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Jenny Hattersley. Courtesy of Jenny Hattersley. 2. There is something whimsical and joyful about your designs. What (could be anything; place, song, color, book, dream etc.) bringing you joy currently? A cliché perhaps, but the misty mornings and the forces of nature in the promise of Spring are definitely working for me! 3. You have an obvious love of haberdashery and texture. What textures would you like to see your leather, tassel and crystal highlights worn against? That’s tricky as they’re designed to have the ability to transform a simple, muted garment as much as they are to highlight & clash against a bold Marni-esque print…..I’d have to go with the bold print for a full-on effect!
Jenny Hattersley. Courtesy of Jenny Hattersley. 4. What is the story behind the Dark Horse name? As I work predominantly in leather and am informed by British heritage and saddlery techniques I wanted something that conveyed that spirit of equestrian culture…..as well as choosing something that is a little bit thought-provoking & memorable. 5. Why leather and textile accessories? I adore textiles but don’t always find them practical as the basis for an accessory because they don’t necessarily wear well for long…..my product is all about quality & longevity and for me, leather offers that resilience combined with the colours & qualities of a fabric. Leather only improves with each wear and therefore provides an excellent backdrop for my more delicate and vibrant haberdashery embellishments.
Jenny Hattersley. Courtesy of Jenny Hattersley. 6. Your Deco Deluxe collection is very geometric referencing the 20’s. The collection notes state that this was mixed a 90’s vibe. How so and why the 90’s? As always in my work there is a contradiction at the heart of its inspiration! The twenties is so distinctive and informs my more tonal, geometric designs but the 90’s was a really coming-of-age era for me and I am referencing that part of me which is drawn to brash, chunky chains & fly-girl neckpieces, massive chunks of crystal and even bigger earrings! 7. The 20’s are having a moment this spring. What is your favorite icon, trend or piece of culture or reference from that period? The paintings of Tamara de Lempicka – I love her distinctive, bold, powerful and unashamedly sensual style.
Jenny Hattersley. Courtesy of Jenny Hattersley. 8. What is your productions process, are all your pieces fully crafted by hand? Absolutely, and I wouldn’t want it any other way. The in-house design & production is key to the brand ethos – it ensures outstanding attention to detail and fine craftsmanship. 9. Share something dark about Dark Horse? Our ideas are much brighter for dwelling on the dark side! 10. Your tassel necklace and earrings are textural and glamorous. One tip for wearing them by day? One or the other and definitely not to be worn as a set….and because they are fairly luxe I’d love to see them over a piece of textured knitwear with some beaten up denim for great contrast. 11. Your stars mesmerize and the crystal detailing, contrasting colored leather draws one in. If we could only choose one piece from your current collections which would you suggest as the definitive Dark Horse Ornament accessory? It would have to be the ‘Glint’ antique crystal cuffs – they are a perennial favourite and have a luxurious substantial feel to them that oozes understated glamour – they just epitomize the Dark Horse label.
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I attended the launch of supermodel Helena Christensen’s new lingerie line. The Helena Christensen for The Luxury Collection by Triumph Essence was launched at SELFRIDGES, London. The line sees Christensen who is ambassador for Triumph Essence design three pieces for the spring 2012 collection of their luxury range. She stated that it was important to her that the designs edify the women they are designed for.
In conjunction with this was the global launch of Triumph’s ‘Fantasy Mirror’. It allows the customer to (created by OgilvyAction London using 3D visualization) try Triumph lingerie choices without actually taking any clothes off or putting any underwear on.
I was honored to interview Christensen on her new line and lingerie as a whole. Read on for the conversation.
1. Two pieces every lingerie drawer needs?
A large pair of comfortable pants that holds you in all the right places. I’m not a G-string kind of person, the bigger the better. I think there are many women who like them and it makes sense for certain outfits. However whenever I wear them I am always cognizant of them. They don’t feel comfortable.
So yes, it would be a very big fitting pair of underwear and a bra. And yes again I am not really into wires or padding but now I’ve learnt of other techniques to use to still give you good hold, a comfortable hold and a nice shape. It is not about having an overwhelming cleavage because that to me was never really sexy. When it is obvious that is has been forced, if you have it naturally then it is beautiful, but when it is forced like anything in life it is never going to be charming. It is never going be attractive or becoming.
