• Who to know

    One to watch at this season's London Fashion Week is designer Molly Goddard.

    For her BA graduation collection from Central St Martin's, Molly was inspired by the clothes she wore as a baby. Then her first collection, shown off-schedule during last autumn's fashion week, was based on teenage party dresses - layers of pink tulle and taffeta infused with teen awkwardness and styled with band t-shirts and boots. The kind of teen spirit that embodied early 90s grunge; groupies hanging out with Kurt Cobain. The presentation took the unusual format of a party in a Mayfair church hall, with karaoke and balloons. Instead of regular models marching a runway, the collection was worn by Molly's friends, including photographer and Shrimps collaborator Tegen Williams and artist Phoebe Collings-James.

    Now, in only her second season, Goddard has been selected to present her Autumn/Winter collection on the Fashion Week schedule as part of the Topshop backed NEWGEN programme. And it's rumoured that for this season, Molly has found inspiration from the idea of 'bohemian art students'.  


  • What to wear

    Pussy cat feet, tequila bottle handbags or fruity clutches are just some of the wit-infused designs by Charlotte Olympia, that from this week can be found in a dedicated 'store-within-a-store' at Harvey Nichols in Knightsbridge.

    Peach walls, hot pink stools and an elegant porcelain leopard decorate the Old Hollywood tinctured-space. Which frankly feels a long way from when I first went to visit 'this hot young designer Charlotte Dellal' in her West London flat, ten years ago. Shoe-boxes were stacked against the walls and I came away with a great pair of lace-up leopard print boots. Still wear'em. 

    Beneath a sign that reads, 'The higher the heel the better you feel', the new Harvey Nichols space features Charlotte Olympia's new 'It Happened Out West' collection with 'Cactus' heels, fringed pochettes and Perspex 'Kitty' clutches and has been curated by Charlotte herself. The girl done good.


  • What to buy

    Saint Valentine can't have imagined that his legacy would be a mass of overpriced chocolates, oversized cards and overblown blooms. But rather than be a curmudgeon about the 14th February, make the most of potential gift receiving! (Or self-gifting). Herewith a few of my favourites:

    Handpicked ingredients including Tuberose, Amber crystals and sandalwood are the melange for Bella Freud's new candle. The red glass receptacle is inscribed with Bella's signature chainstitch. "Loving is the private doodle as you think of your Amour," she explains. A doodle most gratefully received.

    Loving candle, £38 at bellafreud.com

    Meanwhile, slogan queen Katharine Hamnett's LOVE t-shirt, is a multi-layered Valentines present. Five pounds from the sale of each tee goes to Kids Company, the charity providing support to inner-city children, whose development can be severely affected as a result of neglect, abuse and lack of love. At Kids Company, love is front and centre.

    T-shirt £30 katharinehamnett.com
    Kids Company, kidsco.org.uk

    Who didn't draw an arrow-pierced heart on homemade Valentine cards as a young'un? Happy first-love memories now worked-up into an adult version by LA-based KDIA Jewelry 18k rose gold set with hot pink and cool blue sapphires. Wear your heart on your finger, not on your sleeve.

    Ring £10,800   www.brownsfashion.com