The London Lookbook: Rtister
I’m on a continual hunt for cool new boutiques in London. In my infinite wisdom, I’ve often assumed that the most unusual and innovative stores are only to be found in the too-cool-for-school regions of Shoreditch and the East End, however (much to my chagrin) there’s a haven of edgy chic in Duke of York’s Square, next door to the Saatchi Gallery, nestled in the depths of Chelsea.
Rtister is a cutting-edge-luxe boutique owned and run by Sherry Amoli and Ash Alavi, whose choice of brands is absolutely inspired. Everything in store is highly wearable, as well as beautifully distinguished.
When I go shopping I look for clothes that celebrate individuality – I crave details, prints and colours that are complex, individual and stand out in a crowd. Sherry’s curated collection at Rtister has this level of distinctiveness in spades.
Rtister carry one of my absolute favourite UK designers, Teatum Jones. This dress is from the A/W13 collection. It’s incredibly comfortable and carefree, yet the print and diaphanous cut adds some serious sartorial credential. The ring is by Peace Treaty and is appropriately the Snake Armour ring. It has a Game of Thrones feel about it, which I LOVE. I like to contrast softness with fearsome hardware to create something unique. The brilliantly barmy sunglasses are Altewai Saome; I’m channelling Johnny Depp in Charlie and the Chocolate factory – a smashing look if you ask me.
The unicorn talisman necklace is by Pyrrha, Brad Pitt wore a necklace from the same collection in World War Z. If it’s good enough for Brad…
Finally, the killer fringe clutch bag is by Barbara Bonner, it adds a bohemian twist to my eclectic outfit.
The second outfit is perfect for autumn; pink is due to be everywhere next season. The shirt is by Negarin and is exclusive to Rtister, I love the metallic double collar and cuffs – they add a space age Bowie reference to an otherwise classically feminine piece. The skirt is by Altewai Saome; it’s made in a scuba fabric that’s has a luxurious sporty vibe. The panel of baby pink adds a shot of girly juxtaposition in an otherwise tomboyish piece. The bomber is by Francis Leon and is rather ingeniously entitled the Runamock Jacket, I’m digging its sporty varsity structure and the contrasting leather panels.
My shoes (worn throughout) were an absolute steal from the Zara sale at £9.99. I like to mix designer and high street, yet another layer in my quirky fashion medley.