Deep Dark Red Autumn Winter 2014 Bags

Deep Dark Red Autumn Winter 2014 Bags
Time for some shopping?

Autumn Winter 2014, bags in a deep dark red colour are everywhere. I love this colour for a bag, whether it’s called oxblood, burgundy or dark red! It is a sophisticated, smart and versatile shade that can easily be incorporated into your working wardrobe.

How to style Burgundy, Oxblood or Dark Red?

There are different ways to work with dark red. Hopefully the following styling examples I have put together will give you some ideas.

Burgundy Styling
Styling Points:
1. Choose a pattern that includes the dark red shade in it:
2. Select matching accessories in the dark red colour:
3. Or a matching item of clothing:
4. Select another colour that contains red in it.
5. Deep dark reds go easily with navy, grey, ivory and black:

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.

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

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:

ballet, fashion, design, women, 2013 NYC company
The front cover of the Dance and Fashion exhibition leaflet – featuring Iris Van Herpen’s ballet costume design

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

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

I managed to see both the FIT exhibitions above. Take a little look at my favorite bits here.

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

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

UPCOMING Exhibitions:

NYC:

 

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)

Faking It: Originals, Counterfeits and Copies The FIT (December 2nd 2014 – April 25th 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)

 

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!!

Buying and Wearing Shoes in Summer

What to keep in mind when buying or choosing work footwear for the hotter days:

  • Natural materials are the best for letting your feet breath (Even when you have to wear closed footwear). Select leather, suede, cotton canvas and raffia.
  • Choose shoes with as many gaps as possible! This could be strappy, openwork leather, laser cut holes, sling back, open/peep toe, Broderie Anglaise or lace.
  • Avoid patent leather as the top layer has a coating that prevents the natural breathable quality of leather.
  • Don’t wear shoes that are tight to start with – the heat can make feet swell up and then your shoes will be very tight!
  • Always try on summer shoes in the middle of  the afternoon – your feet will be at their hottest and when you make the purchase you can be sure they will fit your feet when they are at there hottest.
  • If you can bare it then a small pop sock or pair of tights could help with feet becoming too sweaty and slipping in the shoes.

How to make sure your feet are sandal and summer shoe ready:

  • Use a pumice stone around your heels to get rid of dry and hard skin
  • Moisturise your feet and pop on some cotton socks before bed
  • Give your feet a nice soak – this will soften the skin and sooth them after a long day. Pop in a couple of drops of some tea tree oil and this will get rid of any potential infection on your feet – sweaty feet are a breeding ground for infections
  • Trim your toe-nails and polish them in a lovely summer colour
    Cobalt blue Dior polish Summer 2014
    Cobalt blue Dior polish Summer 2014

    Chanel Pink Summer 2014 polish

Shopping for Summer Work Shoes

Summer is here in Britain, possibly, well, sometimes!

So you’re stuck in an office, at your desk or spending your day on your feet. What do you wear on your feet when its hot and you need to look smart?

I’ve worked in a wide variety of offices, all of which had their own rules and thoughts on summer office attire.

There are various scenarios regarding office shoe regulations! Two of the key ones often are no open toe or no sling backs.

Here are some options for either scenario.

No Sling backs:

Foot wear for Summer in the Office

 No Open Toe

Wear a sling back if you can

 

 

Current and Upcoming Fashion Exhibitions Around the World in 2014

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

On NOW:

LONDON:

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

Artist Textiles: Picasso to Warhol (31st Jan – 17th May 2014) The Fashion and Textiles Museum in London traces the history of 20th Century art in textiles. A great exhibit – read about my visit here.

Andy Warhol
Andy Warhol

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk (9th April 2014 – 17th Aug 2014)

I really enjoyed this exhibition and the cocktail bar! Read more…image

The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945-2014 (5th April – 27th July 2014) – The craftsmanship and luxurious materials should make this a lovely exhibit.

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

 

PARIS:

A Century of Fashion Photography at Conde Nast (March 1st – May 25th 2014) – The Palais Galliera Museum of Fashion: A photography exhibition with 15 couture items from the Palais Galliera collections

Les Impressionnistes de Prive  The Marmottan Monet Museum (Feb 13th – July 6th 2014) (opening hours Tues – Sun 10am – 6pm, Thursdays till 8pm)

NYC:

Charles James: Beyond Fashion – MET Museum (8th May – 10th Aug 2014) – The Costume Institute in NYC will explore the designs of the Anglo-American designer Charles James.

Gauguin: MetamorphosisMoMA Museum(March 8th – June 9th 2014) – Focuses on Gauguin’s prints and transfer drawings.


 

UPCOMING Exhibitions:

LONDON

Horst: Photographer of Style – V & A (6th Sept 2014 – 4th Jan 2015) – A retrospective of Horst’s work (photography)

Colour (18th June-7th September 2014) – National Gallery: Each room of this exhibition will be dedicated to a different colour. Trace the history of colour in art.

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.

NYC

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

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

PARIS

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

 

 

Time To Fill Your Fashion Cups

If you have an evening spare or more to the point – make sure you have an evening free.

Not far from the London’s city banking area is the Barbican. A huge grey sprawling range of buildings holds a great mix of gems inside.

At the moment it holds a huge amazing exhibition of Jean Paul Gaultier’s beautiful, striking, clever and witty fashion. Open Sunday – weds 10am-6pm, Thurs-Sat 10am-9pm. (perfect for a bank holiday – open 12pm-8pm!)

meeting JPG
Kerry meets Jean Paul Gaultier!!

