A Touch of Green

This is the lovely Emily, she  hired  this strapless sweetheart neckline emerald green gown for her birthday recently. Her theme was Oz, and her guests were encouraged to wear ‘A touch of green’. I think she sure looks the part.

I wonder if she had some red shoes on to match the occasion?

Winter Sparkle!

This lovely group pictured here, attended Emma’s 18th, (2nd from the left) at the Hurlingham in December just gone. The theme was Winter Sparkle, and don’t they all look magnificent?

Carol, Emma’s mum, (pictured on the left) wore an evening gown from us in navy and lace, full length. She couldn’t have looked more perfect in my opinion!

 

Marvellous Monte Carlo

This lucky dress got to go to Monte Carlo would you believe. Snezana wore it to the Angel Film Awards – Monaco International Film Festival 2013, over the weekend just gone.

And isn’t she wearing so well? If only she could of taken me too 🙂

Christmas Studio Hours



Christmas opening hours are the following:

OPEN from 10am – 6.30pm until 20th December.

CLOSED from: Saturday 21st until the 2nd January.

Remember, appointments are necessary.

Have a great Christmas an New year!

Love,

Nicolette & Joanna.

Honourable Artillery Company

This majestic looking lady called Laura, went to the HAC, Honourable Artillery Company. The estate can be found in the City and holds parties, lunchs, dinners even weddings.

Quite spiffing I say!

Sequin Queen

This angelic looking lady, Nasreen, hired this silver sequin gown from us to attend a wedding at the swanky Grosvenor House. She had sense too, and also hired the XL faux fur wrap, as it was super cold that night – what a perfect winter outfit!

Winter White Gala

600 hundred guests embarked on Kensington Palace for their charity ball, Winter Whites Gala, which took place on Tuesday 26th November. An event which raises money for the charity, Centrepoint, for homeless young people. An astounding 1million was raised on the night.

Celebrity guests included, Prince William, Jon Bon Jovi, and Taylor Swift. This handsome trio pictured, were lucky enough to attend this event, and boy did they enjoy it! The two ladies hired their whole outfits from us, and we were more than happy to help make them sparkle for their winter ball.

A Country Celebration

Ali was celebrating her and her twin brother’s 21st Birthdays down at their country home with friends and family.

She hired this purple (it does look more blue in the picture) long evening dress for the occasion.

 

Something Unusual

New in this week, this strikingly beautiful gown is availible to hire in a uk8, price £250.00 for hire.

Please contact if you’d like to see it in the flesh!

Monochrome in Stockholm

This lady hired the black and white Jovani evening gown to stand out from the crowd recently, to a wedding in Stockholm.

She looks simply sensational. Cute looking couple!

 

One Happy Customer

Now isn’t this a photo and a half?!

The lady in the photo hired an evening gown from us to attend her work event last week. And doesn’t she look just dazzling in it? (if you haven’t guesses who, the one who’s smiling ear to ear!)

 

 

Istanbul Wedding

This is Yana, she hire this cross back all over sequin ruby red dress to attend a wedding in Istanbul. Doesn’t she look just divine?!

Fabulous Fashionistas

 

Did you watch that programme on Channel 4 last night? It was brilliant! So inspiring, it made me want to change my life, wear bold colours, start a new fitness regime and throw out any beige coloured clothing I own.

If you didn’t watch it, you should. It’s basically about 6 ladies who are all older, ranging from 73 up to an astounding 90 years old. Sue the 73 year old, who decided one day to pack in her famous cookbook empire to become a quirky artist, plus she’ll never be seen without one of her homemade accessories when she leaves the house and also made an interesting quote, “My motto is, don’t wear beige. It will kill you.”

Another inspiring lady, Jean 75, took to changing her life through fashion after her husband passed away after 50 years of marriage. One day she mentioned to her son she’d like to work maybe in a charity shop? To which he said to her after a moment’s thought “why not try Gap, mum?” Which Jean thought about and ended up working in Gap for over a year.

