PostBlog Loving: Dress Like A Mum

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SHOP – Clarks & V&A 

BUY – Stanhope Ankle, metallic leather boots

One of the coolest Mama bloggers on the block Zoë calls out our Stanhope Ankle metallic ankle boot – and doesn’t she do well! Teaming it with an array of fashion staples – the denim dress, prints and biker jacket, plus this season’s dungarees – she racks up the versatility. All finished off with a slick of red lipstick.

Part of our Clarks & V&A collection, Stanhope Ankle pays homage to 80s looks and adds polish and chic to a goth bootie triple monk strap profile. Modern metallic – the new neutral – rocks it. Zoë shows us how to Dress Like A Mum and keeps it totally on point.

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PostBlog Loving: Jordan Bunker

SHOP - Men's Originals

BUY - Desert London, black suede

City hopper Jordan Bunker took time out for a caffeine fix and to update his men’s and lifestyle blog while sporting a pair of our Clarks Originals Desert London shoes.

Jordan proves how great this Originals spin on the classic Derby looks, cut just below the ankle with simple, clean lines, and worn barefoot with a pair of rolled up skinny jeans. Classic yet contemporary – just the way we like it.

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PostSilken Favours

Silken Favours - Caddy Belle

 

SHOP – Womens Boots

BUY – Caddy Belle, black leather boots

‘Kinky’ boots are everywhere right now – we’re seeing thigh-high styles in AW15 collections by Saint Laurent, Burberry, Chloé and Isabel Marant, while the drab-to-fab shoe factory musical Kinky Boots just opened as a hot ticket on London’s West End.

As creators of The Avengers’ Cathy Gale’s thigh-skimming boots in 1962, Clarks are none-too-shabby when it comes to the look. Thank you then to Silken Favours Creative Director Victoria Murdoch for showing us how she wears our season’s essential Caddy Belle boots.

Sleek but fresh, she’s treating us with a backdrop of one of her fruity hand-drawn printed fabrics. Silken Favours designs use traditional pen and ink techniques to create cute, kitschy pieces that are stocked by Liberty London and Harvey Nichols Hong Kong. We like.

We grabbed a quick Q&A with Victoria to pin down her winter wishlist.

Describe your style in five words:

Retro, 70s, playful, chic and fun.

How will you be styling your Caddy Belle boots this season?

With short denim or suede skirts, bare legs if the weather allows, tucked in silk shirts or small knits, with a leather jacket to finish.

What’s your favourite thing to do when the weather turns colder?

Head to the countryside or Hampstead Heath for a walk in the autumn leaves then head to a cosy pub for warm food and wine.

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PostBlog Loving: Samio & Clarks Anniston Vale Competition

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Friend of the Blog, model and part-time fashion blogger Samio loved the Anniston Vale loafer so much at our Press Day, she managed to nab herself a bespoke pair!

She’s also joined forces with Clarks to spread the love in a competition to win £200 worth of Clarks vouchers – find out more here, the competition closes on the 16th October. Don’t miss out!

BUY – ANNISTON VALE loafers

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PostWhat Harriet Did Next: Anniston City Goes Vintage

Just 12 miles north-east of Clarks Somerset HQ there’s a vintage heaven that would make London’s Portobello Market proud. Throughout the year the Royal Bath & West showground hosts the Giant Flea and Collectors Market, a massively eclectic mix of antiques, collectibles, clothes, toys and furniture – all in the grand old name of vintage.

We caught up with our very own Clarks creative Harriet Chapman on a sunny September Sunday to browse for hidden treasures and chat work, vintage shopping, Somerset, style and inspiration.

Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you came to work for Clarks?

I come from Cornwall originally and went to boarding school in Street, where Clarks is based. I have fond memories of going to the Clarks shop as a child and being desperate to have my feet measured so I could go on the machine! I started working for the company in their Customer Care department in 2010. Since then I have worked as a Project Co-ordinator in Retail Operations and as a Marketing Assistant in the Children’s team, which really allowed me to use my creative eye and skills I gained while studying photography.

 

Any favourite projects you’ve worked on….?

I’m currently two months into a secondment as a Creative Display Associate which is fast-paced, fun, creative and massively varied – every day is different. My highlight so far has been installing one of our AW15 concepts into our flagship store on Regent Street, London. Seeing it brought to life from the design created by our team was amazing! 

 

Let us into a secret. What things in your life, in your job or in the outside world inspire you?

I live in Street in a house built in the 1880s. It's an old English cottage style house which was originally provided for Clarks factory workers by William S Clark. I feel my connection to Clarks really helps inspire me when decorating, to combine a mix of old and new. Clarks has such a rich heritage and a fascinating story to tell and it’s great to be able to draw inspiration from that.

I feel my connection to Clarks really helps inspire me when decorating, to combine a mix of old and new. Clarks has such a rich heritage and a fascinating story to tell and it’s great to be able to draw inspiration from that.

What do you like to get up to in your spare time?

Like a true Somerset girl you'll find me with a cider, listening to music and spending time with friends. I love hearing the different adventures everyone has had in the week. I also enjoy shopping for vintage finds. Today I'm keeping my eye out for old frames that need some love and care. I want to replace the glass with chicken wire and find some little pegs to use it as a note board for inspiration or just things I like.

What are your key looks and style influences? What do you love about Anniston City and how will you wear it? 

My style is more on the androgynous side. I like gender neutral styling, so trousers with brogues or tartan shirts buttoned all the way to the top. And the ever faithful denim shirt. 

I love the boyish details to the Anniston City boot - shiny buckles and cut outs. I love the little bit of height and chunkiness to the sole as it can add balance to any outfit. Today I've gone for a skinny jean and camo faux fur jacket, not forgetting the little pop of frill with the socks. 

 

Like a true Somerset girl you'll find me with a cider, listening to music and spending time with friends. I love hearing the different adventures everyone has had in the week.

Harriet’s Top Vintage Picks: ‘An old chair with a tartan seat that reminds me of my school uniform; a vintage handbag – you can never have too many; a mirror so I can check out my boots; an essential parasol to keep the sun of my ice-cream!’

Thanks to the Royal Bath & West of England Society and the Giant Flea and Collectors Market.

Photography by Stuart Grimshaw of Pennleigh © Stuart Grimshaw/Pennleigh Ltd. 2015 www.pennleigh.com

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PostBlog Loving: Style of a London Tall Girl by Marsha

Style of a London Tall Girl

SHOP – Womens Flats

BUY – Anniston Vale, rust red loafers

We caught up with fashion-obsessive London Tall Girl as she took a breath between the London Fashion Week shows and prepping outfits for a trip to Paris.

Transitioning effortlessly into autumn, our Anniston Vale loafers add a dose of rich rust red to Marsha’s casual mix. Denim culottes with a raw edge up the vintage mood of the season’s prettiest It-blouse – Victoriana-inspired and finished with a pussy-cat bow.

Check out more of Marsha’s Style of a London Tall Girl adventures here.

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