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
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.
Great to read reports today that the UK leads the way globally in training for creative fashion students with my old halls of learning, The London College Of Fashion, making it into the top ten, hurrah, at number eight. But, amidst the jubilation, there is alas, much dissension among many of the students who are not happy that they do not get enough or in some cases, any support towards preparation for the ‘real world’ of fashion business when they depart.
It is something I can atest to having witnessed and heard, time and time again throughout my time taking on students for work experience at Clariscia Gill Couture. The students often report to me, shocking indifference from the schools: from oversubscribing, questionable favoritism, to lack of tutoring around the all essential, business of fashion.
I despair and am regularly shocked that little has changed since my time (around when Noah built the Ark!) where we only had a three hour business lesson, once a week. It would be great to have persons with actual live business acumen come in and impart the all important real experiences with the students.
I hope the reports findings will take on board the dissatisfaction from many of the students. Whilst not all may have what it takes to be destined for a future career in fashion, many do and it’s not fair for them to be left feeling they have wasted an important part of their lives and money preparing for a place in a trade that will never happen. Get with the programme fashion universities and forge links with the many talented experienced business professionals who are happy to assist.
Article link below on the topic from todays Independant Newspaper