All these ladies have heartening stories, reasons why they are extroverts in their own individual ways. We may not be seeing these ladies in the fashion industry anytime soon, but why shouldn’t they have fun?

In the programme, they project the feeling that getting old doesn’t mean you have to fade into the background. From Dr Martens, long hair, colourful layers, to the oldest working model in the UK, this is a programme to be seen by all.

 

London Fashion Week

So I haven’t blogged for a while (I know, I know) it’s terrible of me!

But what a topic to kick off with – it’s only London Fashion Week. Yes, it’s that time of year again, the bi-annual event has kicked off in all its glory. If you don’t know much about LFW (which I’m sure most of you will) this is where the A-List of celebrities, dressed in their finest of course, throng the front row of the catwalk and watch majestically, in awe of the endless leggy models pacing up and down in some of the world’s top designers’ newest seasons’ ensembles.

One model that comes to mind, you probably guessed it? Cara Delevingne, the girl that everyone’s talking about, the girl that all designers want to use to show off their fabulous creations. Take Mulberry’s collection on Sunday just gone, Emma Hill’s outfits just spoke for themselves. There was an array of floral patterns, swinging shapes and leather outfits, and of course modelled by our very own Cara Delevingne

 

Glyndebourne Opera Festival

Glyndebourne has taken place annually since 1943. This beautifully country house, estimated to be around 600 years old is located in East Sussex.

Glyndebourne is attended by those who have a love for opera, and beautiful scenery. There is plenty to do, it’s a full day if not more: fine dining, and lots of Art & Sculpture to admire. The festival itself runs from the middle of May until the last weekend of August. Whilst those who generally attend the festival come for the opera (tickets needed) most also like to make a day of it, and take time to immerse themselves in the wonderful gardens, where you can bring a picnic and take in all that Glyndebourne has to offer.

So you have your ticket and you are ready to attend this grand event. The next most important thing: What to wear? You know this really is an event you can afford to go all out and look fabulous for!

We advise, stick with the tradition of wearing an evening gown. The founder, John Christie always said, he felt this was one of the ways the audience could show respect for the performers. Plus it’s an excuse to get dressed up.

Ladies tend to go with long dresses, floaty, colourful, even a print can look very feminine. A wrap works well too, an organza wrap can easily brighten up an outfit, and works well in the evening when it starts to get a little chillier. Obviously a nice coat works well too, if you tend to feel the cold in the evening.

Shoes, wear comfortable ones. If you intend on strolling around the gardens, maybe don’t opt for a stiletto heel, as we know they tend to sink into the ground. A simple court shoe might be more effient, or just go with flats – the safer option.

 

Spring Sale 2013

It’s here again. Our bi-annual sale has come round in no time!

We have lots of new stock in, so we need a little spring clean. Why not come and see if you can pick up a bargain from £25.00. We have evening gowns and cocktail dresses from size 6 -18, plus corsets, stoles and jewellery too.

ONE DAY ONLY

– Thursday 25th April 2013

– 10am – 8pm

Wine & nibbles available

Call us on: 0207 352 4848 for further details.

We look forward to seeing you there!

How To Measure Yourself

You may want some help when doing this.

Height

1. Stand straight with your feet together

2. Start at the top of your head and pull the measuring tape down to the floor (you may need some help with this)

3. Don’t wear shoes

Waist

1. Your waist is usually found 1inch above your bellybutton

2. Wrap the measuring tape around your waist, not so tight so allowing you to breathe comfortably

Hips

1. Your hips are generally about 7” below your waist (depending on your size)

2. Looking in a mirror, find the widest part of your hips

3. The measuring tape should brush across both of your hipbones

Shoulder

1. You start by measuring at the back, from one edge of the shoulder socket to the next shoulder socket

Bust

1. Relax your arms

2. Keep your bra on, as you’re not measuring your bra size

3. Pull the tape around the back across the shoulder blades, then under your arms and across the fullest part of your bust – take measurement

Hipster Jeans – Have They Ruined 21st Century Women’s Figures?

