Each era has it's unique fashion silhouette, for example,
flapper fashion in the 1920s, mini-skirts in the
1960s, and now
in the late noughties, we have Balmania shoulders. The page also
discusses over 20 micro-trends in fashion, which you can monitor
autumn winter 2009.
Balmania and the concept of a well defined shoulder is a growing fashion craze. Forget bagmania and
'it' bags (for a week or two at least) as the
latest piece to covet has moved toward a
razor sharp shoulder with skinny-fit arms. What we are
seeing for autumn 2009 is the importance of the stylish, Balmain
inspired, fuller peak-shoulder line.
This Balmania trend has been gaining momentum, and now everyone wants a
shoulder line like this one shown right. Reader,
you may not be able to afford £2,430 for the Balmain
blouse far right, or £7,000+ for the Balmain black
leather jacket beside it, but like me, you may well still
want an item with the same fashionable shoulder silhouette.
Images courtesy of Brownsfashion.
Balmain is available at Browns in London and in limited numbers.
High street retailer, and online Directory company NEXT, have
boyfriend jackets and shorter croppies which show a more
sculptured shoulder line emulating the power-chic Balmain
Left - Penneys Power Shoulder Blazer ROI €25.00 - Penneys
Autumn 2009 Collection. Also at Primark £19. Centre - NEXT Power Shoulder
Silver Print Cropped Jacket £55/€71. Autumn Winter 2009 Womenswear at NEXT DIRECTORY. Right - Also from NEXT
Autumn Winter 2009 Womenswear - Tux Jacket £60/€77.
See more well defined shoulders in other 2009 fashion trend
Top Tip -
Scour these latest fashions, then carefully evolve the trends
into the fashion
looks that YOU really want to follow. Rediscover how to dress
with panache without breaking the bank. Discard the dross, and pick only
women's fashions that suit your body shape, colouring, personality and lifestyle.
In 2009, 'Think Chiconomics' should be stamped on your
forehead before parting with cash.
This list of top twenty fashion looks defines the main features.
These are the trends to follow when you shop for this season's
Every whim and desire from the fashion shows is covered,
and all the elements needed to toughen, or glam up an
understated look, is discussed.
OUTLINE SHAPES THE TOP SILHOUETTE TREND - WIDER
SHOULDER & PUFF SLEEVE INTEREST The shoulder line has widened and there are
variations from full-on puffs to structured sleeves. Those
from Balmain have an interesting architecture to produce 45º
upward ski-slope volume - the BALMANIA LINE is a
must-have. There is also plenty
of wider shoulder choice on offer, so opt for a jacket or bodice with WELL DEFINED shoulders or
puff volume sleeves, all best with SKINNY ARMS arms or
pushed up sleeves for balance.
SWELLING SKIRT SILHOUETTE - Lampshade puffball,
volume tulip skirts, draped skirts. Slim skirts. Right D&G
opulent fabric lampshade skirt with well defined shoulders -
fuller puff sleeves.
FASCINATING FOOTWEAR is another key fashion craze for
the winter of 2010 - Slim Legs - OVER THE KNEE
SKINNY WADER BOOTS. Other variations of
existing trends include strapped biker boots, spike stiletto and carved high heels
flattest lace-up brogues. SHBOOTS. Gladiator ankle
strapped, mid calf boots. Mixed colours, materials and
textures. Shoes/courts with roses. Animal print footwear.
SLIMMER LINE TROUSERS - FLAT or Peg top trousers,
narrower legs balance wider top silhouette. TREGGINGS.
TOP ATTITUDES INVESTMENT DRESSING -
Coats in beautiful quality fabric. Clothes which are wearable time and
again also repay their outlay handsomely.
POWER CHIC - HEAVY METAL - HARDWARE - STUDS - ZIPS -
BIKER BUCKLES - Multiple zip additions and/or
pyramid/round stud and eyelet decoration on many products especially
visible zips, rows of biker buckled belts.
Right - Cavalli studded
VELVET - RICH DARK VELVETS in inky
indigoes/purples/black. Velvet devore burnout contrast
LACE - See through sheer areas, lace tights.
Sheer dark hosiery. Opaque coloured tights.
WOOLLENS - DOG/HOUNDSTOOTHS/TWEEDS -
Black/white/colour checks. Fine
tweeds. Chanel also have some tweedy cropped semi-fitted
jackets with sharp shoulders. The use of tweed with a
sharper jacket profile gives
a modern edge bringing it bang up to date for Winter 2010.
