What I saw/heard at the Convenience Store pop-up shop at the St. Martins Lane Hotel last night: - Designer Hannah Marshall weighing in on a raging debate about who started the "shoulder" trend (said Marshall: "I did that shoulder two or three seasons back - I'm pretty much over it now). - Racks of show stopping pieces from off-the-beaten-track designers like Felder and Felder, Camilla Skovgaard, and Rick Owens, all stocked by Convenience Store's owner, Andrew Ibi, who easily runs the most adventurously edited shop in London. - Hannah Marshall telling a story of the world's most loyal customer ever: "There was one lady who just arrived from Miami, went straight from Heathrow to the shop, let the cab idle outside, bought my jacket, and in a space of three minutes, was gone. That’s the kind of loyalty that I hope to continue to inspire.” - Richard Mortimer of Boombox, Camilla Skovgaard (the woman, not just the label), Kei Kagami, and rock star Cherish Kaya from Ipso Factor, all cooing over the pieces like a leather harness dress fit for Britney's comeback. The store, which is normally located in the seediest, greyest part of West London amongst the projects, will be at the luxe hotel for just three weeks. I suggest snagging the stuff while it's still easy.
--CHARLEY B (our new London correspondent!)