So a nice bra that feels really comfortable and gives you a good shape from all angles; front, side and back.
2. How important is the role of lingerie in a woman’s confidence?
I think very important.
It is also something I have now been educated in while working with Triumph because you don’t think how intricate the design of a bra and underwear is, of how many details and how many things you’ve got to keep in mind when you are actually designing it from scratch, to fit all the different body shapes there are and make sure that it is comfortable in a sense that the straps can’t be digging in, the wires can’t be too tight, there’s a lot of detail.
When obviously a woman goes to buy lingerie, you visually look at it, you look at what aesthetically pleases you and then you try it on and everything changes because that when you realize that this not do my body any favors
There is a whole philosophy of building bras and lingerie and I think if you can combine beautiful lingerie with that which fits comfortably then obviously that is what we are looking for, that is aesthetically pleasing and comfortable which is exactly what you find out how to create with a company that is 125 years old.
If we can combine the two I think it goes a long way into making women feel confident.
3. I think your pieces are sensuous what are your thoughts on this?
I think it is interesting that you use that word sensuous and I am happy you think so. I always preferred to be called sensuous over the word sexy. I prefer sensuous, as it just seems more natural.
4. Your favorite piece from your new Triumph Essence collection?
The lace skirt. I like that I could see it being worn with a thick comfortable jumper and socks just unwinding. So adding comfort to a sensuous luxurious piece. In a Marilyn Monroe undone natural way.
5. That leads to my last question, If you could have any old Hollywood screen icon in your collection, who would it be?
Oh so many of them; Marlene Dietrich who seemed so strong to the public but had a real vulnerability, Katherine Hepburn. I really like the actress Jean Seberg, also Audrey Hepburn.
But most of all Marilyn Monroe.
She was truly something. People saw her as vulnerable for being so open but she was pretty strong in my opinion rather as in those times it was not the place of the woman to speak her mind but she did which rather shows strength. And she was so beautiful. She was a natural. Her husband Arthur Miller once said that when she walked in the sand she only left one straight line of footprints as her steps where completely one in front of each other.
Yes if I could have one old Hollywood screen icon I think it be Marilyn.
The Helena Christensen for Triumph Essence, The Luxury is now available in store at Selfridges and on Selfridges online.
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On Tuesday 31st January the launch of the new Roberto Cavalli fragrance was celebrated at London’s Roberto Cavalli boutique on Sloane Street.
Starring in the campaign directed by Johan Renck and Steven Klein (film and photography respectively), the beautiful actress and model confidently embodies the Roberto Cavalli woman.
I spoke to her on the new perfume.
1. Elisa congratulations on being the face of the the new Roberto Cavalli fragrance. What do you think about the perfume?
Thank you. When it comes to perfume, I am not so versed on what makes a fruity or floral fragrance but do know what womanly characteristics that it has. It has the same strength and bold independence a woman possesses with that inner subtlety. Like a woman should be the fragrance has strength with a gentle softness.
2. How has the creative process of working with the house of Cavalli been like so far for you?
I’ve been so pampered. Incredibly pampered and the process has been wonderful. The brand is amazing and inspiring. Truly amazing to work with from shooting the campaign and everything to this launch
3. The fragrance is synonymous with?
Sparkle, joy, desire, love and life.
Kind thanks to Elisa.
I was honored to share an interview with Elizabeth Tan. The beautiful British actress of Chinese descent has a repertoire that spans the scope of film, theater and television.
The talented and well spoken actress shared her thoughts on fashion week, her current role in British TV soap, ‘Coronation Street’ and more.
Read on for the conversation with her.
1. What are you working on at the moment?
I’m currently playing a new character called “Xin” on Coronation Street. It’s so different from any of the characters I’ve played on other TV dramas such as Doctor Who, Hustle, New Tricks, Spooks or Hotel Babylon.