ROSES/FLOWERS - Flowers in 3D forms on necklaces,
as accessories for dress necklines, waistlines and as shoe
and hair decoration. Dress hems with roses and bags
with massive roses are in vogue this autumn.
LAYERED KNITS - Longer cardigans, waterfall drape
cardigans - Lagenlook/Layering textured, fine knits, wispy
lacy mohair, chunky cables. Oversized scarves worn as or
with cowls/snoods. Knit berets. Lower Right - Missoni knitwear.
ACCESSORIES BAGS - There is a continued trend
for smaller bags. Chain braided 'Chanel' type handles.
Clutches. Coloured bags smothered in frills, roses or
pleats. Bags carried as clutches. Metallic bags
especially burnished bronze/copper toned bags are popular.
Animal and fur bags abound.
BELTS - Belts with studs. Choose deep,
wide and colourful belts, alternatively, experiment with obi styles in leather,
or suede. Narrow belts are often a fabric knotted tie. 'MOBAMABELTED' - Wear your belt and 'Mobamabelt' it
over your cardigan or coat. This is what Michelle Obama frequently does
cardigans and coats to bring mixed outfits together. Thicker midriff waists are better supported
with deeper 10cm belts and worn under a cardigan or coat. Small ribcage gals can take narrow
belts. Make sure the look and position of the belt suits
JEWELLERY - Oversized metal necklaces and massive
cocktail dress rings are on trend for the autumn of 2009.
Note bows and
insect bugs in jewellery. As the fronts of colliers
become more decorative and weightier even more
necklaces have tie ribbon closures. Contrasting fine
delicate chains - Bezel set gems or diamonds in gold chains
enhance necklines. Even deeper wrist/forearm contoured cuff bangles. Coloured gems,
rose gold tones andPandora/Troll and similar charms all have
Understated neutral tones compliment the stronger primary and
secondary colours that add highlight and lift to otherwise dull
rather basic hues. Purple and puce remain two of the most
important block bright colours of the Autumn 2009 Winter 2010
American Beauty (PANTONE 19-1759) is a rich red. Reader see how some of these hues have been used in
this abundantly patterned rose floral dress from NEXT DIRECTORY Autumn
Winter 2009/10 Collection. See more top colours, clothing and
accessories on the
Autumn 2009 colours page.
Intense red or deep claret nails in matte,
non-shiny finishes also say Autumn 2009/2010
Along with bigger and blowsier hair, updos and French pleats,
this makes for a fast colour and beauty makeover.
More subdued colours with an added urban tough
edge include plenty of grey tones from silver dove to deepest
majolica blue, blueberry, olive, camel, tan,
chocolate, russet, aubergine, burnished copper looks to mushroom
gill pink and smudgy café au-lait.
Such safely neutral tones as you see in the camel
coat below possess an ability to soften down anything
too brilliant. But each colour can frequently be found with gleam and
sheen which adds some much needed glamour. Many tones team well with black for a winter finish
ideal for duller northern climates.
Your wardrobe edit for Autumn Winter 2009/2010 should include
awareness of investment
coats, well defined shoulder lines, longer cardigans, animal prints, over
knee boots, flat brogues, cowl wrap necks and belts. Take into
account the importance of products in velvet, fur, sequins, studs, leather,
checks, chain or
applique, and you have the basics of an easy wardrobe
for Autumn 2009.
The dominant trend for Autumn 2009 Winter 2010
shows a natural drift toward the ongoing fashion of investment
dressing. It means designers have accepted an overriding
awareness that consumers need moral support to keep a balance in
their closets as well as their budgets.
Despite the lingering credit crunch, every garment or
accessory designers and
retailers have produced for Autumn 2009/Winter 2010, ensures as
much product choice as in earlier boom seasons. Fashion never lies down and
dies, it always goes on in some manner whatever the
Many Autumn 2009 catwalk garments are straightforward down-to-earth wearable pieces
and very covetable
outfits. Think wearable and
desirable pieces, but wearable again and again.
Near Right - Two chic coats of the moment, showing understated investment dressing.
A deep camel/caramel coat worn with arm warmers and from
Donna Karan, IFTF.
Far Right - A classic pale camel coat in luxury yarns from Max
Mara at House of Fraser.
