As a journalist, one has to get down and dirty, whether it's reporting through gunshots in a war-torn country or braving the jungle to get the latest scoop on political activists, so when my dear editor (affectionately known as Captain Cod to some), that I was to report on the high street press shows (rather than my favoured couture) for Autumn/Winter ‘10/11, I felt like the reincarnation of Kate Adie herself.
Fighting through the busy shoppers in Covent Garden, taxis zooming past, beeping away, I made it safely into the Hospital Club to view what George at Asda was all about. Soothing my nerves with an apple juice, I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised. The collection for girls and boys was quite beautiful. For girls, the range ventured to Chanel no less for inspiration with a sweet black and white knitted pinafore decorated with pockets and buttons, a darling tweed A-line skirt and a charming red tulip dress coat with a military twist all took my fancy. And I absolutely loved the Hallowe'en costumes. The girls in my dorm at Bedales will be green with envy when they see little Miss J dressed as cat woman! For my handsome new beau Cosmo Van Der Miffohack (he’s at Bedales too), I spied a rather cute biker jacket that would be perfect for his new love of noise music. For dates with moi, those dashing lumberjack shirts will do just fine! My fashion quote for today is “George at Asda is the new Primark!” Get shopping, my dear followers.
Marks & Spencer has always been a favourite of my dear maid Millie. She buys tons of it for her illegitimate daughter Sharon-Tracey, so I chauffeured myself over to the M&S press show at the Paramount Club, perched atop CentrePoint, to choose some bits for Sharon-Tracey (she needs all the help!). Well, move over Sharon-Tracey, the new Autograph collection is too divine and totally my bag, plus very reasonable priced too (£20 for a dress, beyond!). My favourite find from the collection was the beautiful petal-effect satin skirt, with matching bolero and top, all in a sumptuous midnight blue. I was most impressed with how the Autograph collection has managed to capture the essence of the luxury market with exquisite attention to detail and luxurious finishes like beading, sequins and pleats. A fun fur coat in white was ideal for sledging in Siberia and lots of great dresses with netted skirts, frills and sequins for the party season. For Cosmo, Autograph has introduced boyswear, with lots of rock-steady gear. The cool fox print red tee looked fantastic, as did the range of distressed denims and pork pie hats. Think Scotch & Soda and you're there.
Before I go, I must get something for Sharon-Tracey. No goody bags, sadly, but the chance of a lucky dip. My win? A packet of Percy Pigs. Perfect!