Biba exhibition Brighton Museum

Today I went to see the Biba exhibition at the Brighton Museum, with my old school friend Lynne. It was wonderful and amazing. We absolute loved it and I felt so inspired to write this blog with lots of photos, not only of the exhibits we saw but also similar items and outfits that I have worn and are in my wardrobe- fascinating how fashion revolves! Barbara Hulanicki always had a keen sense of style and fashion and wanted to do everything differently (I want to do things differently too!), she won her first design competition at 18 with this Italian influenced swimsuit design (to keep us a little warmer in Britain!) This was made by Norman Hartwell. Barbara started the first postal clothes service (how forward thinking –it’s our online now) and initially had moderate sales. Then she was featured in the Daily Mirror and was commissioned to design a garment to accompany the article so she designed a Brigitte Bardot inspired pink gingham dress with matching head scarf (back in fashion now). 17,000 orders were received and Biba was an overnight success. Influenced by Audrey Hepburn she played with scale to create styles and patterns that hadn’t been seen before – and also mixed styles and designs from difference periods to create new silhouettes – she liked to shock – she made her son black nappies and ‘proper clothes’ in natures colours (autumnal) not traditional babies pink and blue. We saw a patterned jumpsuit with matching hat – I got my 2012 version from Ailsa to wear to an awards dinner. The Trouser suit- so on trend...

Gay’s Spring Fashion Picks

Gay Loves theses Spring Fashion Must Have’s Ladies this is what I love about 2013 spring trends You can look up to date by incorporating a few key pieces into your wardrobe, selecting what colours and styles suit you. Elegance in a dress The LLD Little Lace dress Miss Military – fluid fabric –silk/ jersey or suede Midi and maxi lengths Feminine floaty florals Laurel silk military Dress – £165 “ there is a dress for every mood, body shape & occasion ” Cacophony of colours 50 shades of green – from celery, lime, root, apple, olive, neonMad metallic’s –bronze, silver and all shades of gold Nuances of neutrals- charcoal, biscuit, inky blue, fresh white, bitter chocolate George at ASDA £10 “how you pair your colours will modernise your look”   Power Prints Seasonally striped – all things Breton and beyond Geometric graphics in sharp tailored pieces Bonkers patterns mixed together worn with a broad smile   jaegar at H of F £35 “Prints and patterns are fabulous for disguising the parts we don’t like, whilst upping the fun factor”   Necessary Accessories Back to school rules…..   Replace briefcase with satchel in bold bright colours The back pack has upped its game – choose leather for evening luxe or fabric for daytime – practical yet so on trend Costume jewellery can take your knits from day to disco “Stamp your style with the right accessories. it’s all about the scale”   Modern Tailoring Side split pencil skirt , straight & knee length –tuck tops in for longer legs The leopard print jacket, any style, any colour – just...

Award Winning Outfits

Award Winning Outfits at the Women’s Awards in Arundel or any party you like! Party wear and all variations on a theme exemplified by these gorgeous ladies that I styled for the awards event – each one looking fabulous in their own individual way. We have a combination of long, short, trousers and jumpsuit; a riot of colour or black showcasing an accent colour – a truly glamorous gaggle of gorgeous girls. Here’s what the ladies themselves have to say Joyanne– The Winner!! I could not have felt as confident or as glam as I did without your support, encouragement and faith in me. You are completely awesome.It makes a huge difference feeling confident in your clothes especially when you are working so hard on a positive mindset too. This year has been such an amazing year and I have so many positive to take from it and celebrate.Following your blogs/ video clips, seeing you for personal shopping sessions, going to the relevant workshops and the pre awards advice have all contributed to me continuing on the path of empowerment and self awareness that you started when I came on the day course originally. All these have a positive impact on me from the minute I wake up each day, just because I no longer dither at the wardrobe or try on 15 outfits. I know what works and I sometimes even pick out things the night before!!! (My Marc also loves you for that, no more awkward questions “What do you think?”). I know this sounds soppy but it has been a life changing experience and I feel...

7 Rules of Layering

The art of layering is about how you put the pieces together. Living in Britain, with our erratic weather, layering is a very necessary skill! Having the right pieces is key so here are some ‘rules’ to help guide you to achieve the layering look for you. RULE 1 – Nothing ends on a widest part This is essentially about your body shape and you will know what is your widest part – it could be hips, shoulders or waist Hips – avoid waterfall or boyfriend cardy Shoulders – avoid shoulder details / pads / puff sleeves Waist – avoid mid length or A line tops RULE 2 – Wear a variety of lengths This is all about your body proportions Wear different levels to create interest and to balance up your proportions. RULE 3 – Breaking up the line Choose items with uneven hemlines e.g. Asymmetrical, dippy, handkerchief RULE 4 – buy when see regardless of season It’s all about building up wardrobe collection in right styles and colours for you. You can buy a wider range of colours from catalogues and get out of season items in the sales. RULE 5 – use many items all year round This is about mixing and matching and layering with transseasonal items. E.g. thin vesties (try M&S), ribbed vests, ¾ sleeve thin T-shirts (H&M) longer line T-shirts (Oasis) Shorter / longer cardies. Try ¾ sleeve thin T’s under dresses with low necklines. RULE 6 – mix colours and textures Texture and pattern hides lumps and bumps, so be brave and try some pattern and texture, there is a lot around for...

Wills and Kate

It was Wills and Kate first anniversary last week and so far our new style icon hasnt put a perfectly manicured foot wrong. And I truly admire her for that. Given that, at least 80% of us struggle in some way every day, with that centuries old “what to wear, even though the cupboard is full” dilemma. Kate has had everyone, worldwide watching every outfit choice, colour, fabric and occasion it could lead many to a complete fashion fallout! Kate has seamlessly (no pun intended!) showcased designer alongside high street, and even sharing outfits with her Mum (I just love that), giving us ordinary mortals confidence that we too can look stunning without the designer price tag. She is even rocking the rules too! Kate wore black to a wedding last year, though she ‘de’blacked’ the outfit with various fabrics, velvet/ sheer and teemed with wine coloured accessories. I had a small piece in Prima Magazine May issue talking about wedding wear dilemmas here it is on the right hand...