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Colours That You Can Wear With A Purple Suit

A purple suit is a great alternative to a black, navy or grey suit. Don’t be scared of adding pops of colour; purple can take it!

Purple is a great winter colour – warm and sumptuous. Because it is made up of red and blue you can add both of these colours to purple. Yellowy green looks lovely next to purple because yellow is purple’s complimentary colour (see here about complimentary colours).

Colours That You Can Wear With A Purple Suit
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New York New York Exposed

I always try and see some exhibitions when I visit a place. Annoyingly on my recent trip to NYC I was there just a tiny bit early for some of the exhibitions that I wanted to see. But I did go to the FIT museum and see their current exhibits.

Exposed: A History of Lingerie exhibit

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The FIT Exposed Leaflet cover

This exhibit was on the ground floor and takes you on a tour of lingerie from Circa 1770 right up to 2014.

One of my favourites was this loungewear set from Regine Brenner (1939) and this 40’s lounging robe from Jay Thorpe.

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Jay Thorpe Lounging robe 1942

Loungewear from Regine Brenner 1939

I’ve always loved the concept of loungewear and I need to get me some lovely looking lounge wear!

Have a little read of the New York times look at this exhibition: A short discussion on the subject matter & the issues raised by the changes in lingerie over time.

Dance & Fashion exhibit

In the basement of the building is a large exhibition space. Here they hold some large fashion exhibits and this dance and fashion exhibit was no exception.

They had a huge range of themes to show the correlation and link between fashion and dance. There was a mix of mens and women’s wear and accessories.

Some of the clothes on display are fashion pieces inspired by dance – for instance some recent pieces from Ralph Lauren and Lady Gaga’s Point Shoes by Noritaka Tatehana for the Gaga video Marry The Night.

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Lady Gaga’s point shoes

Other pieces are dance costumes worn for certain productions and were designed by a fashion designer. For example there was the work by Iris Van Herpen for the 2013 NYC ballet Never Where. Read a little about the Iris Van Herpen’s development of the designs on The Cut.

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The front cover of the Dance and Fashion exhibition leaflet – featuring Iris Van Herpen’s ballet costume design

One of my particular favourites were the costumes by Riccardo Tisci (the creative director of fashion house Givenchy) for the Opéra de Paris ballet production Bolero  in 2013. I loved the way the fabric would move around with the dancer and also had a feeling as if the dancer is naked. The costumes are heavily embroidered which is beautiful. They evoke skeletons or tattoos for me which brings a dark edge to the romantic soft skin tones of the costumes.

Givenchy creative director Riccardo Tisci designed ballet costumes 2013

Ballet costumes designed by Riccardo Tisci

See on Vogue some pictures of a sketch, the costumes on stage and the costumes in fittings.

In 1997 designer Rei kawa kubo (of Comme de Garcon) was invited to design costumes for The Merce Cunningham Dance Company production Scenario. Inspired by the Comme de Garcon bump collection the dance costumes had an interesting tension between the restriction of the clothing and the dancer’s movement. Read a bit more on it here
If this has sparked your interest and you have easy access then it is well worth a visit. You can’t really go wrong with a free exhibition of this caliber!

Take a look at the other current and upcoming exhibitions in NYC, London and Paris.


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Buying your work wardrobe for A/W 2014 – inspiration from the catwalks!

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Christian Dior Couture A/W 14

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Christian Dior Couture A/W 14

It’s almost time to start thinking about our Autumn wardrobes! Noooo, I hear you cry!

A sad time for our lovely light summer pieces, but I love Autumn Winter styles and fashions just as much.

If you’re looking for inspiration for new work wear purchases or new ways to use pieces you already have you might find something of use here.

5 ideas for A/W 2014 work wardrobe from the Fashion Catwalks

1. Add a bright collarless coat or jacket to an all black outfit as seen on the Dior catwalk. The black polo neck and trousers is great, sleek and easy look to create. You might just need to purchase a new colourful collarless jacket to update it.

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2. Alexander Wang A/W 14

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2. Alexander Wang A/W 14

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2. Celine A/W 14

2. Wear a large collared shirt underneath a long top/jumper/dress. Whether the model is wearing a very short dress or a very long top in the pictures to the left, this feels a very sharp and fresh look! You could easily style this with some slim fitting trousers. Both looks by Alexander Wang use tones of the same colour in each look i.e. dark plum top over a red-plum shirt.

If nothing else get yourself a large collared shirt to update your professional work wear wardrobe.

3. Go geometric if you want to add some interest and pattern to the daily grind.

Giorgio Armani couture A/W 14

3. Giorgio Armani couture A/W 14

This Giorgio Armani jacket is a great example of how to wear pattern in a smart and not too girly way!

4. Add a pop of colour on your feet. On the Dior catwalk Raf Simons added shoes in a nice bright orangey red or a striking indigo blue. The pairing of the indigo blue with the red trousers in the Dior looks smart and interesting. Coloured shoes with coloured trousers is an idea to consider when putting an outfit together. Alternatively you could use pops of red. Giorgio Armani uses red for shoes, gloves bags and you also get a glimpse of a red top beneath.

Giorgio Armani Couture A/W 14

4. Giorgio Armani Couture A/W 14

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4. Christian Dior couture A/W 14

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4. Christian Dior Couture A/W 14

5. There seems to be a lot of contrasting in textures/finishes for AW 14. For example on the Versace catwalk you see a lot of blocking in satin next to matte.

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Versace Couture A/W 14

Versace 2014

Versace Couture A/W 2014

Versace AW 14

5. Versace A/W 14


Images from Elle. With thanks


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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.


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Pearls On Hair Up; Put The Kettle On

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I wore the pearls again, over the Ava dress this time. I think having a dramatic statement neck piece works well with this dress.

You can see I was wearing my hair pulled back. When you are wearing a statement neck piece (and/or high neck outfit) you can elongate your neck and show off your statement piece by wearing your hair up.

Try some different ways to keep your long hair up in a chic style low at the back of your head. There are some very chic looks out there to keep your professional look fresh if you find you’re always wearing your long hair loose!

Ladies with short hair do not need to worry about this! Perhaps you can be inspired by these ladies with shorter hair if you’re feeling a little stuck in a hair rut!:

 

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Expanding Bags and Feet in Nude

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I decided to take a break in the park on Monday and have my lunch. But of course I couldn’t help but check my Ipad for incoming emails etc…! I had my Marc by Marc Jacobs bag with me – which I can stuff full of everything I need. The bag just seems to expand and expand!!

The dress I’m wearing is navy. I personally like the navy dress and black bag together. People used to make a fuss about this being a ‘not done’ combination.

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I finished the outfit off with some nude shoes. These were a great purchase – so comfy and the straps accross the front allow me to get about quickly with no worries about the shoes falling off. I chose nude and not black to match the handbag because I thought the look would become too dark for a summer’s day. They also link in with the pearls.

Nude shoes are a great item to have in your wardrobe as they can be worn with any dress colours. You’ll have more flexibility in your outfit building with a pair of nude courts like this, in your wardrobe:

L.K. Bennett Sabira closed courts Black - House of Fraser

Bury kitten heel court shoes L K Bennett
Michael Kors Nude Winslow Open Toe Women's Court Shoe
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