Top – Helmut Lang. Skirt – Zara (similar). Boots – Stuart Weitzman

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creative direction SHINI PARK photography assistance SIMON SCHMIDT created for STUART WEITZMAN

You click, you add to cart, you open two more tabs, maybe a few more… add more stuff into baskets, rip a bit of your eyebrow out, chant ‘Velvet booties’ enough times to make it sound alien, Google “Is velvet sexy?”, land on Henry VIII’s Wikipedia page, cobble together a Bloody Mary from leftovers in your fridge… open more tabs…

See, sometimes, just sometimes, it’s nice to unplug yourself from the online shopping rut. For the sake of sanity, for the sake of you poor readers having to read that first paragraph. So out I went, equipped with a sturdy pair of boots, a bottle of water, a torch and a can of jungle bug-spray (how does one do this again?). I headed to the Stuart Weitzman flagship on 200 Regent Street, fixated on scratching the Velvet booties itch, but also because I wanted to touch EVERYTHING. Because opening 243 tabs wasn’t an option at home. I WANTED CHINESE BURNS ON MY ARMS FROM SHOPPING BAGS.

Top & sleeves – Emma Charles. Skirt – Dagmar. Boots – Stuart Weitzman.

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Dress – Emma Charles. Coat – Mango. Heels – Stuart Weitzman

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It’s incredible how easily you forget how much fun it is experience a store, to dip into the visual universe that no doubt many heads joined to bring about. This one is my ideal New York apartment: Sleek shelving, modular benches on minimal low-pile carpet and herringbone wooden peeking through. I did what I did best and open as many tabs as I could, just so I can say I made a throne at Stuart Weitzman and sat in it in thigh-high boots.

Dress & sleeves – Emma Charles. Boots – Stuart Weitzman

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Alexander McQueen shimmy jacket

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Steve Madden mummy wedges

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Paul Smith Silk tunic

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Minidress by Helmut Lang

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New Melissa boots

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Vivienne Westwood bag

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Footwear by Nicole Richie for House of Harlow

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My Wardrobe Items

The other day I had a chance to oogle and stroke my bunny paws on My-Wardrobe.com‘s SS10 collection, many many thanks to Anette for the invitation : D Ellen and I ploughed through the thick rain and dodged ominous black puddles to arrive at the showroom looking like dogs that tried to drink from a lawn sprinkler. Typical Park&Cube grande entrance. Since we both don’t drink, we got high on mini cupcakes instead, and then attacked the racks. Looks like SS10 will be more colour and texture, which is always welcome – Nicole Richie for House of Harlow line was especially good, the footwear mirroring Nicole’s Boho style, and great one-off pieces which I imagine would look great mixed with McQ-like badass elements. Oh and the Melissa has a new rubber boot family that I couldn’t stop sniffing. (I’m seeerious, they smell so good)