For evening the bare shoulder asymmetric dress of
summer has morphed into a winter version with one bare shoulder
and one full length
long sleeve or a single cap sleeve instead of a shoulder strap
Asymmetric one shoulder dresses are the
alternative to bustier prom dresses. The latter have been
refined and the
upper bodice is now much higher with even some
arm coverage being attached, a reverse order of styles of circa
simple plain fabric or satinised trim version such as this the one sleeved
dress right from Marks & Spencers Autumn 2009 range could
become the LBD of your Christmas outfits.
Right - Limited Collection Black Dress. The dress allows for one
bare shoulder and one long sleeve - Marks &
Spencer A/W 2009/10.
Structured shoulders are contrary to asymmetric shoulders, but
each offers fashion promise - the promise of the next best thing
of a new fashion future, in a new decade.
Sequin asymmetric dresses are the ultimate
glamour dress for the festive season. This sequin one-sleeved
mini dress shown left, is by Balmain and from Harvey Nichols
Spring 2009 range a leader of looks that other manufacturers
and tough, but butter soft leather or suede contrast with delicate silks and satins, flimsy
sequins or lace and peek-a-boo garments.
Below Left - Velvet and Peek-a-boo lace
dress, lace tights, for Autumn 2009/Winter 2010
from Warehouse Womenswear.
Contrasting with the glamour of the Dynasty sequin micro-trend is
the closely related powered up version of space age
intergalactic power-chic glam
punk fashion. Think
taping, zips and belt buckling - glam warrior woman is
still at large.
The biggest evening dress look for autumn is possibly that of
the future shock disco diva dresses with body con hugging
With sharp shoulders the sequin dress can be worn
with or without leg wear, updated with thigh boots or teamed
with slim pants or lace patterned tights.
Dress lengths can vary from
tunic to knee length and so leg wear is your choice. Sheer and
lace tights are a good option for super glam occasions and soften
up fierce leather dresses. Patterned hosiery is also
looking a great choice for Autumn 2009.
The military look just won't go away. Women love military
fashion, but what was once viewed as a
ship shape jacket or
winter coat with frogging, or extra
inspired buttoning is now taking on more innovative
inspiration with input from Balmain with the tweed military cape
and Miuccia Prada has also taken the military theme a step further.
Prada created inventive Roman centurion leather dresses (as shown
left) that are bound to
inspire other fashion designers to follow with their own
variations. Near Right - Detail of Prada Roman Legion Dress.
A catwalk look that also inspired retailers was the Cavalli
suede wrap studded skirt and waterfall drape front
jacket shown above in the
top twenty fashion list.
These armour like pieces were boldly embellished with studs.
Both Miuccia Prada's
Roman centurion legion dresses and
Cavalli's studded pieces are highly novel.
No doubt spin-off elements of this look will keep
the leather and stud industry in business for several years to come.
Even hair wrap accessories in leather
were shown by YSL. But leather has also been used this season for the wet look
of slinky body con leather pants and especially of form fitting
black leather dresses.
Every major retailer has at least
one black leather dress in its Autumn 2009 range. Price start
from about £100.
Near Right - A high quality soft leather dress
from Hobbs Autumn Winter 2009 - Alford Limited Edition Dress,
Far Right - High street leather skirt, teamed with lace
tights, studded belt and bag are all from Warehouse. Fall 2009
is the ultimate season of the studded piece, whether bag, belt
Outerwear Investment Coats -
Top Tip - Select Luxurious Cloth, Incredible Colours
Whether you choose a neutral or a coloured cloth coat, the trick with
any investment buy, is to perhaps pay a bit more than you usually
might for a piece. Select a coat that make you feel like a million pounds.
Make sure it has fabulous quality material or hide that feels so good
against your skin and is a luxury experience to wear.
Try to ensure any investment coat has a good front
cover/closure for really cold days. If you are thinking ahead
for a few years, black is always a safe choice, but
may uplift your looks far more. The correct colour will enhance
your face faster than Botox.
Beyond the obvious black winter cashmere/wool coat, investment coats have
classic good looks that will take you through many
top of page above) and grey shades (left) give
neutral base fabrics that can be dressed up or down.
Left - Investment Dressing With An Aquascutum Grey Coat.
Aquascutum is one of only a few remaining British luxury brands
to still manufacture the majority of its outerwear in England.
