May 30, 2012 in Bright and Shiny
London’s ‘Queen of Jeans’, Donna Ida has launched a campaign called ‘Queen for a Day‘ to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee, which sees fashion insiders talking about what they would do if they had the crown for a day. I was kindly invited to take part and here’s what I would do:
If I were Queen for a day, I would pass some quick laws! I would make Monday Ladies’ Day. Women would get priority for seating, queues and right of way on the road! I would load Monday with special treats like smiling traffic wardens; loving partners, boyfriends, husbands and free customised Donna Ida jeans for lady motorbikers. Monday would eventually end up being so much better then Friday that the whole week would take on a new and completely exciting perspective!
Visit ‘Queen for a Day‘ on Donna Ida to read more.
…and what would you do?
May 29, 2012 in Bright and Shiny
Of all the bridal shows that take place, White Gallery has got to be the most prestigious. It’s always teaming with international buyers and features the most original crop of homegrown talent.
This year I discovered, to my delight, Claire Mischevani Bridal, together with her new 8-piece wholesale collection for Mothers-of- the-Bride. My favourite piece was a ‘swing coat’ that she not only offers in a variety of colours and materials, but an option of sleeve and hem lengths – so vintage looking and so practical…
I also managed to catch a word with Vivien Sheriff, flush from winning Drapers Accessory Designer of the Year. I really loved this gorgeous head piece that comes in different colours, and it’s certainly NOT just wedding material! Vivien promised to send me a picture of it on a high society American bride and I can’t wait! Oooh and whisper, whisper, there might be a straw collection next season for those of us in sunnier climes that want to wear her daily!
Sanyukta Shrestha is rising so FAST it’s hard to keep up. She is committed to her native Nepal where she keeps a workshop, and her excitement in using groundbreaking ethical fabrics like hemp, soya and organic silk is infectious. Her bridal collection takes its inspiration from the elegance of Wallis Simpson who once said, ‘I’m not a beautiful woman. I’m nothing to look at, so the only thing I can do is dress better than anyone else’. The Bridal gown above was my favourite. It uses 11 metres of a milk fabric and feels to the touch like a muslin mousse. She is the only bridal company using this fabric, which is so special. Sanyukta, pictured below, is preparing to launch a ready-to-wear collection – hand-loomed in the Khokana Village of Nepal! I adore this woman for her hard work, professionalism and sheer TALENT.
On to Rachel Simpson whose shoe collection (above) is handmade in Spain. New this season are three unique shoe clips with matching hair grips – really cute. Trends for her bridal shoes this season include more suede, lace and colours including taupe and metallic silver.
May 25, 2012 in Bright and Shiny
Yes, I want to carry Penelope Sacorafou and her Fox&Squirrel in collaboration with Guts for Garters shop in my motorbike’s panier around the world!
It hits all my senses. It makes me cry, smile and lust all in one go, if that’s possible for a travelled lady like me!
Both ladies, Penelope from Fox&Squirrel and Rachel Chudley from Guts for Garters, are pretty eclectic individually, so together with Sex and Death - their collaborative temporary shop on 20 Earlham Street in Seven Dials its explosive. The first time I walked in, Rachel was playing with her sweet pug right about where Cathy Pilkington’s dog sculpture was lying! As I was processing the age of the canine creature so abandoned in sleep, Alex screeched, ‘Aaagh, it’s not real’! Pilkington’s gargoyle is equally mind bending, which I love!
Around a huge bed there are rails ladened exquisitely with vintage finds interspersed with discovered labels by Penelope: Corlette London, Rainbow Winters, Magenta 8 and many more, as well one-off pieces by a few of my favourites including BEX ROX ,Vivien Sheriff, Beautiful Soul and a huge list of etc.
What else can I say? How about dirty perfumes on Saturday? Of course, that’s not counting the serious Chanel vintage pieces mixed with an array of black Victoriana at the front. Death? Probably more like heaven to me…
May 24, 2012 in News
Sarah and I share not only the same street, but also a passion for flowers, although I adore the scent and she the colours. Her shop, Cut Flowers, is in every theatre cognoscenti’s address book, with first nights being a specialty! When she told me that she’d been asked to do the windows for Brora’s Chelsea shop, I couldn’t wait to see the result! Chelsea in Bloom, in conjunction with the Chelsea Flower Show, really marks the start to the London season, and the only event worth going to for any green figured persons’ calendar!
Choosing only British flowers and delicately following a gentle Union Jack colour theme, Sarah created a beautiful display around a black and white portrait of the young Queen Elizabeth (kind permission of the Victoria & Albert museum). If you’re in and around Sloane Square this week, it’s really worth a peek in the window, and the cashmeres of course!
I am just lucky to have my own ever-changing floral displays as I walk past Sarah’s shop every day whilst in beautiful London.
May 20, 2012 in Bright and Shiny
A special treat for me is walking around London discovering new shops. So, when I found David David on Earlham Street it was rather like a rich chocolate cake on an empty tum! David Saunders’ renown geometric style is on everything from iPhone cases to pants!
The temporary shop is there until September and it is like falling into a kaleidoscope world – pattern, pattern everywhere. His hand drawn pencil designs are even on a chair designed by Glass Hill, which is featured in the Victoria & Albert’s British Design exhibition that is on until the 12th of August, and not to be missed!
If you’re lucky like me and catch David at the shop, he’ll talk you through the entire collection! HE SEEMED quite excited about catching a ride on the BIKE, so if Mr. P obliges, I am wondering if he could be enthused to make some HELMET covers? I can’t think of anything more delicious then being the envy of every ITALIAN biker when we hit ITALY later on this Spring!