Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Ted’s Toiletries Collection

For his new Toiletries Collection, Ted Baker wanted to fuse style with fragrance, so took inspiration from his own fashion prints.

The two new women’s fragrances are:

Butterfly – a fun flirty fragrance inspired by Ted’s Butterfly Wing print
Top Notes: Fruity - tangy bergamot with a rich blast of red fruits and rhubarb.
Heart: Pure floral with tuberose, rose and moonflower
Base Notes: Warm woody patchouli and sandalwood.

The range includes:
Body wash £5.10, body scrub £6.50, a light body lotion £5.10 and a light body spray £5.10, plus the Blossom gift set £7.50 including body spray, lotion and wash.

Origami – a more sensual and exotic fragrance taking inspiration from the origami print and folds used for detailing on Ted’s designs.
Top Notes: Fruity scent of sweet raspberries, peach, bergamot and juniper.
Heart: Spicy floral mix of rose, jasmine and geranium warmed with clove, cardamom, cinnamon and vanilla.
Base Notes: Rich earthy guaiacwood, cedarwood, musk, patchouli and Tonka.

The range includes:
Body wash £5.10; a creamy body soufflĂ© £6.50, body spray  £5.10 and an indulgent bath foam £5.10, plus the Occasions Mini Travel pack in a see through travel bag £10 and the Opulence Set £10.50 containing body wash and spray.

For the guys, the two new men’s fragrances are collectively called ‘The Right Tools for the Job’ with a fun print of work tools decorating the tubes of the body wash.

Toolshed - a rugged outdoors fragrance packaged in brown and lime green colour combination
Top Notes: Tangy notes of bergamot, grapefruit, mandarin, lemon with spicy coriander, juniper and cardamom
Heart:  Fresh green notes of neroli with jasmine and spicy black and pink pepper
Base Notes: Warm woody earthy notes of cedarwood, moss, sandal wood and patchouli.

Workshop – a cool and invigorating ozonic fragrance packaged in brown and duck egg blue
Top Notes: Cool fresh eucalyptus with spicy clary sage, cardamom, clove and fruity plum
Heart: Floral geranium and rose with woody green jasmine.
Base notes: sweet warm notes of benzoin, vanilla and courmarin with woody labdanum. patchouli and cedarwood

Both collections have hair & body wash; anti-perspirant deodorant and body spray (£4.10 each) plus Ted’s Tool Box set £8.50 including body wash and spray

What is puzzling is the lack of the name on the products (except the gift sets). Obviously this is intentional and probably so that the prints on the packaging can speak for themselves. Admittedly the women ranges are so different that you wouldn’t mistake them with each other. But for the men’s range both designs are the same except for the colouring.  Maybe it’s a case of ‘you don’t label good things’.

All will be available exclusively at Boots as from September.

By Karen Grace
Personal Shopper & Image Consultant for Frumpy to Funky

Sunday, 7 August 2011

Investigating Ryder & Rowe Lingerie

I couldn’t resist an invitation to attend the preview of a new lingerie brand at 123 Bethnal Green Boutique.  It sounded so civilised, offering tea and cakes in the Bunker Cafe, but was it an undercover job? I had to investigate further.

Arriving at the boutique, the prime suspects were in full view as life size lingerie model illustrations shamelessly looking out of the windows. But you could tell that they were a bit sketchy and you could read their minds like a book. F. Scott Fitzgerald books to be exact, with ‘Beautiful & the Damned’ as the ring leader. 

Walking in to the boutique, I searched the premises and found Naomi Ryder alone upstairs with her lingerie booty. I decided to question her about ‘Beautiful & the Damned’.  

She readily spills the beans and explains they took their inspiration from the 1920’s and F. Scott Fitzgerald. The design is of art deco silhouettes in a range of soft cup bra, culottes, camisole and dress jackets. The basic colour palette is navy and ivory but every season they will be aided and abetted by other hues. This summer season it is the seemingly demure ‘Shell ‘pink in plain and a seagull print disguise.  

She then gives me names of her partners in crime – Dennis Nothdruft and Alison McCann, which surprises me as I was expecting just one partner, the elusive Rowe. But no, there are two Rowes and the plot thickens as I discover they used that name because by coincidence both their grandmother’s were called Rowe.

How did they devise their dastardly plan to bring irresistible lingerie on to the streets?  They have everything covered; Dennis draws up the designs and brings the plans to the table; Alison with her vast experience of the lingerie world knows the ropes and has the contacts; and Naomi? Well she admits as a textile designer she is able to meticulously bring the designs together.

I headed downstairs in to the Bunker Cafe and found more lingerie booty – this is their latest summer 2012 steal and was inspired by the English Riviera.  Their plot to win me over just with tea and cake (you know the very yummy and gooey chocolate brownie cake) nearly worked but I fooled them by just eating the cakes and not drinking the tea – ha!  With a clear head and a chocolate filled tummy, my powers of detection discover the collection wasn’t just inspired by the English Riviera but Agatha Christie’s English Riviera. There is the Brixham range of a soft cup bra, thong and baby doll in seagull print shell silk chiffon with a silk satin trim; and the Torquay range of a soft cup bra, culottes, camisole, dress jacket and playsuit in the classic Beautiful & Damned style but in shell and the seagull print.

But the mystery doesn’t stop there as Agatha pops up herself as a floaty raspberry silk chiffon tea dress (with silk satin slip) in the seagull print. What’s happening this isn’t lingerie?

Then Jane (Miss Marple) arrives to solve the problem as a silk satin empire dress with the Riviera map print on the skirt and a navy bodice. She deduces that Ryder & Rowe are introducing a new womenswear collection for SS12. And not to be left out, Tuppence (of the Tommy and Tuppence detective duo), well she puts her two penny worth in with a racier silk satin structured satin summer dress with spaghetti straps and in a green and yellow beach hut print.

To reconfirm my facts and findings, I climbed back up to the top floor and spy Dennis and Alison. I hear them plotting, today available exclusively at 123 Bethnal Green Boutique, but soon the world! Alison sees me and explains that they chose the art deco style for a feminine look without being too girlie. Their story matches with Naomi’s, but the evidence is clear for all to see – gorgeous delicate pieces in smooth silk satin and silk tulle that no ‘bright young thing’ could resist.

By Karen Grace
Personal Shopper & Image Consultant for Frumpy to Funky