Clariscia Gill at Hair Fashion Passion

Summer breeze styling - dress by CG Couture

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 

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.

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 

FW Haute Coiffure – Hats meet hair

Charli's giant 'afro' head-piece

Charli’s giant ‘afro’ head-piece

If a hat and a wig had a love child, this would be the result. CharliAt 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 visuals in this book and we at CGHQ recommend it for budding fashion students;
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Haute-Coiffure-Charlie-Mindu/dp/1909399647Beehive lips

Clariscia Gill Accessories – Kente Cloth Origins

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The Kente Cloth is an ever popular pattern that has been admired by many people across the globe. When looking at Clariscia Gill’s modern adaptation of the cloth, it inspired me to research into it’s history.

CG Couture Muse wearing Clariscia Gill Kente Cloth belt accessory.

CG Couture Muse, Thuto Mali, wearing Clariscia Gill Kente Cloth belt accessory.

It was first conceived in a village called Bonwire by the Ashanti people of Ghana, and has become a huge part of their history.

It is said that two farmers, who were brothers, from the village, came across a spider spinning a web and were completely fascinated by the beauty of the pattern. They then decided they would try to recreate what they had seen using black and white Raffia fibres (from a Raffia Tree).

The top of a staff held by the king's advisor, Okyeame

The top of a staff held by the king’s advisor, Okyeame

Although they created the first Kente Cloth using this material, after they presented what they had made to their King (Nana Osei TuTu), the cloth started to be made using the costly fabric of imported silk, therefore becoming associated with Ashanti royalty. The cloth was then used in global trade for many things such as ivory, gold and even slaves.

It is also said that men became the sole manufacturers of the cloth as women’s menstrual cycles were thought to interfere with the production of the Kente Cloth …

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As time went on, the materials of the cloth evolved and     cotton and rayon became the more popular choice,           making it more affordable for a wider range of people.     To this day, the patterned cloth is just as popular as it     was, if not more! Being styled by celebrities such as         Solange Knowles, hip hop group Salt N’ Pepa and             designer Clariscia Gill! Check out her online store where Kente Cloth Belts and other items using this fabric are     available for purchase.

 

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Kente Cloth Belt by CG Accessories

 

 

BY Kessie White

Clariscia Gill Accessories – The ‘Manbag’

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Men have finally caught up with women and realised that we have been right all along! Carrying your belongings in a bag is a lot easier then stuffing your pockets full, especially in this day and age. With our ever-growing reliance on technology, men now have a lot more things to haul around. iPhones, iPads, iPods and laptops have become a necessity in day to day life, which is probably the main reason why men have adopted our habits in carrying bags; for all of that ‘i-stuff’.

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According to the market intelligence firm Euromonitor, bags intended for men make up nearly a fifth of the luxury handbag market, and are continuing to climb.
Of course style is an important factor when choosing your ‘man bag’, but let’s face it, not all men are brave enough to rock a leopard print Burberry Tote bag.

Laptop Bag by CG Bespoke Accessories

Laptop Bag by CG Bespoke Accessories

When talking to a client, Ken Musprat, who commissioned a bag from Clariscia Gill’s Couture Accessories service, we asked Ken what it was he was looking for alongside practicality and functionality. Here is what he told us:

1.What were your needs for the bag?
To keep all my i-stuff together as I constantly misplaced them.

2. Had you tried to find a bag to suit your needs?
Looked online and also on high streets to no availability.

3. Has the bag met the needs?
The bag is great, now I know where everything is and with their relevant cables and plugs.

4. Please add any other comments you may have
So much easier to work with you direct to explain how I wanted everything Laid out for ease of access.

