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The Shoe Nightmare – and other diary items!

In the studio:

Things are starting to happen. Some decisions have been made about the new accessories – looking forward to the bits and pieces arriving so we can get cracking on painting and finishing those.

I’m on the verge of ordering some of the fabrics for the new pieces. Excited about the rich colours I’m going for and it’s lovely receiving new fabrics in the post!

In November I have a show booked which is almost immediately after my wedding so everything has to be done prior to the wedding. A little stressful!! All prep such as the show layout, packaging and admin needs to be completed before I get married. I don’t want anything playing on my mind.instagram latest

I’m doing regular updates as and when things happen in the studio on instagram. Some fashion, some flowers and anything else that takes my fancy. But mostly it seems to theme as, fashion, flowers and food!!

Head over follow me on instagram if you want to see sketches, colours and studio happenings!

 

Update on the wedding:

Planning the wedding has been going ok. We had a slow start with me doing most of the major research. But more recently things have got on a roll.

One minor thing which has turned into one giant pain in the ******, is my shoes. Yes yes there are bridal shoes out there. But seriously, even with all the lovely new designers out there, nothing is right. Everything has gone super vintage – not right for my dress. High end and high street designers all have heels that are crazy high. I need a classic heel that is wearable all day.

I’m also determined not to have a pair of Ivory/white satin shoes that I know I will never wear again or ever dye (dying shoes or anything in fashion is not very acurate and sometimes highly unsuccessful).

So I’ve tried a lot of shoes on with the dress. Some lovely gold ones, some great beige ones and various others. Nothing is quite right.

Ahhh!! My dress is too white-ivory for cream, beige, or gold. The length is going to be long but the shoes will peak out the front. I’m thinking of going with black, sparkley silvery or red/pink tones.

Is it just me!!?

Side note…. If you are looking for some nice party shoes there are a lot around at the moment….. I’m loving all the gold sparkley ones.

The shoe solution? (hopefully)

So in the end I decided to get some made. I booked an appointment at the Upper Street shoe lounge. On Monday last week mum and I went with my wedding dress to my appointment.

The shoe lounge is a lovely space to try shoes on in. First you have a chat about what you’re thinking style wise and the heel height. Then they get some samples out to try on for size and heel height and shape. They offer different shoe size options. My feet are a size 4 in length but a size 5 in width at the front. It is always tricky finding shoes for my feet.

Once you have decided the shoe style you want, then they get all the colour samples out. Because there are so many options, it is helpful to have some vague notion of what you want i.e. green tones or red tones.

I made a decision and then we looked at different details which really made the shoes even more special.

So I ordered the shoes and now I’m waiting, eagerly waiting…. COME ON SHOESSSSSS! It’s a 3-4 week wait.

I’m down to 3 weeks…….

The shoes are not cheap, but if you want shoes that fit and you can’t find what you want in the shops, this is a great alternative. (you can order them online aswell) I will let you know how they turn out!

 


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Networking – Ladies, do you do it?

Networking events – If you aren’t at them then you are missing out.

Sure, I’ve been to a few duds. But more often than not, I have met some very interesting people and formed some good connections. They are opportunities to help one another forward our lives, business and career. This could be in the form of joint ventures, creating opportunities for talking at events or recommending a mentor for you.

  • Don’t think of it in direct correlation of networking = sales if you are in business.
  • Do offer something you can do for the other person when you make a connection. We all have something to offer – it is a two way connection.

A Selection of Women’s Networking Groups:

The Athena Network

Every Woman

Prowess

National Womens Network

We Are The City

Leading Women UK

WIBN SSW

Lady Val

Women in the City

City Women

The Room Upstairs

GWN

Girl Geek Dinners

City Mothers

This list is by no means exhaustive. There are a lot of groups out there who do different meetups, networking and workshops. Hopefully this list will get you started.

Wedding board, dress, pinterest


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February For Dresses and Love

 I got engaged last year in September. It seems a while ago  and now we are trying to organise getting married for October 2015 and I need to get a dress!

As a designer I get ask if I’m going to design/make my own, the answer is no! I don’t even know what I want! I’m doing a lot of trying on dresses this month.

I do love Pinterest and I have got lots of great ideas from it. It’s a great resource!

