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Rowena Downing

Your Wardrobe, Your Style, Your Statement. Let’s define and celebrate your personal style!

Ihre Wünsche und Bedürfnisse sind, was mich antreibt. Mein Ziel: Ihre Zeit und Ihr Geld sinnvoll in eine stilsichere und nachhaltige Garderobe zu investieren. Ob Haute Couture, High-Street, die nationale Designszene oder Massgeschneidertes – mich faszinieren alle Facetten der Mode. Lassen Sie uns Ihren individuellen Look kreieren, welcher Sie in Ihrer beruflichen und sozialen Umwelt optimal unterstützt.

In meiner Heimatstadt Glasgow, Schottland, war ich schon als Kind umgeben von Kunst, Mode und Design – tagtägliche Inspiration! Nach meinem Modedesignstudium in London war ich bei Selfridges als Personal-Shopper tätig und habe später in der Schweiz für Jelmoli eine Personal-Shopping-Abteilung aufgebaut. In der Sendung `Lifestyle`, Tele Züri, habe ich Zuschauerinnen gestylt und mit ihnen neue Looks kreiert. Wertvolle Erfahrung konnte ich zudem in den Bereichen Film und Fernsehen sammeln.

Meine Angebote richten sich gleichermassen an Individuen wie auch an Gruppen und Businesses. Sei es ein Dresscode-Event, eine Personal-Shopping-Tour oder ein Wardrobe-Update: Ich garantiere Ihnen einen persönlichen, auf Ihre Wünsche abgestimmten Service.

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Bevor ich Rowena traf, war Kleider einkaufen für mich immer eine Qual.
Mit Rowena’s Hilfe wird es jedoch sehr entspannt; sie kennt meine Grösse, weiss was ich brauche und sucht schon vorher die besten Stücke zusammen. Ich muss nicht mehr auf eine endlose Suche, sondern probiere nur in entspannter Atmosphäre die Teile an und suche mir die Kleider aus, die mir am besten gefallen.
Danach bin ich für’s Geschäft, die Freizeit und sogar für meine Hochzeit bestens gerüstet.

Alex, Berikon

I have been using Rowena`s services in Zurich for six years, and would recommend her without hesitation. She seeks to comprehend the person before recommending a style. When I present at conferences to crowds of hundreds, I feel empowered by what I’m wearing, confident that I am projecting a true sense of self. Having grown up in the Soviet Union I will always be grateful for how she saw past the shades of brown and helped me to share the true colours of my personality.

MaK, Zürich

Working with Rowena was great, we had 3 sessions together including a wardrobe consultation, a shopping trip and then finally a combinations session. We created some great outfits that I am still wearing, and the tips she gave me regarding the shapes and styles that suit me, and how to accessorize to the best effect have been invaluable.
Rowena has good relationships with the stores and knew where to look for all the items I needed, it simply took the hassle out of shopping leaving just the fun bits.

Amy, Zug

STYLE STORIES

Fashion Revolution Event

Recently I organised a personal style tour around Zürich for a group of ladies, our tour ended at the sustainable & fair event Fashion Revolution Switzerland.

Fashion Revolution is a global movement set up by fashion lovers, who enjoy style but want to wear clothes that are made in a safe, clean and fair way. At this event you can meet people showcasing unique sustainable designs and forward thinking concepts.

Here are some of my personal highlights from the fashion fair.

Felix Doll
I met the designer at this event and loved hearing about his journey in design and his mission to create stylish, sustainable collections.

Jungle Folk
I have been following this label on Instagram for a while now and love seeing which remote villages in the world she is visiting to find the best fair and sustainable products for her designs.

Qwstion
Based in Zürich, you have probably seen a number of their cool bags around town. If not, it is worth popping to their store on Badenerstrasse!

The house of Aim
I loved the prints and modern cuts of this sportswear brand and am excited to see this label grow.

Selfnation
Ever heard of tailor made jeans? Interested? Well, this is the address in town to find something in keeping with your figure, wishes and needs.

A New York Affair
My husband bought one of Jamil`s t-shirt at the event. A simple cut t-shirt dyed with birch. The t-shirts are dyed in a natural dyeing workshop by people with special needs.

Repair and wear!

