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Browns 40th Anniversary By Cara Dattani


Celebrating in style comes naturally to Joan Burstein, CBE and co-founder of Browns. Together with her late husband, Sidney, she launched the flagship boutique on South Molten Street forty years ago in 1970.

Famously credited for being the first to stock designers such as John Galliano, Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren on British soil, Browns has established itself firmly at the heart of London’s shopping scene, celebrating its anniversary with an exhibition entitled “Forty Years of Fashion Innovation.”

The exhibition featured the exclusive “Future Collectables” collection with unique contributions from the likes of Cristopher Bailey, Missoni, Erdem, Alexander Wang and many more. The garments are displayed amongst forty, elegantly light portraits of Browns’ ambassadors, provided by acclaimed photographer Paolo Roversi. Simon Costin (famed for work on Alexander McQueen’s show) collaborated on the limited edition anniversary book and also curated the exhibition.

The guest list at the launch party read like a fantasy fashionista dinner party and included Oscar de la Renta, Eva Herzigova, Henry Holland, Philip Green, Rosita and Angela Missonni, Coco Rocha, and naturally Mrs. B herself (accompanied by her daughter Caroline), a fitting tribute to being forty and truly fabulous!

Getting Into Costume By Lauren Steventon

Costume jewellery designers who inspire, transform and enhance the way we wear jewellery….

Costume jewellery

Butler & Wilson

Camp, gothic, girly or bling, Butler & Wilson do it all. Famous for retro-styling and statement pieces, the latest collection includes some Alexander McQueen-esqe skulls sparkling with Swarovski crystals.

Kenneth Jay Lane

The king of Costume Jewellery, Kenneth Jay Lane’s pieces have been worn by style-makers such as Audrey Hepburn and Jackie O, and sell in high fashion outlets like Net-a-Porter. Always beautiful, colourful and sparkly, the pieces are real show-stoppers.

Joan Rivers

Didn’t see that one coming, did you?! As well as being a world-famous comedienne, Joan Rivers is a jewellery designer, using long-forgotten techniques such as hand enameling and plique au jour to create lovely costume pieces with a vintage edge.

Nolan Miller

You’ll have seen Nolan Miller’s pieces without even realizing it. He worked on the glitziest and glam-est soap of them all: Dynasty. His popularity spans generations, and his famous fans include first ladies and film giants.