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A Letter of Thanks for Valentines Day

Red roses and thank you!

Red roses and thank you!

I am taking this opportunity of St Valentines Day to express my heartfelt thanks to my fantastic friends, as well as the lovely people I have been chatting with via emails, tweets, and all through my social media journey.

It is said the best gift you can give to someone is your time, a mutual reciprocation I like to believe; such generosity has provided me with continuous support both personally and professionally.

Navigating on this voyage as a fashion entrepreneur, through rolls of fabric and pattern cutting paper, not to mention the many times I have gone back to the drawing board; I can honestly say that all of the inspirational cliches, I have been on the receiving end of, and shared, really do ring true.

“You keep on putting one foot in front of the other and don’t stop until you get to your desired destination”.  

As a result of increased  private consultations, and being asked where can you view, get up close and personal, plus try on the ready to wear garments from the website, I will be taking my home business out of my home and into her own studio/atelier in March 2016.  Yes I am bursting with excitement, tape measure to the ready; I say to my family, friends, fellow entrepreneurs, and supporters “there will be times when things don’t go according to plan, however, providing you are open to change and willing to ‘let go’ without giving up, there is always more than you imagined possible waiting for you”.

I will keep you posted as to the moving in date, in the meantime, Happy Valentines Day.

Coralx

Shoes Make or Break an Outfit

“You can never take too much care over the choice of your shoes.  Too many women think that they are unimportant, but the real proof of an elegant woman is what is on her feet” Christian Dior

Black and red shoesShoes, be you male or female can make or break an outfit, and whilst the American 80’s/90’s had women donning trainers with their suits, followed swiftly by UK  women, there’s something amiss when it comes to that particular footwear when not worn for jogging.

I appreciate comfort like the next girl, and I know you will change into your stilettos or the equivalent of, when you get to your place of work, I guess it goes back to the saying ‘you never get a second chance to make a first impression’.

There is something uniquely feminine about a heel, be it kitten, or stiletto’s  3 inches plus, the elongation of the leg, the confident stance of standing tall, the gasps as admirers say “gorgeous shoes where did you get those” as you raise the hem to your evening gown.

I’m a lover of shoes, boots, sandals, ballerina pumps, yes, I do have trainers for exercising, a beautiful shoe however, never fails to go unnoticed, just like the person wearing it.

The January shoe sales are still with us, and there are some bargains to be had, but before you go rushing out to bag all that your hands can carry, have a look in your wardrobe and see what outfits would benefit from a change in footwear scenery, take the outfit with you, play around with how interchangeable you can make it, create a new look.

In addition, did you know there is also an instant test that you can perform with your shoes to learn more about comfort?  Chyna Whyne founder of ‘Walking In Stilettos’ http://walkinginstilettos.com has very cleverly come up with a unique concept, as well as teaching you how to walk in your stilettos, I guess you would call it the ‘finishing school for shoes’, click on the link for more information https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSssgjzvQ3o.  Share the love with your fellow shoe gurus on your social media platform, (pardon the pun)!

Why craft skills will be extinct if we don’t bridge the generation gap

Where would the established ateliers/fashion houses be without the delicate hands that construct fine garments?

A tailorOr the tailor whose precision of drawing directly onto cloth, comes with years of experience and patience; the pattern cutter whose eye for clean sharp lines transforms fabric into a 3D form.  These are fine trades and crafts, one destined for extinction if these skills do not get passed on.

So there aren’t as many people buying haute couture nowadays in its purest form, yet handcrafts are not just relevant for the luxury market, but life itself.  One of the reasons why vintage fashion has gained such resurgence in recent years, is because of the creative design, their uniqueness of being one-of-a-kind; fine detailing, construction, just some of the components that give these garments their point of difference.  But what about the person behind those seams?  You know I just could not resist that pun!

There’s a thought process doing the rounds, stating, ‘if you are over the age of 50’, you are more museum piece, than a valuable contributor to today’s society, especially in the creative industry, its sheer madness.

It’s imperative that we start having the conversation now with those whose skills should be celebrated, from my perspective hand-sewing, embroidery, beading, setting the perfect sleeve, are just a few examples I learned from seasoned professionals over the years.   As part of my school curriculum Community Service was not because I had been to the Magistrates Court, but part of something that would now have the fancy title of ‘Life Skills’.  We would visit Retirement Homes and listen to the stories of our peers, and even pick up some tips if they were crafters.

In our pursuit for the next shiny object that will hold our attention for all of 5 minutes, we are missing out on that pot of gold that can equip us with knowledge and techniques that we can use for a lifetime across the board.  The conversation I hear from the public now in relation to some purchases are, ‘they used to do such good… or they had such great quality…’  It’s not just the fashion industry that is missing out, but commerce in general.

My mum taught me to knit, sew and crochet, these skills were further enhanced at school where we had sewing classes; apparently such creative classes in schools are now an indulgence and not the norm.  My sewing teacher Mrs Shirley was a stickler for detail, in addition to sewing techniques I learnt patience, (unpicking a seam for the umpteenth time with either make you or break you)!

