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!

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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.

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

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!!

The Clothing Sale Continues…..

Jo Jo Dress, mid length sleeve, navy

At Kerry O’Brine Womens Wear we have been in sale for a week with up to 35% discount off prices. We do still have some items left. The sale prices are a great opportunity to get your hands on some British made designer pieces.

My Top Four Fashion Sale Picks Are:

1. Jo Jo Dress: We have this dress in a medium (size 10-12) in navy. Navy is a great universally flattering colour and better than black for maturing skin tones!

The perfect mid-length sleeve and flattering high cowl neck; we are not sure why this is still left!! Was £300 Now £210

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Lana Dress, Large, Navy, Long Sleeved

2. Lana Dress: This large size (14-16) dress is perfect for a curvy lady! The wrap dress style is flattering for most figures and the double layered neck line is designed for higher coverage. The long sleeves will take you through to Autumn. Just add 60 denier black tights and black court shoes for a great Autumnal transformation.

Grace Blouse in Ivory

3. Grace Blouse: This very popular silk blouse is such a versatile piece. Great worn with trousers or a skirt for a smart work outfit OR pair with some skinny jeans or casual skirt for laid-back luxury!

We have two left in the classic ivory colour – small and large!

Rosa blouse in blue

4. Rosa Blouse: Rosa is a slimmer cut version of the Grace blouse style with mid-length sleeves and turn back cuffs.  I love this blue color. I think it looks like a Mediterranean sky blue but others think it has a greeny hue about it. Either way, it’s perfect for the summer. We only have one medium left in the sale!

 

Don’t forget we still have free delivery and returns on all orders over £100.

Scarves & Flamingo love

We have just launched some lovely very limited edition Flamingo scarves!

I decided to hand paint the flamingos onto silk and then we printed them onto Spun viscose for a lovely hand-washable scarf!

The flamingo print adds a great pop of colour to an outfit. I love flamingos – kind of weird and wonderful at the same time!

We can’t get the same spun viscose fabric printed any more but we might bring the flamingos back on a different fabric in the future!

Zoom in on my hand painted flamingos!

 

 

Our Top Ten Flamingo Facts!!:

  1. A baby flamingo (a chick) has a straight beak. It develops the curve after a few months.
  2. The backward bend in the birds leg – it looks like it’s knee but in fact is it’s ankle!
  3. A flock of Flamingos is called a Flamboyance or a stand.
  4. Flamingos in the wild can live up to 20-30 years!
  5. The colouration of the flamingo’s feathers is caused by pigments in their food.  Flamingo’s eat things such as shrimp, plankton, algae and crustaceans. The pigment is called carotenoid.
  6. By standing on one leg the Flamingo conserves heat and maintains their body temperature.
  7. The name Flamingo derives from the Spanish and Latin word Flamenco. Flamenco means fire.
  8. Flamingos can swim and they are very good swimmers. But they prefer to wade!
  9. Flamingos can be as tall as 5 feet.
  10. They can fly up to 35 miles per hour!

 

For more Flamingo info:

http://www.flamingos-world.com/

http://www.interestingfunfacts.com/cool-facts-about-flamingo.html

 

The Fashion Studio Move Update!

So if you tried to call us or you made an order during mid-end May then you will know that the Kerry O’Brine Womens Wear studio has been on the move!

We have had a space purpose built for the business and it is very exciting times for us! The space is bigger, which will mean we can push on with a lot more things.  A month later we are still getting organised and moving bits into and around the studio. I’ve moved the book shelves for the second time! It’s not until you start working in somewhere that you find out if things work in the position you put them!

 

Day 1 they had joined and cut lots of wood but this is how the day ended!
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Pre-studio concrete space
End of day 1
The area at the end of day 1

 

Here is the new studio after day 2 – the main frame is up.
Day 2 All the bits were put up and joined together!
The studio
Then the cedar cladding went on!

 

Day 3 the sun came out at last and they put the rubber roofing on.

 

The men are on the roof, putting it on!
The men are on the roof, putting it on!
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End of day 3 – the roof is on. Just waiting for the doors and windows!
Day 4 – It’s all done! Doors and windows are in.
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We moved a lot of the studio equipment in!
Final shed 2
Looking down the other end – you can see the window and storage space door!
Final shed shed
The storage space is open – yet to be filled!!