When you were younger, did you wear your jeans too low? Or found that your knickers compared to now, were a lot more snug? And you look now, and you notice it seems to of created this indent in the side of your hips? If you answer yes to this questions don’t worry, you’re not the only one.

Victorian Corset

I discovered this years ago, when frankly I was standing in front of the mirror naked, when I noticed this hideous dip where my trousers usually sit, I didn’t think to much about it and forgot about it for awhile. Then I mentioned it to a friend on holiday and she too said she had this ‘Indent’ where her trousers sit on her hips. After we chatted about it for while, we came to the conclusion it must have been due to too many years of wearing hipster jeans (low rise). After trawling the internet, forums etc, I found that other women too like me have these little dips in their hips.

So, what can we do about it? Liposuction? Maybe spend an hour each night massaging the dents to plump them up again? Umm.. I reckon a change in clothing is the answer. Start by wearing underwear that’s not as tight, plus wearing it above your hips, so it sits nearer to your waist. I know this may look a little funny and somewhat unsexy at first. Also, try wearing high-waisted jeans too, they will give you that peachy shape again. And I believe if this is done properly, we may retain our once was ‘hour-glass’ shape back.
Remember the corset, famously worn by the Victorians. This garment was worn by women, and some men to create this desired feminine figure, historically made from whalebone. Women would go to the extreme corsetry involving ‘tight-lacing’ meaning when the corset laces are pulled tighter & tighter on a regular basis, you were to eventually achieve a smaller waist.

Women back then didn’t wear low rise jeans, so their figures weren’t affected in the way ours our today by certain clothing. Maybe we should revert back to our Ancestors fashion style? But for now, I’m going to try some high-waisted jeans! Let you know how it goes

 

Tulisa’s Spanx v’s The Press

The National Television Awards aired last night. Programmes such as, Best Documentary Series, the winners Frozen Planet, which I was very pleased to hear. Best Drama, of which Downton Abbey claimed the prize.

But what caught my eye, as I reached for my iPhone during the add break read to through the trashy showbiz simply to pass time. Was the lovely half Greek Tulisa Contostavlos sporting (and very well may I add) an Eggshell Grecian Draped dress.

Now, not only do we hire out this dress, so it was a pleasure to see a very well known young lady in a gown many of our customers love too! But the poor girl was ammunition for the press, as unfortunately her Spanx ever so slightly showed at the top of where the dress splits. Which of course the sharks (press) took privilege in capturing for the whole world to see straight away.

But after thinking about it, which didn’t take long, w ho cares? I’ve been dressing women in evening wear for quite some time now, and mostly every women that enters into our studio for a dress fitting, will inevitably say ‘I’m going to have to wear my Spanx’ from skinny to curvy ladies, the young to the older generation.

They’re designed to give the wearer a slimmer and more shapely appearance, which will make you feel more comfortable and confident.

So, Tulisa if you’re reading this, believe me you won’t be the only girl out there with out her Spanx on, so don’t be ashamed!!

BAFTA Awards – treat yourself: why not hire a beautiful evening gown, instead?

So, you’ve got the coveted invite to the BAFTA’s,  only a matter of weeks away. If it’s not a gleeful “yippee a chance to show off my Valentino” it may be that panicky feeling: ‘Oh, what am I going to wear?’ We all get that feeling don’t we? You might go shopping for something in a rush, repenting later or you could come and rent one of our perfect evening dresses.

We’ve been styling nominees and guests for over 30 years and are expert in dressing you up. It’s a long evening, so as well as looking the part in an outfit you can comfortably sit in you’ll need comfortable shoes too!

Tip: you might need a colourful, possibly jewelled wrap to keep you warm also.