Styling a black dress for work with brown and leopard print

If you’ve been reading my styling posts, you’ll probably have noticed that I try to keep my styling simple! Today I styled my black JoJo dress a little bit retro with a lovely leopard scarf and some black sunnies!

Fortnum cafeFortnum 3

I’m wearing some brown kitten heel sling back shoes which are great for a little bit of a lift but also comfy! Brown shoes work with this black dress because they pick out the brown in the leopard scarf.

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I was enjoying some icecream in The Parlour at Fortnums. A great way to get the creative juices flowing on a hot day!!

You could try any of the following with a black dress; Tie the outfit together with a scarf or belt that mixes brown and black with some brown shoes.

NEW Kenzo Clouded Leopard Print Silk ScarfLauren by Ralph Lauren Christina Tiger Print Square Scarf, Red Online at

AZZEDINE ALA├ĆA | Leather and Ponyskin Belt | Browns fashion & designer clothes & clothing

Jaeger Spring Leopard Print Scarf, Multi Online at

I would suggest for work outfits to keep the look more professional you select scarves that are slim, silky and not too long. A bigger bulkier scarf can look really good in a casual look but could be too dominant for work.

Hobbs Macy Leather Slingback Sandals Online at

L.K. Bennett Florete Chisel Toe Court Shoes Online at

In Navy? Wear Pearls

Red bus LondonPhew yesterday I had such a busy day. Lots of nipping around London to get things done. At the same time we took the opportunity to take some pics of a bit of dress styling and the dress in motion!Going on the underground

Going on the London Underground

Close up pearls and Fortnums

I’m wearing the Jane dress styled with some extra large pearls.

Outside Fortnum and MasonsThe extra large pearls create a sophisticated statement feature to the outfit but you could wear any size pearls. The white/offwhite goes well with navy so you could try a beaded necklace in ivory or an ivory silk scarf for a similar effect.

Buy John Lewis Twist Faux Pearl Chunky Necklace, Silver Online at johnlewis.comPear drop necklace Harvey Nichols

London Boutique

Couldn’t not wear my black sunglasses as the sun was so bright!!

Shopping in LondonLondon telephone box

Making it Up with a Make Up Artist

Makeup precisionIt was amazing to work with Tracy on the recent photoshoot for summer office wear.

Tracy and I were emailing back and forth before the shoot. I sent her some inspiration pictures and Tracy had some great ideas about the eye makeup and this was to be the focus of the makeup look

We went for smokey eye makeup but with a twist. The smokey eye makeup Tracy did was in an Aqua colour to pick up on the colours in the collection. Choosing Aqua made the dramatic eye makeup, softer, more summery and sixties.

Putting on the makeup
Putting on the makeup

To complement the bright 60s eye makeup Tracy kept the lips a nude shade. We considered coral but agreed this would be too much and a nude lip would keep a bit of everyday reality to the look!

Checking the makeup
Checking the makeup

The nails were the first things to be started on the day which worked out well, they could then dry whilst the hair was put up in rollers. The nails were done in a great minty green shade which was the perfect summery pastel shade for the look!

Nails in great green

A close up on the final makeup for the shoot!

Close up on the makeup
Close up on the makeup

Fashion History Retro Spective

On my visits to NYC I always try and make a stop at the FIT Museum. This time was no exception. Great value (free!) exhibitions and always full of stunning pieces of current, modern and historical fashion.

IMG_2086At the moment they have the exhibition Retro Spective on. IMG_2090

Based around the subject of fashion borrowing from the past, Retro Spective demonstrates this referencing with fashion pieces placed next to historical ‘inspirational’ style pieces.

They demonstrated the recurrence of silhouettes from distant and recent past.

I thought this was an interesting subject matter, yet I was left underwhelmed with the exhibition. In hindsight I think this was due to the lack of depth that they went into. I feel that each small area they went into could have been much larger and more in-depth. I felt it skimmed the top of what could have been explored further and a bigger exhibition for the museum or an ongoing topic for several exhibits.

Mens jacket
Walter Van Beirendock: Relics of the Future outfit

A man’s ensemble by Walter Van Beirendock was displayed from the Summer 2006 Relics of the Future collection.

This was modeled on mens 18th Century jackets. Made from Raffia this jacket is adorned with dinosaurs and insects instead of traditional plants. I thought this was a charming and unique reference to the past.

A 1944 off white matte silk jersey dress by Madam Gres featured in the exhibition. Inspired by Neoclassical revivals and the fluting of ancient columns. Plus it also references the soft drapery of classical clothing.

Norman Norell 1962 red dress



An English white silk tricot dress with pink fringe and cord, circa 1810, demonstrated that going back into history fashion has referenced the past. This dress shows the Grecian influence on this empire waist dress. Next to this was a 1962 Norman Norell red dress made from wool crepe and satin. This dress echoed the same empire line as the 1810 English white silk tricot dress.





There was a fab pair of black leather and brocade boots circa 1900. Next to these old boots were a pair of 1965 black vinyl and black and white rubber boots. Such similarities in the design touches yet the fabrics and slight design changes brought the 1965 version into the 20th Century.

1900 Boot








1965 boot
1965 Boot









Other designers with pieces featured were YSL, Paco Rabanne and Lanvin.

Fly Me to NYC

Just a quicky post! I’m off to NYC today.

I’m looking forward to getting some inspiration, I’ve got some great exhibitions lined up to visit plus I can do some people watching and shopping! Going to visit some favourite places plus try some new areas and food places!

On the subject of flying click here for an article on the Not Just a Label website about the golden age of airline uniforms! I’m flying virgin and looking forward to in the future seeing the Vivienne Westwood collaboration. I wonder if they’ll use a red tartan (would work with the Virgin colour and with Westwood’s design style).

These are my hand luggage essentials: Hand luggage essentials

From top left clockwise:

Wet wipes, hand cream, mobile, lip balm, eye cream, support tights, pashmina, travel wallet (holds passport, tickets, money etc..), ibuprofen, face moisturiser and sunglasses

I also like to take a book to read (even though I end up watching tons of films!), notepad for ideas and a hair bobble!

Creative juices flowing

So I’m busily working on marketing and other business areas now I have my laptop back (which I thought had died a death)!

I am also finding myself in the grips again of feeling creative. I’m looking more at magazines, going to galleries and sketching. Ideas are beginning to form in my head which I will play with in sketches and then onto the stand with fabric. So this is the start of the next set of pieces.

I’m registered for Source Expo11, which is an international trade show in London with suppliers of sustainable fabrics. So this is my first visit and I’m looking forward to seeing some fabrics and getting some inspiration.

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