We love the Linea midcentury-style Morgan sofa range at House of Fraser, but right now, we love the price just as much.
I'm sure there are mixed feelings about whether this should actually be going on sale so soon after Amy Winehouse's tragic death, but according to the company, 'with the blessing of Amy's family', the Fred Perry x Amy Winehouse autumn/winter 2011 collection has now gone on sale.
With the latest collection being launched so soon, we can presume it was already completed and ready to hit the shelves. With 'the usual royalties' from the collection being donated to the soon to be established Any Winehouse Foundation, I guess it does make sense to release it onto the market, rather than just sit in a storeroom, even if it does seem just a little soon for it.
Anyway, check out the images above and the full collection over at Fred Perry. For the record, the '50s-inspired items above are (on the left) the Amy Bowling Shirt, which sells for £70, the knitted silk skirt (£80) and the Amy Leather Waist Belt (£60). The images on the right features the Houndstooth Tie Neck Dress, one of the more expensive pieces at £150.
Quality rarely comes cheap, which is perhaps why the Mark midcentury-style Bosco sofa and armchair range at John Lewis isn't as cheap as we would like it.
The range is made in the UK, with exposed frames made from solid European oak, as well as featuring serpentine springs and foam and feather fillings for the cushions, the whole thing covered in a viscose and linen cloth in charcoal. Love the shape too, that low profile, buttoned back and exposed wood taking inspiration from the mid-1950s to early '60s.
There's a large sofa, medium sofa and 'snuggled', which in effect is a large armchair. You can see an image of that over the page. Pricing is from £1,600.
The initial collection of Biba for the House of Fraser didn't exactly set the world alight, bit the forthcoming Biba Bridal collection might find the company a significant niche market.
It's a limited edition collection of seven designs, sold in runs of 100 for each, along with a range of accessories, all with a vintage influence that's said to reflect the brand's heritage. One of the designs is pictured above to give you an idea of what's coming.
Look out for the range in February, sold in sizes 6 – 18 at the Bluewater, Dundrum, Glasgow, London Oxford Street, London Westfield and Manchester stores, as well as online. Prices are said to range from £575 through to £725, which isn't bad for a limited edition. The initial Biba range is now in the sale at House of Fraser too.
Ken Russell's iconic images of 1950s Teddy Girls provide the inspiration for the new Fred Perry Laurel Wreath Collection by Richard Nicoll.
It's the first collection by Nicoll for Fred Perry, which promises 'Edwardian dandiness' and vintage reference points like pointelle cardigans and mother of pearl brooches, as well as period colours to create something modern, but with a distinctly 1950s twist.
You can find out for yourself if it works from Monday 10th January, which is when the collection goes on sale online and instore. Or you can check the images above and over the page. Prices, as you can imagine, vary.
All images (c) Paul Wetherell