Fashion Flash London
Fashion editor Dominique Afacan hits the streets of the UK capital
Top of the Shops
Three amazing stores all packed onto one street – a womenswear boutique stocking quirky labels and top designers like Chloé, a menswear store, and a mens’ tailor, “Mr Start”.
42–44 Rivington Street (women), 59 (men), 40 (tailor), www.start-london.com
Follow London’s top fashion stylists to this vintage treasure trove, and dig out an original 1940s dressing gown or a flared 1970s playsuit.
Visit stores in Camden, Brick Lane and Covent Garden, or buy online, Tel: +44 (0)20 7375 3864, www.rokit.co.uk
With 265 stores and 47 restaurants, this huge new centre is set to transform London shopping. It boasts all the usual high-street labels alongside slick designer branches of Dior, Tiffany and Mulberry.
In the Zone
SEVEN DIALS, COVENT GARDEN
Covent Garden’s cute convergence of shopping streets includes Irish designer Orla Kiely’s flagship, erotic boutique Coco de Mer, The Loft for secondhand designer clothes and Neal’s Yard where you can stop off for a quick back rub.
KING’S ROAD, CHELSEA
The newly opened Saatchi Gallery is an added bonus when visiting this stretch of Chelsea. Squeeze past the girls in Ugg boots and guys in loafers to check out a good range of high-street and upmarket boutiques, including Eric Bompard and Gucinari.
BRICK LANE, EAST END
The best place for alternative fashion and vintage. Stop by at This Shop Rocks for handmade oneoffs, and Unto This Last for quirky furniture. Then grab a bite to eat at the Beigel Bake – open 24 hours a day.
DRESS LIKE A LOCAL
- Headphones are a part of every Londoner’s ensemble, so always carry your iPod.
- Wear layers, so you can strip down to next to nothing on the Tube.