Thursday, 30 September 2010

The Perfume Diaries

Are you fanatical about perfume? You might want to get down to Harrods this weekend then. The famous store is holding a unique exhibition devoted to perfume until the 2nd October.

The 'Perfume Diaries' aims to take you on a trip through the history of scent from ancient times to the present day and discover exactly what inspired some of the world’s best-loved fragrances.

Curated by leading Perfumer, Roja Dove, the exhibition uncovers the world of perfume and offers a rare chance to see original sketches and bottles as well as old advertisements and personal anecdotes.

Monday, 27 September 2010


As we're still trying to get over LFW, Milan Fashion Week comes to a close today. Dolce & Gabbana, Marni and Missoni were amongst some of today's shows. But perhaps today's most notable show came from Mr Roberto Cavalli, who chose today to celebrate his 40 years in fashion.

Rachel Bilson, Leona Lewis and Heidi Klum were just some of the stars in the front row as - you guessed it - 40 models strutted down the catwalk, wearing a look to mark every year Cavalli's been designing.

Think snakeskin cowgirl meets boho and you're spot on.

Bring on Paris!

Friday, 24 September 2010


Our latest contributor Olivia shares her favourites from LFW.


Chief creative designer of Burberry Prorsum, Christopher Bailey, delivered a very modern and edgy collection at London Fashion Week, featuring studs, embellished leather jackets and animalistic pieces, paired with some killer heels. This was a much more fierce collection for a label which is notorious for being “classy” and “chic”, fitting perfectly with the name of Heritage Biker. Here we can see classic autumnal pieces such as the trench, biker and skin-tight trousers with a “pop” of colour to add that spring and summer look. The trench in particular has either been shrunken into a zipped-up mini, or made in black leather with a pastel belt. Christopher Bailey produced one of the strongest AW10 pieces in his previous collection: the aviator jacket, and it’s clear to see here that the trimmed trench is set to do the same for SS11.


Australian fashion label Sass and Bide went all Zen on us in their new SS11 collection. Founders of the label, Sarah-Jane Clarke and Heidi Middleton named their show “Papa Sucre”, which translates to “Sugar Daddy” in English. This may explain why we see hints of Caribbean-style raffia on collars, sleeves and jackets. As opposed to their previous collections, here we get to see a much softer side, with a simple, natural palette. The draping, folding and knotting is very flattering, and makes this collection much more wearable than the usual high-end designers we see at Fashion Week. Again, we can see hints of autumnal pieces still shining through, with the black biker boots and khaki colours – so keep a hold onto your khaki/camel/beige AW10 pieces, you never know when you’ll need them!


This stunning collection may not be from London Fashion Week however, it’s simply too beautiful to miss out. And how could I not include this in my top 3 round-up, when the inspiration for such lovely pieces comes from Britain itself? The Italian fashion duo looked to the English country garden for their latest SS11 collection, showcased at Milan Fashion Week. The models strut down the catwalk in a palette of lavender and rose, pastels and navy backgrounds, wearing iconic pieces such as the maxi dress, jumpsuits and high waisted shorts. I particularly love the gingham patterns, and the bags stuffed with trowels, watering cans and gardening gloves. Watch this space, before we know it, we’ll all be walking round looking like Mrs Bouquet...

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

The most stylish bunny you'll ever see...

We're huge fans of Fifi Lapin, the fashionista of the rabbit world, and her cute blog, so we were excited when we learnt that she was releasing a book pondering one of life's biggest questions: What Shall I Wear Today?

Fifi shows you how easy it is to look great every day of the week. The book is filled with cute illustrations, interviews with designers and the hottest catwalk trends.

If you're like us and desperate to get your hands on it, it's now on sale here.

Is it weird to be slightly jealous of a rabbit?

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Happy Birthday Mint Velvet

It was tea and cakes all round at the preview of Mint Velvet’s new collection and to celebrate their first birthday. Held in a charming cafĂ© just off the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street we were greeted with a choice of tea, champagne or the most delicious mint lemonade I’ve ever tasted. Alongside this was a selection of dainty cakes from cupcakes to teeny tiny brownies. Yummy.