2. You were spied at London fashion week, what were your favourite shows?
I definitely have a soft spot for Christopher Kane and I also really like Jonathan Saunders. I loved the cut and tailoring from Bora Aksu’s collection, but deep down my favourite accessories are shoes! I love Nicholas Kirwood and really like the direction Camilla Skovgaard has gone in this season.
3. What’s your must-have fashion item?
A good bag always does the trick! You can’t go wrong with a Celine or a really worn-in vintage Birkin.
4. What’s your pet fashion peeve?
I don’t really have one! Although I think people should always dress for themselves and not for anyone else..
5. Most likely to wear?
Dresses, I love dresses! Right now I have my eye on a few by David Koma and Lulu & Co’s designers.
6. What does the future hold for Elizabeth Tan?
Who knows? I definitely would like to do a few more US and UK feature films and a lot more West End theatre….
Visit Elizabeth’s site here.
Many kind thanks to Elizabeth Tan.
Daisy Knights’ jewellery features miniature skull, shell, ball studded and feather designs in 22 karat gold vermeil, oxidised silver and sterling silver.
The skull pieces have a feminine endearing quality. The designer cites nature, punk and rock ’n’ roll as influences for her work.
She founded her line while studying at London’s renowned Central Saint Martins College. The pieces are handmade using ethically mined gold and recycled silver.
I was honoured to interview Daisy (as seen in image above0, on her work and the nuances in between.
1. Hi Daisy, thank you for the interview. What inspired you to start your label while at college?
I always knew I wanted to be a jewellery designer and make pieces that were wearable and affordable, so I just decided to get on with it while I was at college and started my company in my spare time! I also wanted to have more than just my Central Saint Martin’s education when I got out of college; I wanted to have more of a stamp on the industry than just being a graduate. Paul & Joe were one of the first to sell my jewellery while I was still studying, and dealing with retailers in a business situation was a huge education for me too!
2. Who is the Daisy Knights girl?
She is intelligent, strong, independent but also feminine, not afraid to mix metals and makes every look her own
3. If my readers were to purchase one piece from your collection which would you suggest?
The feather ring (from the Lornie collection) is my signature piece that sums up the Daisy Knights woman
4. If you were not a jewellery designer you would be?
I would probably be a sailor. But I have wanted to be a jewellery designer since I was 11, and in my heart I always knew it would happen so I didn’t really leave any other options open!
5. One great jewellery tip?
Don’t abide by ‘rules’ when wearing jewellery, go ahead and mix metals (gold & silver) and wear as much as you want! I always wear a tonne of jewellery when going through airport security and when I surf, I don’t think there is an inappropriate time to layer it up!
6. Why skulls?
The skull collection is inspired and named after my friend from Central Saint Martin’s, Kim. She was a bit of a punk but is so beautiful and delicate. Her hair is always a different colour, sometimes shaved, but she always maintained a really lady-like attitude which I love! so I designed some really girly but not kitsch skulls.
7. When you are not designing jewellery you can be found?
With my boyfriend and our dog Ace Ventura Pet Detective (ace for short) at home in the Cotswolds or most likely in the pub, either the Falcon in Poulton or the Village Pub in Barnsley
8. Which celebrities would you like to see in your pieces?
I don’t really design my pieces with celebrities in mind, but I’m lucky enough to have some very stylish ladies as fans. An early fan of mine was Lady Amanda Harlech, who works closely with Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel. Since then Alexa Chung, Daisy Lowe and Poppy Delevigne have all bought pieces. It’s exciting when someone who’s style I admire wears my jewellery.
9. One random thing from your week?
My boyfriend just booked us a holiday to Cuba!
10. The first piece of jewellery you ever designed was?
I made a ring for my friend Katie for her 13th birthday, it was a ring with a little silver flower on. She had to have it removed from her finger in the emergency room as it was so small for her, but she still has it today!
12. If your house was on fire, which jewellery piece would you save and why?
My grandmothers wedding ring that I always wear, my mother (Lornie) gave it to me for my 21st, it is my most precious piece of jewellery to me. I would also grab my dog and my favourite Mattthew Williamson dress!
13. Daisy Knights’s jewellery is synonymous with?
Nothing, there isn’t anything like Daisy Knights jewellery, its unique!
