Your Wedding Your Way – Photoshoot

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CG Bridal were delighted to be invited to participate in a photoshoot at Ringshall Grange, the stunning Moated Suffolk Manor House.  Here is the first of the three looks shot featuring wedding dress styles; Caroline and Charli  by  Clariscia Gill … Continue reading

The Dorchester Wedding

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Silk duchess satin wedding dress by CG Bridal

It could not have been a more perfect sunhine Spring day for the wedding of CG Bridal client, Elaine to Noel.
A marriage of two continents, China and Jamaica unite set atop the stunning London panoramic view, including a traditional Chinese Tea Ceremony. The latter, a first for Clariscia to experience. CG truly had her, work cut out, as the bride was in her fifth month of pregnancy. The brides outfit came together beautifully with the grace of God and the sewing fairies who drifted in on gossamer clouds. Working carefully and neatly around Elaines growing bump making sure no button was out of place on the very delicate, appliqued lace tulle jacket and that no pleat fell adrift accross the dress front. An unfussy neatly edged veil completed the brides ensemble.
The Dorchester Hotel staff descreetly provided the finest backdrop, attending to every need without overshadowing the intmate gathering of relatives and friends. A very special day and we at CGHQ wish the newlyweds, many years of happy marriage together.

Clariscia Gill at Hair Fashion Passion

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

Clariscia Gill Couture At Hot Couture

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                      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

CG’s Winter Warmers’

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.

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Ribbed purple wool, gently shaped refer coat. Clariscia Gill Couture.

We feel warmer already just looking at this uplifting and warming colour!…

New Lipstick launches for darker skins

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Florence pictured on left with her Vamp Lipstick.

http://www.standard.co.uk/beauty/makeup/changing-the-face-of-beauty-meet-the-lady-behind-mdmflow-a-new-lipstick-brand-designed-for-black-a3180726.html

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.

FDC Young Designer Awards – 31st Oct 2015

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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

Coco Chanel Exhibition – Saatchi Gallery London

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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

Three Little Birds Restaurant – Opening Launch

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April Jackson, founder of Three Little Birds with neighbour, business owner Kay of Ultimate Jerk.

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

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Brownies to die for

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The Rum Bars creatively roped ceiling.

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Scrumptious chicken wings

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Clariscia Gill wearing … CG Couture

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Clariscia Gill and spoken word/hip hop artist Akala

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Guests: Nathaniel Peat and Akala

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Tweet, tweet, tweet …

CG Couture Coats – Spinning a yarn of wool

Coats and jackets by Clariscia in a range of British wool's.  Tweeds, twills, flannels and long haired coatings. Prices from £285 for rtw

Coats and jackets by Clariscia in a range of British wool’s. Tweeds, twills, flannels and long haired coatings. Prices from £285 for rtw


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.

 

The Barbados Blackbelly Sheep (I kid you not..)

The Barbados Blackbelly Sheep (I kid you not..)

 

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.

 

Merino Rams provide wool for those delicate fine knitwear.  Who'd of thought ..

Merino Rams provide wool for those delicate fine knitwear. Who’d of thought ..

 

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.

 

Originating from Switzerland. Both the ram & ewes have horns.

Originating from Switzerland. Both the ram & ewes have horns.

An old unknown sheep breed with fancy horns.

An old unknown sheep breed with fancy horns.

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