Style Inspiration

Rush Shoes


Whilst on holiday in Ibiza, sun shining, breeze blowing any thoughts from my mind, I stubbled (literally - there was a large basket in my way) of shoes. 

Not typical holiday shoes, i.e rubber flip flops, canvas pumps but rather simple looking flat mules made from a dried reed or grass-like material. 

Obviously its hot and more importantly dry! And so with a romantic notion of living in a dry, dusty environment, I bought of couple of paris. Note to self - when home in England the weather is significantly wetter and said shoes cant be worn outside (or at least only for perhaps a week of the year!) however they make excellent house shoes or slippers. 

I popped a photo on Instagram - they were well received but I knew very little about them. Until I was browsing through the magical book - Craft Traditions of the World. It turns out they aren't just located from Spain but world wide. In Africa and the Americas they are produced using the grasses from the savannahs and prairies. In China and Japan, the straw from rice plants are used. They can be found in Russia, Romania, Nepal, in fact anywhere that has access to dry flat grasses or rushes - these tend to have a spongy middle.  

The shoes are literally woven using basic warp and weft structure. Creating a top or circular piece before the edge is bound with twin to give a finished edge. 


Iconic Style - The Trench Coat


Always a fail safe for the British weather... a trench coat.

The trench coat was created as a means to keep mud off the uniforms worn in the trenches of WW1 - mostly must I add by the Officers. This would explain the epaulettes which we identify with the trench coat as they would have originally have been used to signify and to display ones rank. 

The trench coat has gone on to signify strong women esecpially in films such as A Woman Of Affairs and The Iron Petticoat. Further in time to Audrey Hepbrns' use of it for Holly Golighlty in Breakfast At Tiffanys - where it stops being a masculine statement and is in fact totally feminized by Audrey Hepburn - either way mascuijne or feminine the trench coat is a diverse garment that transeeds stereotypical sexualities to be something that is pure class. 

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Below are a section of trench coats on the market today and which show the diversity of how the humble trench coat has involved. Including the amazing Valentino pink leather trench coat!


ULTRA VOILET - Colour of the Year 2018


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Officially the colour of the year - Ultra Voilet - the colour chosen by Pantone as their colour of the year. 

And, the world has followed. Fashion is embracing Voilet - it makes a welcome highlight from black and red as seasonal Christmas colours, bright enough to cheer up a lack lustre dull day - with the promise that the sun will shine...

 Even food is embracing the colour purple in the form of the bus (yam), you can even try Ube Ice cream at Romulo Cafe Kensington... 


Murder, Mystery and Vintage Clothing


When I have the time, there is nothing I love more than a good read. Curling up with a book and a cup of soothing cup of tea - Mariage Freres being a tipple of choice but equally a good camomile tea would also be a treat. 

Books of choice at the moment are from the incredibly talented writer Angela M Saunders. 

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At first glance the covers are super sophisticated, pretty colours and glamorous fonts. The stories are interesting on their own merit as great thrillers and then there is the added bonus of huge amounts of vintage clothing and fashion designer interest and facts. For anyone who's look a good 'who done-it' and had an interest in vintage and retro clothing - these are for you.


PARIS Through a Fashion Eye - Megan Hess


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Paris, Pink, Pretty... just a few of the words that sum up this delicious book.

Paris Through a Fashion Eye by Megan Hess - crosses the line between a factual and informative book and a book so pretty that it holds its own on the coffee table. A delightful and iinformarive guide around Megan's Paris - the places she loves, places to go to for food, fashion, fun and highlight with most fantastic of illustrations. 

A book to enjoy and treasure. 

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A Chance to Delve into The Versace Archive

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The William Vintage Gianni Versace Arvhive Collection is available to for us to look at from 10th October on the Farfetch website - and - at the William Vintage Boutique London.  

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Versace is back. 

I'm not sure that it ever really left... its like marmite. It's one of those brands that stands strong whether you love or hate it. 

The London vintage emporium William Vintage has joined together with the amazing e-commerce website Farfetch to sell - yes sell - a 500 piece collection of Versace. The collection ranges from 1977 through to 1997. 

Prices range from £195 (Similar to a high priced H&M - bearable at a  push) through to an amazing £38,995 price point - for this you would be able to purchase a dress from the renowned Bondage Collection. 

But... whether you can afford to purchase or not - what we can do is look. 

One not to miss! 

Chanel PFW Spring Summer 2018


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The fashion weeks come and go - everyone has a favourite bit, a favourite show and if your lucky enough you might get to go to the show. 

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The fashion weeks come and go - everyone has a favourite bit, a favourite show and if your lucky enough you might get to go to the show. 

For most of us, there is much hope and to be truthful even if we could get in, would we be FROW... most likely not. 

This is where the internet, blogs, websites, social media, camera phones suddenly come into their own - because within seconds now we have the ability to see what is happening almost front the front row. 

New York, London, Milan and Paris. 

And then this year - Chanel. 

Love it or hate it - this is the boot of Spring Summer 2018.

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The Classic Wrap Dress


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Created by Diane von Furstenberg in 1974, the DVF classic wrap dress is a classic - its easy to wear, can be dressed up or down. A dress that has lasted the test of time and today 2017 it is just as flattering / popular / versatile now as it was in 1974. However what I didn't know was that the DVF wrap dress started off as a wrap top and skirt. According to Diane von Furstenberg "I thouguht it would make a simple and sexy dress." 