Click here for the Daisy Knights collection.
Kind thanks to Daisy.
All images courtesy of Daisy Knights.
As a fashion stylist/editor and a personal stylist to celebrities, I spend a lot of time liaising with fashion PR companies. The relationship between journalists/stylist and PR is very much symbiotic. I have been known to call many a PR contact at unheard hours when styling emergencies crop up. New boutique PR company, Kitch & Honey was recently founded by Charlotte Strodl and Skye Harrison(pictured above right and left respectively).
I interviewed the two on how Kitch & Honey PR came about, the clients, the story behind that hip name (how cool is Kitch & Honey?), their party tricks and all the nuances in between.
1. Hi Skye & Charlie! What is the story behind Kitch & Honey PR?
Hi! So the story of Kitch & Honey. Well we met each other while we were both working at Mission Media in the fashion team. It is where we became the blonde duo of PR, championing old school PR rules of being constantly on the phone, churning out the coverage and making best friends with journalists. In this time that we both launched Oli.co.uk and Astley Clarke jewellery together and worked on celebrity fashion campaign Visa Swap with Lindsay Lohan. Skye then left to join specialist fashion PR agency Snow PR to look after accounts such as PPQ and Olivia Rubin and Charlotte stayed to take over the fashion division where she looked after Jigsaw and The Shop at Bluebird.
We had talked about owning our own agency for years but were too busy with our jobs to even fathom putting it together. One night over a bottle of wine we decided to do it. We started having conversations and talking to small brands who didn’t have PR. In July, Charlotte left Mission Media to set up the company with three clients under her belt, clothing brand Misticon owned by friend Charlotte Dutton, Body London, a modeling agency owned by a girl she went to school with and Bellinski, a swimwear company owned by a friend of a friend.
She rented a desk from a friend in Jermyn Street and was helped by an intern to set everything up. In September, after fashion week was over, Skye left Snow and joined Kitch & Honey full time. We have now got twelve fantastic fashion clients, our own office in Oxford Street equipped with showroom, three staff members and a team puppy, Barley.
2. Great company name by the way! How did you come up with it?
One of our best friends is a fashion editor so we went to her for advice on the company name. There are a lot of PR companies nowadays so we wanted something really unique and original. After brainstorming we realised that the two PR agency names we really liked were named after condiments so we knew we had to throw a condiment into the mix. We also wanted something fashiony in there and we landed on Kitcsh after much thought and deliberation. We decided to put both names together as it seemed like the spirit of the times, think Marina & The Diamond, Florence & The Machine. So we ended up with Kitsch & Honey. We looked at it and Kitsch seemed a little bit obvious. We googled Kitsch and we found that in the Urban Dictionary Kitch without the ‘s’ meant ‘cooler than cool’. So there we had it, Kitch & Honey.
3. Who are your clients and what makes you stand out from other PR companies?
Our clients are:
The Trouser Room
We are different from other PR companies because we are taking it back to basics. We believe in old school PR methods where the PR’s are best friends with the journalists and can call them up and chat with as friends as well as for work. We believe in phones over emails, regular showroom appointments throughout the week, regular coffees and catch ups and we always make sure we are on the pulse of what is going on in the media and where our clients fit in. We feel that too many PR agencies rely on emails and are too behind the scenes to really get under the skin of individual journalists. We also strongly believe in hard coverage results over lengthy reports and admin.
4. One random thing from each of your month’s so far?
Charlotte – Natasha Beddingfield telling me I had really nice hair at the LFW Kristian Aadnevik fashion show before running her hand through it and getting her nail caught in a tiny dread-lock at the back of my head. Cringe!
Skye – Picking up my McQueen handbag on the way out to a meeting, then realising that the puppy had crawled inside and fallen asleep in it, not before eating a new business pitch document, who says dogs don’t eat homework!
5. Which designers are you coveting lately?
Charlotte – The Anya Hindmarch is never far from my arm
Skye – The McQueen is handy right now with puppy bowls and blankets – glam uh!?
