Kerry O'Brine Womens Wear

Behind the seams

Dog tooth suit JPG


Leave a comment

Fill your diary with Art and Fashion exhibitions!!

A list of inspirational fashion, art, textiles and clothing exhibitions for 2014 (London, NYC and Paris)

(if there is a fantastic fashion or art exhibition near you then do let me know!!)

This is updated with some great upcoming exhibitions including the not to be missed McQueen….

On NOW:

LONDON:
(19th September 2014 – 18th January 2015) – Fashion and Textile Museum: This looks like another good exhibition from the Fashion and Textile Museum. It’s on my personal ‘go-to’ list.

Horst: Photographer of Style – V & A (6th Sept 2014 – 4th Jan 2015) – A retrospective of Horst’s work (photography) – I’m excited about this one!

Fashion Rules Exhibition (till July 4th 2015) – Royal gowns on display at Kensington Palace

Wedding Dress 1755-2014 (3rd May 2014 – 15th March 2015) – V&A:  If you are interested in bridal wear and the way key designers have treated this subject.

PARIS:
Dries Van Noten – Inspirations –  Les Arts Décoratifs (March 1st-November 2st 2014)

Fashion in France 1947-57 - The Palais Galliera Museum of Fashion (July 12th -Nov 2nd 2014)

NYC:

Exposed: A History of Lingerie - The Museum at FIT (June 3rd – November 15th 2014)

The Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec: Prints and Posters – MoMa (July 26, 2014–March 22, 2015)

UPCOMING Exhibitions:

NYC:

Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe – The Brooklyn Museum: Robert E. Blum Gallery, 1st Floor (September 10, 2014–February 15, 2015)

Dance and Fashion – The Museum at FIT (Sept 13th 2014 – Jan 3rd 2015)

If you didn’t make it to London to see the fantastic Henri Matisse art exhibition or the Jean-Paul Gaultier Fashion exhibit but New York is more convenient. You are in luck because they are both heading your way in October!

Henri Marisse: the cut outs – MOMA (Oct 12th 2014 – Feb 8th 2015)

Matisse exhibition Tate Modern

Lydia Delectorskaya and Matisse at Hotel Regina, Nice c.1952
Cover of the Tate Modern exhibition booklet

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk – Brooklyn Museum 200 Eastern Parkway (October 25, 2013–February 23, 2014)

Jean Paul Gaultier Cocktail bar Barbican London

Death Becomes Her

Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning attire - MET Museum (October 20th 2014 – February 1st 2015) This sounds fabulous. The title is borrowed from the 1992 film. Which I remember enjoying a lot at the time! It has Goldie Hawn and Meryl Streep in it – a must see if it past you by!
Egon Shiele Portraits  – Neue Galerie (Oct 9th 2014 to Jan 19th 2015)

LONDON

Rembrandt The Final Years (15th Oct 2014 – 18th Jan 2015) – Bringing together 100 works from museums across the world – showing is creative work in the final years of his life.

Piet Mondrian - Tate Liverpool (June 6th – Oct 5th)

Constable The Making of a Master -  The V&A (20 September 2014 – 11th January 2015)

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty – The V&A (14th March – 19th July 2015) – This is a must see exhibition. I loved it when I was lucky enough to see it NYC. I may even see it again whilst it is in London! I’m so pleased it has made it across to London where it belongs!!


2 Comments

Diary Update – of a fashion designer business!

We’ve been very busy! Only now have I had the time to sit down for this little diary re-cap.
We held a great competition with Pinstripe & Pearls giving everyone a chance to win a dress of their choice from our Silk Line Collection! The lucky winner was drawn 12 days ago and we sent her a lovely parcel. She chose the Ava dress.

The Winner’s Prize all packed up!

Ava dress

Ava Dress

We’ve moved into a new studio space. It was built especially for us. But this has taken a lot of energy and lugging stuff about. Only just getting sorted now a month later! See the build process here.IMG_4783

New Studio just after we moved in

Our sale has started on the website. Don’t miss out on some great price points for designer silk jersey dresses. All our pieces are made in Britain in our studio. See my top 4 fashion sale picks!

Rosa Blouse – a top sale pick!

I’ve been working on new collections – I have a very cosy new corner that I’ve covered in colours and images. I’m calling it Inspiration Corner!

Inspiration Corner

Last but not least we are launching a new range of scarves. The first one has landed and it is covered in beautiful Flamingos. Get your mittens on our limited edition 100% Spun Viscose scarves with my Flamingo print. I hand painted the Flamingos and then they were printed onto the scarves. We have only got 4. Once these have gone we won’t be able to get the Flamingos printed onto the Spun Viscose again. A shame, it’s a nice soft fabric.

Close up on the Flamingos

Oh and on a personal note, I’ve got a bit obsessed with my icecream maker and it’s been homemade gelato literally everyday! I’ve been using the allotment fruit. The raspberries and strawberries have made amazing gelato and sorbettos!

Yay homemade gelato

Yay homemade gelato

Watch out for more scarves on the way, new collections and other bits and pieces!!


Leave a comment

Wearing black opaque tights to work

Wearing tights in the winter to work. Tights are a great tool to have in the cupboard for Autumn Winter.There are different ways to style opaque tights and look professional and smart for work. Here I am looking at how to style black opaques for the Autumn winter in the office.

