor (due to it’s unusual print and vintage history), and sensibility (comfortable and flattering) so we think it makes the perfect “I’m important today, but not as important as the bride”. Mothers, we’re talking about you. Pair with a black hat or fascinator for the ultimate ensemble (yes, it’s OK to accessorize with black at wedding. In fact, it’s pretty cool).

This is being sent to our vintage shop in Summertown, Oxford for just £15

 

The summery one

paisley silk

 

This dress has summer written all over it. Silk, tick. Paisley print, tick. Bright colours, tick. This wrap dress is not only ideal for that high summer, English heatwave type wedding (some people get lucky), but it’s also perfect for taking on holiday too. Dress up for the wedding with bright orange or pink court shoes and a fascinator, and then dress down with tan leather sandals for balmy summer nights. Not sure about the low neckline either? No problem, a simple stitch will solve that, or layer it up with a colourful camisole underneath.

We’re sending this gorgeous dress to our shop in Wilmslow on Tuesday for £20

 


01/04/2014 

DONATION OF THE DAY

Today’s donation is extra special. From the woman who invented the wrap dress, Diane Von Furstenberg is the only person who gets these wardrobe staples spot on. So when one of her original vintage wrap dresses presents itself to you, you should grab it with both hands. Without thinking. It’s a must, trust us.

 

DVF wrap 5

This floral printed version is made from a heavyweight cotton, so it feels wonderfully soft, despite it’s age, and is in excellent condition too. The mix of bright florals with a black base is just the thing for spring – but you’ll really be able to wear this statement piece year-round. Pair with bright accessories and sandals for summer (who are we kidding? Long sleeves are fine for our British summers), and come winter bring out those autumnal hues with tan leather boots and a long trench coat.

DVF

We’re sending this unmissable icon to our dedicated vintage shop in Summertown, Oxford. It will be on sale in the shop from tomorrow (2nd April 2014), and is priced at just £75.


21/03/2014

SPRING HAS SPRUNG...

Warmer weather is finally upon us, and what better way to get into the spring-swing of things than by updating your wardrobe? Our Donation of The Day today is the perfect trans-season dress, from cult lifestyle brand Toast. Known for their modern, simple clothes and accessories, this dress will become a wardrobe saviour. It’s 3/4 kimono style sleeves are ideal for will it/wont it rain days, and bright pop of yellow against gloomy grey offers exactly the right nod to summer you need right about now.

toast

 

Our Henley-Upon-Thames shop will be selling this fab piece next week for just £30!

 


12/03/2014

HUNTING FOR TATLER TREASURE

treasurehuntlandscape

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!

Follow us on Twitter or Like us on Facebook to keep updated with new and amazing product heading your way…


04/03/2014

CHANEL'S SUPERMARKET SWEEP

This morning, on the penultimate day of Paris Fashion Week, something amazing happened at the Grand Palais. The grand space used year on year for Karl Lagerfeld to showcase his hotly anticipated collections for Chanel, was transformed into a Chanel Supermarket. It’s not clear just how long this transformation would’ve taken, or the price for it, but the space was a work of art in it’s own right. Every product displayed on shelves was branded with the Chanel ‘C’ logo, from Hi-Vis vests to cans of ‘Coco Carbone’ petrol, and ‘Tweed Wine’.

Chanel

So no surprise then that the collection itself, (once editors, bloggers and celebrities alike had calmed down enough to take their seats), was beautiful. As always tweed two pieces of jackets, skirts and dresses stole the limelight, but this season there was more layering, embellishment and all round playfulness – fitting nicely with the supermarket sweep theme. Bags followed suit too; the classic quilted numbers were vacuum-packed like prime steaks being worn proudly home from the store by their owner/devour-er. And then of course, the trainers. After Chanel couture, the trainers were all anybody could talk about, and whilst we’re still coveting those at least there are some new variations to cast our eyes on for AW14. The sport-luxe of this collection was distinctly played down, however. Despite obvious sporty shapes and key leggings, joggers and trainers on display, Largerfeld kept the ‘luxe’ very much the focus. Knee-high trainers teamed with classic tweet skirt suits and gorgeous looking buttery, fine leather separates, this was a collection with truly something for everyone.

Chanel

 

Chanel


28/02/2014

BARGAIN BALMAIN...

Wednesday night saw Paris Fashion Week play host to one of its key shows in the calendar. Balmain, headed up by Creative Director Olivier Rousteing, sent a model army down the runway in unmistakable military style. As well as stiff khaki fabrics and utility pockets galore, Rousteing kept rigid form using corset-style figure hugging bandage dresses, and who can forget the showstopper modelled by Brit model of the moment Rosie Huntington Whiteley?

Today’s Donation of the Day channels none other than this Balmain cult-piece, in the form of an original All Saints Cashmere and Angora mix jumper dress. The Charcoal colour is perfect for Autumn/Winter, and the open weave cross design is so reminiscent of Olivier Rousteing’s creation, you’ll need it in your wardrobe right now.

Balmain & All saints

This dress; perfect for dressing up or down, day and night, will be heading to our Henley shop next week. It’s in excellent condition and its angora and cashmere mix is really luxurious, and it’s priced at just £45!

 


25/02/2014

KATE MOSS FOR TOPSHOP

Today’s Donation of the Day is none other than an original dress from one of Kate Moss’ iconic collections for British staple – Topshop. With the supermodel getting ready to launch her next collection with Topshop this spring (after a four year break), this dress couldn’t have come at a more perfect time.