I for one thank my mum and Mrs Shirley for passing on their creative gifts enabling me to make my dream a reality by becoming a fashion designer.  I really do hope that the current generation take heed, and start listening to the stories, and learning the skills of our peers, that invaluable gift called experience can leave you forewarned, letting hindsight take a back seat for a change.

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Holiday Glamour Fashion

The escapism that a holiday provides is also an opportunity to dress up, not that we should need an excuse to don our fine attire and strut our stuff!

Truly Blue Handkerchief Hem DressHowever, time away from the daily routine of work, bills and housekeeping is also time away from your regular wardrobe, whether that be enjoying the tropics or discovering other town and cities in the country you live.  I’ve compiled a few holiday glamour tips for you to include in your packing.

What to wear, and what to pack?

Holiday Packing

Clothes that are interchangeable, made in fabrics of quality, a splash of colour and colour blocking, yes a yellow cardigan does work with a purple dress.  The camisole top made in a fine rib jersey, cotton shorts and a lightweight swing cardigan, that’s one look.

Skirts bias cut, mini, maxi or in-between worn with wedge shoes, a striking belt if warranted, again the camisole top can make its appearance, with eye catching jewellery gemstones or costume, again a look of individuality.

Jersey fabrics and mixed fibres travel well so dresses, short sleeved or sleeveless, lengths can vary depending on your comfort zone. Whilst it’s tricky to compete against the panoramic scenery that is nature’s myriad colour catwalk, abstract and print dresses of bold design are equally breathtaking.

Footwear: sandals, wedges, kitten heels, high heels, to daringly strappy and high, it’s all part of the fun.

Your evening wear is another opportunity to sparkle, an evening trouser suit in jersey lurex fabric or the handkerchief hem dress that doubles from day to evening celebrating sun-kissed legs.  As the evening turns a little cooler out comes that gorgeous sparkly shawl/shrug, the silk scarf with tassels, the pashmina.  Clever cover ups placed gently around your shoulders for that after dinner walk along the beach front, or coffee on the veranda.

A holiday wardrobe can also be the starting point for the transformation you always wanted to embark upon, above all, remember to have a fabulous time and take lots of pictures!

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Curvey Women: Compliment Your Curves

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By Coral Turner, Couture Fashion Designer

Naturally, we all want to look beautiful, and too right!   As a couture designer, I work with clients who are of all shapes and sizes.  The myth of being ‘model’ thin to look beautiful in couture fashions is just that, a myth.  There are designs that need curves, in fact some styles cry out for curves.  Kim Kardashian is renown for being able to fill column inches in both media plus what she wears, and fair play to her.

Clothing size

So what helps and what hinders? Wearing clothes that are too large or small will result in you looking heavy.  Tight clothing clings to every fold and crease of your body, and baggy clothing hangs on you as though you are a lampshade. Clothes that fit you, however, make you look curvaceous and attractive.  I know I have talked about fit before but as a couture designer, it can make me a little cranky to see an ill-fitted garment on a woman, because it takes away from her beauty.

Colours

A patchwork quilt looks great with its mishmash of colours however it doesn’t translate so well when worn as clothing, not the look you are aiming for.  There is the ‘school of fashion thought’ that says  wearing the same colour from tip to toe is slimming.  Notice, I’m not saying to wear all black or beige!  You can easily wear colour-bright bold and beautiful colours. To inject an accent colour to contrast the outfit accessorise  your main outfit.

Stripes 

As a rule of thumb, wide horizontal stripes make you look wide, and thin horizontal stripes do not make you look either wide or slim. Vertical stripes can make you look tall and thin. However, use them sparingly, as they can be overwhelming especially if you are a petite woman.

Jeans

Well cut jeans, those that fit on the waist look great on all figure shapes, what you don’t want are jeans that you are constantly pulling up because the crotch is too short. Boot cut jeans are slenderising , they also make your legs look shapely.

Waistbands

Elastic waistbands are so comfortable I know, but they can also be your enemy.  If you want to create a slimmer look, have part elasticated and part flat fabric. Thick waistbands that sit just above your hips but not around your actual middle are beneficial.

Footwear 

Ankle boots suit the majority of women, however what you want to look at is whether it is too wide at the top of the boot drawing the eye away from the style of the boot and leaving the focus on the gap!  In addition, shoes and sandals with a broad ankle straps can be more complimentary than a thin ankle strap, which can often look as though it is cutting into your ankle as opposed to complimenting your ankle.  Long boots and peep-toe shoes with heels are also favourable.

Accessories 

Did you know that depending on your stature, carrying a small bag can make you appear larger?  Yes I was quite surprised at that, however when amply curvaceous, carrying a large bag will have the opposite effect. Additionally, the same applies with regard to belts and jewelry. Wearing a large belt and a big, long necklace creates the illusion of smaller. It is about ensuring that everything is proportional to your body-shape.

I celebrate curves, as I do a body-shape of straight up and down, they all have their own uniqueness when it comes to design.  That’s the beauty of bespoke and its not just for special occasions, when your clothes fit in all the right places, you smile, the clothes smile, and those looking at you smile!