With close to 40 years in the womenswear business Ariella is one British brand that truly understands what women want. Founded in the swinging 60s by fashion designer Aristos Constantinou Ariella now is now sold all over the world and the company has won numerous awards. Ariella now focuses on creating chic, contemporary formal wear and has even launched a couture line. The brand’s attractive and elegant gowns, dresses and separates are designed to wow without being too over the top or gauche. These are glamorous clothes for confident, mature women. Ariella do not try to be overly trendy or cool rather they simply focus on creating stylish, sophisticated clothing.

With the party season close at hand an Ariella gown could be just what you need to get you through the multitude of festive occasions. Ariella’s designs are feminine, pretty and distinctly non-threatening. These are dresses that provide plenty of glitz and glamour and yet are accessible and ultimately wearable. Designed to flatter the female form the brand’s dresses are flirtatious but also subtle and elegant. Bright colours, lace and embellishment all give Ariella’s creations and opulent air; these are ensembles for posh parties, elegant soirees and red carpet occasions. The label’s designs vary wildly from sexy mini dresses to grand gowns to stylish cocktail dresses; all this ensures that, whatever your body shape or personal style, there is a glamorous Ariella dress to suit you.

Whether you are looking for an enticing party look or a sumptuous formal gown Ariella have it covered. This is a brand that knows its market and creates alluring, contemporary clothes for modern women. Trying to find a sensational dress or striking ensemble can often be a daunting task but, with their chic, glamorous and accessible designs, Ariella take the stress out of occasionwear shopping. If you are looking for that perfect party dress Ariella should definitely be your first port of call.

Hannah Balsdon       

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Here at Lux-Fix there are a few brands that just bring a smile to our faces time and time again; Chinti and Parker is one of them. The eco-aware brand’s new collection has just landed on Lux-Fix and we couldn’t be more excited. Launched back in 2009 by Anna Singh and Rachael Wood, Chinti and Parker creates relaxed but chic knitwear and comfy basics are wearable, ethical and utterly irresistible. This is a brand that manages to strike the perfect balance between practicality and style with the label’s clothes using soft fabrics and subtle colours to create deceptively simple wardrobe staples. Modern but not overly trendy Chinti and Parker’s designs are interesting and unique meaning that they will continue to look fresh for seasons to come.

Whilst the brand’s basics are beautifully cut and easy to wear Chinti and Parker’s speciality will always be their chic knitwear. The label’s stylish sweaters always feature bold contemporary blocks of colour, simple yet endearing patterns and plenty of British charm and this season is no exception with the brand uses blue and green accents to liven up their relaxed pieces. Knitwear will always be a key part of any woman’s autumn wardrobe and Chinti and Parker’s quirky knits are ideal for the colder months. This knitwear for long walks autumnal forests, bonfires and late night Christmas shopping. In addition the brand’s knits are also chic enough to style on daily basis; in essence this is hardworking knitwear that can be thrown on over anything from skirts to dresses to relaxed denim.

Chinti and Parker’s may seem a little quirky or a bit too casual at first glance but, in reality the brand’s pieces have a versatility that few knits share. These are clothes that are just crying out to become your favourite go-to sweater. These are fresh but wearable clothes that possess both individuality and style. In short these are knits and basics that would fit comfortably into any wardrobe.

-Hannah Balsdon

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Offering chic but affordable shoes and clothing Bourne is a British brand with a distinct look. The Bourne look is luxurious without being too opulent, sophisticated without being inaccessible and stylish without relying on transient trends. Founded in 2004 the brand originally produced glamorous shoes and accessories. Their elegant designs soon attracted stockists all over the world and in 2012 Bourne launched its first womenswear collection. Bourne’s shoe and clothing collections complement each other perfectly making this a brand that truly does provide women with a full ‘look’. In essence this is smart, alluring clothing for sophisticated but style conscious women.

