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.

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Eclectic British brand Almost Famous was founded in 2002; since then the brand has gone from strength to strength and now stocked in boutiques throughout the country. Almost Famous’ creations are stylish, contemporary and utterly fabulous; these are chic clothes designed to make a statement. Utilising everything from sumptuously boho prints to on-trend embellishment Almost Famous creates clothes with a modern but luxurious and relaxed air. This is clothing for modern, free spirited women who like to stand out from the crowd; women who love to make an impression whether they are in the office or at a party. In essence Almost Famous is a brand that fuses unique, sometimes even idiosyncratic, design with a fabulously fashionable outlook.

Almost Famous’ current collection includes fashionable tops, stylish winter coats, party ready footwear and irresistible dresses. For this brand its luxuriously attractive dresses are always a key part of every collection and this season is no exception. Featuring vibrant colours and stunning prints Almost Famous’ dresses are showstoppers making them ideal for the Christmas part season. Whether you opt for one of the brand’s ultra feminine maxi dresses, eye-catching little red numbers or fuss free mini dresses you are bound to make a splash at any occasion. Almost Famous’ designs are always striking but they manage to remain effortlessly stylish; this is not over the top ‘out there’ fashion rather the label’s pieces radiate an opulent and elegant beauty. Fabulous the brand’s designs may be but they are also tasteful and accessible enough to wear on a daily basis.

In short Almost Famous produce clothing for those who are not afraid to stand out from the crowd but want to look stylish whilst they do so.  Lavish yet wearable these are clothes that could add a touch of glamour to even the most miserable winter day.

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For the modern woman with a busy schedule getting an outfit just right can be a tricky business. Every woman wants to look her best but in today’s hectic world we also need functional clothes that can cope with the pressures of daily life. Clothes that can be mixed and matched, that look stylish but last for longer than one season. Enter Winser, a London based brand committed to providing professional women with a wardrobe that both looks incredible and suits their day to day needs. Winser’s pieces are versatile, stylish and functional; these are clothes that designed to take you from the school run to the office and from the office to the bar.

If you are looking for a few key garments to pep up your wardrobe this autumn then Winser is the ideal brand to visit to create a capsule wardrobe. You could start, for instance, with Winser’s new Merino Colour Block Dress; this contemporary piece has all the tailored elegance of a classic mod dress but all the comfort of knitwear. This attractive but restrained day dress would be perfect for a casual office environment and is certainly comfortable enough to get you through a stressful day at work.

Merino Colour Block Dress by Winser London

Next if you are looking to add a little touch of sensuality to your autumn ensembles try the brand’s form fitting Sleeveless Draped Jersey Dress. Elegant and flattering this LBD nails the difficult ‘smart-casual’ dress code making it perfect for many an occasion from cocktail parties to family gatherings to work outings. Flattering it may be but this dress also provides a blank canvass for all your accessories; this is a dress that will go perfectly with your most glamorous statement necklace, favourite evening clutch or most beloved pair of heels.

Sleeveless Draped Jersey Dress by Winser London

Winser are masters at creating classic versatile pieces so it is no wonder that their LBDs are utterly irresistible. If you are looking for a ‘go-to’ LBD this autumn try the brand’s aptly named Simple Black Dress. This attractive shift dress has everything an LBD should have and more; it is classic but also contemporary, feminine but fuss-free. This is dress designed to become a wardrobe staple, in fact this may just be the ultimate Little Black Dress.

Simple Black Dress by Winser London

Lastly, to complete your Winser capsule wardrobe check out the label’s effortlessly chic Midnight Milano Blazer. This stylish jacket would fit seamlessly into many a modern wardrobe and presents a wealth of styling options. This is a blazer that could be worn as part of a tailored professional ensemble or thrown on over jeans. This jacket could keep you nice and warm in mild autumnal weather before being layered up under a winter coat during the cold months. In addition, like the brand’s Marino Colour Block Dress, this smart blazer has all the comfort of knitwear making it more like a snug cardigan than austere tailored jacket. This blazer is, in essence, a great autumn investment.

Midnight Milano Blazer by Winser London

With a capsule Winser autumnal dressing need not be an ordeal; indeed with a few cleverly designed, chic Winser pieces your outfit woes will soon become a thing of the past. In short Winser really does have the solution to your daily style dilemmas.

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Fusing East and West fashion designer Raishma Islam has created her own unique aesthetic; her pieces combine up to date silhouettes with exquisite and luxurious embroidery. Her dresses are feminine, effortlessly stylish and utterly unique; these are dresses that stand out from the crowd, that make a statement without being too flashy or inappropriate. Raishma’s deigns range from the glamorous, eye catching and fun to the restrained and ladylike; whatever you are looking for in dress Raishma can probably provide it. These are, in essence, dresses that strike a perfect balance between opulence, tradition and modern day style.

Raishma creates dresses for the office, the bar and special occasions; though her dresses differ in function they all share the same penchant for tasteful decoration. Raishma’s uses a varied colour palette but utilises gold and white embroidery over and over again which adds to the luxurious and attractive nature of her work. None of Raishma’s designs could be described as dull yet this is not difficult ‘out there’ fashion but rather striking and wearable clothing. Making use of stunning embroidery, attractive patterns and opulent embellishment Raishma ensures that her dresses certainly stand out from the crowd; these are dresses designed to entice and delight.  All of her designs share this luxurious feel but they also come with an affordable price tag making this sumptuous clothing that will not break the bank. In addition each of Raishma’s creations is imbued with an effortless, almost enviable, elegance and femininity; simply put this is clothing designed to make women look and feel good.

Raishma Islam is, essentially, a designer that provides the style conscious woman with lavish but accessible clothing. Raishma’s pieces are wonderfully luxurious and unique yet they are designed to be worn, with ease, on a frequent basis. This is, in short, clothing intended to add a little luxury glamour to a woman’s day to day life and for that Raishma should be applauded.

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Winser London is a womenswear brand for women in search of pieces that last longer than one season. Putting quality and timeless style before trendiness Winser London employ the very best design talent to create excellent quality clothing that women can wear again and again. This is mature and classic yet relaxed clothing for women with their own sense of style. Ideal for the workplace and beyond Winser’s clothing is functional, stylish and intelligent; this is well considered clothing designed to fit into a modern, style savvy wardrobe. Luxurious but accessible Winser London is the brand for the busy, style conscious professional; in short this is chic, functional everyday wear for women of all shapes and sizes.

Winser London’s latest collection sticks to the brand’s trademark relaxed aesthetic; silk tunics, long soft cashmere knits and versatile LBDs all make for a collection chock full of investment pieces. This is a label that likse to keep things simple; detailing, loud colours and eccentric prints are nowhere to be found in Winser’s designs. This is clothing that is content being quietly brilliant rather than showy. Winser London’s paired down style also ensures that their pieces will last well beyond this season; this is not clothing to be worn once and then consigned to the back of the cupboard instead these are good quality wardrobe staples designed to remain current for years to come. In essence Winser create well-designed, luxurious and versatile basics that can be styled in a variety of ways; this is clothing to be layered up, mixed and matched, dressed up or down.

Rarely is womenswear straightforward, fuss free and stylish; women often find themselves having to choose between practical, ‘sensible’ pieces and chic luxury. Winser London, however, somehow manage to make ‘sensible’ sexy, to make relaxed clothing unbelievably chic. In short Winser London is brand that expertly combines form with function to create clothing that any woman would be more than proud to have in her wardrobe.

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