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).
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 wardrobefrom 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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!:
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.
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:
Phew 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!
I’m wearing the Jane dress styled with some extra large pearls.
The 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.
Couldn’t not wear my black sunglasses as the sun was so bright!!
Thought I’d pop a little post up…. My new summery women’s fashion Riviera Collection is up on the website! It took a long while to get it up there (lots of behind the scenes boring things have to happen first!).