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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!…
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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
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.
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).
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 …
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.
BY Kessie White
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’.
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.
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.
BY Kessie White
A busy week in the Atelier was nicely interrupted with the delivery to CGHQ of this beautiful glass award. Clariscia was surprised and honoured to hear of her nomination but sadly, due to prior client commitments, she was unable to receive it in person at the Star Award ceremony held back in May.
”To be nominated and to receive an award for doing something I enjoy so much, sharing my experience with those coming into the trade behind me, makes it extra special. I am most grateful and send my thanks to those who kindly nominated me with a very special thank you to Medina Williamson.”…. says Clariscia.
We send a big warm thank you to Sandra Nelson, the founder of this inspirational Awards ceremony. You can read a full review of the ceremony on the below link.
The Lift Effects forthcoming event themed, ‘Youths have dreams’ takes place on 22nd of August. More details are available in the above flyer with a link for booking below.