Kate Moss x Topshop

The prom style dress with a tulip skirt shape is perfect for partying, so whether you’ve got a prom to go this season or you’re simply in need of a dress for any special occasion, then this will do just fine. The low neckline and intricate beading (all in excellent condition might we add), makes it something of a show stopper too. Originally launched for Moss’ Christmas 2008 collection for the store, this dress is practically heritage! It’ll be heading to our Wilmslow (Cheshire) shop on Thursday, just in time for the weekend. And, priced at just £20, you’d be mad not to snap this investment up.


21/02/2014

DONATION OF THE DAY

Today’s been the first dry, sunny day in a long time, and frankly, we’re getting excited for warmer weather at The Clothes Line HQ. But knowing the UK, even if it’s sunny there’ll still be a chill in the air and the likely chance of rain. Today’s Donation of the Day is perfect for that tricky trans-season period of dressing, where we’re always tempted to ditch the tights but then regret it as soon as we step out of the door. This vintage St. Michael tweed-effect jacket is made of wool and has a handy funnel neck, so will keep you warm when you need it most. But it’s grey colour with tones of blue and pink and swing-style fastening, channels just the right amount of spring for it to be acceptable from, well, now.

Vintage st Michael

Wear this this bargain piece (priced at just £18) over dresses that are just a bit too summery to be worn alone yet, or simply pair with jeans and a white tee. it’s so versatile, we can even see it belted over a classic LBD to take you from day to night.

Got to have it? The Clothes Line are sending it to our dedicated vintage shop on Summertown high street in Oxford – Vintage Blue. Get it from Wednesday 26th Feb, but we cant guarantee it’ll still be there come the weekend…


21/02/2014

MOSCHINO: 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?

Moschino

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.

Moschino

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”.

Moschino

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.


20/02/2014

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).

Haim

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.

RosieHW

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

 


18/02/2014

LFW: A VERY BRITISH AFFAIR

Today is the final day of London Fashion Week, but definitely not one to skip, with designers Simon Rocha, Meadham Kirchhoff, Anya Hindmarch and Fashion East all showing. But for now, it’s still all about yesterday’s penultimate shows; Burberry Prorsum – possibly one of the most iconic British labels this country has – and Christopher Kane, always a notoriously exclusive show from this Scottish born, London based designer. These two shows couldn’t have been more different, and yet were two of the most memorable from the day, each one giving us a reason to be proud of the British fashion industry.

Christopher kane

Firstly, it was the turn of designer Christopher Kane in the morning, who showed at 180 The Strand. His somewhat mix-matched collection of origami inspired paper-thin chiffon layered dresses, ribbon-armed structured shifts, cropped tailoring and patent bomber jackets was inspiring, and represented the obvious twists and turns the designer’s thought process took. But instead of refining his inspiration, what resulted was a beautifully presented collection of lots of individually exquisite pieces; with just the right amount of biker-toughness from the collection’s black, sharp edges, and strong femininity through the pastel pinks and soft neon greens. Not only did this collection showcase a myriad of work, with pieces we could be picking for different occasions all winter long, it also debut Kane’s first foray into a handbag line. The bags were mainly cute, miniature even, and in luxurious structured leathers; with detailing alluding to his debut clothing collection back in 2007 with those neon belt clasps that we hadn’t forgotten about.

Christopher kane

Then came Burberry, Christopher Bailey showing his Burberry Prorsum range on the brands usual high calibre model line-up, but this year’s show read like the who’s-who of it girls of the moment. Joining Cara Delevingne were Suki Waterhouse, Jourdan Dunn, Sam Rollinson, Malaika Firth and Edie Campbell. This season, different to Bailey’s usual strict, structured array of trenches and cover-ups, AW14-15 was all about loose, flowing and languid lines in watercolour pastel brush strokes and scarves loosely belting draped coats. Sheepskin of course featured in the way of two short jackets; belted at the waist and painted with those watercolour florals, updated for a new take on the classic shearling flying jacket. Out first were the watercolours that reflected London’s scity skape skyline, but a turn in the collection showed colours becoming darker, more vibrant, and featured teal, warm reds and decadent golden orange, almost making us think of a Turkish Bazaar. This led the collection on to more draped outerwear, but heavier this time; and the only length to wear was clearly midi, with coats in long lengths, belted over sheer lace midi skirts and dresses – so keep that midi skirt in your wardrobe all year round – you’ll be needing it!

Burberry Prorsum

Burberry Prorsum

 


17/02/2014

LONDON FASHION WEEK: THE STORY SO FAR

lfwPhoto: The Clothes Line

We’re already on day 4 of London Fashion Week, having started on Friday, and there’s already plenty to talk about. From Hunter’s debut on the catwalk thanks to new creative director Alasdhair Willis, to Cara Delevingne’s foray into designing – with Mulberry no less – adding it-bag creator to her expanding talents.

hunter

Saturday saw one of the most well known and respected British heritage brands take to the runway and present its first collection for London Fashion Week. Hunter, known and loved by many for their wellingtons, are as ever present at every festival over the summer, as they are on devoted outdoorsy types all year round, so the brand already has definite fashion credentials behind it. So it seemed appropriate that it’s new creative director – Alasdhair Willis – should choose this season, the wettest season, to debut at Fashion Week. The models, which stomped down a water-way, showed a collection that extended from wellington boots to outerwear and bags; from utility style duffle coats for men and women, to waterproof ponchos and trenches and padded parkers in striking metallic pewter. Primary colours took center stage, whilst greens and blacks made for staple colours of the collection, reflecting the traditional boot colours. And the wellington boots? Well they were short, high, heeled and flat, in greens, blacks, red and THAT aubergine pair… With matching bucket bags and slouchy leather clutches, we can see this collection adorning the feet, shoulders and torsos of festival goers all summer long.