'Made in England' reaffirms the company's luxury positioning.
If the neutral colours seem too dull and safe,
there are still desirable brightly coloured alternatives like
the purple coat and the acid green coat
shown just below.
Early and mid 2009 also highlighted the
importance of vivid colour block mixing or clashing. This
reached a new peak this summer and now many are wearing brights
like these strong confident catwalk hues which have a wow factor
that only colour can give.
Clearly Michelle Obama is a big fan of purple and has teamed her
Maria Pinto purple sheath dress with a studded belt by Azzedine
Centre Right - Dior Purple Cowl Collar Suit.
Some of the suede and leather pieces are as costly or costlier
than fine cashmere and wool coats or suits.
This lovely suit from Dior in Pantone's
Purple Heart, or this purple coat from the Paul Costello
Collection at John Lewis are the exact shade of purple for
The purple Costelloe coat has sharp
military elements and is made in a luxurious
Italian wool and cashmere mix. It features a top trend of autumn
- the cowl stand neckline, which is also a staple part of many knitwear pieces.
The iris/blue/purple/violet range looks good on almost
everyone whether redhead, blonde or brunette. If you have
qualms or lack the confidence to wear such a vast amount of a
vibrant strong colour then accessories always give you the easy
option of introducing the current fashion colour, but far away
from your face if the colour is unsuitable for your skin tone. These purple over knee boots are by Scuh.
Right - Schuh - Autumn Winter 2009 Collection Schuh Melanie
Over The Knee Boot In Purple Suede £109.99/€145. Also
available in black.
Coloured suede, leather, fur and brocade coats suggest more
qualities that make fashion exciting for so many women. Purple, puce pink and damson remain two of the most important block
bright colours of the Autumn 2009 Winter 2010 season. Often
teamed together there are plenty of footwear options that use
variations of this hue. Look out for every tone from palest
mauve ultra violet to rich plum.
Some of the coloured coats
for autumn are in fake or Mongolian fur or animal prints. These cropped
and chubby fur jackets shown right, catch the mood of the AW09
fashion season. Teamed with evening wear or jeans they have fun
attitude and offer functional warmth as well as a sophisticated
The new Chubbies generally have a plain cocoon silhouette made
up in real or fake fur, but especially fun in Mongolian fur or
Shearling as a
short chubby coat jacket.
fur in particular creates a chubby honey monster coat that
ranges from waistline cropped, hip and knee length versions.
colourful Chubbies offer fun looks and cover many autumnal colours.
Right - Ombre shaded purple Mongolian fur chubby coat - House
Left - The catwalk model wears a
gown and jacket by Carlos Miele.
The dark damson collared fur jacket above right is from Marks &
Spencer Limited Collection - In Store Nov-Dec 2009 - £99.
The collarless wine fur jacket just below it is from Miss
Vibrant upbeat clashing colours of the season also include
red, sapphire blue, teal,
majolica blue, sea green and warm olive an acid yellow green.
Lime and citron yellow tones have grown in popularity through
the mid/late noughties.
This warm olive dress right is by Jason Wu, a designer Michelle Obama has
supported this year. The black rose embellishment on the hemline of
this dress softens down the strong colour. The skirt at hip
level shows an
interesting technique favoured very much by the Victorians.
Cartridge pleating was often used by
Victorians as a method of disposal of skirt fullness was
seen in work by several designers in 2009.
The huge crystal collier necklace is a
Image courtesy of Swarovski.
Left - This lively warm olive acid-green coat with fashionable zip
front closure ticks all the right boxes for autumn.
Redheads look terrific in this colour. Coat - Betty Jackson at Designers at Debenhams -
Autumn 2009 Womenswear. 'Black' Cocoon Coat £200/€310.
Animalistic looks are a perennial fashion trend and animal
prints with leopard spots
or zebra stripes were being worked in many other colour ways especially in black and
print and other animal prints are the base
pattern for knitwear as well as accessories. Traditional camel and black leopard print are used for
mainstream courts, ballet shoes and bags. Mulberry to
Marks and Spencer have leopard spot footwear and at Tod Lynn
there were even horsehair boots.
Left - Isabel Marant Leopard print fur coat.
Ankle boots and peep toe
courts, or Mary Jane shoes all combine with zips, black patent
contrast heels, trims, buckles and bows to create animal driven
Statement prints have used animal textures for some time, but
now many animal prints have been digitised to create an
innovative modern take on traditional prints. These digitised
prints have an edgy, but still animal feel.
