Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Inspirations ....

Image courtesy of My Vintage they have a wonderful online archive of photography. 

I love this image from Harpers Bazaar in 1957 shot by John Engstead. Slick and Nautical, every day I am lusting over black and white images more and more. Sometimes colour can be fabulous and sometimes it can be distracting. This image is just perfect. 

I'm working on the final pieces of the Summer collection at the moment, the stripes are a big deal .....

Monday, 21 January 2013

Flower Girl Dresses and Pretty Hair Pieces ...

Introducing a Anna Vickery's super gorgeous childrenswear shot by the fabulous Sally Thurrell Photography and styled by our favourite lady Katy Howieson of What Katy Did Next. 

Anna designed these flower girl dresses with the shoot in mind, the lilac dotty dress is the perfect vintage 60s style I imagine toddlers look best in, especially with those little sequin shoes and blonde curls. 

The mint/teal chiffon flower dress has a silk bodice with ruffle trim and the ivory corded lace and chiffon flower girl dress makes a very pretty dress for all ages. The tulle capelets are the perfect dress up  trimmed in velvet and all are just wonderful for girls to twirl, run and dance about in! 

Anna loves working on bespoke designs for weddings and each of the dresses can be made in different sizes and in a colour of your choice to match your wedding theme. For any questions contact Anna here. 

Katy teamed Anna's super cute and gorgeous dresses with her hand beaded sashes and stunning hair accessories. I love the star  and the big bow so much! You can take a peek at them all in her shop here. 
My latest glitter bodice and mint silk skirt were on show and I designed a 'mini me' version with a sequinned t shirt and tulle sequined skirt, just the outfit I dreamt of as a little girl. These two models were Niece and Aunty which is a great way of getting perfect relaxed photos! 

Anna's will be opening her own online shop very soon but in the meantime you can order the beautiful flower girl / party dresses from our combined Etsy shop here. 

Adult Dress and 'Mini Me' oufit : Alexandra King

Sunday, 20 January 2013

Purple Lace Reception Dress ...

Ishita's pink and golden woven silk wedding Sari was just stunning. Photography By Lisa Jane.
Photography by Lisa Jane
Photography by Lisa Jane Photography
Early last year Ishita came to me for a reception party dress for the evening of her wedding. I love it when a client actually inspires me and is able to teach me something. Ishita had just got back for an incredible trip to India and told me all about the beautiful textile printers, taught me all about Sari's (which is going to be a big project for me this Summer) and bought me some stunning fabrics to make dresses for her with. (which will be another post)

We decided on a rich vibrant purple, the colour is so popping with violets! The design to be a lace and tulle prom dress and ballerina length. This length really works as it's still easy to manoeuvre like the shorter knee length styles but looks oh so elegant and when you are lucky enough to be tall it's the perfect dress length.
So the dress was built on silk foundations with a sweetheart bodice and the purple slightly lighter tone tulle was layered up for the skirt. This lighter tone purple showed the fine leavers lace detailing on top with a higher contrast and faded to the hem. The bodice was then hand pleated (this is my favourite part of the draping technique) and stitched in place.

And WoW didn't Ishita just look so stunning in her dress, I love the rich reds of the garland and of course the sparkling glitter shoes! Beautiful. xxx


Thursday, 17 January 2013

New In This Week ...

The glitter collars we wore to during party season are now available online for a steal at £15 inc. shipping. Not bad to transform the old little black dress into a cocktail number.
I'm wearing mine with vintage 50's skinny sweaters and with crisp white shirts. Enjoy x

Friday, 11 January 2013

Fifties Silk Starlet Bride

And we're back ....... with a fifties short n' sparky dress worn by an illustration starlet for the new year.

Rut spoke exactly the same language as me when it came to explaining what she wanted in her wedding dress, through the magic of illustration. (Ruts the talented lady behind out measuring guide illustration too!)

I love the way Rut had completely styled her outfit for the day, the look was beautifully fifties clean and looked so cool. This is how to plan and not get overwhelmed with all the options, draw or moodboard it out!
There weren't too many accessories or bits, the deep pink shoes matched the roses (you can't get much better than the classics), the colour pallette or the dark pink, grey and ivory worked perfectly together and the simple birdcage and wrist length gloves finished the look by just adding a nod to bridal without loosing any of the understated glamour.

The dress was designed with a t-shirt style cut to the bodice with the deep V back and our classic signature waistband. This little waistband is much more than just a piece of fabric and holds waist cinching secrets inside. The addition of the pleated silk belt brought texture to the silk and finished the dress.

The skirt in the silk taffeta was full with pockets hidden in the side seams and structured with the charcoal grey tulle underskirt. The dress worn again this summer with a lace jacket and navy belt would make a 'bang on trend' coastal dinner dress too.

Congrats to Rut for looking so well styled and gorgeous on her wedding day in Europe! xxx