hunter

Then it was Sunday, and one of the most anticipated shows London Fashion Week has come to know. Topshop Unique, despite it’s high-street presence and short time showing at Fashion Week, had a front row to rival Karl Largerfeld’s Chanel show; Anna Wintour, Kate Moss, Lottie Moss, Daisy Lowe and newcomer to the fashion week circle, Kendall Jenner. The Collection was all about shoulders; sophisticated coats with belted waists in an array of yellow jacquard and dusty blues were draped off models shoulders non-nonchalantly, and prom style dresses were strapless or sheer up top. This un-fussy, young styling, paired with easy layering created by cropped jumpers in faux shearling, and padded bomber jackets, reflected how the unkempt Topshop girl might wear the pieces, adding mighty appeal to the collection. Key pieces included the sheer nude and black midi skirted prom dress and that fuzzy, fluffy faux shearling belted coat in patchwork warm neutrals and reds.

topshop unique

topshop unique

topshop unique

Day 4 brings even more of Britain’s finest to Fashion Week; starting with Whistles, Burberry Prorsum, Christopher Kane and Giles, so stay tuned in with the Clothes Line to keep up to date!

Catwalk photos: Vogue.co.uk


13/02/2014

DONATION OF THE DAY

 

River Island boots

It’s nearly summer, it’s nearly summer, it’s nearly summer…. No, actually it’s not, and with the UK battered by storms, floods and the such-like, now has never been a better time to invest in a pair of boots. This pair, donated this morning, have never been worn, are in their original box, and are from high street fave River Island. For £25, this is a price-per-wear bargain that’s far too hard to work out, but trust us, it’s good.

The wedge heel is already a fail safe heel for all sorts of occasions; but this boot has a sneaky concealed platform too, making them even easier to walk in, and perfect for either work, shopping or a night out. The double exposed zip function gives them a serious nod towards grunge style, and being black they’ll be bang on trend for this time of year; yet come spring they can be teamed with a white shift dress to work that all important monochrome look.

These UK size 6 (Eur 39) beauties will be heading to our Blue Cross Hale shop in Manchester next week for the very respectable price of £25. All proceeds go towards helping pets in crisis, so you can look good and feel good too!


13/02/2014

DAY 7: ELIZABETH AND JAMES

The brain child of child stars Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Elizabeth and James is now in it’s 8th year, and continues to portray the girls own sense of style within the collection, inspired by vintage finds and high quality tailoring every season.

elizabeth and james

For Autumn/Winter 2014-15, Elizabeth and James showed a collection consisting of muted soft tailored pieces, including large blazers and coats, slouchy trousers and midi skirts, in a muted colour palette; blacks, neutrals, grey and burgundy. large pinstripes added accents of school-boyishness to the range along with flat, luxurious patent leather loafers, which emphasises the masculinity of the tailored collection. Mary-Kate’s signature style of slouchy, bohemian layering also shows through with long, oversized sweaters draped over long skirts, and chunky roll-neck knits over midi skirts.

elizabeth and james

elizabeth and james

 


12/02/2014

DAY 7 MBFW: UPDATE

At the end of day six, with just one and a half more days left of New York fashion week, we’re looking at more of the key stand-out shows we’ve seen over days five and six…

Vera Wang

vera wang

vera wangPhotos: Vogue.co.uk

The runway at Vera Wang – from the woman famous for evening and bridal wear – was all about dark romanticism and Gothic glamour for AW14-15; centered around jewel-encrusted insect brooches, and slogan “You Bug Me” and insect graphic tees. The (still predominantly evening wear) collection featured tartan, mainly; in a mixture of light chiffon and heavy wool, to create layered, textured looks that dipped into the non-waning trend for sheer. Wang said she was trying to create the “tension of when a boy meets girl”, which is seen in the toughness of the collection. Most of the looks included leather elbow length gloves, whereas the high-impact, sheer, flowing and ruffled evening gowns were sensual, and the dark water-colour floral gowns, feminine; both needing little accessorising other that the sky-high heeled boots and sock combo on every model.

Jenny Packham

jenny packham

 

jenny packhamPhotos: Vogue.co.uk

Tuesday saw Jenny Packham show at Washington Street, and what she presented could only be described as pure 70′s glamour heading down that runway. The mix of flowing evening gowns and jumpsuits were inspired by Bianca Jagger, said Packham, and the feminine, glamorous aesthetic of the collection reflected Jagger’s personality and presence. Packham combined her usual lady-like silhouettes with tailoring this year; sharp blazers over classic pencil skirts and sleek wide-leg trousers, in an array of silky satins in bright colours; a mix of rosy and raspberry pinks, royal navy, burgundy and caramels. Her intricate waterfall beading was seen on jumpsuits and dresses, while glittering tulle skirts and feather detailing on bags added to the 70′s allure.

