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FLORAL COUTURE - 1st February 2012


When the images came through from the Paris Couture Spring Summer 2012 shows obviously everyone was talking about Jean Paul Gaultier (some say insensitive) homage to Amy Winehouse. We on the other hand were quietly celebrating the fact that Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli, who now head the design team at Valentino are producing some incredibly beautiful work. 


We took notice at their S/S 2012 ready to wear show last September when ethereal models wore full-length dresses in nudes and iconic Valentino red, many with intricate lace and applique details. This use of sumptuous amounts of fabric was magically escalated for their couture offering. This collection was inspired by an 18th century Marie Antoinette, full of delicate floral chintz, smocking, full skirts and floor length dresses in pale off whites, pinks and cornflower blues. 


The collection sparked something in our minds as we realised the collection is reminiscent of the designs produced by Laura Ashley during the 1970s-1980s. They were known throughout this period for the use of romantic, floral print dresses. We’ve compiled an gallery of archive Laura Ashley images to show the similarities!


We been listening to you and 2012 is going to see us expanding our online offering. You can look forward to bigger, more frequent ASOS collections. To celebrate this and all things digital we are bringing you a MASSIVE competition to win £150 of Topshop vouchers with Simply Tap. Simply Tap is the new, instant mobile checkout. It allows you to buy in seconds when you see something you like in magazines, out and about, on-line and in-store. Download the app for your smartphone, register your details once, tap in the unique Simply Tap code to buy and your delivery will be on its way. You’ll find tap codes in magazines, posters or on the websites of Simply Tap retailers like Carphone Warehouse, Thorntons, Pretty Green and Best Buy. 

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Simply Tap would like to offer all Rag&Bow: The Roaming Vintage Store Twitter followers the chance to win a jaw dropping and January bank balance friendly £150 worth of Topshop vouchers! You can either go crazy in the sale or choose items from their vintage-inspired new Spring collection (pictured here). Personally we would wait until the February NEWGEN designer collaborations hits  stores . We predict these pieces will definitely be collectable 'future vintage', expecially the iconic prints designed by Mary Katrantzou . To enter simply follow us on Twitter@ragandbow using the hashtag #SimplyTap and in 140 characters tell us what decade you’d go back to in an instant and why? The best answer given by a follower will be selected as the winner this weekend..simples! 

(Image credit: TOPSHOP 0845 121 4519 www.topshop.com)

(Image credit: Nick Knight/Topshop)

So try out SimplyTap, see something you like, enter the Tap Code and you are the proud owner of a new purchase, cripes this could be dangerous! Download the App by searching for “Simply Tap” in your App Store or by clicking here on your phone. You can also find SimplyTap on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/SimplyTap.

HOME & AWAY - 10th January 2012


19 year self-taught sonic talent, Gabrielle Alpin has been tipped as ‘the’ next big thing for 2012 that Ed Sheeran’s lyric, "They say I'm up-and-coming like I'm in an elevator" rings true for her too! Listen to any of her vocals on YouTube (6 million people have already) and you’ll see why such praise is richly and honestly deserved. There's no over-production here my friends, just pure vocal capability combined with natural and inherent song writing talent. 


Hazel joined Gabrielle in Dalston whilst she performed the title track from her EP ‘Home’ (wearing Rag & Bow) for The Mahogany Blog. The EP was released on Monday (available on iTunes) and is already number 13 in its uk album chart. Check out her performance as we really don’t need to say anything more….  


Oh...although we obviously love the vintage family photograph on the EP's cover, she’s touring the UK in March and check out her video for 'Home'...OK finished!

PRETTY POLY - 6th January 2012


Model…that word conjuers up a host of imagery but thanks to her avalanche of advertising campaigns, editorials and catwalks shows, Russian model Natasha Poly can put ‘super’ in front of it. As predicted she will be all over the bulging pages of this seasons major fashion magazines appearing in a myriad of campaigns. We are particularly finding this combination of Poly, mid-century chairs, Proneza Schouler’s spring collection and famed photographer Willy Vanderperr an aesthetically tantalising mix.


She also stars in one of the most retrospectively evovocative campaigns of the season by Prada. Shot by Steven Meisel it also features Kati Nescher, Meghan Collison, Elise Crombez, Ymre Stiekema and Kathryn Kruger...phew!


Oh Poly what a wonderful world you live in!