6. What is your party trick?
Charlotte – Balancing on one foot in a six inch Louboutin whilst downing a glass of champagne
7. Kitch & Honey in five years?
A big agency with a boutique feel. Lots of fabulous fashion clients, an amazing office with a huge showroom and lots of lovely employees
8. Last thing you tweeted?
Welcome to Account Executives Verity (formerly of Warehouse) and Hannah (Formerly of Iroquois) and Intern Lucy (Formerly of Mission)
9. Are you a heels or bag girl?
Charlotte – Heels all the way!!
Skye – Toughy – buy too many of both but to keep the man in my life happy has to be heels!
10. Kitch & Honey in five words?
Coverage is our currency, yes!
Follow Kitch & Honey on Twitter here.
Photo Credit: Skye Harrison and Charlotte Strodl.
Wendy Brandes in a modified version of her ‘Swear’ ring design. Image edited by Observation Mode
I adore gorgeous Wendy Brandes’s covetable luxury fine jewelry and so do the likes of red carpet royalty like Liv Tyler. Her jewelry has been featured in leading magazines such as W magazine, Marie Claire, GENLUX,O-The Oprah magazine, ESSENCE, Modern Jeweler, Jezebel etc. The great press is a no-brainer as her pieces are eye catching, bold and utterly clever. I am particularly drawn to Brandes’s strong mechanical (think delightful pieces that can be unscrewed, twisted or open and close) designs.
A wonderful theme that seems to be the ongoing inspiration for her pieces is strong women with intriguing stories. Think designs inspired by the unfortunate wives of Henry VIII, Nefertiti and other interesting women
Everyone in blog land adores her witty blog which features everything from humor filled musings to her lust inducing designs. I was honored to interview the very busy Wendy, read on for a fabulous piece.
1. Hi Wendy, hope you are well darling. One funny thing from your week so far?
Last week, when I started working on this interview, two friends in different parts of the world sent me photos of hilarious drink names: Diet Cock and the Ike Turner! What made it even better was that neither of my friends knew I was writing a post about drinks at the time. http://wendybrandes.com/blog/2009/12/outfit-post-almost-starring-jude-and-sienna/
2. Tell us a bit about your stunning jewelry…
I work in 18K gold, platinum and silver. As you say in your intro, mechanics are my signature. That means lockets http://wendybrandes.com/pro-detail.php?colid=29&collect=true&id=256
, poison rings http://wendybrandes.com/pro-detail.php?colid=28&collect=true&id=414 ,things that twist and turn http://wendybrandes.com/pro-detail.php?colid=30&collect=true&id=204 .
Another characteristic of my jewelry that you can’t see in pictures — so it always shocks people — is how much heft my rings and necklaces have. I don’t skimp on metal. When you pick up my handmade Nuit ring http://wendybrandes.com/pro-detail.php%20colid=28&collect=true&id=475 you find out what an ounce of gold feels like. That says “Luxury” to me. Of course, my earrings aren’t that heavy. I wouldn’t want the customer to wind up with lobes that stretch to the ground.
3. I read that your first designs were your engagement and wedding rings. How did this come about?
Standard diamond solitaires depress me. I wanted something that represented my style. In fact, I wanted everything related to my wedding to represent my style. A lot of women think, “I’m going to have this ring/these pictures forever, so they have to be classic.” Boring! Bring on the leather outfits and crazy cakes. http://wendybrandes.com/blog/2009/09/your-wedding-wish-is-my-command-now-vote/ . I only regret that I wasn’t wilder. I look at the wedding photos now and think, “Too safe”!
4. You seem to be inspired by strong historical women from English Royalty to Nefertiti. Where do you draw your inspiration from?
I’ve always been intrigued by women who led extraordinary lives in times and places where they had no real rights. Empress Matilda is one of my favorites, kicking ass and taking names in the 12th century. It took me three blog posts to cover her; http://wbjewelry.blogspot.com/2008/04/book-club-empress-matilda-part-i.html,, http://wbjewelry.blogspot.com/2008/05/book-club-empress-matilda-part-ii.html and
And check out the necklace I named after her! http://wendybrandes.com/pro-detail.php?cat=true&id=406
5. Lipstick shade that you are currently addicted to?
I’m all about red and I just can’t quit MAC’s Lasting Lust http://wendybrandes.com/blog/2008/07/red-lipstick-1-macs-lasting-lust/ .I need to get some more. I’m on my last tube right now.