Marc by Marc Jacobs

 

Marc by Marc Jacobs

Marc by Marc JacobsPhotos: Vogue.co.uk

Despite showing in New York, this year’s Marc By Marc Jacobs show was the amalgamation of a British Duo; Katie Hillier as Creative Director and Luella Bartley as Head designer, in an attempt to bring back the label to its former glory. The diffusion line of Marc Jacobs label, was once at the forefront of amusing, accessible designs, at a lower price point for young women, but since 2008 it had strayed from this, and lost it’s identity. Luella (who’s young, fresh designs we love) and Katie, managed to create a sort of motor-cross show, mixed with Japanese cartoon humour in the way of biking slogans reading ‘Revolution’ and ‘Bunny Hop’, and ninja-like models wearing bandannas across their faces, and BMX moonboots. The result was a street ready collection. Polo neck t-shirts completed most looks, and a cinched in waist with that distinctive leather belt, kept a level of sophistication and femininity, before the collection became too far-fetched. Grey and black were the basis, but red and blue in go-faster stripes adorned most pieces; adding the cool, kitsch and cartoon like feel; the feel that is most apparent on the iconic and press-worthy ‘Bunny Hop’ silver metallic dress (pictured above).

Rodarte

Rodarte

 

RodartePhotos: Vogue.co.uk

Those Star Wars printed dresses were all everyone could talk about with Rodarte; that and the memorable fairy-tale metallic lip and soft smokey eyes by Nars. The collection was distinctly nostalgic; Star Wars inspired prints on Grecian, toga style maxi dresses and soft pastel pinks and purples used throughout the clothing and makeup. But despite this; the metallic hues and glittery over-sized coats added a celestial touch, and dreamy metallic lips helped meld the past and future perfectly. The combination of statement pieces, the Yoda printed dresses and cute berets appealed to the couldn’t care less attitude of so many fashionistas, hinting to a renaissance of the ‘geek chic’ trend we saw appear not so many years ago.


10/02/2014
 
MBFW
 

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week got into full swing over the weekend, with some of the most anticipated shows taking place. From Alexander Wang’s controversial (yet very cool) move to Brooklyn for his show, Victoria Beckham’s 12th Fashion Week show, and DKNY and Diane Von Furstenberg; two of the key players and most well known names in the fashion industry.

Alexander Wang showed in the Brooklyn Navy Yard on Saturday; a change from the norm that signaled a new age of cool; a move suggesting that Brooklyn was the future of fashion, and very much reflected in his futuristic, utilitarian looking collection. The designer’s choice of location lured the fashion circus across the city in freezing temperatures (Wang was showing at a later time of 9pm), and catch water taxi’s to watch this not-to-be-missed spectacle, and luckily he didn’t disappoint. AW14 according to Wang is all about utility, space-age and masculinity. All of the models had bleached eyebrows and slicked across hair, their angular features emphasised by the deconstructed surroundings and a monochromatic palette with accents of galactic purple.

Wang

DKNY followed suit with another urban collection that portrayed masculinity and street-chic. Donna Karen shows year on year, yet always manages to live up to expectations, and this year was no different. Her take on hipster style that’s so prevalent in today’s youth culture, made sure that this often extreme, unkempt look became luxe, slick, accessible even, given that she used real new Yorkers in favour of models down the runway. Padded parkers, sweaters and varsity style bombers, contrasted long flowing slip dresses and the odd pink hue, giving the collection versatility, and where each piece alone was extremely wearable.

DKNY

Then there was Victoria Beckham. We were probably just as excited to see whether the Beckham entourage turned out in force to steal the F-ROW limelight (they did), and of course little Harper’s outfit was just as hotly anticipated; but all eyes were firmly on VB’s collection as soon as the show started. This season the designer was all about oversized, yet structured silhouettes; luxurious coats paired with flowing skirts over trousers for extreme layering, and Victoria had presented a collection that was miles from her signature ‘body shaping’ dresses and the classic tailoring she does so well. Each look was sophisticated and well thought out, with a simple yet effective monochrome colour scheme (matching her even simpler invitations), which will no doubt still be on the wish list of so many women come AW 14…

Victoria Beckham

Diane Von Furstenberg – the lady who invented the wrap dress, and with it boosted the confidence of women everywhere – shows in New York every year, and is known for her re-inventions of her signature dress, as well as bold colours and prints. This season – in a collection almost entirely of dresses – DVF was all about basic, wearable styles in black and white graphic, kaleidoscope prints (as was her mesmerizing runway); but introduced beautiful gold metallic mini dresses, and a mix of hot pinks in a variety of printed midi and maxi wrap dresses which had us, and everyone else very excited.

DVF

There’s still four days to go of MB Fashion Week before the fashion circus are on the move again heading to London; so in the meantime we can start to wonder what we can expect to see  in collections from Jenny Packham, Zac Posen, Tommy Hilfiger and Maison Martin Margiela…


07/02/2014

BCBG MAX AZRIA

BCBG

BCBG

BCGB Max Azria is arguably one of the most talked about designer shows each season, and his sophisticated yet extremely wearable collections, and the cult elite following they produce, are showing no signs of fading. Yesterday’s show was one of the first, kicking off Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York, and the AW 2014-15 collection has certainly given the fashion industry something to talk about.

The designer’s bold mix of blacks, navy and orange; paired with lighter neutral tones and oh-so-pretty pastels, makes the collection very versatile. Whilst being feminine with layers of soft, slouchy fabrics, the collection managed to stay on the right side of grunge with sleek studded knee-high boots and lots of leather, beading and lace. Surprisingly (or not so, if you look at BCBG’s proven record), this works; animal prints in neutral tones, and block stripes in a primary colours and pastels adorn dresses and the hems of culottes – the only thing to own in 2014 – offering choice, and alluding to the modern woman’s tendency to be a chameleon.

