Thursday, 20 September 2012

London Fashion Week: Jasper Garvida SS13

I need to start this post with a little disclaimer. I simply adore Jasper Garvida. He is the sweetest and most genuine person I've met in fashion and as a result, I would like pretty much anything he puts his name to...well within reason. I've followed his career for the last few years and loved every single collection, especially the SS11 collection "Belle". His spring/summer 2013 is entitled "L'Unite de Temps et L'espace" which translates as the unity of time and space. This central theme is the focal point for a collection which features soft architecture contrasting with strong shapes to create space and perspective. Heavily inspired by the 1960s and Mary Quant styling, the collection features the iconic shift dress shape and geometric patterns with Jasper's signature modernist disc sequins. I really liked the large leopard print but my favourite pieces were the sequin dresses which are classic Jasper. 


Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Push PR Autumn/Winter 2011 press day

Push PR are one of my favourite PR firms, not least because they represent some very cool and quirky little brands. At the Autumn/Winter 2011 press day, I caught up with some of my favourite brands and also discovered some new ones, namely gorgeous goods at Gigi Vintage and Jasper Garvida's luscious bridal collection. 

Vintage Dior and YSL sunglasses at Gigi Vintage

Jasper Garvida's bridal collection. Stunning from afar but absolutely beautiful close up, the amount of work that has gone into each piece is staggering. 

EC One have got some beautiful, elegant and very simple jewellery for next season. 

Eastern Mystic have some beautiful spike jewellery. Obviously, I loved these. The bracelets are made out of pretty stones but the sharp spikes really toughen them up/ 

Regal Rose are newly represented by Push PR and I instantly fell in love. The pieces are very distinctive and have a slightly Gothic edge, they would pretty much feel at home in my jewellery box. I spent a lot of time playing with the knuckle duster rings, but ultimately the full finger ring was my favourite piece, just. The price points are relatively low too which is great because you won't want to stop at just one or two pieces. Want. It. All. 


Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Wednesday Wish List

How perfect is this pretty fan for the hot weather, especially on the stifling hot tube. It’s by a London-based family business called Domakaya, who specialise in limited-edition accessories. The collection includes handbags, hats, scarves and shawls adorned with beading, emboirdery, brooches, lace and velvet trims. Domakaya has recently been featured in all the big glossies including Vogue, Elle, Grazia and Instyle. Available here
Next season sees the launch of Jasper Garvida’s first limited edition piece, the gorgeous moss green silk Katherine dress. Jasper wanted to go back to the days when luxury was unattainable, special and highly covetable. There will only be twenty of these gorgeous dresses available via the website from August 2011, with each having their own serial number.

Speaking of luxury, I think it’s meaning has lots it’s way over the years. Nowadays it’s all about products with the logo emblazoned all over it. That’s why I love English, family-run firm Tusting so much. For over 130 years, five generations have been tanning, grading and trading beautiful, subtle  leather pieces which are pretty much free of logos. I adore their soft form travel bags, the eyecatching orange colour of this bag just highlights the beautiful workmanship even more. Available here

Is wishing for next season’s pieces cheating? I just can’t help but covet Maggie Angus’ collection for Autumn/Winter 2011. It’s inspired by nocturnal creatures and it has cosmic influences. Each piece is made from black glittered Perspex, reflecting the mysterious and magical universe at night. My favourite piece is the Ursula bear necklace, bears are my favourite animals. Available here

I was fortunate enough to meet jewellery designer Lauren Adriana towards the end of last week at a QVC event. This girl really knows her jewels; she is a qualified gemmologist and has a super exclusive, super expensive mainline collection. She also has a collection with QVC which is more affordable but still has her signature 70s-sinpired design and precious stones. This black agate and 1.8ct citrine ring is so bold, so me! Available here


Tuesday, 22 February 2011

London Fashion Week - Backstage at Jasper Garvida AW11

Regular readers will know that I adore Jasper Garvida, both the brand and the man behind the label. Last season, I went behind the scenes and found it was the best way to appreciate his beautiful creations was up close. Pictures from the front row don't quite do the workmanship and detailing justice. I fell in love with the large paillettes in the last collection - especially the shoulders on the dress I borrowed - and I was glad to see Jasper had used these in abundance in this collection. Gorgeous silks and lace were deftly twisted, draped and folded to create a collection which really raised the bar this fashion week. My words really can't do these pieces justice, so just have a look at my pictures. They're worth a thousand words. 

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