6. If you could only wear one piece of jewelry. It’d be?
Definitely my one-of-a-kind onyx skull ring with hidden diamonds http://wendybrandes.com/pro-detail.php?colid=32&collect=true&id=420 ). My website says the price is available upon request, but I’d rather that no one request it. I only want to sell that ring to Lady Gaga, Madonna or Beyonce. It either goes to a megastar or it stays with me.
7. You are throwing a fancy dress party, what or who do you go as?
You might think Marie Antoinette (I’ve already done Anne Boleyn– http://wendybrandes.com/blog/2008/10/anne-boleyn-postmortem ) but I’ve always wanted to look like Jim Morrison for a day.
8. Your Party trick?
I wish I could say that I tie cherry stems into knots with my tongue, but that would be a lie. Instead, I entertain people by opening up three or four pieces of jewelry to show them various hidden compartments. A few years ago, when I was the only not-famous person at a dinner, Queen Noor of Jordan saw me open a bunch of rings and left off talking to Michael Douglas to say, “Ooh.” That’s all she said: “Ooh.” And it’s still one of the best compliments I ever received.
9. Your current collections?
You mean stuff I collect as opposed to my jewelry collection, right? In that case, I’ll say “grievances.”
10. Last movie you watched?
“Precious.” I still have my 1996 original edition of the book (“Push” by Sapphire) on which the movie is based. I also remember sitting on the beach with my mother and reading that book. My mother asked, “Would I like that book?” and I considered a moment and said, “NO!” I can barely remember what I did yesterday, so I’m not sure why I recall that little exchange from 1996.
11. Love your gorgeous jaw dropping ‘Venus’ earrings from your ‘Eden’ collection. Tell us a bit about that collection.
With my queen-related and historical pieces, I usually work from a concept and find the materials to bring that concept to life. The pieces in the Eden collection are more likely to be inspired by the gems I find. For instance, the cabochon-cut rose quartz that I used for the first Venus pieces immediately brought the “Morning Star” concept to mind, complete with diamond “stars.”
‘Venus’ earrings by Wendy Brandes, image courtesy of Wendy Brandes
12. Your blog shows a love of vintage, you have some great pieces by designers like Ossie Clark, Patrick Kelly, Moschino Cheap & Chic etc. Most recent vintage fashion purchase?
A black Patrick Kelly dress that’s covered with little bows in rainbow colors. While researching the dress, I found a clip of Bette Davis mentioning Kelly on the David Letterman show in the ’80s. I’d been looking for that footage for a while http://wendybrandes.com/blog/2008/05/meet-80s-designer-patrick-kelly/ . Bette was a damn good salesperson. I wish she were around to wear my designs.
13. You are a proud New Yorker, if a tourist had an hour to see NY for the first time where would you take them to?
I’d do what I did with gorgeous blogger Solo Lisa and take you to St. John the Divine and the Columbia University campus. http://wendybrandes.com/blog/2008/10/bloggers-invade-upper-west-side/
14. You recently had a two day pop shop, tell us about it.
I don’t have a regular storefront where I can show my full line so it’s great to have the opportunity to personally show the whole collection. (About a dozen of my pieces are available in a great store called Broken English in Santa Monica, Calif.) I love to tell people, “Hold out your hand!” and then drop a one-ounce ring or pendant into their palms. Their stunned expressions are priceless!
15. Five words synonymous with your designs…
Amazing, amusing, feminine and feminist. Yeah, I’m counting “and” as one of the words!
How witty is Wendy? I adore the lady,her answers are brilliant! Drooling over every single design. I’m all for personal,strong pieces.Cookie cutter jewelry is far too boring. Wendy pieces are timeless,organic and unique. Simply love pieces that tell a story and these do that in heaps and bounds. Thank you for the interview Wendy!
Interview republished with kind permission from Wendy Brandes. Originally published on mariankihogo.blogspot.com in December 2009.
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