Ideas but no experience? I know someone who can help you…

Fashion show by Villa Paul
I used to work with Mimi Frey and Doris Rickenbacher, they own Villa Paul- a sustainable and fair store in Baden. Both have a great energy & eye for style, the perfect pair to organise the fashion show for this fashion revolution event! Thanks for the invite!

If you would like to book a personal tour with me in Zürich or London get in touch!
Otherwise, keep an eye on my Facebook page to find out when I will be running my next event…

Spring Style Events

A big part of my job is knowing who has what and when!

Prior to my first style event of 2018 I`d been in touch with a number of contacts to find out when the full spring collections would arrive, I wanted us to be the first to shop the new collections in store! Below you will find some highlights from the tour…

Each event I organise is different. Whether new season favourites – business wear – dresses to dance in or sustainable fashion. I pre-select looks according to each individuals wishes, visiting small boutiques and selected department stores showcasing labels from different corners of the globe.  This is a chance to not only find some new wardrobe favourites, uncover new stores in town but also meet the owners/ buyers behind these exciting concepts and stores.

If you would like to join my next event, contact me directly or check my facebook page for details, it would be great to have you there!

A BIG thank you to all the ladies who joined the tour and Modissa, Jelmoli, Burri Optik, Cos, Maud and Maison Julie for having us!

Mode Suisse Edition 13

My Dad took me to my first fashion show when I was little- a Vivienne Westwood show, can you imagine?! I can still remember the buzz, the build up, the flamboyant designs and models swooping up and down the catwalk!

Mode suisse is the biggest fashion event on the calendar in Switzerland. You never quite know what to expect at one of their shows which I love! Its and important event for Swiss designers and in my opinion for Swiss culture. This springs – Edition 13 – “wow” moment was the showroom setting where collections were presented on models and you could meet the designers. A really nice, stylish, personal touch!

Here are some of my highlights from Mode Suisse Edition 13.

This Basel based label is run by design duo Matthias Fürst and Karin Wüthrich. Their collections are produced in Bosnia and Herzegovina. I personally loved the chainmail/ bejewelled tops and colour-block dresses, I could imagine having one of those in my wardrobe!

Print, Plissé and cool colour combis. No wonder! Julia Heuer used to be head of print design at the well known textile company Jakob Schlaepfer. Creating prints for fashion houses such as Christian Dior, Comme des Garcons and Calvin Klein to name a few. Her collections are certainly worth a closer look!

A reconstructed gentlemans wardrobe. Designer Luka Gunther Maurers` collection often showcases a modern twist on tailored pieces, combining textures and detailing in an interesting way. I have been keeping my eye on this designer for a number of years now and look forward to seeing more of his work.

This collection could easily move from the catwalk into your wardrobe. Designers Michael Muntinga and Roland Rahal`s showcased wonderful prints, and versatile pieces that can easily be worn from the day to night.

Highlights from the Modesuisse showroom:

Thank you Mode suisse for the invitation, I enjoyed the event!

The Umbrella Shop

Come rain or shine, next time you’re in central London hail a cab and ask for “The Umbrella shop” every taxi driver will know where to find this hidden gem! With it`s Victorian shop front design and untouched interior you will be warmly welcomed into the world of walking sticks, dress canes, umbrellas and much, much more. Founded in the 1830s, this is the oldest umbrella shop in London.

James Smith & Sons works with established family companies from around Europe. Sourcing the highest quality components that they need to craft their walking sticks and umbrella collections. A few of the handles are still hand carved by craftsman in the uk and unique wooden handles are supplied from the forests of Europe and Asia.

Phil, the store manager gave me a tour of the store before opening hours. A real treat, as when the open sign was turned and the doors unlocked the daily flow of customers began. The store is brimming with a large variety of styles and functional designs. There are plenty of knowledgeable sales personnel on hand to advise you on which style would best suit your needs and give tips on how to take care of your purchase.

Which is the oldest umbrella you have in-store?
An 18th century walrus tusk and brass umbrella, the fabric would have originally been silk and the ribs made of whalebone.

I see you have a variety of styles in the cabinet, what type of umbrellas are these?
Here we have a drinking stick umbrella, which was popular in the 19th century, there`s also a games stick with concealed dice, a horse measuring stick and swordstick.

How would you describe the signature style of a traditional English umbrella and which is your personal favourite?
It should be functional and reserved in design. My favourite is the horn handle umbrella with olive wood shaft, as it is not only stylish but sturdy and comfortable to hold.