Bourne’s designs are designed around the lifestyle of the wearer; these are clothes and shoes that could be worn in the office during the day and dressed up for the bar at night. Feminine, elegant and chic Bourne’s creations nevertheless posses a certain air of glamour and excitement with embellishment, lace and figure hugging silhouettes giving them plenty of va-va-voom. These are clothes and shoes that simply ooze glamour, that make heads turn; Bourne’s pieces are not for the shy and retiring but rather for those women confident in their own skin. Yet for all their stylish flair Bourne’s pieces are also refined and elegant making this is a brand with excellent taste. With their mix of effortless style and sophistication Bourne’s designs only garner the right kind of attention. These are shoes and clothes for chic offices, elegant occasions and sophisticated night spots.

Striking and unique yet also elegant and refined Bourne’s creations are ideal for bringing a little glamour into your daily life. These are shoes and clothes that manage to combine luxury design with a contemporary accessibility. In short if you are looking for chic, luxurious and wearable shoes and clothing Bourne is the brand for you.

Hannah Balsdon

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The British Flat Shoe Company is a UK based brand with a very clear message; simply put they are passionate about British manufacturing and British jobs. The brand endeavours to provide style conscious consumers with attractive, good quality shoes. All their shoes are made in Northampton, which has been at the centre of British shoe manufacturing for centuries. Drawing on this heritage and an eye for good design the British Flat Shoe Company create stylish flats that women can wear with pride. Comfortable, practical but above all fashionable the brand’s shoes would make a great addition to any shoe closet.

The British Flat Shoe Company likes to keep things simple; their British made flats are straightforward, fuss free and easy to wear. Not quite ballet pumps and not quite slippers these are shoes designed to outlast the whims of fast fashion; BFSC shoes may be stylish but they are also durable. Their unique aesthetic also imbues the shoes with a versatility characteristic of a good pair of flats; these are shoes that would look equally stylish teamed with jeans, a smart office ensemble or a pretty, feminine dress. In addition each of the British Flat Shoe Company’s shoes comes with in-build padding in the heel to ensure comfort; this is not footwear that you will curse at the end of the day but rather shoes that you will be more than happy to put on in the morning.

Everyone likes fun, flashy heels but in reality we all need shoes that can cope with the rigours of daily life. The British Flat Shoe Company produces just such footwear; their shoes are accessible, comfy and durable. They may not be quite as showy as some shoes but they are, in their own way, equally as stylish and far more robust. In short, buying a pair of BFSC flats is an investment, not just in good quality footwear but also in British industry and ingenuity.

Hannah Balsdon

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After seeing an old milkman’s cash bag British leather goods brand Brit Stitch decided to bring the vintage bag into the 21st century. Brit Stitch’s milkman inspired pieces are functional, colourful and even fun. Quintessentially British in design the brand’s bags are all made of the finest leather and are carefully stitched together in the UK. The label’s bags come in a variety of shapes and sizes making them ideal for women, men and children; whether you are looking to lug around a laptop or just your keys and phone Brit Stitch have a bag for you. By combining vintage designs with up to date colour schemes and styling Brit Stitch’s satchels give a differential nod to the past but have their feet firmly in the present.

Brit Stitch have four main designs; the Full Pint, the Milkman, the Half Pint and the Mini Milkman. The Full Pint is a roomy, sophisticated satchel, perfect for carrying books, tablets and all your daily essentials, this is a bag for work, for students and for those on the go. The Milkman is the brand’s signature piece and, whilst smaller than the Full Pint, it would make an excellent daytime handbag; simply put the Milkman is just the right size to cope with the demands of everyday life. The Half Pint has a more bijou but nevertheless stylish design; this is a bag created with the modern style conscious bag lover in mind and would compliment many an on-trend outfit. The brand’s smallest bag is the Mini Milkman; with its tiny proportions and wrist strap this fashionable little number would make a great daytime clutch or even a wallet. In addition to their core designs Brit Stitch have also created a range of practical backpacks; like Brit Stitch’s other designs these bags combine both form and function making them utterly irresistible.

Satchels have dominated the handbag scene for quite a while now and for good reason; a good satchel is the ultimate combination of style and practically. Yet not all vintage inspired satchels are created equal; unlike many a high street approximation Brit Stitch’s bags have a truly British heritage and a unique aesthetic. In short these are bags with heart.

Hannah Balsdon

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