As you can see in this picture, Ken is delighted to have all his ‘bits’ in one place …;-)  a45cdf5c6b64c307d7ea5c1075c09099

BY Kessie White

Clariscia Gill Bridal Couture – The Caudalie Spa Belle Femme Pop Up event

The sun shone gloriously for us on this day; 27th May 2015. An afternoon and evening dedicated to guiding brides through the process of the many assorted preparations they will need for their big day.
On hand were a specialist group of professionals to answer queries and give displays of their respective skills. it was such a wonderful event with spa treatments on hand from the Caudalie professionals.

Clariscia Gill Bridal would like to thank;

Caudalie Spa UK, Katherine Elizabeth Hats,  Allan Henry, Mike Bryant, Rudy Atwell, Gracia-Denise Coleman and Nataila Redeka for their participation and  professionalism.

We look forward to repeating it soon. Watch this space!

 

Gracia Denise wears ‘Sophie’ oyster pink silk crepe coloured wedding dress, with kick hem and puddle train £895 with organza inserts at neck and back which are scattered with bridal pearls. Oyster pink feather bolero wedding jacket £255. Credits: Photo – Rudy Atwell, Hat – Katherine Elizabeth, hair – Allan Henry, make-up – Angel for Shu Umera, flowers – The Covent Garden Academy Of Flowers. Photos – Rudy Atwell, location – The Radisson Covent Garden

 

 

Natalia wears ‘Karen’ silk zibelene multi-panel creme fishtail wedding dress £1,585 with diamante and pearl beading at neckline and drop waist. Open key hole back. Credits: Photo – Rudy Atwell. hair – Allan Henry, make-up Angel for Shu Umera, glass bridal tiara – Anthony Stern Glass for Clariscia Gill, flowers – The Covent Garden Academy Of Flowers

 

 

Natalia wears ‘Charli’ silk crepe low back wedding dress with long sleeves £1,300 this sweet heart neckline wedding dress has swarovski crystal beading on empire panel and double back straps. ‘Bianca’ low back shrug wedding jacket is in a delicate Chantilly bridal lace £295 scattered with tiny translucent sequins. Credits: hair – Allan Henry, hat – Katherine Elizabeth, make-up – Angel for Shu Umera, flowers – The Covent Garden Academy of Flowers

Mary-Lisa and friends – Ascot Ladies

Mary-Lisa and friends

Clariscia met these gorgeous looking ladies on her journey into work this morning. Mary-Lisa and friends brought a colourful touch of summer splendour to Brixton with their lovely attire and hats on their way to the Royal Ascot Horse Race.

We are loving their sensible footwear plan with co-ordinating flip flops with a change of shoes neatly nearby.  We all at CGHQ wish them a lucky successful wager.

Author Kelly

Clariscia Gill Couture – My Fair Lady Fashion Parade 17th June 3pm

Couture Fashion Parade by Clariscia Gill Couture & KML Events UK

Clariscia’s long-time love of the Ascot scene in the film; ‘My Fair lady’ leads her to deliver her own interpretation, with a modern twist, during this unique parade. Taking place in the heart of Mayfair with a predicted weather forecast … Continue reading 

Clariscia Gill Bridal showcase – Caudalie Spa, Belle Femme Pop Up

http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/belle-femme-pop-up-wedding-event-tickets-16499444282

Please see details here for making your bookings; http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/belle-femme-pop-up-wedding-event-tickets-16499444282

Please see details here for making your bookings; http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/belle-femme-pop-up-wedding-event-tickets-16499444282

BELLE FEMME POP UP BRIDAL EVENT

Please find an invitation to join us for this unique event in the beautiful cobbled Seven Dials area of Covent Garden, London.
What better way to research your wedding requirements than to enjoy a Mini Spa treatment, delicious canapés served with wine whilst you receive Wedding tips and advice from some of the wedding trades top experts. Something for the entire wedding group including the groom and his men, mother of the bride and the guests.
Further information can be found on this link with details for booking your place;
http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/belle-femme-pop-up-wedding-event-tickets-16499444282

We look forward to welcoming you.

Team – Clariscia Gill Bridal Couture