Which umbrellas would you class as essential accessories?
A small umbrella which fits in your bag, a sturdy, stylish folding design for windy days and a smart, formal style for weddings and funerals.

Do you have an on-site workshop?
Yes we do, we produce our own umbrellas, make alterations and of course offer a repairs service.

Thank you Phil and your team for having me at James Smith & Sons, armed with my new umbrella I will be ready for any stormy days and any April showers!

When I am working in London I like to uncover new shopping experiences and gain insight into the traditional stores which have influenced design as we know it today. If there is anything you would particularly like me to explore, please let me know so I can add it to my style stories for you!

Gift voucher

Still searching for the perfect present?
Let`s arrange a different kind of gift, something that will last long after christmas!
With this voucher you`ll give your colleagues or loved ones the chance to try on some new styles, find 2018`s wardrobe favourites and explore new boutiques and stores in town. There are two cards to choose from and many possibilities, if you have any questions don’t hesitate to get in touch!

Mode Suisse

If asked to name some Swiss design labels, what would your answer be? Perhaps a prestigious watch brand, a cool and functional furniture designer or maybe you read about Akris in a fashion magazine? Let me share some exciting new names, fashion collaberations and collections I spotted at the twelth edition of Mode Suisse with you!

Ladina Steinegger
Based in Rome, Ladina Steineggers` bright, geometric designs can also be found in collections at Balenciaga, Givenchy and Lanvin. I loved her use of strong colours and print, a collection, which can seamlessly move from the catwalk into your closet.

YVY
Worn by names such as Taylor Swift, Katy Perry and Kirsten Stewart. Yvy blurs the boundaries between traditional accessories and clothing, transforming the simplist outfit into an exquisite look. Each piece is hand made by designer Yvonne Reichmuth and her team here in Zürich.

Kévin Germanier
A wild and colourful debut collection that lit up the catwalk! Kévin Germanier studied at London`s central St Martins, focusing his studies on important fashion-forward themes such as sustainability and design responsibility. He has recently been snapped up to work for Louis Vuitton as a junior designer.

eSJZ
En Soie and Julian Zigerli showcased their first capsule collection “eSJZ” with a see now – buy now concept. You could even buy personal favourites after the show directly from the designers themselves. The collection, presented in pairs consisted mainly of day to day functional pieces.

Thank you Mode Suisse for having me and for supplying the photographs from the fashion show!

Photographs: Boris Marberg

Spring street-style shoot

Let`s get colourful and creative, let`s celebrate womenswear and embrace this season with full force!

I teamed up with on-line platform My Girlfriend Guide, Globus and a fantastic group of professionals to realise this street-style shoot. We styled Lilian one of My Girlfriend Guides` readers, showcasing a selection of key looks and themes for this Spring/ Summer.

Why not try a new colour this season, perhaps it`s time to invest in some cool denim or a transitional trench?
Zurich – Spring – we`re ready!

Look #1

Top* Sonia Rykiel 219.00 Swiss Franks
Jeans* Marco Polo 179.00 Swiss Franks
Trench* Tara Jarmon 570.00 Swiss Franks
Bag* Gryn 379.00 Swiss Franks
Shoes Miu Miu Stylists own

*Available in Globus

The constant change in weather doesn’t make it easy to know what to wear when leaving home. Welcome, the stylish and functional trench coat! The trench has a cooler, relaxed cut this season and will be an important update to your wardrobe, come rain or shine.

Spring florals can be worn as a highlight or from top to toe, we are big fans of this blouse from Sonia Rykiel – pretty, powerful, positive and easy to combine.

Jeans are cut a little higher at the waist, the trouser leg either straight or wide and slightly cropped. Are you bored of your classic jeans? Why not invest in a re-constructed pair, with frayed hems, contrasting denim fabrics or denim tones?

Look #2

Jacket* Sandro 369 Swiss Franks
Trousers* Sandro 249 Swiss Franks
Blouse* Maje 199 Swiss Franks
Shoes Aldo Models own
Sunglasses Dior Models own
Bag* Furla: Metropolis 329.00 Swiss Franks

*Available in Globus

Add colour and a new energy to your wardrobe – it`s the season of colour confidence!

The focus is mainly on pink, orange or yellow; you can either wear one colour alone or be bold and mix it up! Balenciaga inspired us with their colourful mixes, as did Rocha with forest green, pink and blue combinations.

