Category Archives: Dress

Brand You – Preparing For Success


When I was invited to be the keynote speaker for International Women’s Day, I decided to take a look at the strategies that have propelled me to success in key industries.  I spoke about the power of the individual: investment and return, self knowledge and attainable aspirations. You can see this special training video here

Delivering the keynote speech for International Women's Day at Carnegie Room. (photo - worklondonstyle)

Delivering the keynote speech for International Women’s Day at Carnegie Room. (photo – worklondonstyle)

With Aprils Dawn and Dr. Diepiriye Kuku-Siemons (photo - worklondonstyle)

With Aprils Dawn and Dr. Diepiriye Kuku-Siemons (photo – worklondonstyle)

 

Nothing To Wear- Find Your Signature Style


An impression is formed of you within the first 45 seconds of meeting. Your style defines your life. You feel the way you look. Is your style holding you back? Does it influence your self confidence, costing you promotions, money and love?

Change your Look, Change your Life. (photo - worklondonstyle)

Change your Look, Change your Life. (photo – worklondonstyle)

Two things make you different: how you see the world and how the world sees you.

I know how going though the different phases of life can erode your sense of style. Having worked as a television news anchor, university lecturer and senior corporate manager, I now spend my time helping women succeed in their own businesses and careers. I teach my clients to take the doubt out of dressing by learning style strategies.

Owning Oxford Street

Owning Oxford Street

My clients continue to inspire me as I help them look slimmer, taller and younger. Style is about self-knowledge and attainable aspirations, investment and return.

Attending a conference in Kensington, London.

Attending a conference in Kensington, London.

I believe we are born with an innate sense of style but sometimes life gets in the way. Your busy schedule and the many roles you play leave little time for strategy planning on the image front. Every wardrobe contains it’s fair share of fashion mistakes, clashing colours and styles, impulse buys and disappointments.

Invest in yourself. When you do, you will wake up ready to conquer the world each day.“Change your Look; Change your Life.” – Engela Minshull

You Are The Brand!

 

Fabulous at Forty: Diane Von Furstenberg Wrapping Up At Galeries Lafayette.


Following on from her “Journey of a Dress” retrospective in Los Angeles, Diane Von Furstenberg will continue celebrating four decades of her iconic wrap dress by taking over 12 windows and the main entrance at Galeries Lafayette’s Paris Flagship store from September 3 to 30. She will present a capsule collection of 12 dresses in 6 heritage prints as well as bags and a selection of small leather goods.

Diane in her office  situated in the famous meat packing district in New York.

Diane in her office situated in the famous meat-packing district in New York.

From 25th of August, Diane will feature in an advertising campaign shot by Jean-Paul Goude. She is expected to attend an event at the store in late September to coincide with Paris Fashion Week.

Diane as she is set to appear in the campaign for Galleries Lafayette's  Autumn theme "Pop'timisme." (photo - Jean-Paul Goude)

Diane as she is set to appear in the campaign for Galeries Lafayette’s Autumn theme “Pop’timisme.” (photo – Jean-Paul Goude)

Diane launched her first line at 22 and the wrap dress based on a ballerina wrap at 26. She was motivated by the drive for independence and said, “I didn’t know what I wanted to do, but I always knew the women I wanted to be.”

Diane modelling the iconic wrap dress.

Diane modelling the iconic wrap dress.

Her dresses have been worn by the rich and famous for their style, iconic prints and comfort and are favoured by the Duchess of Cambridge. A dress from her 1975-1976 collection has been immortalised at The Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The Duchess of Cambridge in DvF.

The Duchess of Cambridge in DvF. (photo – Getty)

An early adopter of new technology, Von Furstenberg has designed a range of eyewear for Google Glass.

Diane Von Furstemberg for Google Glass.

Diane Von Furstemberg for Google Glass.

Diane had her term as President of the Council of Fashion Designers of America extended through to 2016. CFDA CEO Steven Kolb said, “The board’s unanimous decision to ask Diane to stay on as president is testament to the great growth the CFDA has had under her leadership.”

Autumn/Winter 2014

Autumn/Winter 2014 (photo – Getty)

Autumn/Winter 2014

Autumn/Winter 2014 (photo – Getty)

Michael Hertz who previously worked with Bally, has been hired as Artistic Director to assist in promotion and design of ready-to-wear, accessories, aesthetic of stores and advertising campaigns.

