With fashion week drawing to a close, we find the wests’s most carefully curated boutiques to fill the LFW emotional gap. From antiques and vintage to the new, here’s our top eight sartorial remedies to ease the pain.
1. Jane Bourvis Antique Wedding Dresses
Tying the knot, not tying the knot, or untangling the knot altogether; it doesn’t matter. This magical repository of well-crafted, hand-made and utterly exquisite antique dresses is worth a visit just to marvel at the sheer beauty. The prettiest of laces adorn the antique wedding dresses that hang from the ceiling and drape over the rails, and the sensation of having wandered – Narnia-like – into another epoch via the wardrobe is irresistible. There’s no wonder Jane Bourvis was asked to exhibit at the V&A as part of its curation of wedding dresses; her style and craftsmanship is a nostalgic ode to those forgotten days of made-to-measure craftsmanship.
Jane Bourvis, 89 Golborne Road, W10 5NL; Opening hours: Mon-Sun 10:00-20:00; janebourvis.co.uk
2. Hirst Antiques
Packed to the rafters with eclectic pieces – from vintage Chanel, Dior and YSL jewellery – the interior of Hirst Antiques feels almost as if someone has detonated a jewel bomb, so strewn over every surface is the stuff that glitters. Do take at least half an hour to browse. It’s worth it.
Hirst Antiques, 59 Pembridge Road, W11 3H; Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11:00-18:00, Sat 10:00-18:30; hirstantiques.co.uk
3. Retro Woman
Don’t be put off by the down-at-heel exterior of this veritable dressing up box; Retro Woman’s glass cases are jostling with Stella Mcartney, Jimmy Choo and Manolo Blahnik. Which means you don’t have to trawl through the usual mountains of ice-age smelling vintage to find that one off piece of investment.
Retro Woman, 20 Pembridge Road, W11 3HL; Opening hours: Mon-Sun 10:00-20:00; mgeshops.com
4. Lark London
Vogue once labelled Chamberlayne Road the hippest street in Europe – and that was even before Lark London moved in. But then the shop is co-owned by Vogue journalist, Lucy Olivier, so it makes a certain sense that she would have taken the advice of the fashion bible that she contributes to fairly seriously, which presumably explains why she chose to open up shop here. Her discerning edit revolves around the feminine, the unique and the adventurous. A real hit with the locals, find anything from Kenzo to Westwood.
Lark London, 52 Chamberlayne Road, NW10 3JH, larklondon.com
5. Chic and Seek
A carefully curated collection of pre-loved designer items are added to each week with fresh new stock, housing designer labels that reads like a Who’s Who of the fashion elite.
Chic and Seek, 35 St Lukes Mews, London W11 1DG; Opening hours: Mon-Fri 10:00-18:00; chicandseek.com
Understated, chic and nonchalantly Parisian, Sandro’s well thought out collection has an air of cool that pervades through its clean-lined coats, printed dresses and silk tanks.
Sandro, 180 Westbourne Grove, W11 2RH; us.sandro-paris.com
7. Maison Scotch
A collection derived from mother brand Scotch and Soda, the vision here is based on the jet-setting, city-dwelling, creative woman-about-town. Expect smart-casual looks, loose fits and extremely stylish wardrobe essentials.
Maison Scotch, 170 Westbourne Grove, W11 2RW; scotch-soda.com