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Fashion Fabulous London: The Top 200 Hottest Fashion Shops in London [Paperback]

Tracy Rose , Russell Rose
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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16 Mar 2009
Fashion Fabulous London is the essential guide, offering up-to-date on how to buy fashion in London. From Bond Street to Brick Lane, this book showcases the Top 200 hottest places to buy fashion in London plus over 60 must visit stores for both sexes.

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  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Monjune Publications (16 Mar 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956116302
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956116307
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 11 x 18.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,379,122 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tracy Rose is a Fashion journalist on BBC, lTV, Channel 4 , Five, Sky News, GMTV, London Tonight and was a diarist for London Fashion Week. Her hats are amongst the most photographed in the world and are worn by discerning clientele in London, New York and Los Angeles. Her hats are always in the fashion pages during Royal Ascot.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Less than Fabulous... 25 May 2010
By Supertzar TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Lots of reviews of this, so I'll keep to some key points:

On the plus side, the book is easy to use - clear alphabetical format, logical layout with simple symbols and strong colours to define sections. Each shop review is readable, well-researched and informative, with the odd - often amateur - photograph either of a store window, the interiors or a catwalk.

On the downside, it's pretty pricey for an 'annual guidebook'. It'll date quickly - some of the shops featured have already closed down (eg Bamford & Sons), it has many references to specific clothes and prices that have long gone and events listed are from 2009. Annoyingly, it's full of typos (it's Philippe Starcke, not Philip Starck, Róisín, not Rosie, Murphy, Pied à, not de, Terre, Thom Yorke, not York, etc) and grammatical errors (it's when they mean its, apostrophes after acronyms, dates and plurals (trilby's anyone?).

Altogether an interesting idea, packed with great information, let down by poor execution and the march of time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Exciting but not entirely informative 20 May 2010
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As a guide to what shops are like, which ones are hot, the kind of price that they sell stuff for, and, more than anything else, a guide to all those little hidden away shops down back streets that you would never know about unless you'd passed them, this is an exciting book which makes me wish I was in London more often. It's appropriately targeted at both sexes, and there's enough information alongside the ratings to answer most, but not all the questions you might have.

The key question that it doesn't really answer is: what do they actually sell? I suppose any sort of detail in terms of the kinds of styles you'll find is inevitably out of date quickly in the fast world of fashion. But I really felt browsing through this (and it is a book to browse through, not a cover-to-cover read) that I could have done with a little bit more instruction before setting off into the wilds of London on an exploration.

This is an annual guide, and I suspect that the hottest 200 fashion shops in London churns quite a lot over a year. Probably most fun if you don't go often to the capital, but are going to be spending a few days there in the near future.

If fashion is your buzz, this seems a pretty good book to own.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hidden gems 20 May 2010
By kehs TOP 1000 REVIEWER
This book has shown me all the shops I have tried to find in London and failed. Mainly where the cool charity shops are. I'll be tucking this book in my travel bag on my next visit to the city. A handy book that all serious shoppers should take a peek at.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great idea, mediocre delivery 11 May 2010
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Do you love to shop? Do you wish you had a bit more info about the best places to visit in London? then this fascinating concept for a little book, with some great plus points, might be for you.
* it breaks the shops down by price range, service, choice and wow factor.
* as a regular London shopper, I discovered some hidden gems
* there are some lovely photos and details like nearest tube station and restaurants in the vicinity
* there is a selection of helpful indexes, making it easy to find an entry
* there is a list of fashion courses and events for those really serious about the industry
* it is small enough to take with you on a day out

on the negative side though and the reason it isn't graded higher
* the book is badly written in parts and appears to be translated ineptly from another language at times
* the writing is tiny and therefore hard to read- probably as a result of being a large book decanted into a petite size
* a map would be useful and isn't included
* not all entries are created equal- some are missing location, some size info, some refer you to other entries that then fail to tell you any more...a bit slapdash
* although it is small, it is weirdly heavy and would weigh down a handbag

ultimately, I would say if it is super cheap on amazon, it is worth a punt but it isn't worth its cover price. Time Out London's annual shop guide does this better and for a similar price (although not smaller).
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1.0 out of 5 stars Useless 19 Aug 2010
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Not what I was expecting at all, in fact it is absolutely useless. Very, very limited information about "London" fashion shops which are mostly chain fashion stores which can be found in any city in the UK. Very few, tiny pictures with no information that anybody would not already know.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Very Good - could have been better 19 May 2010
By Sunglasses VINE VOICE
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This is a good and useful guide but would have liked to have seen a bit more on the quirky / bespoke / unusual shops in London as often we just get facts that we already know. Missed a trick.
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Definitely not the definitive guide to fashion! 18 April 2010
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I love Vogue and In-style, scour vintage clothing and jewellery stores for one-of-a-kind gems, and have eagerly devoured books such as `The Independent London Store Guide'. So you can probably guess that I was initially quite excited to read of this new release by Tracy and Russell Rose. Sadly, though, I have to report being disappointed with `Fashion Fabulous London', which I feel is scant on information and badly written to boot.

For example, many of the 'reviews' consist only a single line and contain no information at all on the type of clothing that can be found, or the atmosphere or decor instore, see :- 'Camden Canal Market is a small market but nicely positioned along the Regents Canal'. 'Red Cross - this popular charity shop is virtually next door to Manolo Blahnik'. And why recomend cafes and restaurants for hungry shoppers if you're not going to give any information about the menu or style of food served in many of them?

Compounding this, there's also misinformation - for example 'Alfies' is portrayed as predominantly being a vintage clothing market - wheras, whilst there are indeed one or two fab clothing dealers to be found there, it's much better known as a major centre for mid-century furniture.

In places the grammar used is terrible - see this badly written entry about Browns:- 'This is the only shop in the Capital that I know that follows the antiquated tradition by certain sales assistants of scowling at customers who they don't resonate with. It's quite surprisingly as JB the owner, who we have met on a few occasions has always been entirely charming'.

The sections on high street chain stores seem entirely redundant - surely the thing about chains is that they are ubiquitous, and thus, most of us are already familiar with them.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Handy to have in the big city
Indeed a fabulous must-have tome for any fashionista! A thorough and well laid out listing of London's fashion hotspots, from the tiniest boutique to the largest chainstore, this... Read more
Published on 7 May 2010 by P. A. Murphy
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I thought this was going to be a fantastic book and help us uncover a whole host of hidden gems. Not living in London but visiting once of twice a year, we love the opportunity to... Read more
Published on 6 May 2010 by Sue
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive, useful and fun.
Hugely impressed by this essential London fashion handbook. The Roses cover 200 fashion shops and do so with a brilliant eye for detail, spot-on understanding of the prevailing... Read more
Published on 27 April 2010 by Richard Hammond
2.0 out of 5 stars Dedicated Follower of Overly Expensive Fashion
Being no Fashionista myself, it was up to my partner to help me evaluate `Fashion Fabulous London'. This is a `Rough Guide' style travelogue book that has over 200 quick reviews... Read more
Published on 26 April 2010 by Sam Tyler
4.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive
If you want to know where to shop in London then this is your book - it appears to cover every possiblle area where you miht want to go shopping in the capital. Read more
Published on 26 April 2010 by Andy Edwards
5.0 out of 5 stars Fashion best friend in your pocket
I used to have a work colleague who knew every fashion hot spot in London. She was amazing. She'd turn up designer outfits seen on the catwalks just days earlier, as she knew... Read more
Published on 17 April 2010 by Rosey Lea
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