The exhibit’s layout and displays reflect his personality and design asethetics. The mannequins have projected faces onto them – sometimes they sing or just blink! You even get Jean Paul Gaultier welcoming you to the exhibit!

Look in to my eyes
A wall of film and tv clips that JPG clothes have featured in.

It was so great to see it in real life. His works have been in so many different films, programmes and magazines. The wall of screens reminds you of some of the film moments.

One of favs
One of my most favorite dresses of all time.
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Enjoying myself – what a gorgeous picture!
It was so nice to see some of my favorite dresses on display. They were even better than when I’ve seen them in magazines. The detail and couture work is amazing; all the beads, sequins and detailed cuts.

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Wear your best pointy bra or sailor t-shirt and head to the JPG bar. Polish off the evening with a lovely cocktail. The cocktails have all been given names on the JPG theme. I loved the lamps and I think I might do some DIY and create one or two at home! Makes for a nice Thursday or Friday night after work drink – open 5.30pm-10pm (sat-wed 5.30-9pm)
Bar
Relaxing in the bar!
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Soft landing

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Fill your cups!

The exhibition finishes 25th August 2014 and might just quench your fashion thirst until the McQueen exhibit roles into town until next year!

The Coral Call

Summer is edging closer and Spring keeps raising it’s pretty face with blooms and blossom and the occasional warm spell. Is your wardrobe feeling a little tired and in need of something that makes you feel in the Spring Summer spirit? I’ve been putting away the large knitwear pieces in my wardrobe and getting out the spring summer pieces. But what I think I actually need is a fresh colour. A bright colour that complements your skin tone in an easy to wear shape can update a wardrobe with ease.

So for me, I’m of course going with one of my own collection pieces; the Eloise dress from my Riviera Collection – this is an easy shape to wear as well as style in a variety of ways for different occasions.

Eloise Dress in Coral 100% silk crepe de chine
Eloise Dress in Coral 100% silk crepe de chine
I’ve had a look around and other brands are doing some bright colours for Spring Summer too. I’ve picked out some bright dresses in some lovely easy to wear shapes:
Splendid Stretch-jersey mini dress
Splendid Stretch-jersey mini dress
Rika Zarao Long Sleeve Dress
Rika Zarao Long sleeve dress
Goat | Tia Crepe Shift Dress by Goat
Goat Tia Crepe yellow shift dress
Tory Burch Brooke stretch-cotton poplin dress
Tory Burch Brooke stretch-cotton Poplin dress
If you can’t bare to go all bright but want to freshen up your wardrobe try adding a bold print into the mix:
GIAMBATTISTA VALLI | Floral Printed Silk Dress | Browns fashion & designer clothes & clothing
Giambattista Valli Floral black and white silk dress

Where can I go for a pancake breakfast?

Afternoon Tea
Crepe

Where can I go for my pancake fill? As always, I have food on the brain!

Every year I think… “mmm I will make pancakes for breakfast” and every year I forget. This year I’m thinking I won’t have time with so much going on in the business. So I’ve done a little research into places to go. (Note to self it’s Shrove Tuesday on 4th March!!)
If I’m near Richmond Upon Thames then I could do pancakes in a traditional French styley:
http://www.chez-lindsay.co.uk/les_galettes.html

In Covent Garden The Delauney’s brunch menu range offers pancakes with fillings such as blueberries and creme fresh or plum and cinnamon compote.

Apparently – Clerkenwell is becoming or has become THE breakfast destination. If you have the time to visit The Modern Pantry between 8am and 11am on pancake day and you could try this delicious sounding pancake…

Raspberry & ricotta pancakes, berry & liquorice compote, crème fraiche. This interestingly states please allow 20 minutes…
Who can wait that long for a pancake!!!?
Breakfast somewhere fancy? How about CUT at 45 Park Lane? They have buttermilk pancakes on their menu with whipped maple butter and seasonal berries with the option to add sausage or streaky bacon!
Have you tried The Cookbook Cafe? There website offers starter breakfast brunch menu which includes all these goodies:

Waffles and pancakes with maple syrup, chocolate sauce, berry compote or clotted cream, omelettes and poached eggs to order.

If that wasn’t enough the drinks are endless!!: Cremant, Bellinis, Sparkling Cremant, water, tea and coffee!!

If you are near Liverpool street and you want to go more American styley how about trying The Breakfast Club.

So much choice. Let’s see where I end up!

Be Thoughtful on Valentines day 2014

Put some thought into Valentines Day 2014 – show your love

Why do we need to be forced into being romantic once a year?

I think it’s because sometimes it takes a little nudging to remember to be romantic!

It’s nice to receive jewellery or roses or other lovey dovey things. But sometimes it’s the simple things or the things you don’t normally do for the other person that are the best or most appreciated. For instance; making them breakfast or baking them a cake.

I love these stencils by Sophia Victoria Joy on Not On The Highstreet. You can personalise them too. Maybe pick ‘Be Mine’ to woo a man with a coffee addiction or ‘Love you’ on a breakfast coffee for your partner.

Personalised Valentine's Coffee Stencil Sophia Victoria Joy Not on the highstreet
Perhaps you could make the bed for your partner and sneak in a pillow case like this from Karin Akesson:
'You Are All I Ever Dream About' Pillowcase
Or maybe you know she likes a bath but never has time for one. Make it a relaxing evening; run the bath, pop open a bottle of champagne, some gorgeous candles scattered around the room and a luxurious soft towel warming on the radiator.

Louis Chaurey Champagne

Gorgeous luxurious John Lewis Platinum Suvin Collection Towels Online at johnlewis.com
Mini Candles by diptyque | diptyque Paris
A little thought goes a long way.

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