Category: women

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And so it starts..from fancy free summer to rigour and routine with no transition, like an open door has been slammed.  Maybe that’s why this coat is so appealing – it shouts attitude, purpose and no nonsense.

Or maybe it’s that I love coats and autumn is the time when the craving is at it’s strongest?

All these are designed by Barbara Bui who combines a Parisian’s eye with a rock chick’s sass.

(All pics from Barbara Bui)

If you can’t escape, embrace.

Laters, Kate x

Dragouni x

If money were no object this would be my go-to dress for my summer hols.

Except if money were no object I could have all her other designs as well..and even pack them in a Louis Vuitton suitcase.

(All pics Celia Dragouni)

Such is the stuff of dreams..

Laters, Kate x

Vando Jacintho x

Vando Jacintho’s Brazilian upbringing is infused in her lush, colourful, tropical, quirky aesthetic.

 

Light yet bright..

Bright and brilliant – her ‘panneux’ – her version of a sarong which can be worn four different ways.  Worth checking out here.

(All pics Vando Jacintho)

Eu te amo.

Laters, Kate x

Twinkle, twinkle x

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Somethings are meant to go together –  bread and butter, Kate and John, gloves..earrings. So what do you do if one goes missing?

If you’re artists Lauren Sagar and Sharon Campbell you turn them into a work of art – The Chandelier of Lost Earrings.

It’s a concept of multiple layers – the power of many, making something out of nothing, the transformative power of change.  More than 3,000 earrings were donated by people who wanted to be part of the project originally linked to St Mary’s maternity hospital in Manchester.

Along with earrings, letters and stories were attached from each donation.

(Links here)

Collectively it’s a jewel of a piece.

I’m just glad they never considered socks.

Laters, Kate x

Jennifer Fisher x

Like the lights, Jennifer Fisher’s jewellery first caught the eye because of it’s soft detailing and gently rolling inspiration. Simple but substantial.

But it was her charms that really caught the eye: fun, rocking icons of joy.

They’re on the lust list for when my boat comes in.

Laters, Kate x

Holy holes x

 

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This post makes me think of gentle waves lapping on sandy shore complete with bucket, spade and cricket bat.  It’s old fashioned, timeless and harks back to simpler times in an eat it now sort of way.

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Celia Pym is a knitting/embroidery artist and much of her work centres around visible mending – taking something worn, discarded and unloved…

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..and adding a new, contrasting layer to marry the piece together.

 

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The finished work takes on a whole new personality – the ghost of the past with the mend of the future. The work is seamless but showy, in the best unshouty kind of way.

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It makes me think I would love to do something like this to a much loved cashmere cardigan that’s seen better days. url

Or mend the knees in my jeans like this.  Maybe it’s the integrity of the craft that’s so appealing? But I looked up on You Tube to see how to do it..

(All pics Celia Pym)

Even watching this was meditative.

Now where’s my darning mushroom?

Laters, Kate x

Alice Cicolini x

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Alice Cicolini’s jewellery fluidly mixes a rich tapestry of eastern traditions with cool modern sensibilities.

 

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It’s a keen eye, passion and superbly talented craftsmen that bring her jewellery together.

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Each piece proudly nods to its heritage roots whilst still being totally unique.

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(All pictures Alice Cicolini)

But Cicolini’s work is a third retro 80s, a third Indian, a third British…and totally fabulous.

Laters, Kate x

 

Best of the Baftas..

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Top prize: Emily Blunt in McQueen. Does everything a great dress should – of particular note are those clever shoulders and beautiful embroidery – not too much, but just enough.

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Close second: Hannah Bagshaw with husband, also in McQueen…could there be a theme?

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Taylor Hill scores points for vintage Hollywood glamour.

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Daisy Ridley: A winner for not taking it too seriously.

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Isabelle Huppert in Chloe: Those sleeves and sheer elegance.

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Penelope Cruz: For shaking it up.

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(All pictures Pinterest)

Anya Taylor Joy in Gucci: Because it shouldn’t work, but it does.

Roll on the Oscars hey. And the odd dead swan.

Laters, Kate x

Magic Carpet x

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If there’s a theme over the last few post it’s re-invention. And the carpet industry is ripe for it: 400,000 tonnes of unwanted carpet is buried in UK landfill every year.

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Isabel Webb has decided thats where the rubys in the dust lie – she’s taking both domestic and industrial carpet waste and giving it her own unique twist through dying, tufting, embroidery and shearing to reveal new patterns and textures and expose the potential within.

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(All pictures Isabel Webb)

Isabel only graduated in 2016 so this is the embryo of a work in progress. But we like it. And we need more.

Laters, Kate x