Bold coloured dress or suit and black opaques

An easy styling trick: Use one bright colour in your outfit and contrast this with some bold black opaques.
See how in each picture the person has linked the black tights back through the outfit.1. a black belt2. a black bag3. a black polo neck sweater/jumper underneath.This is a good trick to pull an outfit together.
Black opaque tights and red dress

Red dress and black tights on trendy-u.ru

black opaque tights and blue suit

Carolina Herrera A/W 14-15 ready to wear bold blue outfit and black tights

black tights, cream outfit

Cream outfit and black tights from Christian Dior

Contrasting skirt colour

You could go for an alternative colour in the skirt against some black tights.
cream skirt, black tights and pearls

Katie Krysh (My Keep Calm and Carry On blog) cream skirt, pearls and black

black opaques and yellow skirt

Christie Young wears yellow skirt and black opaques http://azisenhour.wordpress.com/

 

colour blocking, black, red and white

Colour blocking from Jessica Quirk What I Wore style blog

Black tights with a black skirt
This combination works well. Especially if you go for a contrast on the top:
black opaque tights

black opaque tights, black skirt and grey top from Hello Gorgeous

black tights, grey skirt

Fashionably Employed wears a grey skirt, bright purple top and black opaque tights

black tights and contrasting jacket

Grey jacket, black skirt and black opaque tights

black skirt black tights

White top, black skirt and black tights

Wear plain tights with a patterned outfit
You could wear a smart dress with a pattern or a patterned skirt. Either way some plain black opaques will work well.

black tights geometric patterned skirt

Black outfit with feature patterned skirt

black tights, black shoes and patterned dress

Black tights and patterned dress from Christine Aguilar at She Look Book

 


Leave a comment

Daily work wear Style: Fitted pencil skirt and loose silk blouse

One of the advantages of designing and making clothes is wearing them! I always at least like to try them each on at sample stage.

red skirt, ivory blousefitted red skirt, ivory blouseFitted red pencil skirtWork wear blouse and skirt

Here I am wearing the Grace blouse in ivory and the sample for a stretchy pencil skirt. The looseness of the blouse style contrasts nicely with the fitted style of the pencil skirt.

A quick video snippet of me talking about why we decided to continue the Grace blouse across seasons:

Kerry wears Ivory blouse in fashion video

A short video snippet about the Grace blouse


Leave a comment

The Everyday Routine: Skin care and makeup

I often discuss makeup and skin care routines with my friends. Sharing your information about the products you use and love is a great way of getting some very useful tips back!

I’ve got a daily basic skincare and makeup routine that I stick too. I’ve got a few things I do everyday and I can get ready very quickly with the routine that I have. Are you the same? How do you juggle skin care, makeup, getting dressed, (getting kids ready for school or partners!!) getting your lunch ready and making it to work on time?!!

Here is my skin care routine:

skin care beauty

and here is my makeup routine:

makeup routine daily

Links to products I use:

Korres

Wild rose products
Lancome
Foamy cleanser

Exfoliance Clarte

Laura Mercier

Oil free primer

Tinted moisturiser

Wet n Wild

Creme eye liner

Maybelline

Lots of lashes


Leave a comment

Daily Work Wear Style: Bright colours are professional

Green work wear dressHere I am today. Not the happiest of faces as it was quite a frustrating day. You know, one of those two steps backwards, then three steps sidewards types.

I’m wearing the Jane dress which I chose to have made in this green colour. It was quite a brave choice as I don’t really wear much green and this was quite a bright shade!

I was discussing it in the studio today and we all agreed that the green works because the fabric is silk. Silk has a beautiful sheen rather than a shine, so the colour works.

Anyway, this dress is very comfy and smart. It is great for work and I feel it shows you can wear a bright colour and still be work appropriate!

Womens work wear green dressWomens work wear dressFront of work green silk dress

I went very casual with shoes today but I’ll show you another day how great this dress looks when you add some heels and other accessories!

p.s. I was being photo bombed by the bin. It normally misses out on having it’s picture taken, so enjoy!

So here is the video from yesterday.


Leave a comment

Inside The Design Studio

Click on here for our first studio tour video!

I take you through my packing cupboard, new unfinished Ikea table and the inspiration boards!

The packing cupboard is so useful but I could do with some more features. In my studio board on Pinterest I’ve been looking at some great packing stations to get some ideas. When I get some time I’m going to use some of these ideas for my own space.

For storage and organising I like the A Place for Everything Website and they also have a wooden craft organiser which I like the look of.

Products featured in video:

Morplan Pro-spot cleaning fluid

Ikea Norberg Wall table

Ikea Kallax Shelving unit

IMG_5300


Leave a comment

Daily Work Wear Studio: Smart Casual

Working in a studio means sometimes I like to do smart casual. I appreciate that for those of you in corporate and office based roles that this may be annoying! Sorry.

Grey suit jacket, silk blouse, skinny jeans

Grey jacket, black skinny jeans and flame coloured blouse

Maybe you could replace the skinny black jeans with some slim cut trousers if the skinny jeans look is too casual. I like to wear my skinny jeans with heels to elongate my legs!

Casual smart orange blouse and grey suit jacket silk blouse, suit jacket and jeans: casual smart Silk blouse and skinny jeansSmart grey suit jacket and bright orange silk blouse

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 781 other followers