Coats, biker bomber jackets, gilets, macs, umbrellas, bags
footwear and chubby coats all feature animal prints. Right
- This coat is from Boden and made up in a zebra print, but in tan tones.
Boyfriend cardigans with their longer lines are easy dressing
and can give structured hip cover when combined with slim leg
pants. But light outerwear these days often just means quirky lagenlook - layers of soft jersey, boiled wools, linens or
Layering of knits with many
different textures have become a staple of the British woman's
wardrobe. In the past 20 years the temperate climate we live in
is frequently more temperamental than temperate! As the years
have passed we have become used to building up layers of
clothing using mainly knits of different weights and fibres.
The opportunity to layer and layer with the finest
cobweb and gauzy knits, to the outermost layers of heavy cable and fair
isle, means we have become adept at mixing and playing with
pieces. Lagenlook is the perfect way for indecisive weather.
Cowls are on all garments this autumn. Long droopy
shawl knit cowls add interest and a final layer to muffle up on
inclement days. High stand mandarin cowls and deep fur
cowls are a feature of coats and jackets. Cowls also morph into
Textures in Knits
For autumn waterfall knits, and rib or Birdseye fine wools
add contrast and texture when played as texture against
texture. Right - Ribbed Long Line Purple Cardigan - Wallis
Collections Autumn 2009.
Lace knits, Aran pattern cables, tucks and cable bobble knits
with Swiss surface embroidery, fair isle, sculptural knits and overlaid contrasting
textures all create moods that move from day to night, country to
Left - Traditional Austrian Style Knit - Kenzo.
Top Tip Key Fashion Trend for Autumn 2009
Over the Knee Boots
Thigh high wader boots were at many runway shows, but
especially at Giles (left) and Rodarte (centre right), Chloe,
Prada, Pucci and Marc Jacobs. Coloured suede especially purple
was popular footwear them on runways.
Shorter calf length boots were seen at Balmain and
Louis Vuitton. Purple boots were hot.
The best high street 'quality' version of this designer
fashion trend are possibly by retailers Russell and Bromley.
Always hot on runway footwear trends, the retailers over the knee
must-have boots are the £445 Thigh High Boot and by designer Stuart Weitzman.
These over knee boots far right are also from the high street or
Centre Right - Rodarte Catwalk Thigh Boots.
Far Top Right - Moda in Pelle Autumn/Winter 2009 Harlow Black Over
The Knee Leather Boot,
Elasticated Back - £180. Due Sept.
Lower Right - Littlewoods Oko Style Over The Knee
Platform Stretch (non Leather) Boots - £49.
AW09 Clothing & Footwear also
have over the knee boots by Dune at £180 and ones by Moda in Pelle at
£170. Their boot range covers all looks and at a pricepoint most
Studs, studs and more studs can now only mean Autumn 2009 and Winter 2010. Multiple haberdashery on clothing and accessories has
been a micro fashion trend of the summer.
zippers and more zippers.
Accessories now fall into two camps - those of simple elegant
investment style more classic ladylike pieces. Then there are
pieces smothered in studs, straps or
zips, crying out 'my
fashion moment is here and now.'
Studded, zips and
buckled belt straps are the mainstay additional embellishment of
a great deal of footwear, belts, bags and hair ornaments like
At Burberry, McQueen and Bottega
Veneta heels were sexy punk dominatrix luxury lace up boots, or
women's brogue shoes such as those further below and from
Right - Alexander McQueen Laced Boots - Harvey
Above Left - These zip embellished deep ankle strap heels
are by Givenchy, and also available from Harvey Nichols.
Gladiator sandals have morphed into Gladiator Legion
Shboots with their studded straps and very high heels. Biker boots with plenty of buckled straps easily toughen up
any softly feminine garments.
For general court shoes, studs and multiple straps are paired
with skinny heels.
Some shoes and boots have strappy ribbon or
leather streamer bows to wrap up the leg and also to tighten up shoes.
Spoilt for choice again.
For Autumn 2009 footwear, a reaction to the highest of heels has
begun. The option of high or flat shoes or boots will be very
welcome to many women. Tottering high and carved heels vie against
the newcomer - flat laced brogues - the flats are being used to
toughen up softer outfits.