If you are engaged or you just LOVE wedding dresses! – why not take a look at the wedding exhibitions on at the moment:

Something Blue;Wedding Fashions 1914-2014 (1st Aug 2014 – 15th March 2015) the Gallery of costume, Platt Hall. Manchester

Wedding Dress 1755-2014(3rd May 2014 – 15th March 2015) – V&A (Bridal Fashions) London

Satin Wedding dress V and A London

Satin wedding dress by Catherine Rayner, 1996. Photographer Nik Hartley © Victoria and Albert Museum, London


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February 2015 – Time For A Refresh with Fashion and Food

Here we are in February. Are you feeling a little deflated because you didn’t achieve enough in January or your resolutions were not so resolute?

I think it’s time to get out and get inspired. Whether you love art and fashion, whether you’ve never been to an exhibit before or you’re an avid member; there is a lot to see. I’ve selected some great art and fashion exhibitions it will be worth seeing in February and some food ideas too (because seeing exhibitions makes me hungry!).

NYC

If you’re in NYC go to The Brooklyn Museum for the Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe (September 10, 2014–February 15, 2015). Why not make a day of it and have brunch, see some other sites and then have a delicious dinner (a great day out on Sat 14th Feb!). I fancy trying Piquant for brunch and then take a 20 minute stroll to the Brooklyn Museum.

You could then pay a visit to the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens or Prospect Park Zoo. Once you have built up an appetite I would then take a walk back up through the park to Franny’s. Enjoy a relaxing lunch or dinner of seasonal Italian food in Franny’s no frills paired back space.

London

If you fancy going to the Rubens and Legacy: Van Dyck to Cezanne at the Royal Academy (24th January – 10th April 2015) you will need to buy a ticket. Once I’ve been to see an exhibition at the Royal Academy I like to head out onto Piccadilly. Depending on what I fancy I’ll either go to Waterstones (On Piccadilly) where they have an excellent cafe on the top floor,


for an afternoon tea I like Fortnum and Masons or for a high end dinner with friends I’ll book a table at a Hotel Cafe Royal.

If you want to take the kids to a free exhibition try the Grayson Perry: Who are you? at the National Portrait Gallery (25th October 2014-15th March 2015). You search out the Grayson Perry pieces that are dotted around and look at the other great portraits in between. I like the sound of the National Portrait ‘Portrait’ restaurant on the third floor. But if you are looking for something a little bit more low key with the kids I’d take a walk over to the Jamies Italian at Piccadilly Circus.

Or maybe head to an exhibition in Paris:
Enlightenment: Carte Blanche of Christian Lacroix – Le Musee Cognacq-Jay (till 19th April 2015) Museum of the Eighteenth Century

 

Changing Fashion Design Museum


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What did I do in January?

Kerry London Fashion ExhibitionI was determined to go to some exhibitions in January. With so many exciting looking exhibits coming up in both art and fashion, I needed to get on and see some!City, London, Tower Bridge

I decided to start in London with Women Power and Style at the Design Museum. It was a lovely bright day out but bitterly cold in the wind. This kind of weather is perfect for walking in London as long as you stay off the main wind channels! So I walked from Liverpool Street to the Design Museum. I crossed the Thames over Tower Bridge and it all looked beautiful.Walkie Talkie, London

The Shard, London, visit

I arrived, had a coffee and pastry and then headed in. The exhibition starts off in a modest fashion, with pictures of women from the past such as Boudicca, Eve (from Adam and Eve!), Queen Victoria. As well as the present for instance; Angela Merckel, Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton. Looking at what they wear and how they create/created a powerful look.

The exhibition then follows in chronological order.
Changing Fashion Design Museum

Changing Fashion London Museum

It starts with corsets, then suffragettes and then moves through the 20th Century and right into the 21st Century.
Suffragette, fashion, design, London

Suffragette clothing from the upcoming film ‘Suffragette’

Photo, suffragettes, fashion

Suffragettes using their clothes as a promotional tool

The Suffragette clothing were costumes from the upcoming movie ‘Suffragette’ which is going to star Meryl Streep as Emily Pankhurst. I’m really keen to see this. I’ve long been an admirer of Emily Pankhurst!!