What’s hard to avoid though, is the use of fur within the collection, and lots of it. Some of the most memorable pieces we’ll be taking into AW with us, are the indulgent hand muffs, and luxurious fur stoles. There’s no denying the designer’s clear nod towards luxury and extravagance this season, and whilst this will have given editors and PETA alike something to talk about, The Clothes Line’s policy remains stable around the use of fur: whilst we, nor any of the shops we supply, accept, sell or condone fur items, we must appreciate it’s significance within the fashion industry. For this reason, we cannot ignore the important role that BCBG Max Azria plays in setting key trends for the fashion industry, so we can only hope that the high-street adopts faux-fur whilst planning their ranges for AW 14, and nothing else.

bcbg

bcbg

 


06/02/2014

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).

topshop x adidas

 


05/02/2014

LET THE FASHION CIRCUS COMMENCE

Tomorrow marks the beginning of fashion month, kicking off in New York with Mercedes-Benz fashion Week. This will see editors, stylists, buyers, bloggers and celebrities (otherwise known as the ‘fashion circus’) pack their bags and visit the most prominent four cities in fashion over the next four weeks. From New York they’ll head to our very own London, for the best of British fashion on the 14th, then on to Milan and finally Paris, taking us into March.

While everyone who’s anyone at Fashion Week will be wearing ready-to-wear styles from last September’s runways (that’s SS14, if you don’t know), we’re only just about getting to terms with having to swap our winter wardrobes for spring, despite it still feeling like mid-winter. The Clothes Line will be at Vodafone’s London Fashion Week on Friday 14th February (who needs a man when you’ve got Fashion Week?), and we’ll be keeping you updated with all the best street-style we’ve snapped on the day; and with the fash-pack out in force – you’re sure to find some ultra stylish inspiration!

london-fashion-week

Keep you’re eyes on the blog over the coming month, as The Clothes Line will be following all things stylish and fashion week-related!

 


04/02/2014

 DONATION OF THE DAY

Starting to think about wedding season already? It’s OK, we’re officially allowed to talk about it now it’s February. It’s still scary though, but before you start panicking about those tricky trans-season dates people love to pick (March and April we’re talking about you), take a look at what The Clothes Line has to offer…

Check out our Donation of the Day: this watercolour inspired floral wrap dress, is perfect for bridging the gap between winter and summer. It’s structured tulip style shape is ultra flattering, and this dress is BRAND NEW from ASOS, originally costing £35.00.  Whilst this is sold out online now, The Clothes Line has one in a size 14 that will be heading to our Henley shop next week for just £20,  bargain!

asos dress


31/01/2014

JANUARY'S OVER.. LETS CELEBRATE!

The longest month of the year is officially almost over, and so we’re sure this weekend is going to a celebration for a lot of you. Whether it marks the end of dry January, or pay day at last, it’s likely to be one to remember (or not as the case may be…).

So, with so many great sale deals to be had on the high street at the moment, you’ve probably already been scouring them for something to wear, and you’d be forgiven for thinking you’ll find a better deal elsewhere. We’ve picked out a few of the dresses from this month’s sales, and new season stock, that we think are perfect for the many different types of partying that will be going on over the next two days. dress edit

Left: Topshop, Coast Paparazzi dress, Closet at House of Fraser, Hobbs Rachel dress & Almari at House of Fraser

But The Clothes Line has the cream of the crop; with a nod to the 80′s, a take on the huge SS14 metallics trend and a flattering empire line waist, could this dress be anymore perfect? We don’t think so. Oh actually, it can – it’s a fraction of the cost of these other dresses at just £22!

80s dress

 

This gorgeous number will be heading to our Vintage Blue shop in Oxford this weekend, so if you’re out and about there then take a look!


30/01/2014

WHITEOUT FOR SS14

We’ve been dreaming about spring since the shows last September ( a little premature but, hey), but now it really is time to start believing that it’s right around the corner.

One trend we’ve seen everywhere is white, all white, blocks of white, black and white; you name it, it’s a trend. So The Clothes Line have picked out our favourite SS14 shows that wowed us with their whiteout. From Lacoste’s sport-luxe with simple statement shirts, Simon Rocha’s elegant and detailed take on a simple white blouse to Bottega Veneta’s volume inspired monochrome theme.

White SS14

 

The Clothes Line has the solution nailed – you only need that one, absolutely perfect, white shirt to last you all season – and we’ve got news – this is one trend that’s here to stay all through AW14 too…

So check out today’s Donation of the Day; this simple white shirt with pleat front detailing (a la Prada, Gucci & Celine, no less) and over-sized cuffs, that mean you can roll, pin and drape your way into summer 2014.

white blouse

 


28/01/2014

CHRISTY'S HAT-TRICK...

Christys hats

Today’s Donation of the Day are some amazing high-quality classic hats from Christy’s of London – all brand new!

From wool fedoras to genuine Panamas that will get you ready for summer, there’s something for everyone, men and women alike. We’re sending the selection of hats to our brand new shop in Hale, so for some drastically reduced (and might we add stylish too) headgear – what are you waiting for?