Whilst our tastebuds were being tickled with these delights, we had a chance to sneak a peek at the new range, which is gorgeous. From buttery soft leather jackets to lace dresses, this is a collection to drool over. In the muted smoky greys, khakis and caramels of the season, the clothes were subtle but none the less desirable.
Our absolute favourite piece was a gorgeous soft grey sheepskin coat. Falling at hip level, this was the most stroke-able coat and wearing it would be like giving yourself a hug in the cold mornings of winter. We couldn’t stop touching it and at a very reasonable £120 it is most definitely on our autumn wishlists. We loved this collection and will certainly be keeping an eye on them in the future.

By Amy Peck

Monday, 20 September 2010

Emma Block

One of our favourite illustrations in the latest issue has to be Emma Block's (above) which fitted perfectly with the vintage feature we commissioned it for. Emma's work has a perfect Cellardoor style, so it was no surprise that we instantly fell in love.




See more of Emma' work here

Sunday, 19 September 2010

My Sugarland

We were lucky enough to be invited to the bloggers event hosted by the lovely girls over at My Sugarland. The boutique, which was started up by stylist Zoe Lem, offers a unique mix of vintage and up and coming London-based designers and graduates.

We were definitely in our element surrounded by all the beautiful garment whilst being encouraged to try them all on.
This place is a haven of hidden gems and we would strongly advise you to take a visit to this little treasure trove in Angel, just don't hold us responsible for the dip in your bank balance.

Images courtesy My Sugarland

Saturday, 18 September 2010

The moment you've been waiting for!

So it's finally here...

After a very busy two months, the new issue is now ready for your eyes to feast on. Perfect timing with the cold snap we're now having. So, why don't you grab a mug of hot chocolate, get back under your duvet and savour each page.

There's no point going out when you've got all theses beautiful pages to look at!
Read on for our interview with Kat - our favourite Skins girl, songstress Lizzy Pattinson and Marina Diamandis of Marina and the Diamonds. Oh, and if those weren't enough to tempt you, we've also got some yummy recipes, a snoop into some more of your houses and the best of the A/W trends!


Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Mina UK

Last week Cellardoor were invited to the launch of Mina UK's first stand alone store, and boy were we excited. The store, which is located on Great Titchfield Street (just off Oxford St.) is filled with rails and rails of fabulous vintage-inspired frocks and we felt like we were in our very own walk-in wardrobe. Thankfully, the DJ was there to remind us this was a party, so naturally we grabbed one of the delicious cocktails on offer and got back to mingling amongst the pretty dresses.

Mina UK first began life in 2003 as a small fashion clothing stall at Portobello Market in London’s Notting Hill, and has since become a favourite amongst celebs including Fearne Cotton and Sienna Miller. The label’s new collections is full of great stylish dresses, skirts and jackets at affordable prices - we urge to take a look!

Monday, 13 September 2010

Happy Roald Dahl Day

As the title suggests, today is indeed Official Roald Dahl day, which takes place every year on the birthday of the World's No. 1 Storyteller. We have fond memories of reading Dahl's great stories and, of course, looking at Quentin Blake's fantastic illustrations that brought all the characters to life. There was really something quite magical about flicking each page and not really being sure what was going to happen next. We can't have been the only ones that always dreamt of trying an 'Everlasting Gobstopper'.

Our favourite's here at Cellardoor are....


The Twits
What's your favourite Dahl book?

Sunday, 12 September 2010

Autumn Inspiration

Whilst we're busy making the last checks on the autumn issue we thought we'd share
some of our inspiration with you for this season.
We can't wait to show it off to you all, so keep your eyes peeled!

Thursday, 9 September 2010


We've got a ticket for one lucky follower to go to Anita's Vintage Fashion Show at Battersea Arts Centre on Sunday 12th September (that's right, THIS Sunday).

There will be 65 stands offering vintage fashion, textiles and accessories from the 1800s to 1970s - and let us tell you, there are some bargains to be had.

If you fancy winning then all you need to do is comment on this blog post, tweet about our competition (@cellardoormag) or blog about us - each of these will count as one entry, so you'll have more chance of winning if you do all 3! We'll pick a winner at 12pm tomorrow.

Good luck!