There are clothes on display from women in power that are not necessarily ‘famous’ but are high achievers and powerful in their fields. For instance Megha Mittal, Anna Jones and Julia Peyton Jones all have outfits on display. It is interesting reading about their achievements and how their outfit or fashion plays a part in their world.

Women, Power, Fashion, Screens

Screens at the end of the exhibition

I had lunch at the Design Museum before walking along the SouthBank to Somerset House.

 At the Somerset House they have an exhibition of Guy Bourdin’s work. Guy Bourdin was a photographer, best known for his fashion photography. This exhibition was £9 for adults. Great value for this (for me unexpectedly) huge exhibition with video, tons of photo prints and ‘behind the images’ sketches and ideas.

Fashion Photography Guy Bourdin London

The Guy Bourdin Exhibition I purchased – I just need to decide where to hang it in the studio.

I love Guy Bourdins fun, tongue in cheek, slightly surreal and beautiful images. Well worth a visit if you like a bit of fashion photography.

If you too are thinking of making a day trip to London on the national railway and you’d like to see some exhibits; go online here and print off the 2 for 1 deal on tickets.

 

 

Women Fashion PowerDesign Museum (29th October 2014 – 26th April 2015) London

Guy Bourdin: Image MakerSomerset House (27th November 2014 – 15th March 2015) London


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One Task A Day

2015 began at full speed for me in the studio. I’ve already begun to get annoyed at myself for not achieving enough. Learning my lesson from 2014 (another story for another time that involves a painful wound on my leg!) I am going to quickly nip this in the bud. So I am now breaking down my list of objectives, goals and ‘to dos’ into one daily task and so far it is working!

One achievable task a day keeps the stress away!!

The one job a days builds towards the one job target for the week and this in turn builds towards an achievable monthly goal.

For instance it could be like this;

Month Goal: Have a new location page on the website

A Week Goal: Have the pictures for the new location page

Day One Day Goal: Get inspiration and make a decision about what kind of pictures I want

Day Two Goal: Decide how and where these pictures are coming from. Do I need to arrange a photoshoot? Can I buy some from a photographer that will work well? Do I have appropriate ones already I can re-use?

Day Three Goal: Start actioning from day two’s decisions. I.e. Book in a photoshoot. Find the pictures already have and or find some pictures online I want to buy.

Day Four Goal: Take the pictures or make sure the pictures are edited and ready to go.

Have one goal a day

Have one goal a day

You may do lots of other things too. There is always something else to do as well (especially when you run your own business)! BUT if you achieve one thing that you can tick off and know that it helps to hit the target goal, it gives a warm sense of satisfaction.

Although I am now using this in my business/professional world, it is a technique I have been using in my personal life too. I.e. Today I need to book a haircut – that is the one thing I need to achieve today. An easy and manageable task in the grand scheme of a busy schedule.

Do you have a technique that you use to help achieve goals?


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You will find me in the library

fashion art and sewing books in the studio

Kerry takes you for a snoop of her book shelves!

If you are interested in any of the books, artists or designers I featured in my little video clip then I’ve popped some links below so you can find out a bit more.

If you are in Essex or nearby and you want to visit my studio to see the books then you would be most welcome. Please contact me via my business website to book an appointment.

I know the books could be quite useful to a fashion or art student or someone learning to sew. I can send you a full list of books to select from. We have a colour photocopier in the studio and we charge 10p per copy (just to cover the ink and paper costs).

Books, artists and designers featured in the video:

Marlene Dumas

Book: Measuring The Grave

Website

I went to see her exhibition ‘Measuring Your Own Grave’ at the MoMA (Museum of Modern Art)

Jean Paul Gaultier

Website

Book:

Want to see the exhibition in New York? – get some info here

Alexander McQueen

Website

Book: Savage Beauty

I went to see this exhibition at the Met (The Metropolitan Museum of Art)Want to see it in London – get some info here

Charles James

At the MET Museum where I saw this exhibition

Book: Beyond Fashion

Guy Bourdin

This is about an exhibition of his work I saw at the V & A

Book: Exhibit A

Ellen Von Unwerth

Book: Wicked – but there are other books with her work

A bit of info on Wikipedia!

John Galliano

A bit of info and updated news on the designer

Book