Thursday, 27 September 2007

Calling all online shopaholics

I’ve just had an email from online shopping expert, Patricia Davidson, letting me know that Anusha has been included in her two new books, The Shopaholic's Guide to Buying Gorgeous Gifts Online and The Shopaholic's Guide to Buying Online 2008, both due out at the end of this month.

shopaholics


Anusha is also featured in The Shopaholic's Guide to Buying Fashion and Beauty Online, available now at Amazon. All the websites in these invaluable guides are hand-picked and researched by Patricia herself, and she gives the low-down on each website's product range, site usability, price range, delivery options, gift-wrapping options, returns etc. Sounds like essential reading to me!

Monday, 24 September 2007

Dress of the Year

Yesterday I went to the Fashion Museum in Bath. Anusha is based in the city, and I’m lucky enough to live ten minutes away from the museum, which is housed in The Assembly Rooms. The historical collection has amazing clothes and accessories from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries (plus a couple of my grandmother’s 1920s beaded dresses, which my family donated to the museum's archive).

The museum also has interesting contemporary pieces, including the Dress of the Year collection - every year since 1963, fashion journalists have chosen an outfit that represents the year's newest ideas. All the winners - Ossie Clark, Jean Muir, Mary Quant, Armani, Missoni, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Alexander McQueen and Tom Ford to name a few - have donated their outfits to the museum.

Dress of 2000 was this famous little number, as worn by Amber Valetta on the catwalk, Jennifer Lopez at The Grammys and, er, Geri Halliwell later that year. Test your knowledge, by seeing if you can match up the dress with the correct year in the museum's online Dress of the Year quiz!


dress of the year

Friday, 21 September 2007

Photo finish

Anusha’s autumn collection was photographed in a beautiful Georgian villa, tucked away in a village just outside Bath. In a state of disrepair when they bought it 12 years ago, it’s been lovingly restored by Jane, a writer, and her husband, and decorated with the perfect blend of fabulous antiques and quirky, modern pieces that give it an interesting twist. My dream house!

Par for the course this summer, it rained on and off for the whole shoot. Despite the tricky weather conditions, Anusha's photographer, Louise, worked her magic, showcasing the autumn collection to perfection (online now at Anusha.co.uk). I know I’m biased, but I think it’s the most glamorous collection to date, which is complemented perfectly by the stunning location. A special thanks to Lou (photography) and Meg (hair and make-up) for making the models look so gorgeous; and to Jane for being such a gracious host.

This simple image of Sumari in our lovely Peony print cami, perched next to an amazing antique Venetian mirror is one of my favourite shots:

Peony cami

Tuesday, 18 September 2007

Welcome to my blog!

I've finally done it! I've got my own blog, where I'll be updating you regularly with all the behind-the-scenes news and gossip from Anusha boutique.

September is always a busy time at Anusha, as the autumn collection goes online, and this month has been our most hectic ever as we've been frantically beavering away, redesigning the website. The aim is to make it more user-friendly and provide extra info and advice, a holiday shop, men's gift guide, news and updates.

frontpage

The beautiful bird and flower illustrations throughout the website may be familiar to you. Clare Worrall, the designer of our popular hand-printed Ganesh, Dragonfly and Roses T-shirts, created it for Anusha. We're in good company - before starting her own design business, Clare worked in London and New York, creating prints for Calvin Klein, Paul & Joe, Kenzo and Versace.

This is the first redesign of Anusha since I launched the website back in July 2004 (where has the time gone?), and I hope you like it. Take a look around at Anusha.co.uk and please let me know what you think!