The team here at WALL London loves to share their tips and tricks on both beauty and well being, alongside our friends, in our new series of Lifestyle posts.
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Sally Boughtflower is the manager of WALL's customer service team, ensuring that your experience with us is as personal and as helpful as possible. She also knows how to get rid of a nasty cold!
This is our first post in our brand new series of WALL London Guest Blogs; a chance to get to know the WALL London team and our friends...
WALL London Co-Founder & CEO, Hernán Balcázar, shares tips for preparing a traditional and tasty ceviche. The dish is typically made from fresh, raw fish cured in citrus juices and spiced with chili peppers.
WALL London's Co-Founder and Director of Design, Judith Balcazar, shared her 63 years worth of wisdom on how to look and feel young in 5 memorable tips with Ali Pantony in today's issue of the Daily Mail.
Simple shapes have gone high fashion. Yes, you heard us right. This season, core basics were sent down every catwalk – from beautifully tailored trousers to soft wool crew neck jumpers in classic grey, navy and black.
The design team at Jil Sander presented a collection of comfort - a relaxed take on tailoring. Square cut jackets came with matching suit trousers that felt both modern and luxurious. Note the flat shoes too!
Stella McCartney showed classic silhouettes from her repertoire; loungewear-style tailoring, perfectly cut coats and must-have knitwear - all with a nod to her sporty aesthetic - and all in classic and neutral hues. The sort of thing every woman wants to pull on and feel confident in.
There was an effortless easiness to Hermès' collection this AW14. Classic trouser suits, wrap dresses and coats we all long to have as core basics in our wardrobes. Combined with quality of materials used, this is simple, luxurious dressing at its best.
The key to this trend is about keeping as simple and as comfortable (yes, comfortable!) as possible. Refreshingly, functional is now fun – and we have lined up the best of our simple shapes for you to add to your existing wardrobe:
A knitted take on the classic pencil skirt. Your autumn wardrobe will yearn for it. Slip it on with a WALL top and you're ready to go. Fully elasticated waist and split at centre back.
Every autumn wardrobe needs one. A Pima cotton dress cut with clean lines, scoop neck and long sleeves pairs with almost anything.
Layer on warmth with this kaftan-style coat made with long sleeves and a mandarin collar. Constructed in a wool-mix, it fastens with buttons and comes with two front pockets.
With WALL London, comfort is always a style. You can shop our full brand new Autumn collection here.
“I never wanted to look young, I wanted to look great!" - Joyce Carpati
One of seven glamorous women over the age of 60 to feature in the new sartorial documentary, Advanced Style.
Image taken from http://www.meredithjenks.com/
“In my mind, the perfect winter scarf has to be lightweight, not woolly. Simple as opposed to overly fussy, but with big, bold, bright patterns. Tassles and trims are out. Silky smooth, elegant mannish designs are in,” says Alyson Walsh, luxury fashion blogger from the FT’s How To Spend It.
And WALL London couldn’t agree more. For Spring 2014, we have made a lightweight, modal scarf which is the perfect accent to any outfit. In two fabulously sunny shades, they are sure to brighten up the greyest of days.
You can drag a scarf around with you almost everywhere: bundled in a bag for a quick outfit-change. Believe us, a simple scarf will be your most hardworking item this spring: around the neck or over the head; as a shawl, a belt, or a handbag accessory.
Here are some of our favourite scarf-wearing ladies:
And watch our video from 2012 about how to tie your scarf (proving that scarves are a timeless style investment)
How to Wear Scarves the WALL Way (Winter 2012): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbKlA45cvmA
How do you wear yours?
From everyone at WALL London x
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When Design Director Judith Balcazar hit her 40s, she discovered she was no longer a part of the target market, but part of the ignored – so WALL London was born.
“When I arrived back in London in my 40s after living in Peru for a few years, I was delighted to finally trawl through the wonderful variety of fashion shops. However, the experience turned out to be rather unsatisfying. In the few years I had been away, although my weight had remained not too far from my 20s at 67kg and somewhere between sizes 12-14, absolutely nothing fitted me. The bust darts seemed to be around my neck, sleeve openings were tiny, necks choked me and fabrics seemed to have become universally synthetic. I didn’t want to pay £900 for a jacket but nor did I want a £79.99 one that looked just exactly what it was, a £79.99 jacket. Somehow in a few short years I had gone from being the target market into the ignored market. This was also partly to do with the fact I was not interested in wearing a suit. Had I been a solicitor or worked in the corporate world I would have been fine as there were still a lot of great formal suits around. Ditto with mum clothes – clothing you can crawl around with children and chuck in the washing machine was also aplenty. But my body shape did not fit the Boden mum shape either. I was looking for interesting, chic clothing I could go to meetings, lunches, or travel in. I wanted youthful but not young looks, cut to fit my time of life body shape. There was very, very little available.
I was not the only one thinking this way. When Intelligent Life magazine did a survey of women to find out what they wanted from fashion – this is what they had to say. “Women are sick of low quality, overpriced, and poorly made, ill-fitting clothes that don’t last. They are fed up both with too much choice, and its twin: too little they want to choose. They enjoy looking at the beauty and high-art escapism of couture, but when it comes to what they actually buy, they are more exercised by quality and cut than bells and whistles: they want their clothes to fit properly and not fall apart. They are not fooled by the fads and fancies of the current season, the bogus now-ness of fashion.”
So WALL was born. We are aware that women in the 21st century have worked hard to maintain their figures, and want to wear clothing that shows off the best aspects of their shape. We work with adapting contemporary styles so that they flatter and fit. The WALL design team looks at body issues that influence our customers. We do not have tiny armholes, or darts that appear under your neck and nowhere near your actual bust line, no miniscule neck openings or a trouser rise that is only 4“ high. Our clothing is modern and contemporary but we have put a lot of thought into the small details of fit that make a difference.”
As we get older we struggle to fit into garments aimed at younger people and therefore need clothes that are designed for a wider range of shapes and sizes and that are cut to flatter an older figure.
“It could be that clothes do not fit well because the quality of the fabric in inadequate. Cheap fabrics may look just fine when you try them on in an air conditioned changing room and they are in a moment of crisp newness. However, once you have spent a few hours wearing them and the synthetic fibres start to strain with heat and sweat, the fabrics quickly start to look awful. They crumple and ruche and lose their shape, so that the crisp new dress you sat down in for dinner looks more like boiled lettuce when you stand up a couple of hours later. It was revealed this year that the reason the Queen always looks so fresh no matter how long her engagements is down to the fabrics used to make her clothing. We work with a grown up fit, a youthful look and beautiful fabrics.”
Check out our new Autumn/Winter 2013 collection for clothing designed with your fit in mind – made from exquisite Pima cotton, Italian Merino wool, baby alpaca and silk-angora.