Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Horrockses Fashionista….

The other year the V&A Museum had a wonderful retrospective on Horrockses. John Horrocks set up a cotton goods company in Preston. The fashion arm was created in 1946 as part of an initiative to use and sell the fabric – your granny would have worn one of their off the peg dresses – which were the high of chic in their day. They had celebrities and even royalty as fans, and the brand was given the royal warrant in the 1960s. But due to the ever changing tide of fashion in the 70s and 80s when people opted for manmade fibres they died a death until now, when it has been revived as a homeware brand.

Riding the tide of enthusiasm for all things vintage, the new range features some of the original prints on a range of bed linen and House of Fraser have this wonderful range of fashionista cushions based on their original designs – I’m in love.

Horrockses Fashionista Cushion £35.00 (houseoffraser.co.uk)

Horrockses All over fashionista is a luxurious 43`` Silk cushion with different stylish pictures of beautiful women in 50s dresses- Silk/Silk Mix

Horrockses Bunty Cushion £35.00 (houseoffraser.co.uk)

Horrockses Bunty Fashionista is a luxurious 43`` Silk cushion with a beautiful girl, Bunty walking across the cushion in an elegant 50s dress in icy blue-Silk/Silk Mix

Horrockses Georgina Cushion £35.00 (houseoffraser.co.uk)

Horrockses Georgina Fashionista is a luxurious 43`` Silk cushion with a beautiful girl, Georgina in an elegant 50s dress in silvery white-Silk/Silk Mix

Horrockses Cindy Cushion £35.00 (houseoffraser.co.uk)

Horrockses Cindy Fashionista is a luxurious 43`` Silk cushion with a beautiful girl, Cindy in an elegant 50s dress in sparkly orange Silk/Silk Mix

The Alice, the clothes and the wardrobe …. And a little dog.

Okay time to do big girl purchases and I have to look at buying a wardrobe – I am looking at a very tiny and I mean tiny flat and there is no built in wardrobe space and nowhere to build a cupboard or wardrobe so I will need to buy a wardrobe but next to the bed it will be the most dominant piece of furniture and to a large extent dictate the d├ęcor in the room and the space left!

So I have been having a look round the High Street at wardrobes and building a mood board for this tiny space.

Louis Wardrobe By John Reeves £2295.00 (heals.co.uk)

The Louis Wardrobe is part of the 'Heal's Discovers' range, created by British designer John Reeves- this is pure drama stylised around contemporary baroque, this decadent statement piece has a lacquered finish with an innovative design. The traditionally turned leg is divided into four and inverted on each corner to create a striking leg profile, more prominent within the table range- sized W100 x D60 x H203cm

Radius Double Wardrobe Frame £850.00 (habitat.co.uk)

This has a very sleek exterior with lacquered solid oak and oak veneer 3 door double wardrobe frame designed by Simon Pengelly for Habitat. Features bridle joint details with rounded corners. Hanging rails and shelves are available to buy separately in packs- Requires home-assembly – sized W123 x H200 x D59cm

Radius Wardrobe Kit 2 £150.00 (habitat.co.uk)

A pack of hanging rail and 4 shelves for use with Radius double wardrobe frame- Rail: L67cm. Shelf: L43cm. Compatible only with RADIUS double wardrobe frame.

Malone sliding mirror door wardrobe black £549.00 (dwell.co.uk)

I like the clean lines and a curved frame, this wardrobe adds a touch of class to a bedroom, it is available in stunning white or stark black gloss it will certainly be a statement – plus it has a mirror on the front – inside a rail and shelf – sized h205cm : w110cm : d55cm

Brighton White Chifforobe £752.76 (crateandbarrel.com)

Looking across the ocean as in the US I found this at Crate & Barrel  - the left-hand door opens to three adjustable shelves – plus five drawers -  crafted of solid poplar and engineered wood with a fresh white lacquer finish. Simple white porcelain knobs keep the look pristine and clean- sized 44.5"Wx19.75"Dx49"H

Ivory Atlantis double wardrobe £625.00 (debenhams.com)

This is very clean with tow panelled doors and a big drawer at the bottom – it’s in a soft ivory shape – perfect for any bedroom – sized HWD: 195 x 90 x 64cm and is part of a co-ordinating range for the bedroom.

Shabby Chic Primrose Double Wardrobe £1249.00 (houseoffraser.co.uk)

Shabby Chic Primrose double wardrobe- Primrose bedroom furniture range- part of Shabby Chic, a quintessential classic collection of vintage inspired pieces, it is constructed from hand carved solid mahogany and veneers in a white distressed finish, creating an antique feel- an elegantly styled range of bedroom furniture with classic intricate moulding detail- includes solid dovetail drawers at the base of the wardrobe – sized Height  200 cm Width  128 cm – it is part of a co-ordinated set.

Canterbury Armoire £749.00 (marksandspencer.com)

I love this as it’s one big door which is covered in a mirror – it has a big drawer at the bottom and then the inside is quite flexible  - it can either be a hanging rail or removable shelves – sized H195 x W90 x D65cm and part of a co-ordinating range.

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