Spring stock lands in stores TODAY

15 January 2009

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Have you got sale fatigue? We have. We've almost stopped looking left and right as we walk down the street, we're that bored of those screaming 50% off signs. But there is a light glimmering. Oh yes - it is January 15th and in lots and lots of the loveliest shops out there, S/S ‘09 stock has just arrived! We were beside ourselves in Liberty when we saw that Balmain's pre-collection was nestled happily on a rail, complete with a security rope to stop thieves. This calls for a HURRAH! A close up view of those tennis ball shoulders first seen on the runway collection revealed soft contouring that was rather masterful. And when we slipped on the £1925 black blazer with gi-normous shoulder pads our necks became swan like and a waist-line seemingly shrunk. Such is the visual power of a shoulder pad. We also spotted Vivienne Westwood, Donna Karan, Jonathan Saunders and young designer Cathy Pill at Liberty. It didn't stop at designer wear. Warehouse, Zara and TopShop are filling up with new stock too. The sales rails were heaving with shopper locusts, but in amongst the stone wash jeans and baggy over-sized draped jersey vests that make up their first offer for Spring the girls hunting out the new looks for a new year were happy as sand girls. We will be dropping our bucks at TopShop for now. Balmain can wait.......

- Melanie Rickey


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