Saturday 16th July saw the inaugural event hosted by Zizou Hair Salon, Hair Fashion Passion take place at the Crypt On The Green in Clerkenwell. The event founder, Victoria seeks to give creatives in hair and fashion an additional alternative … Continue reading
What better setting could you have for showing a couture fashion collection than in the beautiful, jewel, tropical Island of St. Lucia. The island was fought over no less … Continue reading
We’re sure you will agree that you cannot beat a good coat on a crisp winters day to help wrap away the winter woe’s.
To achieve this, Clariscia’s three C’s comprising of; good cut, colour and cloth are essential.
Here CG uses two fabrics, a ribbed wool from a French fabric house famed for their strong use of colour and established since 1947.
The coat, in rich royal purple, is teamed with one of their plain stretch wools to achieve this effect for an updated take on a classic refer coat. Cut with a deeper dolman armhole, it gives plenty of room for movement and comfort.
We feel warmer already just looking at this uplifting and warming colour!…
If you have been worn out looking for lipsticks that will suit your darker skin complexion, take note of this new brand, MDMflow.
Florence Adepoju is the brains behind this new range of cosmetics. Starting out in her career as a scientist, her track changed following the problems she herself had encountered finding suitable shades to work with the pigment of her skin. This led to her becoming the founder of MDMflow make-up brand after she began making her own lipsticks.
We shall be hot footing it over to Topshop where Florence’s range is currently stocked. Bravo Florence, we wish you every success with the brand.
Clariscia was delighted to accept the post of head judge at the annual FDC Young Designer Awards and fashion collections showcase held at the Pullman London Hotel in St Pancras. The judges, took up the mantle to sift through the … Continue reading
The Saatchi Gallery was home to one of the most popular London fashion exhibitions of recent times, the Mademoiselle Prive. Those who braved the enormously long queues were rewarded with a free compacted visual summary of the life and times … Continue reading
A simply wonderfully warm November evening was the perfect setting for the launch of the Three Little Birds Restaurant. This exciting new concept is the brainchild of April Jackson who you may also recognise as a contestant on the current episodes of; The Apprentice.
We at CGHQ, applaud the enterprising former CG Couture model and muse in her venture. Set in the increasingly popular area of London’s Brixton, burgeoning with trendy eclectic eateries, the Jamaican themed cafe and boutique by day, transforms in the evening into a lively Rum Shop with a fine list of cocktails to savour. A visit is highly recommended.
For more information visit: – www.threelittlebirdsja.com
Winter coat designs by Clariscia Gill
As I readied myself for the autumn/winter 2015 season, preparing my mind for the forecasted ‘coldest UK’ winter to hit us for 50 years, I reflected upon how much I like to design, make and wear a good wool jacket or coat. I had always found it difficult to find a coat that fitted me in the right places, accommodated what I was wearing underneath and had the right cut to be loose and stylish enough that it did not look, well, frumpy …
So that’s how I started making them myself. I took a delve into the first place I start after the design is done, the fabric which led me to the world of this humble animal, the sheep, from whence it all starts. Well, I can tell you, humble they are not and I encountered a few surprises and striking animals during my research.
Briton became involved with this rapidly growing trade, so much so that by the twelfth century, wool was to become one of England’s most successful assets enabling it to be exported to neighbouring countries around Europe. That strength remains with British wool still being much sought after around the globe.
There are so many breeds of sheep and they can be found in all the five continents. Cross breeding them is the main way to obtain the different qualities and types of the wool. Not being a natural condition to be covered head to foot in a thick hot woolly fleece, the sheep must be sheared within given times in order that they do not encounter harm. As well as the obvious heat problems, the fleeces attract flies whose larvae can cause major havoc.
Some of these creatures are simply majestic and some so cross bred as to not even have a name for the breeds like this one above. I shall however from now on pay more thought to this animal when choosing my wool cloths, they are responsible for giving us so much.
I thank ewe …
Author – Clariscia Gill
If a hat and a wig had a love child, this would be the result. At aged just 28 years old, Charli Le Mindu has worked with just about every top avant-garde performance artiste you could think of including, Lady Gaga, Cirque du Soleil performers to current stage sensation, FK Twigs. Charli maintains however, that his all time favourite clients are, the many little old ladies who trek to his Parisienne Atelier for the regular hats he designs and makes for them.
His story is charted in his newly released book; Haute Coffieur, charting his humble beginnings to his rapid status as re-known mix of, hairdresser, come milliner, come wig maker.
We all know that wardrobe problem at this time of the year; it’s not cold enough for a heavy coat but it’s also not so hot that you can’t leave the house without a few extra layers. Clariscia has shared the evolution of a jacket she has designed to help combat that problem of our awkward British weather.
Made from cloqué (literally meaning ‘blistered’ in French), this double layered or compound fabric with a Jacquard effect, is warm enough to protect you from the cold, yet light enough so that you don’t feel too heavy. With one side of the fabric being an ecru colour with hints of antique gold and noir, and the other showing a deep noir, reversing the pattern of deconstructed roses, Clariscia’s immediate observation was that this stunning piece of fabric could only become a reversible style jacket. Why choose only one side if you can wear them both!
Voila, by using both sides, CG has created a jacket of which you get double usage by reversing it.
Cut with a Japanese Kimono-like sleeve, it has a drawstring belt made from Nubuck suede (cowhide leather that has been rubbed on the outer side of the hide to give it a feel like that of suede), that brings it together with a fully flared peplum, Clariscia has left the choice entirely up to you; you can wear it from the start of your busy work day slipping easily into your dressier evening events by reversing it.
Now available from her current autumn winter collection – For further information;
BY Kessie White