Sadie Harris is such a beautiful british name and it was the name of my maternal Grandmother. The brand i am launching is one of tradition and heritage, all British, made in England. It speaks of stealth style with an edge. My grandmother sums up these things for me - she was beautiful, strong, elegant and so very british from a bygone era - an era where womens lives where hard, especially in the North of England, but she lead hers with elegance and above all she loved life, playing the ukelele and starring in local productions. She married in her early 40's and i think my mother was somewhat of a surprise, sadly she lost her husband when my mother was just 7. She spent the last twenty years of her life in a mental home the only place for her with early onset alzheimers - i did not know her - i want to dedicate something to her so in some small way her life will live on.
The first collection i am working on is entitled "A very British Summer". I will be using traditional saville row fabrics, they will meet feminine form, with 70's referencing. They will be wearable, easy pieces that cater for our very own brand of weather - light weight tailoring, beautiful lace dresses with lightweight menswear inspired 3/4 coats, pieces that interchange in soft muted colours with flashes of brights. It is a collection that will be wearable across age groups with old fashioned couture detailing, and stealth sex appeal. There will be an element of that old fashioned British 'boys love the girls, girls love the boys' ethos we do so very well. For this first collection i am very much my own muse.
In the meantime Frank and I are showcasing a design i worked on this winter. I was definitely having an elegant turn and although i always love texture in my fabrics the colours were more muted and i used a lot of rich deep colours. In this instance a teal blue alpaca wool for the jacket with a navy lace layered over teal cashmere for the skirt. Playing with proportion the sleeves were shortened and a dramatic back cut was added to the jacket. I am pleased with it - it was easy to wear and dress up or down.
Although the sun was shining, the colours were distorting as well as the texture so we moved to the shade
The back is really lovely and although the fabric is soft it is holding the shape well, i always add a handy pocket!
The collar can be worn turned down but i like the shaping on the neck when up
And finally for all you Franky fans - he wasnt having much of it - but his bum was ..
In the beginning
In the end
Skirt and Jacket my own design, shoes YSL, bag Bottega Venneta, jumper Eric bompard, Bracelet Hermes (thanks again to Mr), Sunglasses Gucci - navy leather - loving the texture again xxx