Michael Hertz new Artistic Director at DvF.  (photo - Getty)

Michael Hertz new Artistic Director at DvF. (photo – Getty)

Diane Von Furstenberg and models celebrate the 40th anniversary of the DVF wrap dress. (photo - Getty)

Diane Von Furstenberg and models celebrate the 40th anniversary of the DVF wrap dress. (photo – Getty)

Her book “The Woman I Wanted to Be” will be available from Autumn.

Queen Bestows Damehood On Zandra Rhodes


“Personality and jewellery will conquer everything;” said  Zandra Rhodes and now it has. Queen Elizabeth has bestowed one of  her highest honours,  a damehood, on the British fashion and textile designer.

Rhodes received the title, equivalent to a knighthood, as part of the annual Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Dame Zandra Rhodes (photo - Katherine Rose)

Dame Zandra Rhodes (photo – Katherine Rose)

The Queen's Birthday Celebrations. (photo - Lefteris Pitarakis/AP/Press Association Images)

The Queen’s Birthday Celebrations: Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles, Princess Eugenie, Sophie, the Duchess of Wessex, Prince Phillip, Prince Edward, Prince Harry, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William (photo – Lefteris Pitarakis/AP/Press Association Images)

Rhodes, born in Chatham Kent in 1940, is the daughter of a fashion instructor and graduated from The Royal College of Art in 1964. In 1968 whilst lecturing at art college, she opened The Fulham Road Clothes Shop in Chelsea with Sylvia Ayton. She set up on her own and designed her first collection in 1969.

Considered too outrageous by traditional British manufacturers she took her designs to New York where Diana Vreeland featured it in American Vogue.

On the cover of Suitcase magazine.

On the cover of Suitcase magazine.

Famous for her vivid prints and colourful hair, she is considered a pillar of Sixties and Seventies British fashion. Having kept samples of all her work she founded the Textile and Fashion Museum in Bermondsey in 2003.

She has designed for the rich and famous, actors and royalty including Diana, Princess of Wales, Elizabeth Taylor, Jackie Onassis, Freddy Mercury, Kylie Minogue, Paris Hilton, Bianca Jagger and Anastasia.

Raising Cancer Awareness (photo- Jeremy Selwyn)

Raising Cancer Awareness (photo- Jeremy Selwyn)

Known as “The Princess of Punk” Zandra has won many awards throughout her career including ” Designer of the Year” in 1972. She was made Commander of the British Empire in 1997 and holds nine Honorary Doctorates from Universities in the USA and UK.

Rhodes lost her mother to cancer  and  supports Mayor Boris Johnson as Breast Cancer “ambassador”  to raise awareness of the devastating disease.

Masterful combining of colour and design. (photo - Advanced Style)

Masterful combining of colour and design. (photo – Advanced Style)

Honoured with her was Hilary Mantel, author of celebrated Tudor-era novels “Bring Up The Bodies” and “Wolf Hall.”

Angelina Jolie, though not a British citizen, was made an honorary dame for her work toward eradicating sexual violence worldwide.

Autumn Trend: A Red Hot 2014.


Red is the new black. From New York to London, Paris to Milan, red is ready to take over from blue as the dominant colour for Autumn 2014.

Tom Ford RTW fall 2014 (photo -  Giovanni Giannoni)

Tom Ford RTW Autumn 2014 (photo – Giovanni Giannoni)

Carolina

Carolina Hererra RTW Autumn 2014 (photo – Giovanni Giannoni)

Jean

Tibi RTW Autumn 2014 (Jimi Celeste)

Prabal Gurung (photo - Giovanni Giannoni)

Prabal Gurung RTW Autumn 2014 (photo – Giovanni Giannoni)

Alexandre Herchcovitch (photo -  Rodin Banica)

Alexandre Herchcovitch RTW Autumn 2014 (photo – Rodin Banica)

Giambattista Valli RTW Autumn 2014 (photo - Giovanni Giannoni)

Giambattista Valli RTW Autumn 2014 (photo – Giovanni Giannoni)

Marissa Webb RTW Autumn 2014 (photo - John Aquino)

Marissa Webb RTW Autumn 2014 (photo – John Aquino)

Celine’s New Flagship Store Opens At No.103 Mount Street London.


