‘Daft Punk’, better known as the two men in helmets, are without doubt the artists ‘du jour’. Their current single “Get Lucky” is electrifying and tipped to be the soundtrack to the summer, sparking the return of some of their previous classics (such as ‘Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger’).
Typically known for their captivating house music, this year the French duo received their first warranted UK Number 1, featuring Nile Rogers’ distinctive guitar solo and the recognizable vocals of Pharrell Williams. It was immediately clear that this song would be a hit, yet surprising considering the genre is Disco. It was certainly an unexpected style from what many had anticipated!
Watch the Video Here – GET LUCKY
As you can imagine when it comes to deciding what shoes will be in the range it’s a rigorous process of elimination, endless meetings and countless ‘heated discussions’…But when the final collection is decided the array of loose lefts and right foot shoes are admired, longed for and then packed up into shoe boxes!
But some are just too good to be stored away… so when looking through,and moving the untold number of samples (and coffee cups) from the office floor and forcefully pushing them into the last remaining space in the cupboard (some would call us hoarders, yet we see it as an archive!) From the hundreds of shoes that are dismissed we couldn’t help ourselves but steal a few, which soon became the ‘Website Exclusives’.
So keeping mindful of the summer trends, it’s seemed only appropriate that some unconventional colours and materials on key H by Hudson styles were made available… and with increasing focus on the rise of men’s fashion, the ‘Patton’ is an ideal choice for the Hudson Man, the brogue detailing and two tone brown colour-way lends itself as a summer necessity. And for women, Zesty orange is this summer’s current essential colour; Hudson harnesses the striking shade with the classic ‘Mirar’ shape. The suede ankle boot injects a pop of colour to a wardrobe staple, with coral-like hues reminiscent of holidays in the sun.
So if in the market for an easy wearing, affordable and striking pair of shoes be sure to click on exclusives before checking out….
To shop the Web Exclusives Mens - Click Here Womens – Click Here
Vogue Festival is unquestionably one of the hottest dates in the fashion calendar and, as expected, tickets were like gold dust. When our tickets landed on our desks, we were delighted to learn that there was no need to be running around in wellies and ‘pac-a-macs’ as this festival was rather different..
Compiled by the busy women at VOGUE, (whose collective little black books of enviously high-profile contacts must be bursting at the brim) the event, once again, succeeded in confirming the most anticipated line up! Speakers who graced the stage of the Southbank Centre were fashion favourites and industry idols; from an eclectic list of designers, to trendsetters and cover girls. All shared their tricks and tips of the trade, as well as their untold story into the world of fashion. Several stressed how, in a competitive industry where hundreds strive for a position, they are the lucky ones who made it! Providing inspiration and aspiration, they captivated their audience of vibrant men and women who sat and listened in awe.
The limited tickets permitted guests to attend the intimate sessions for an hour, and learn from those who undeniably inspire our style and, in some cases, our work. While their industry accolade is held high, the motivation talks were informal – simply listening to their invaluable advice and anecdotes.
And when the hour was up the fun didn’t stop; many queued for a chance to hold the famed Chanel hula-hoop bag that was even bigger than some of the other attendees! Instead, we opted to sit in the Vogue café, with a cappuccino in one hand and a muffin in the other, watching attendees ‘crushing’ over David Gandy, while Anna Dello Russo’s hat managed to outdo any amount of posing and pouting one could do with an oversized bag!
Without a doubt next year we will be just as eager to be apart of the experience! Now we are just left predicting the next round of fashion savvy speakers….
Placed in the heart of the city, exhibiting everything from Trilby’s and teapots to glasses and work wear, Spitalfields is home to one of London’s most iconic markets. From bits and bobs to Breitling watches, many are left gasping at the price tags of the treasures they have sourced, whether this be a pearl or a pencil each item holds an untold story!
Undoubtedly one of London’s best days out – a hunt around the market, always spontaneously leads into an evening of drinks and laughs at one of the many restaurants and bars that gate the stalls! Each week the market continues to attract a diverse attendance, from old East Enders to young trendy Londoners who are all on the hunt for a bargain or two!