Traditional flat laced brogues in superior leather also competed
with brogue versions turned into high heeled lace brogues, with
eyelet work or studs.
Shoes especially evening shows are trimmed with roses.
Day bags and evening bags have flourishing 3D roses. Roses
sprout elsewhere as corsage roses and hair ornament roses.
Bows decorate clothing, but especially accessories. In
jewellery pave bows, bows on long pearl chains, bow hair ornaments
often oversized ass fun elements that lift spirits.
Chain & Ribbon Handles
Chanel style chain and ribbon or leather thong threaded
handbag straps proliferate on accessories and even clothing.
Gold chain or silver chain straps on
handbags have made a welcome return being both feminine and easy
to carry without over bulking. The Chanel bag that uses this
strap has been copied by all the major chain stores and new
variations on the theme are still emerging.
Ladylike handbags of normal size that allow shoulders to have
their own lives. Animal prints and
fluffy furry bags bring the
jungle into the city. Opulent heavily
embellished clutch bags with beading and brocade as well as
tassels and gold chains all feature this winter.
One wonders if costume jewellery can become much more chunky or
heavy. The reaction of some has been to begin following instead the micro
trend for finer daintier gold and silver chains. Fine chain
jewellery interspersed with bezel set gems and faceted stones
offer tasteful statement pieces with ladylike grace.
Elsa Perretti's Diamonds by the yard from Tiffany have a growing
following. At Tiffanys a 16" sterling silver and 0.09ct diamond
necklace costs £350 and a 30" sterling silver necklace £740.
These going up in grades of diamond carat weight and chain metal
quality to £14,900 for a luxury 38" platinum with some 4.32 ct
VS diamonds. They have necklaces for every pricepoint. The
diamond earrings to match are quite beautiful.
Others invest in
slider beads for Pandora, Troll, Biagi, or Lovelinks brands of self selecting bead
charms for technically matching snake chain bracelets or necklaces.
For those still enjoying chunky oversized
jewellery pieces then agate and wood jewellery bangles of differing
widths piled high are a way of showing contrasting textures and tones.
Outfits can be set off with just one massive cocktail ring or stacking rings that
fit magically into one another creating a band of your own
Right - Gemstone rings from jewellery designer Sarah Bond and
Saretta's new Black Magic Collection. The collection is inspired
by the magic and allure of natural coloured clear cut gem
the gemstones used have been ethically sourced and the bullion
used is ethically certified. As a fundamental service Saretta
offers each piece in the collection to be made in a variety of
precious metals to suit the customers price range and demand.
Prices starting from £210 GBP in Silver. See more work by Sarah
Bond at her website.
Dark glamour rings and black diamond rings of
cocktail size can draw attention to beautifully manicured hands
showing red or rich wine matte polish fingernails the mark of a 1940s glamour
goddess. The matt manicure is one of the hardest to achieve and
really requires the skills of a professional manicurist. It is
stealth wealth in action.
The return of rose gold as a trend driven precious metal satisfies the colour
combos of the burnished and copper tone gold clothes
that will be seen everywhere through the Thanksgiving and
Christmas season. Wide cuffs are morphing into even more
complex wrist formations of filigree or chunky dimensions.
Initially when the cuff trend was first spotted most wrist cuffs
were vintage pieces of costume jewellery, or low cost plastic or
crystal pieces. As the trend for jewel cuffs has flourished, so
has the talent of craftsmen designers. Delicate and artistic
cuff bangles are becoming more readily available.
Conclusion on Key Fashion Looks for 2009
Pay close attention to the shoulder silhouette, a Balmania
line jacket could be
the defining look for the autumn winter 2009 season. To
keep warm, a layered look will keep you on trend, also for those
smart indoor events, asymmetric shoulders are still in fashion.
For that journey home in the cold night air, invest in a good
coat with a faux or fur collar.
When you accessorize multiple zip additions and stud
decorations look good, especially on footwear. Also
investigate accessories with shimmering metallics and molten
Copyright of images courtesy of Prshots, IFTF, Swarovski,
Aquascutum, Dorothy Perkins, BHS, Gil Bret, Miss Selfridge,
Marks & Spencer, Hobbs, Warehouse, Harvey Nichols, House of Fraser,
in Pelle, John Lewis, Schuh, Dune, Dior, Penneys, Boden,
Debenhams and Betty Jackson.
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