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Posted 23rd July 2014 by Fiona
With autumn around the corner, and early styles arriving already, we’ve asked Lesley, our Footwear Buyer, for her thoughts on the season ahead...
Q: What excites you about AW14
A: Boots are at the heart of the range this autumn and with a diverse selection of styling to choose from it’s impossible to choose just one. Key features are those details that make the difference; zips, buckles, laces, textures and quality of material in both casual and dressier styles. Ankle boots in particular are a must-have look, everything from Chelsea boots and shoe-boots to urban styles.
Base colours are not simply black for AW14, but with greys ranging from almost black to lighter shades. All shades of Navy will be popular and dark chocolate brown will take centre stage. Jewel & bright tones really bring the base palette alive. I’m going to add teals and berries into my wardrobe.
You’ll see a lot of gorgeous textures through leather, suede and woven textiles set against one another to create interest. When you add in the hardware of buckles and zips, in silver or gold tones, it really looks stunning.
Q: What will you be wearing this autumn?
A: I’m mad on boots so I’ll be wearing U.S Polo Assn (an exciting new brand launching this autumn) Jessica for a touch of western. I also love the double buckle on Shoon Wickstead. For casual days Shoon Track is a cool little boot. For dressing up, Gerry Weber (another new brand for us this autumn) are just lovely.
Q; What is your best style tip for the season?
A: My style tip for autumn is using layering and beautiful knits in jumpers, trousers and skirts. Also, how about an essential Faux-Fur trimmed collar on jackets and coats adding glamour and fun.
Posted 9th July 2014 by Fiona
The centenary of World War one is being recognised far and wide this year as we remember those who were involved and how it changed so many lives forever. Bath Fashion Museum is commemorating the War with a special exhibition this summer, The Great War in costume; Family and fashion on the home front. It will trace the lives and roles of women during World War 1 and how work on the home front influenced their styles of clothing.
“This war is usually seen through military eyes. However it could not have been won without the efforts of millions of women.” Kate Adie
From Land girls and nursing staff to work in munitions factories, women had to adapt their lives to a changing world and fashions changed as they took on more ‘men’s work’. The exhibition features examples of uniforms, civilian dress, memorabilia and propaganda as well as key costumes for the period from the set of Downton Abbey.
As well as the exhibition there will also be a special event with author and broadcaster Lucy Adlington - A journey into the lives of these women and their wardrobes. For more details please visit their website www.museumofcostume.co.uk.
Posted 2nd July 2014 by Fiona
The SHOON sale is here! We are always sorry to see the season change and to have to say goodbye to styles that we have nurtured from start to finish. They all have a story each and everyone and go on their own journey from sketchpad, to sample room to factory and eventually onto the shelves of our warehouse and then out to the shops. That is why at sale time we would like to see all of our lovely shoes go to a GREAT home. So now is your chance to discover a new style, shape and colour the same quality for a little less money.
Although we are making space for the new styles that take us through the transition in seasons and into Autumn there is still plenty of summer left to go.
1. Try something new. Brighten up your day with a new POP of colour, the bolder the better. Splash out on some nautical styling – anything red, white, blue or stripy will do! Go metallic if you are feeling exotic and look for embellishment to get that Moroccan vibe,
2. Buy, Buy, Buy. Buy transitional, loafers and ballerinas are the in-between season’s best friend so if you see a bargain snap it up! Buy for an occasion, now is your chance to get something extra fabulous if you have a special occasion on the horizon. Buy with a vision, think Autumn Winter 2014 as buyers are always testing the waters with new styles or perhaps pick out something dazzling for next Spring. As a rule classic shapes and statement styles stand the test of time well.
Most of all, ENJOY!
Posted 19th June 2014 by Fiona
We are always on the look out for new things happening in the world of footwear, whether we are at trade fairs, reading magazines or travelling around the globe. This summer we decided to launch a competition for University students, ‘A Shoe for Shoon’. We wanted to inspire a whole new generation of potential shoe designers, sellers and buyers with the wonderful opportunity to design us a shoe. Students were given a commercial brief, which included details of their target customer.
A note from Lesley our Buyer and part of the judging panel.
“Many Thanks to all the entrants of this years competition. We were delighted to receive so many entries, which made the decision regarding the final seven very difficult indeed. The finalists all produced design concepts that really reflected the brief of who the Shoon customer is and what her values are. The designs were innovative and fresh, giving a new take on the classics. The winner will be announced in due course. We would like to wish the entrants every success in their future careers.”
Here is the shortlist that has been selected by our judging panel at Shoon HQ with comments from the judges. It is from this set of unique designs a finalist will be chosen and announced on the next weeks blog, so watch this space….
Laura Kerry – “Great Unit, perfect height and lovely colours.” - University of Huddersfield
Mafalda Martins – “Unique futuristic heel on classic court.” - University of the Arts London
Ekadasi Ryan – “Architectural sole and stunning print.” - University of Bedfordshire
Radville Kisieliute –“ New interpretation of a classic, lovely material combination.” - University of Bedfordshire
Bethany Peddar – “An adventurous shoe bootie, loved the interweave” - University of Huddersfield
Agnieszka Kaluze – “Nice balance of colours on a classic style with a twist” - University of Huddersfield
Gemma Bissett – “Loved the interpretation of fringe and futuristic heel” - University of Huddersfield
Posted 13th June 2014 by Fiona
'If you like to combine a trip to the coast with culture, tradition and the buzz of city life why on head to Brighton, "London by the sea". Our team in Brighton have put together some of the best places to visit and things to do whilst you are there.'
Living in Brighton you can often forget how quirky and fun the city can be. Sights like the Royal Pavilion and Brighton Pier blend into the norm of the hustle and bustle of holiday makers, language students and young families. It certainly is London on Sea!
Take a moment to step back and enjoy the sights as there is plenty to experience and explore from taking a leisurely stroll along the prom, playing penny slot machines on the pier, visiting an exhibition of one of Brighton's up and coming artists or dining out at a local fish restaurant. And there is loads more to see with Brighton being the hub of festivals. There is the Brighton festival, Comedy festival, Chilli festival and of course Pride to name a few.
The Downs on our doorstep are a peaceful retreat for anyone where the pace is too fast, breath taking views that you can enjoy while yomping to the next country pub for a ploughman’s.
If you like a good boogie in the evening pop on your dancing shoes and head to one of the many buzzing pubs and clubs with music to suit all tastes.
Wish you were here!
Images taken from Brighton & Hove calendar'14 Photographer Finn Fopson