27/01/2014

PRETTY GREEN, PRETTY PLEASE

 

Pretty green cardigan

Our Donation of the Day this Monday afternoon is this fabulous, chunky knit cardigan from the label by Liam Gallagher – Pretty Green. The cult menswear brand is known for it’s high quality pieces, so for this reason they aren’t too cheap, and this cardigan was originally worth £120.

However; we’ll be sending it to our brand new Blue Cross shop just opened in Hale for a fraction of that price – so why not head over there this weekend and grab yourself or the man in your life (after all, you can still borrow it) a stylish bargain!


16/01/2014

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE QUEEN!

Kate Moss turns 40 today, and the woman is still just about the coolest thing since sliced bread - in the fashion world and out of it.

Here's a quick look at the icon starting out fresh faced in 1990 on the July cover of The Face magazine at just 16, famously shot by photographer Corinne Day for 'The Daisy Age' of the 3rd Summer Of Love...

Kate Moss - The Face

And here she is today; recently shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott for the iconic Playboy magazine for their 60th anniversary issue, which was released in December. It was only natural that this supermodel was chosen to represent 60 years of the brand in an 18 page, artful, semi-nude feature.

Kate Moss

Happy Birthday Queen K, and we hope you've got a few more years left in you yet!

 


13/01/2014

GOLDEN GLOBES 2014

So award season begins and it kicked off last night with the Golden Globes, with every A-lister vying to mark their fashionable territory for the season on this years Red Carpet. Emma Watson is one actress that needn't worry about her fashion credentials though, as she proved last night that she will very much be staying at the top of this year's best dressed lists, thanks to her show stopping Dior Couture number.

Emma Watson Golden Globes 2014

(photo: www.fashion.telegraph.co.uk)

 


08/01/2014

2014: THE YEAR OF STYLISH WALKIES

Today's Donation of The Day is a collection of brand-new Cath Kidston goodies for you and your pooch.

A new lead, bowl and treat tin; your fury friend will be enjoying a post-Christmas treat frenzy - and so will you, with this fabulous polka dot shoulder bag.

Cath Kidston collection

These bargains will be in our Pershore (01386 556270) shop from today... But not for long!

 

 


03/01/2014

JANUARY SPARKLES

Who says sequins are only for the party season? This beautiful oversized and slouchy sequin blazer is the perfect post-party-antidote your wardrobe needs, as it's just on the right side of relaxed.

Wear with jeans and boots for dinner with friends or layer over a shift dress and opaque tights for anything described as 'smart/casual'. 

sequin jacket

 


17/12/2013

ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS.... CHANEL & YSL

Forget the rules: today we have TWO Donation's of The Day! And when they come in the form of vintage Chanel & YSL then who's counting?

We received this amazing cream blouse from one of our supporters, and it's simple, elegant shape, yet intricate stripe detailing and authentic Chanel C buttons, make it even more covetable up close. With an original paper 'Fabrique en France' label sewn in, including it's product number, we suspect this blouse was made between 1969-1989.

Chanel blouse

But it was a double whammy... Check out these beautiful YSL clip on earrings! Their classic shape (and the fact that they're clip-on) makes them perfect for anyone, anytime. Whether it's adding a bit of much needed Christmas sparkle to your party outfit, or everyday sparkle to your school-run outfit; when you're wearing earring that look as good as these it doesn't matter.

YSL earrings

 


13/12/2013

CLOTHES SHOW: THE STYLE SELECTION

This time last week, The Clothes Line were getting into the stylish swing of things at Clothes Show Live 2013. So it's been a few days since we departed, and since then we've been scouring the photos we took for the shoppers we thought had individual and confident outfits, and most importantly; that represented The Clothes Line style, and the kind of clothes & accessories we receive and sell.

We had such a huge number of you come and say hi and get your pictures taken, but we managed to get all of you onto our Facebook page here. So if you haven't already - then get liking and tagging!

It was hard - BUT - we also managed to narrow it down even further, and have finally chosen the ultimate Clothes Line style ambassadors. And here they are...

Sarah Richardson - stylish shopper

Sarah Richardson

This is one stylish Mama; shopping with her also well-dressed daughter Amelia (it must run in the family), we loved her smart but-practical-patent brogues, teamed with a simple shift dress and effortless boyfriend coat.

Simmone Cowels - stylish shopper

Simmone Cowels

We couldn't help but notice Simmone in her electric blue number. She's nailed one of the biggest trends to hit the catwalks this year - smart tailoring - and has made it look chic by dressing down with simple flats and a gold chain collar.

Millie - stylish shopper

Millie

With her striking red rain mac from Topshop, Millie was another shopper whose style caught our eye. She looked fab in her mesh layered dress (also Topshop), styled up with a white shirt, polka-dot socks and a bowler hat. Who'd have thought it?

Michelle Oju - stylish shopper

Michelle Oju

Michelle, we salute you. This fashionable lady has successfully & confidently turned an outfit that says 'night-out', into a chic (& even practical) shopping ensemble. We LOVE the split side metallic maxi skirt with chunky boots combo most of all.

Georgia - stylish shopper

Georgia

The Clothes Line are a big fan of anything British, so Georgia's fab Vivienne Westwood Frilly Snake bag was what got our attention. Teamed with a must have baby pink coat and chunky biker boots. We <3

Amelia - stylish shopper

Amelia Rose

We've chosen this shopper as another Clothes Line style ambassador because we love the confident colour clashing prints in her Skirt (from Black Milk Clothing), and her unique faux -fur collar, and her perfect vintage hair-do brings the look together.