The timeless pieces, odds and ends provide inspiration to all who are lucky enough to see them. Although the cost is reasonable, trips to Spitalfields is the rare occasion when people are willing to pay more for the patched up trousers and chipped porcelain; seeing the beauty behind the minor faults.
Although its busy, the experience of shopping in Spitalfields market is unlike any other and is one of the reasons as to why so many enjoy and continue to revisit the markets that take place throughout the week! So if you ever find your self around the area and are in doubt of what to do; I can only recommend that it’s about time that you too, take a walk (and a shopping bag) around the 100 or so stalls rammed full of forgotten antiques…
As I sit on the train with my fingers crossed that the day will brighten up, I refresh the weather app on my iPhone and pray that the sunny symbol will load. Despite my hopes for a sunny day – as I flick between London and LA’s forecast, it appears that the rolling black clouds chase my train to London!
Whilst walking from the platform I’m surrounded by darkness. Men’s black suits and women’s grey pencil skirts, emphasising their moods, and mine alike…Down and dismal! I briefly stop to press play on what can only be described as a fitting musical playlist (The Drive soundtrack) it once again begins to rain…
I blame the weather for my unlikely yet necessary friendship with most of the City’s black cab drivers and the hole in my pocket that they burn.
As expected this week, my happiness has been majorly affected by the coverage and pictures of Coachella. Scrolling through Instagram; my feed is inundated with lively people dancing, laughing, and of course wearing their short shorts and cropped t-shirts. My only connection to them is the festival boots in our range and our American PR company - who I email constantly for updates in a bid to pretend that I too am sitting content under a palm tree! While I’m stuck with a coffee, I’m envious of all those who are sipping ice cold lemonade’s and colourful cocktails…
I can no longer find solace on the dailymail.co.uk - usually the sidebar is full of the latest celebrity shocker – a third attempt at a marriage, an affair or an inside story into their ever so difficult life… Yet even this website is full of festival features…outfit choices and the musical highlights I can only wish to have been part of too!
So despite my constant reminders that the sun will soon come, and for Coachella there’s always next year…This week (more than normal) I have been left desperate for Summer!!
Buy Your Coachella boots Here – COACHELLA
Despite the rain, Oxford Street was full of colour – running frantically around the back streets of the West End were some of the most influential names in fashion…and me!
On arrival I was greeted by chaos, the Surgery PR office I was used to - filled with loose magazines, samples,and busy people nattering endlessly on the phone - had been transformed into a showroom for the AW13 Press day. And looking around at my colleagues all holding coffee cups and concealer my suspicions of it having been a long night were confirmed!
Working in PR, I spend the majority of my days driving those who work in press mad, so it only seemed right for me to finally put a face to the bank of names and email address’s I had collected, and for them to finally see mine. Although I tried to avoid it, it seemed that each introduction began with a session of intense admiring, and I was left envious and inspired by many men’s shoes and women’s nail polish. But later the compliment was returned in the applauding of the Hudson AW13 collection, for both the style’s on the stand and on my feet!
Unlike before, this season was filled with unexpected pops of colour, from the metallic Plath boot, to the leopard pony skin slipper! Even those who seemed too important or busy to engage in conversation couldn’t help but take a snapshot. This season it was obvious that the Hudson Collection could not go unnoticed, placed amongst an array of white blocks, (although I may be biased) it seemed that the shoes couldn’t help but gain deserved attention and praise!
Not wanting to miss anything or anyone, I tried my very best to remain busy at all times, however guilty of occasionally leaving to grab a handful of the Mexican food which I was enticed to by the smell of Salsa! And although the days were long, at the end of both I went home tipsy on tiredness and margarita’s, seeming to be the only one left smiling on the journey home!
It seems almost worth while to be cramped down a busy London street just to be aroused by the aroma of freshly cut flowers which fill the entirety of Columbia Road, and despite the queue, time appears to fly, whilst many are left drooling, awaiting the taste of Ruby’s risotto’s. A visit for a Kelly’s Pie’n’Mash, Tayyabs lamb chops and a Beigel Bake’s salt beef are considered essential (although we can guarantee that once you start its impossible to stop – we amongst many have fallen victim to the taste)
Yet, although I consider a trip to these places an almost religious routine, while sitting comfortably in these buzzing gaffs, I almost fail to realise the significance they have in East London. Whilst devouring my food I cant help but notice the array of people who are resisting their first bite; instead eagerly capturing their food on iPod’s and cameras.Their excitement to be in such a place is patent…and its showed through their smiles and excessive orders!
