EH Chatter has arrived! Yes, this is my exciting new column, where I am going to give you the most glamorous seat in the house to discover wonderful British artisan talent from slow fashion to slow food and anything else I am excited to share with you. As a seasoned feature writer and style guru, I am going to unearth the most wonderful, considered treasures, for you to fall in love with, knowing that you are supporting time-honoured craft skills and lovely, life-enhancing, pretty things that are engineered with extraordinary passion and attention to detail, and built to last.
Nor do you need the salary of a millionaire to do so. Artisan fashion is well made fashion and offers excellent value. So fasten your seat belts for the perfect winter day dress,the strarry knit that will make you feel like a goddess in the dead of winter and a necklace your best friend will want to steal!
So let’s go! Today, let’s all wish upon a star. Yes, I’m in a stellar mood, and just can’t resist the idea of Chinti and Parker’s heaven-sent, celestial sweater, strewn with a constellation of pretty stars. You will be in good company. Gwyneth Paltrow is a fan of this subtle, alluring British knitwear house that possesses the perfect knack of mixing a dash of whimsy with bold, primary colours, and all with British insouciance! I’m also seriously impressed that they manage to produce garments with head-turning wow factor, and to do so sustainably. Each covetable piece of knitwear comes with a swing tag, stating its sustainable and ethical credentials from fabric to factory. You can buy the new Chinti and Parker collection at Liberty, my favourite, quintessentially British department store – www.liberty.co.uk
Still on the subject of stars, this necklace from my stylish friend Anne at Annabel James, makes me long for Carrie and the gang and vintage episodes of Sex and the City – use the code EH10 – at the checkout for a special EH friends 10% discount – www.annabeljames.co.uk
I would also like to introduce you to People Tree, a hot fashion label I helped to put on the fashion map, back in 2005, when I interviewed and styled Sienna Miller in this little known, Fairtrade Fashion trailblazer. The feature was terrific fun and had a great impact. Fast forward to 2013, and Emma Watson is a fan. Go for effortless allure in this gorgeous Zakee Shariff, drape tee, made at Assisi, a Fairtrade garment factory in South India. The quality of People Tree’s garments is impressive and the money you spend helps to educate a child and put food on the table. I still have some of their T-shirts from seven or eight years ago, which are still going strong. I also like this painterly, shirt dress, perfect for that awkward time of year when summer isn’t quite over, and yet there is a fresh chill in the air. You can also snap up some brilliant sale bargains here – www.peopletree.co.uk
EH Chatter is inspired by staying up late and watching My Man Godrey, a brilliant film and satire on the idle rich, during the great depression of the 1930s. A great movie to watch with your BF! You can buy it here – www.amazon.co.uk
With Love from
Alison Jane xx