The building is clad in beautiful cedar wood – it smells divine and mixed with the smell of the roses growing outside – it’s like having a special fashion house perfume!

Things accumulate over time in a studio- images, paperwork, fabrics and lots of other bits and bobs. I’ve had to be ruthless about what came with us into the new space. We’ve now got more room but I wanted to leave space for things I couldn’t access easily before such as my collection of Vogues.

So in these pictures we have just popped all our stuff in! More organising to be done.

What time is it? Time to Win!!!

You are a winner? Well, at least you might be!
Enter my competition to win an ivory silk blouse from www.kerryobrine.co.uk
Here is what you need to do –
Follow this link to the timeline update and like our Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/KO.Womens.Wear
and then sign up for our newsletters

Easy, done, sorted.

You have until midnight BST on 30th April 2014 to enter. Then a name will be drawn out of a hat and one lucky winner will be notified on 1st May 2014.

Only one entry per email address. Entrants are welcomed across the globe and will be notified via email. By entering into our competition you agree to participate in us publishing your name as the winner on facebook.

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You are providing your information to Kerry O’Brine Womens Wear and not to Facebook. By participating in this promotion you agree to a complete release of Facebook from any claims. Participation in this promotion is subject to the official rules.

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Your chance to vote

I have entered a competition as a woman maker and designer. If you didn’t know I started a women’s clothing business 2 years ago.  If you haven’t seen my website before – check it out: http://www.kerryobrine.co.uk/

Triumph are holding a competition for creative women who make. Giving us a chance to win a £10,000 business bursary and a years mentoring! This is an amazing opportunity and I am really excited about it. It would be a real boost to my business and a chance to get some advice from some amazing women who make!

In order to get through the competition I need votes.

I hope I have your vote. All you need to do is this:

  • click through to my page on the Triumph page here
  • click vote and you’re done!

You will have made someone smile (me!) for free! You will feel all warm and fuzzy inside – good deeds – it’s a win win.

Kerry
Example of me grinning!!

Please let me know when you have voted and I can send you a thank you personally.

 

 

Friday Fashion Inspiration Exploration

I eventually found the time to go to the Fashion and Textile Museum current exhibition ‘Artist Textiles: Picasso to Warhol’ on Friday!

It actually turned out to be very relevant time for me as I’m currently working on some print designs.

I wanted to share some of my favorites from the exhibition with you but not all – you really need to go see for yourself!! It’s on until 17th May so you have plenty of time still !! There is so many lovely prints to see and a big variety of styles as well – it is hard to pick favorites!

Follow the Print Design Trends:

The exhibition starts between 1910 and 1939 with work by Fauvist, Fururist and Constructivist artists who became involved in textile design.

It then moves on to the 1940s ‘Brave new world’ textile designs – following the 2nd World War where they focused on creating exports to boost the British economy.

In the 1940s the Surrealism movement starts and you see work by Dali – one of the most popular and fashionable.

Henry Matisse: 'Echarpe No 1' 1947
Henry Matisse: ‘Echarpe No 1’ 1947

 

 

 

Marcel Vertes: 'Vegetable Patch' Screen-printed silk head scarf 1944
Marcel Vertes: ‘Vegetable Patch’ Screen-printed silk head scarf 1944

 

 

 

 

We then move onto the 1950s and this has several different styles going on. Many artists were involved into print design from Miro to Henry Moore. The exhibition ends on some wonderful prints by Warhol.

Andy Warhol: 'Ice Cream Sundaes' Screen Printed cotton fashion textiles 1962
Andy Warhol: ‘Ice Cream Sundaes’ Screen Printed cotton fashion textiles 1962
Andy Warhol
Andy Warhol

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you’ve never been to the Fashion and Textiles Museum you’ll be pleasantly surprised by it. With reasonable entry prices, interesting display layouts and a cute little cafe – it’s hard to beat. Oh yea and it’s a 5 min walk from London Bridge: perfect if you work that end of town and you fancy some culture post work.

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