Luke &amp;amp; Ryan - stylish shoppers

Luke & Ryan

And last but definitely not least, we have Luke & Ryan. Well we couldn't forget the men could we? This pair's style definitely makes up for the few men around Clothes Show.. And we love how dapper they look. Whatever happened to just wearing a suit jacket for the sake of it? Nice work boys!

 

Seeing yourself on here? If so then well done, but if any of the information is wrong or you'd like anything else added in then please don;t hesitate to email Alex on admin@theclotheslime.org.uk


09/12/2013

CLOTHES SHOW LIVE 2013

Things are well and truly under way for shoppers and exhibitors alike at Clothes Show Live 2013.. We're having huge success talking to shoppers, capturing their street style, and offering them amazing vintage and pre-loved donations to buy.

Still haven't been? There's still time! The show closes at 6pm tomorrow (10th December), and The Clothes Line stand will be up and running until then. Find us in hall 19 in the Lifestyle Boutique, and here's what to look out for:

Clothes Show stand

 


04/12/13

CLOTHES SHOW LIVE: THE PREVIEW

It's all go at The Clothes Line HQ as we prepare to head to Clothes Show Live at the NEC in TWO DAYS!!

We've handpicked the best of The Clothes Line new and vintage items to sell over the four day-long show, and here's an exclusive snapshot of the rail of amazing clothes we'll be selling...

Clothes Show rail

From classic Levi 501's in a range of colours, sequinned party tops and oversized tartan shirts, to fab denim jackets and warm cosy shearling coats, The Clothes Line rail won't be full for very long. 

Make sure you head over to stand LX136 in the Lifestyle Boutique before it all goes, and spend in style, fully assured that all your money goes to help pets in crisis this Christmas.

Clothes Show Live, NEC Birmingham, 6th- 10th December 2013 

Buy tickets here: https://www.theticketfactory.com/cslb/online/


28/11/2013

THE CLOTHES LINE GETS A-LIST APPROVAL

It may have been one of the hottest celeb-set trends of the 00's, but whilst the Mike & Chris leather jackets may have had their moment, they've certaintly not been forgotten...

The Clothes Line were thrilled to find one of our amazing supporters had donated her original Chandler Jacket by Mike & Chris this morning, and it still looks as amazing as it once did on Cameron Diaz. The soft, supple leather and high-quality craftsmanship would set you back £605, but why not have your A-list moment for a fraction of the cost?

The Chandler Jacket will be sold in a Blue Cross shop - please call 0300 777 1970 for more details on size, price and availability.

Mike &amp;amp; Chris leather Chandler jacket


25/11/2013

WHO SAID VALENTINO..?

Yes, we did! We've had this beautiful pair of almost new Valentino silk blend tailored trousers donated to The Clothes Line. Definitely our Donation Of The Day...

Still available online at Matches Fashion (for £835 might we add!), this timeless pair of trousers are a sound investment, and will look chic teamed with a sheer blouse and jacket for day or night.

Valentino silk blend trousers

Available from a Blue Cross shop soon - please call 0300 777 1970 for more information on size and price.

 


20/11/2013

DONATION OF THE DAY

When Beyonce shared this picture of baby Blue Ivy's tiny Timberlands, between hers Jay-Z's (below) on her Instagram earlier this year, the world gushed. She, along with so many other celebrities, also helped boost the already strong comeback of the original outdoor boot's 'cool factor'.

Carter family Timberlands

(Picture taken from Instagram: Beyonce 2013)

Today The Clothes Line have had this amazing pair of brand new Carvela shearling boots donated.

Lace up with a classic hiking boot sole, 'Timberland-style'; this heeled pair will add some extra cosy strut to your step this winter.

Carvela boots


19/11/2013

WARDROBE WINNERS

Everyone wants their wardrobe to look like this:

Organised Wardrobe

(image taken from www.strachan.co.uk)

Well, we can dream. But you can edit your wardrobe so that you only have items in there that you'll wear more than once - and you're halfway to a better wardrobe already.

Get sorted before Christmas and you'll be basking in how easy it is to find an outfit for the many festive occasions that we love to struggle with each year.  The Clothes Line have the solutions you need to start that dreaded 'edit', and here they are... 

Clothes Line donations

Left to right: 1. The Tartan Blazer; it's always around from one season to the next, but whether the biggest trend or the smallest, if you've got a classic fitted blazer, you can't go wrong. 2. The LBD; every woman needs one, and this Hobbs number is perfect for day to night sophistication. 3. The Denim Shirt; it's always the go-to piece in your casual wardrobe, but this short-sleeved, boxy one is your perfect answer to this season's denim needs. 4. The oversized top; dress it up or down, not only does an oversized top always look chic, it also hides a multidude of sins (seconds, anyone?). So we this Jaeger pleat front top. 5. The Leather Trousers; not as difficult to wear as you might think, this is a trend here to stay. This pair from H&M are genuine leather, and will look just as amazing with heels or converse.

All the product shown here will be on sale at Clothes Show Live at the NEC in Birmingham, 6th -10th December 2013.


13/11/2013

DONATION OF THE DAY

These two items had to be our choice for today's Donation of The Day feature...

The Russell and Bromley, navy patent duo have been sent in nearly new and still with original dust bags, and in one of the hottest colours of the season, we're sure they'll be the perfect addition to any wardrobe. What a stylish way to help Blue Cross raise crucial funds for pets in crisis? The Clothes Line think so.