Which certainly is true, as shown in press clippings of Diane herself...

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Style Inspiration - Ava Gardner


As much as I love jeans - obviously, as I design and make them - and wear them - it is also nice to feel a tad glamourous.

Which is I love adding a little Hollywood glamour into an outfit - be it simply over the top earnings, leopard print, a silk blouse, a statement necklace or even (on very tired days) cats eye sunglasses! 

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The simple stripe jumper.

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The classic black swimsuit will never be out of fashion.

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A perfect off the shoulder top or...

add a statement piece of jewellery (or both).

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'Catseye' sunglasses anytime anywhere.

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Walking the dog...

with glamour.

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Simply a shirt,jeans and classic white trainers.

''If I had my life to live over again, I'd live it the same way. Maybe a few changes here or there, but nothing special. The truth is, honey, I've enjoyed my life. I've had a hell of a good time.” 

- Ava Gardner


Beach Style


The summer holidays are well under way. Every year the same wee thoughts - keep the swimwear I already have or buy new...

I find myself flicking through the magazines for inspiration but just get wildly stressed over how young or skinny or young again the models are why do they have to look so perfect... but all this changed when I read the following statement in The Lady magazine (my guilty pleasure).

When it comes to genuine chic as opposed to fickle fashions, perhaps things haven’t changed that much’.

What a genuinely lovely and comforting thought because lets be honest the human body maybe more athletic, healthy or not, perhaps even taller but essentially we are still human with arms, leg, a body and a head. 

If we look at the styles of swimwear or resort wear over the last few decades fashions may change but the 'stylish' swimwear is fairly consistent to the present day.

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1930

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1940

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1950

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Present day....


DIY Your Own Asymmetric Hemline


The 1990's are back - fashion is embracing body-con dresses, bias-cut slip dresses and trainers and dresses.

Add to this The Asymmetric hemline. Everyone from JW Anderson to Topshop Unique 

An asymmetrical hem looks fairly simple to do yourself especially when the trend is to leave the hem raw - no sewing needed!

And - it is very simple to do.

  • I choose a maxi, floral dress just perfect for the spring.
  • I hung the dress up and decided where the shortest point on one side seam should be and them the longest point on the other sides seam.
  • Then with confidence I simply cut a sloping backwards 'S' shape between the two points. It doesn't have to be a sloping backwards 'S' shape you can also cut in a straight line from the high point straight to the low point - all this does is give a more dramatic slope to the hem.
  • At this point I hung the dress back up to admire my handy work and make the choice of whether to hem or not - i have decided  not t hem the dress but it would be easy to by sewing machine, hand or even taking to your local dry cleaners / tailors.

All thats needed now is a little sunshine *wishful thinking but the real beauty of the asymmetric hem is that it can easily be worn in the summer with bare legs or in the cooler months with tights and ankle boots - win win.


 

 

Simple Updated Jeans


Distressed, revamped, chopped, slashed, patched..

You name it - denim is it - there isn't anything you can't do to denim at the moment. So when challenged with 'what can you do to update 'mom' jeans?' I actually had a very quick idea, that is super simple. 

Create a pin-tuck down the centre front of each leg. Simple yet attractive. I also chopped the hem's off of the jeans to allow them to fray wash by wash...

Simple instructions below and feel free to experiment - coloured threads, lurex thread, stitch width...

Take a pair of 'Mom Jeans'.

Take a pair of 'Mom Jeans'.

Fold the legs in half - side seam to side sea creating a fold down the centre front go the jeans.

Fold the legs in half - side seam to side sea creating a fold down the centre front go the jeans.

Place the folded jean leg under the sewing machine, allowing a small seam allowance go 3mm and sew straight down the fold. 

Place the folded jean leg under the sewing machine, allowing a small seam allowance go 3mm and sew straight down the fold. 


Colour by Flowers


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As a family we are finding it hard to agree on any colours to decorate our home.

The more colour palettes I bring home, the more home magazines we sit and pour over - it only seem to heighten our likes individually rather than be interested or understanding what other people like. 

Probably plating Monopoly at the same time doesn't help the competitive nature of our family...

But on-one thing that we do love as a family are fresh flowers the home and none does them better (for us) than Petalon

Petalon deliver flowers than are not only stunning but by bicycle (so envirmantly supportive) and they donate £1 from every order to The Bees Collective to support bees for the Lononders - and as we live in London and we love honey - its a no brainer!  

So far we are have narrowed our colour pallets to the two bouquets below... now all we have to do is separate the colours into our individual likes and then into paint / furnishings / textures...

but hey its a good starting point.

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Brooklyn Street Style - The Book


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I love a good coffee book table.

Equally I love a good read - fashion and style related (otherwise is's a gritty thriller of choice). So I was super excited to receive Brooklyn Street Style as a Christmas gift. The cover is fun and upbeat, the photography is excellent and inspiring, the content is useful and knowledgeable. It is easy to be cynical and say it is just another street style book but actually this book isn't just a documentary of someones photographs - it has actual interest and inspiration. Hugely loving this book, so much so it had me inspired enough to draw...