Phoebe Philo and her team opened the doors to their elegantly designed new flagship store on Mount Street today. Clear grey marmorino plastered walls and marbled floors inlaid with semi-precious stones, greeted eager customers. Danish artist FOS created specially commissioned artistic details including door handles, floor lamps and a chandelier.

Born in Paris and educated at Central Saint Martins in London, Philo won the ‘British Designer of the Year’ award in 2010 and the ‘International Designer of the Year’ award in 2011.

worklondonstyle shopping Celine's new flagship store on Mount Street on opening day. (photo - worklondonstyle)

worklondonstyle shopping Celine’s new flagship store on Mount Street on opening day. (photo – worklondonstyle)

Attention to detail includes beautifully inlaid marble floors. (photo - worklondonstyle)

Attention to detail includes beautifully inlaid marble floors. (photo – worklondonstyle)

Geometric shapes were integral to her accessories for the season. Bags featured square handles coupled with cubic bangles and chunky, rectangular platform shoes.

The Summer 2014 Campaign (photo - Celine)

The Summer 2014 Campaign (photo – Celine)

In a move away from her usual minimalism and understated elegance, Philo introduced bright colours and bold graphic prints for Spring /Summer 2014. The layered look and asymmetrical pleated skirts were teamed with coats and blazers.

Spring/Summer 2014 (photo - Showbit)

Spring/Summer 2014 (photo – Showbit)

Travel informed the Spring/Summer collections of many designers at Paris Fashion Week. It is represented by colourful tribal prints in the collection at Celine.

Spring/Summer 2014 (photo - Showbit)

Spring/Summer 2014 (photo – Showbit)

Ines de la Fressange Paris’ LifeWear Uniqlo Collection.


Hot on the heels of their 2012 collaboration with French basics brand Comptoir des Cottoniers, Uniqlo has done it again. Available in Paris since November 2013; their Ines de la Fressange Paris range is set to be ‘pret-a-porter’ in London from mid March 2014.

Ines de la Fressange for Uniqlo (photo - Uniqlo)

Ines de la Fressange for Uniqlo (photo – Uniqlo)

An international top model since 1975, Ines became the muse for Lagerfeld, modelling regularly for Chanel from 1983 to 1990. She has been the brand ambassador for luxury shoemaker Roger Vivier for the last decade and is part of the L’Oreal “Dream Team.” Her French style guide “La Parisienne” published in 2010, became a bestseller available in 17 languages.

Carrying a Roger Vivier handbag prior to the Chanel Haute Couture Fall-Winter 2013/2014 collection shows at the Grand Palais in Paris.(photo- Francois Guillot/AFP/Getty Images)

Carrying a Roger Vivier handbag prior to the Chanel Haute Couture Fall-Winter 2013/2014 collection shows at the Grand Palais in Paris. (photo- Francois Guillot/AFP/Getty Images)

Parisian Chic. (photo- Ines de la Fressange)

Parisian Chic. (photo- Ines de la Fressange)

Ines says, “After many years in the fashion business I learned a few things, and my wish is to give back a part of my experience in order to help women, such as the trick to mix casual and sophisticated for instance. Everything can be mixed in an easy way and worn at the office and on the weekend.”

Ines working with Uniqlo Design Director Naoki  Takizawa (photo - Uniqlo)

Ines working with Uniqlo Design Director Naoki Takizawa (photo – Uniqlo)

Uniqlo Design Director Naoki Takizawa said, “We talked regularly with Ines and exchanged views on a number of subjects including fabrics, design and fitting. Ines’ own lifestyle and approach to fashion closely mirror Uniqlo’s LifeWear and I am very pleased to be launching the new line that we have created together.”

Ines de la Fressange's collaboration with LIfeWear UNIQLO. (photo - Uniqlo)

Ines de la Fressange’s collaboration with LifeWear UNIQLO. (photo – Uniqlo)

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LifeWear aims to promote comfort, allowing customers to create their own style. With her attitude of ‘laissez-faire’ and clearly ‘bien dans sa peau’,  Ines’ collaboration with Uniqlo brings us a fun, wearable and affordable collection. French chic is available at uniqlo.com/uk.