Russell and Bromley bag and shoes

The shoes are a UK size 4 (Europe 37) and the bag is a very versatile size - perfect size for a lunch with friends or a more dressy evening occassion.

Well, you need to get thinking about what to wear to that Christmas party don't you?


12/11/2013

WHO SAYS FLORALS ARE FOR SUMMER?

Florals are so typically associated with Spring and Summer, for obvious reasons, and they look great every year in the garden or by the beach. But who says you have to follow the rule book? So many designers recreate their florals for Winter, with huge success. Erdem is widely renowned for digital floral prints come rain or shine, but this season, florals are everywhere.   

Catwalk images

Erdem, Dries Van Noten and Carolina Herrera show floral dresses for AW13/14

Donation of the Day: Floral Edit

Topshop dress

To this simple, chic, retro Topshop dress we've added a leather biker jacket from Jaeger, and the Carnaby boot from Boden that are both winter staples. All you need to complete the glamorous-grunge look is sheer black tights - welcome back to the 90's!

This gorgeous dress will be heading to a Blue Cross shop this week. Email hello@theclothesline.org.uk for more infomation.

 


08/11/2013

EVERY GIRL NEEDS THAT LBD...

Check out today's Donation of the Day...This classic LK Bennett dress, brand new with tags, and an original selling price of over £200.

Whether you have a specific event in mind already, or it's simply an investment piece; this timeless Little Black Dress will become a wardrobe staple for sure. Keep it simple with black courts, or style it up with a belt and jacket, or even gloves and pearls - it's so Audrey*!

LK Bennett dress

If you wan't to find out more about this stunning dress then please call 0300 77701970 and speak to one of The Clothes Line team. We'll be more than happy to let you know where you can buy this, raising money for pets in crisis.

*Hepburn, of course!


07/11/2013

DONATION OF THE DAY

The Clothes Line HQ was thrilled this morning when we received this WOW donation.... A genuine 100% silk Diane Von Furstenberg shift dress.

It's monochrome palette and geometric print mean it's perfect for this season's parties, but it can be easily dressed down too. Just make sure you pair it with this winters trend of sheer black tights and a pair of heeled boots!

We'll be sending this to one of our Blue Cross shops this week so if you fancy it for your wardrobe then call 0300 777 1970 and one of our lovely team can you give you some more details...

Diane Von Furstenberg dress

 


06/11/2013

STYLISH SHOPPERS - WE SALUTE YOU!

After hours of sifting through the pictures we took of you all this weekend  - we settled on these four as our style ambassadors for The Clothes Line. Each of them won the hearts, minds and fashionable souls of our team, as they represented what The Clothes Line is looking for so effortlessly. So, Tomas, Michael, Nicole and Doreen - when you're bored of your outfits come spring - don't forget to request a Clothes Line bag and get donating! 

For all of you who had your photos taken but can't see yourself on our blog; don't forget to follow us on Pinterest to see your style on our Westfield Board!

Tweed Jacket

Tomas Campbell spotted outside Louis Vuitton smartened up his jeans with an on trend check tweed blazer, over a simple white shirt and knotted scarf. Cosy!

Red Dress

Doreen Turner was radiant in red outside the Champagne Bar in The Village, proudly wearing her poppy for this year's  Poppy Appeal. We loved her Mulberry Willow Tote bag - in red to match too!

Man with bag Michael Paul spotted outside Tiffany & Co styling up his classic waistcoat and suit jacket combo, with jeans, a trilby and leather hold-all. 

 

Blue Jumpsuit

Nicole Clark spotted outside the Gucci store wearing some fab silver brogues teamed with a bright blue jumpsuit; toughened up with a classic leather biker jacket.


05/11/2013

WESTFIELD WEEKEND

This weekend marked the first promotional campaign from The Clothes Line; our team headed to Westfield London shopping centre on the lookout for stylish shoppers.

We had a really successful weekend, so here's a BIG thank you to everyone we talked to. Since then we've been sifting through our photo library, and will be featuring those of you we think truly represented The Clothes Line style over the next day.

Here's one of our lovely team members - Emma - ready and raring to go on Saturday morning armed with her Clothes Line pack...

Emma Team Member


01/11/2013

WE'RE HEADING TO...

Westfield London

This weekend, 2nd & 3rd of November, The Clothes Line are setting up camp at the orginial Westfield London shopping centre in White City.

Our friendly team will be there Saturday and Sunday armed with their style-hunting glasses, ready to spot YOUR style. Get yourself over to the entrance of The Village on the first floor, and have your style snapped. You never know, you might see yourself featured on the blog over the next few weeks as a true ambassador of The Clothes Line style.


01/11/2013

THE CLOTHES LINE BLOG HAS LANDED!

It's been just over a month since we launched The Clothes Line service and we can't thank you enough for your support. But, we thought it was about time we showcased just how stylish it's becoming to give to charity... hence The Clothes Line blog is born! 

We'll be updating this page with all things amazing; pictures of the donations you're sending in, The Clothes Line stock in shops, as well as YOU - we want to see inspiring Clothes Line style being worn at it's most fashionable, making more people want to buy from Blue Cross shops.

The Clothes Line donations

Check out some of the fabulous donations we've had over the last few weeks - All available from Blue Cross shops! Please email hello@theclothesline.org.uk for more information on how you can get hold of any of these pieces. 

But, please don't forget that we still need many more of you to sign up and register for a FREE bag. Get requesting here and help start a donation revolution.