What Happens At 8 Stays At 8

So last month I hotfooted my way down to Bungalow 8 at the St Martin’s Lane Hotel, to attend an event that was guaranteed to have a ‘break the bank’ effect on me. The Nine West A/W 11 press preview. At the entrance to the long stairs down to the bar I was greeted with a taster of shoes and clutches to come (love the colour palette already), and a chair with painted gold letters … What Happens At 8 Stays at 8. What a great play on words - the memories come screaming back to me of nights out in the New York Bungalow, the scandal and the exclusivity. I make my way downstairs ready to play to be greeted by a shoe heaven.
So what can we expect from one of the high street top shoe retailers next season? Lots of pretty party shoes, and lots of warm stylish winter boots. I spot a pair of pointed platform sequin courts called Cress (above) that become my immediate favourite. Glancing over at the wall, and then around the tables there were so many shoes to love, I forget that I am not rich and dream of my A/W11 shoe closet. With my attention still drawn back to the sequin points I note a rather gorgeous pair of boots called Uplifting that have laces and roll down collar at the top of the boot. Second favourite and need/want. It all became too much of a challenge to mentally note my favourites so I headed for refreshments. Sequins decorate wedges, block platform heels adorn the bottom of both shoes and boots, and some pretty brogues catch the eye. The super chic bold colour clutches with fur tails also join my need/want list for A/W 11.
Further back into the bar I find the highly anticipated Giles for Nine West collection. A small collection that is also known as one of Nine West’s ‘shoelaborations’ which see Nine West partnering with young designers. The amazing Giles Deacon combines his unique talent with Nine West to create a cute collection that consists of … One gorgeous bag called Ronnie (complete with laptop case) in two prints, one pair of flats called Bernadette in orange and in black, one suede boot with two sleek leather straps called Layla, and a gorgeous pair of wedges called Polly. Beautiful.
Both collections are available from September in Nine West stores, and concessions.

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