We love this super sleeved suit from Sandro in combination with the sky blue striped cotton shirt! Whether statement bell sleeves, ruffles or tie fastenings – sleeve detailing is a big theme that we will see predominantly in shirting this year.

With a flamboyant jacket like this you can easily smarten up casuals too!

Look #3

Dress* Sandro 399.00 Swiss Franks
Belt* Sandro 129.00 Swiss Franks
Bag* Furla: Metropolis 329.00 Swiss Franks
Shoes Aquazzura Stylists own
Sunglasses Shourouk Stylists own

*Available in Globus

Ok, we got caught up with the power colour theme here, but it looked so good on Lillian our model that we had to add it in! So, how to accessorize yellow? You can either go for a strong contrast like black, or, why not try metallic or nude accessories?

Look #4

Dress* Knitss 329.00 Swiss Franks
Blouson* Liviana Conti 279.00 Swiss Franks
Shoes Zara Stylists own
Sunglasses Westward leaning Stylists own

*Available in Globus

One of our favourite looks because it incorporates so many interesting themes such as athleisure, colour blocking and stripes. Styled with a cool bomber jacket this look creates a bold, sporty yet elegant silhouette. Statement stripes keep combing back every year, a good, fun investment for this spring/summer.

Look #5

Dress* Sandro 299 Swiss Franks
Blouson* Maje 279 Swiss Franks
Sunglasses Dior Models own
Shoes Vero Cuoio Stylists own

*Available in Globus

Soft pastels offer a fresh, feminine colour palette in spring/ summer 2017. We teamed it with a faithful blouson and studded sandals to make it a little more rock and roll.

A big thank you to Globus and the womenswear team for their collaboration on this shoot. A huge thank you to My Girlfriend Guide and their reader and model Lillian, you were fantastic! Thank you to the whole team who made this shoot happen- it was so much fun working with you all!

Hair and Make-up: Erica Gabriel-Büsser ericabuesser@hotmail.com Tel: 076 380 84 83

Photography: Claudia Remondino cremondino@hotmail.com

Styling: Sandra Nägeli and me, Rowena Downing

 

Here, some pictures from behind the scenes…

Style tour Zurich

Hello Spring! We are ready and waiting!

Last month I organised a style tour in Zürich, a chance to try on something new, break away from normal shopping routines, explore current trends and stylish collections.

A fantastic group of women from all corners of the globe joined us on this style tour- it was so much fun! After a breakfast apero of green smoothies, teas and cappuccinos we set off to our first address, Jelmoli -The house of brands- My colleague, stylist and designer Sandra Nägeli worked with me on this event. We highlighted key trends, shared stories about the origins of selected items and pre- arranged two outfits for each member of the group to try. Jelmoli has a fantastic shoe department, so we certainly couldn`t miss that out! We selected fitting footwear for each participant- adding a spring in their step as we moved onto other stores and boutiques around Bahnhofstrasse.

Herr Burri from Burrioptik greeted us personally, highlighting a few of the many brands showcased in his boutique. From Retrospecs to Linda Farrow he opened our eyes to a whole new world in eyewear. Here are some highlights:

Let`s connect, experience and explore this city together! I will be offering various event packages throughout the year, so keep an eye on my Style Stories and Facebook page!

Thank you to all the ladies who made this event so special! Merci Sandra, It was so much fun working with you! Thank you Jelmoli, Herr Burri and his team, Claudie Pierlot, Tara Jarmon and all others involved… see you again soon!

Pitti Uomo

Yes, there was a lot of posing going on at Pitti Uomo in Florence and as I find myself smiling and writing, I have to say that I really enjoyed the show! I was inspired to see so many people taking pride in their appearance. At times it did seem a little theatrical in the main square but I had already decided that I would soak up all the inspirational ideas, styles, combinations and labels on show and accept the rest for what it was. Florence was buzzing! The perfect setting to showcase so many wonderful classic and contemporary brands.
The first edition of Pitti Uomo was held in Florence in September 1972. This winter (Edition no. 91) welcomed around 36.000 visitors from all over the globe. Pitti Uomo is clearly one of the most important international platform in men’s fashion, I hope to be back again!

Here, some style highlights from my trip that I would like to share.

LET'S CONNECT!

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Rowena Downing

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