A short note from a very happy customer!

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“The skirt has arrived and is absolutely GORGEOUS!   Can’t wait to wear it.  I’ve got a pair of (very high) nude stilettos which I’ll wear with the skirt and I’m thinking of a cream fitted top to really show off the peplum.  I think it would look fabulous with some colour blocking too.
 
I’m sure to be asked where I got my skirt so I will spread the word!
 
Many thanks indeed from a very happy customer”
 

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So – what did you think?

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 We loved Michelle Williams Louis Vuitton dress. The pleated fabric is stunning in the peplum and train, with it all in one colour I think you can work more detail into the dress. Her pixie hair cut and elfin features make this a contemporary red carpet look.

 Gwyneth Paltrow’s Tom Ford look is an inspirational look for a contemporary bride. The chic layered cape over the floor length gown makes an interesting silhouette from the front, side and back. I would image a bride to wear this if she were to get married in a city setting – a museum or gallery with only a registrar and close friends and family.

 Victoria is really rocking her latest collection, she has been seen on numerous occasions wearing the signature black wrap around belt featured in her AW 12/13 collection. What I appreciate most about this look is the detailed bust, when she was photographed from the side the shaped bust gave her definition, sometimes a bustier/strapless dress fails to show off the form under the bust line – but this is perfect.

Which was your favourite from the night?

All you need is love..

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This gorgeous shoot from Tribal Beauties new S/S range is making us crave summer, festivals and boho chic fashion. Everyone in the KD studio is discussing which european festival to wear all of these gorgeous gems. Some are saying Benicassim, others saying Suncebeat in Croatia. Seeing as there is no Glastonbury this year we are having to go further afield for our festival fashion fix.

You can see more from Tribal Beauties on their facebook page http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000645671407 – they are based in Barcelona but ship to the UK.

 

Our guest blogger for the day.. Sean.

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I asked Sean to write a piece for the blog about trends in wedding for 2012.

Wedding dresses. The most important outfit of a woman’s life, whether she admit it or not, this is the dress she will spend the most time, effort and money on, and it is the dress they will always feel the most unique and special in. Last year was an important year in the wedding calendar holding two royal weddings, the first the wedding of Catherine Middleton and Prince William in which she wore a Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen lace appliqué creation, and the second, Hollywood royalty in the form of Kim Kardashian’s wedding to Kris Humphries, in which she wore three show stopping Vera Wang, old Hollywood style gowns. These inspirational gowns have inspired a worldwide sensation for weddings, for designers and brides.

 

When researching for the bridal trends of 2012, the first thing that crossed my mind was lace, described by the Italians as ‘stitches in the air’ in the past year the traditional detailed material has went from being used as a doily to one of the most glamorous elaborate materials. The recent trend was started with Catherine Middleton’s legendary McQueen gown, its lace chest and sleeves mesmerised the world in its intricate detail and made Catherine herself look very much a princess. Since then the seemingly dated material has made a storming come back with every major wedding designer dabbling in the trend. It has appeared on huge runways such as Marchesa and Oscar De La Renta to traditional wedding designers like Vera Wang to smaller more unknown designers like Tara Keely. I believe it provides a gown with a touch of traditional vintage elegance and can transform an everyday woman into a stunning bride, leading me to say when looking for a modern day dress for a 2012 wedding look no further than lace, whether it be only a small section of the gown or the entire gown itself, it is the hottest bridal trend of the moment.

 

Many brides will opt for the traditional old style church wedding for their big day but if you are looking outside of the tradition and want something new and modern, one of the newest modern locations for a wedding is the Tower Bridge in London. Recently the Tower Bridge has become very popular with weddings as its reception is held in one of the high level walkways which are located 140 feet above The River Thames. Thus providing breathtaking views and culture rich setting which is the perfect location for the modern couple, seeing as London is now one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world, look no further for the thriving nightlife for after party festivities at the trendy cocktail bar ‘The Loft’, and pre wedding shopping for both the bride and groom on the world famous ‘Oxford Street’

What do you think?

Make-up Inspiration for next shoot.

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I love this make-up look on Abbey Lee for YSL taken by Rachel Chandler in October and featured in Industrie Magazine.

This black and white shot will provide inspiration for a new front page editorial for the next mainline collection. I love the close shot of just her face and hair – you instantly can guess what else she has on/where she is going/what she is thinking.. Sometimes it is interesting for a shot to evoke a feeling or mood rather than be obvious. It then means something different to each person.

The next collection features structured chiffon and organza. This sounds strange how can a fluid fabric like chiffon be structured/.?

You will soon find out.

PS I  love Abbey Lee.

The Wonderful Nook and Willow.

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I HEART Nook and Willow .

I popped into Nina and Clare’s studio on Friday, I brought scones with jam and cream and coffees. I have known these lovely ladies for years, so we slipped straight into catching up and finding out about things they are upto – mainly an amazing idea of shoe workshops! Myself and Jessica were amazed by the styles that you can create in these one day workshops from ballet flats with patent toes or sandals with a leather bow on them. Clare and Nina began making leather totes, clutches and wallets but now they make belts, iPad cases and passport covers – they cover a variety of accessories that girls want and need.

I want Nina and Clare to show me how to make belts that I can put the ruffles on – for the FIFI dress from the Kiki collection. I want the belts to beautifully finished pieces that you would purchase to go with jeans and a t-shirt. So I will let you know how I get on.

Here are some pictures of their fabulous studio full of ideas and inspirations – I highly recommend a look on their site to see exactly what they can do!

http://www.nookandwillow.com