So while tucking into the 3rd bite of my 3rd salmon and cream cheese beigel (another winner) I had a thought, “why not share our places of preference, a chance to show you where our Hudson’s have been!”
As the days of working in a fashion brand are long, (often running over the typical office hours) most of our time is spent ducking and diving round the streets of the East End – whether this be looking for grub or inspiration, and without a doubt it is always found!!Based in Shoreditch we consider ourselves lucky to be apart of such a lively scene, so in order to see where we have been be sure to keep an eye out for updates on thejournal, giving an insight into a few of our favourite places!!
H by Hudson’s Spring Summer 2013 collection is one, which captures the ideal summer. Through the introduction of new styles, and successful adaptations on both men’s and women’s Hudson classics. This season enables the trendy Hudson wearer to remain stylish and comfortable, whilst enjoying the summer months; whether this be lounging on a beach, dancing at a festival or mooching about in the sun.
However aware of England’s unpredictable weather, we have been mindful that there may be some days when people are reaching for their Cruise’s rather than their Cabana’s, so our designers have fashioned a collection which varies from sandals to practical lace-ups and loafers for both men and women.
And although we cannot be guaranteed idyllic summer days such as the Look Book shows, we can guarantee that Hudson will provide the perfect footwear…whatever the weather!
Shop the H by Hudson’s Summertime range here – MENS WOMENS
Despite the ideas many have of those working in fashion, every morning I grab a pair of jeans, shirt and coral coloured bolero’s… Is this bad? Would I be mocked for my style and judged upon by the others in my industry? Or applauded and envied by those who run around in their platforms, hats and ponchos…
Endlessly flicking through pages of fashion magazines filled with neither clothes I could afford nor wear, it was a shock, yet nonetheless pleasant surprise when picking up the SS13 Collections, to see that the days of clashing prints, animal fur, glitter and sequins are thankfully no more. For both men’s and womenswear the colour palette for this season consists of white, black, nude and pastel shades. From the hair to the footwear less is unmistakably more!
However now I’m “umming and arring “ over striped tops and countless times have tried to spot the difference on the collar and cuffs of a plain white shirt…this season the finer details are key. People will no longer be dressing by the slogan of “the bigger the better” – and about time!
It’s undeniable that minimalist clothing and accessories are now seen as the most desired – Mirar, Wooten, and Patton (to name a few) are among Spring Summer H by Hudson’s collection which are both simple and classic, our designers have consciously created a range that is both easy wearing and allows you to remain on trend.
It can only be described as a moment of panic when you’re wearing a pair of pumps; and then take a look outside…
So, like many, whilst watching the snow fall in March…We have once again been left disappointed by England’s weather; not only ruining our spring but also our style! (We did contemplate facing the rain and snow in our lively coloured Bolero’s – however we must admit we quickly retreated back to our trusted Plath’s)
We were not so brave, but the most conscientious fashionistas have been spotted running around London in theirs, and although their footwear is receiving constant admiration, they’re freezing and wondering whether it was really worth it…
The slipper was once seen as a shoe of comfort – simple and easy to wear. However it’s fast becoming obvious that bold statement flats are back, and are one of the biggest footwear trends of this year!
Hudson have included this essential style in our Spring Summer women’s collection, our updated Bolero embodies the ideal summer – a slipper will always be vital, however in coral embossed suede, H by Hudson’s pair will once again stand out among the rest.
And the Hudson man need not fear as we are have slipper styles for them too. Souk and Safi are the perfect Summer casual and we can’t wait for you to see our men’s Autumn Winter 13 versions too, which through the partnering of the style with camo, velvet and leopard materials (to name a few) will let any man take a step in the right direction. These have already been seen on one of fashion’s famous face’s – Tinie Tempah
I’m sure you will find as we have, that when fashion has conveniently collided with comfort you are unable to help yourself but become a victim of one of the latest trends!
H by hudson Slippers available here – MENS WOMENS